When one door closes, another opens, a quote that currently resonates with Chloe Lawson, 21, of Alford’s Chloe’s Kitchen Creations.
That’s because the businesswoman, known in the North East for her evolving cake-making business, has closed the company’s main location on Main Street in Alford.
It was released in May 2019 when Chloe was just 17 years old.
But locals and those passing through the city, don’t worry, as you can now get your fix of Chloe’s Kitchen Creations at a new location on the ground floor of the Victoria Buildings on Donside Road.
The new venue, which has a capacity of 50, will allow seated customers while the previous location was take-out only.
The sweet smell of expansion.
Chloe, who is based in Alford, first viewed the property last year and planning permission was approved in February 2022.
“After the success of our takeaway, I knew I needed to find a bigger space and when asked about opening a cafe there I thought ‘why not?’ says the business owner.
“It’s at my door. I went to take a look and ideas immediately popped into my head about what we could do with the space.”
The new cafe currently has six full-time staff members and 10 part-time members.
It will be open daily from 8 a.m. for takeout orders and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sit-down customers.
The soft opening was held on Sunday and the official opening was on Monday, during which cakes and coffee were offered. The lunch menu will be released in the near future.
There is also a Chloe’s Kitchen Creations cafe in Braemar’s Highland Games Pavillion, open daily from 10am to 4pm, meaning Chloe now has two cafes to her credit.
More about coffee
Chloe went on to say: “We didn’t want to rush things as we’ve had a busy season at Braemar so we took it a couple of steps at a time.
“We have so many ideas for the space that I think we will never stop decorating. We have established a brand throughout the Northeast and we did not want to lose it in our new cafe.”
The interior combines a modern and contemporary look with a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.
There’s a kids’ area, charging points, books, and a deli area where patrons can stock up on items from local growers: Unravel Tea, Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters, From Bakery Lane, and The Bread Guy included.
“One of the main reasons I accepted this space was the potential it had for us all to work in one space, therefore we now have a dedicated bake room,” added Chloe.
“On average, we make up to 700 individual baked sheets a week, but this larger space will allow us to increase that number.
“I also hope to return to my original passion of making celebration cakes.”
Chloe’s Kitchen Creations is now in the process of developing an online ordering system to make takeout more convenient as well.
Out with the old, in with the new
Speaking at the old facility, the talented baker admitted that her team “is sad to see it close.”
“But we are very excited about the new opportunities that this new coffee will bring.
“It has been long awaited and I am very excited to welcome our new and old customers. Everyone has worked very hard to bring this plan to life and we hope that everyone loves what we have done with the space and enjoys what we have to offer.
“This new space allows community groups to meet, special events to take place, and local businesses to work from there. We really want to be a coffee that everyone can use and enjoy.”
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