When your feet are aching, you’re tired, you’ve burnt the toast, dropped a cake, or got a bad review..... it’s easy to forget what went well – because we do take everything so personally!!! But last year did give us lots to celebrate and we were happy to refresh our memories on New Year’s Day ’17.
Throughout 2016 we had been writing down our victories – big and small – onto little notes, and we put them into a pot. We then resisted the temptation to sneak a peek at them until the beginning of 2017. What a good idea it was! It really reminded us of the progress we’d made. Here are a few of the good times!
*In April we signed the lease on an industrial until and began to turn it in to a bakery! Orders for celebration cakes, cupcakes and outside catering were coming in thick and fast and we had nowhere to create them in our tiny kitchen. This often resulted in us starting work at the crack of dawn and then continuing into the night, once the tearoom was closed. Not ideal with young families as you can imagine! The bakery has been a life-saver and has allowed us to add other strings to our bow, to complement the Tea Room.
*In the summer months we were featured in Lancashire Life, Wigan Borough Life magazine and The Wigan Reporter and just before Christmas, our mum was interviewed on our behalf for the That’s Lancashire TV programme!
*We gained a 5* hygiene certificate for both the tearoom and the bakery.
*As we’re both self-taught bakers, we really wanted to have a qualification and learn new skills. So in September we enrolled at Wigan & Leigh College to become Patisserie Diploma students! It’s tiring fitting it in with everything else – but we love it (neither of us remembers being so enthusiastic about school in the past!)
* We gained a member of staff with experience in creating chocolates. Christine's helped us develop our own range of truffles which we launched them just in time for Christmas and sold them on our stall at the Standish Christmas Market. We were overwhelmed by the positive comments!
However, 2016 brought its lows too. On a personal note, we lost our Grandpa in February. Later in the year, some members of staff left us for pastures new – they’d been with the Tea Room since day 1 so their departure really upset us. Two of them - Danielle & Corey. did return to do ‘guest’ shifts (!) over Christmas though!
So, for 2017?
We’ve wanted to start a blog since we opened,
so.... 2 years later here it is!!!
Everyday our customers ask us,
what time did you come in this morning?
How do you do it with small children?
Do you ever switch off?
The answer to those questions is:
we may as well have slept here,
we have no idea
Here’s a little bit about us.
We’re Elaine and Vickie, sisters but also best friends. We share a love of afternoon tea, cake, good service, wine and family time. We’re both mummies and wives and like every other working mum, struggle to get everyone out of the house each day. But, with the help of our very own super-mum and some amazing staff, people keep coming in to our tearoom - and every day, we have to pinch ourselves!
We love running the tearoom together but it isn’t all flowers and fluffy cakes! We’ve learnt a lot over these past 2 years, (some things the hard way), but we’ve now got ourselves more space with our new bakery and we’re finally learning to trust our lovely staff and stop being such control freaks!!!
So.... if there’s something you’d like to read about or see in our Blog, just let us know and we’ll try our best to tell you. We’ll throw in the odd recipe and tutorial and we promise to tell you all the ups and downs that the customers don’t normally get to see! And believe me they’ll be a few to choose from. Just a few days ago, with the imminent arrival of 20 customers for a private party, this happened!!!
After a slight panic attack and quick thinking, a brownie that had been made for the next day came to the rescue! And we all lived happily ever after!! ‘Til the next disaster!
We’ve got a really busy few weeks coming up, Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day, Father’s Day, baby showers, wedding anniversaries and lot and lots of birthday cakes. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to see more!
Every day we laugh and sometimes we cry, but we have a great time doing what we love and we can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Elaine & Vickie xx