Since the announcement last night advising us to avoid social gatherings things have been something of a whirlwind.
Small businesses in the hospitality sector like Baltzersen’s and many other across different sectors are going to find life incredibly tough over the next few weeks and months, in fact it’s a battle for survival.
We are currently open as normal but expecting to move to a limited takeaway only option tomorrow (whilst the team do some cleaning and closing down behind the scenes) and then likely closed from Thursday. We’re really hanging on to hear what the Chancellor announces at the briefing later today around support for businesses.
Unfortunately we’ve had to pause plans to open the bakery shop in the former Sweet Shop adjacent to the Theatre – it is now vital to retain the funds we would have spent to support the core business.
As this drama has unfolded we have found ourselves right in the middle of preparing to launch our new bakery. We’ve spent the money we loaned to invest in this project so it makes sense to us to push on and get it open, especially as there is possibly going to be pressure on the availability of fresh bread and we think we can help with that. It allows us to partially employ some of our team in baking, delivery and sales roles during this period too.
So, we’re going to start baking on 30th March as planned and once we’re happy that we have a good enough range of products we’ll be offering them for sale via the Bakeri Baltzersen website.
You’ll have the option of having your bread and pastries delivered to your door by one of our team. This will be an option based on order values or for a delivery fee.
We’ll offer a pre-order and collect service from the coffee shop so you can walk/cycle out or travel down in the car and collect these (you can even drive down and stop on the precinct before 10.30am). If there are stores locally, especially in more rural areas, that would like to work with us by becoming a collection point for bread orders or who would like to take bread to retail to your customers then get in touch.
We’ll also be stocking bread and pastries for sale in the town centre, most likely at the coffee shop. If the weather is nice we’ll throw the window open, if not we’ll have a table set up inside and operate a one-in-one-out policy.
There will still be special occasions to celebrate, so if you want anything from our bespoke range of cakes they will also be available to order.
Naturally we’ll have a few other options available for you to buy online too. This will certainly include coffee but also if demand exists possibly some pre-prepared chilled meal options.
What has really touched us so far is the concern that our regular guests have been showing for the team and the wider business. Until today you’ve been resolutely visiting and we’ve not been hugely affected, but understandably that has now changed. We really appreciate your support and if you are in a position to do so we’d really appreciate it going forward too.
So that’s what we’re going to try to put in place over the next couple of weeks to ensure that we will still be here when the dust settles and we are able to reopen in all our glory.
We’ll probably go a touch quiet now whilst we get everything in place but don’t forget about us, we’ll be back before you know it.
If other indies would like to collaborate with our delivery service we’re also open to approaches so drop us a line. We can’t make any promises but if it makes sense to work together then let’s do it.
Any questions get in touch and we’ll endeavour to answer them.