View Full Version : How to run a bakery?
27th Jun 2012, 9:46 PM
This might be a really dumb question, but so far I haven't found information about how to run a bakery. Do you need certain items? Do you need to cook the food? Do you run it like a restaurant or more like a grocery store? I didn't see any pastry-type displays in there.
Thanks for any help; sorry if this is a dumb question but I honestly can't find anything.
EDIT: Also, is there a way to convert a community lot business into a home lot? If my Sim lives in Pleasantville but her business is in Bluewater village, can I put her in the bin, change the lot type to residential, and build her a little apartment above the business?
27th Jun 2012, 9:58 PM
My sims have started a take away diner. They run it as a home business.
They have a display where they put food which is for sale. They don't have so good cooking skill so they can not make cakes yet. They sell hamburgers and macaroni now, but will sell cakes later when they have learned to bake.
I also placed a few shelves with tea and crackers (deco objects but the sims buy a lot of them)
They don't get spoiled so no need to keep them cold.
The crackers are in brown paper bags and teabags are in boxes. Looks good on the shelf.
27th Jun 2012, 10:03 PM
If you set up a kitchen on the lot, you can have one of your sims or any one of your employees start baking. The baked goods will go into the owner's inventory just like any other crafted items. Click on the stove or refrigerator and have them make single plates or group servings of whatever you wish. The more cooking skill equals the more options of what they can make in terms of desserts.
You display the foods in the food case and price them using the open for business management tool on the top right of your screen.
Bluewater Village has a bakery in it. If you'd like to get a feel for it before starting your own bakery, play the French family that came with Bluewater Village.
27th Jun 2012, 10:09 PM
You need OFB in order to run a bakery. It needs to have a kitchen where you bake the cakes, and an area where you sell them with a business register and bakery shelves. It runs like a toy shop.
27th Jun 2012, 11:46 PM
Also don't go play Adores' or whatever it's called in Blue Water it was obviously designed by a monkey who never even play tested it.
The easy way to play a bakery is place some chiller displays and fill it with game cake. You will need a fix to be able place celebration cakes. http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=264660 Some cc cakes can also be displayed and sold. Then you simply restock like you would any other shop.
The next way is do a combo of bought cakes, add some Jello taken right from the fridge while practicing your cooking and learning to bake.
Harder way is all baked goods. Adores comes with a chefs stove which is useless. You need that for a restaurant not a bakery. You need a fridge, preferably two and a stove with an oven (not a uni stove) and counters. Simply make many and the goods go to the owners inventory.
The very hard way. Is use all baked goods but tell them to serve it into slices, grab each one with the hand tool and place it into the owners inventory. This is how Adore's is set up. Add to that a till in-between chiller chases and you have a store designed to make you gouge your eyes out while thumping your head on the key board.
So unless you have a hack (I think there is one) make sure your till is not right next to the chiller cases and use whole cakes not slices. Sims won't sit and eat those slices they go right to their inventory and the leave the shop. If you want customers to sit and eat you will need to place some free cake slices on tables.
I wrote a bakery tutorial on my Live Journal which I would link to, but all the pictures have gone.
28th Jun 2012, 12:15 AM
You might like this CC
It's all decorative but you can sell it anyway. I like it because of the way it makes your bakery look more bakery-ee, especially the bread. Cox's Confections has a big bread rack. I like that little Decrachilll cabinet too.
Fruitsymphony - links?
28th Jun 2012, 1:22 AM
The deco items I used came from Retail sims, their "OFB ready sets", Tea and herb shop.
(Retail sims was a goldmine, I downloaded a lot of stuff from their site. There was a variety of tea sorts of course (recolours)
28th Jun 2012, 3:14 PM
A good way to cut costs in a bakery and save cooking time is to use the Star Trek replicator from SimWardrobe: it makes all kinds of Sim food, even delivery food like Chinese noodles and pizza. It won't put the food in your inventory, though, you'll have to do that manually each time, but you'll have an unlimited supply of free food to sell to your customers at good prices. :D
28th Jun 2012, 6:49 PM
One of my sims runs a bakery. She has two of the refrigerated food display thingies. One is full of her own baked desserts, and the other has wedding and birthday cakes from the catalogue. She does pretty well from it.
I often have her make some desserts in her off-time whilst at home, usually 5 of each type, and then she's fully stocked when the business opens for the day.
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