Hi everyone I've been lurking around this site for a couple of days to get the feel of things & I'm finally brave enough to jump in! I'm not really sure what to say about myself at this point; I'm trying to buy a bakery and need all the help I can get! I've applied for an SBA loan but haven't heard back from the bank yet, so don't know how far I'll actually get. I've also got competition, so I'm trying to be a little secretive - just for now. 20 years ago, I chiselled out space in a legal kitchen to make bagels & sourdough and sell directly to customers (no storefront). Back then bagels hadn't caught on around here yet - there were none in the grocery stores, let alone franchises, so I had to pack it up & do something else. But a few months ago, an established bakery came up for sale & I'm going for it! At this point I know what equipment it has, but no idea as to what recipes remain. The original owner did a lot of scratch baking, but he passed on several years ago & the current owner seems to have done mostly pre-mades. So if anyone can mentor me about anything, techniques, display, recipes, etc., I'd be most grateful! Also what are your favorite goodies when you go to a bakery. Even pet peeves. I am a sponge! So I guess that makes me the "Once and Future Baker." I hope! Wish me luck!