How to Open a Dessert Store

If you want to open a dessert store, you will have to create a business plan that you can use to start a new business.

With the plan, you can now look for the right location, hiring the required staffs, purchasing some sweet treats, buying furniture and fixtures, and other things that you have to do.

How to Start Your Own Dessert Store?

Perhaps you’ve already eaten in different restaurants in your local area. Have you ever come across a store that sells dessert only? This type of business is not very common and this is a great business idea if you can’t find one in your area. Almost every individual has a sweet tooth and you can easily attract customers by offering tasty treats. Before you start looking for a business location, you have to start with a business plan. You can use this to apply for a business loan since you will need considerable money for the startup.

You will incur expenses like leasing of the store space, equipment, furniture, fixtures, the products or sweet treats, licenses, and many others. Before you lease out the shop space, you need to apply for the business license from the local government agency. Find properties in your area that are available for lease. You can consult with real estate agents in your area and find a reasonably priced leasing agreement. Once you’ve secured the store space, you can now purchase the needed equipment, furniture, and fixtures. Arrange for the electricity and water connections, as well as the phone line. Decorate the interior properly to create a relaxing atmosphere for your customers.

What to Sell

Some of the sweet treats that you can sell are ice cream, pies, tarts, cookies, and cakes. Consult with the local health center about the requirements that your business needs to comply since you’re going to prepare food items. Always ensure the safety of your customers by maintaining a clean and safe cooking/kitchen facility. Hire competent staffs and cooks to prepare the foods. Other sweets can be purchased from sellers like ice cream. Sell popular brands of cakes and ice cream. People tend to purchase products that they know although you can also offer something new. All your products should be arranged attractively in glass displays.

Before the grand opening, the business license should already be available to avoid potential problems. Hire extra help and find suppliers of some sweet treat. Negotiate for the price of your purchases so that you can still earn decent profits. Determine the pricing in your area and make sure that you offer competitive prices. For the grand opening, you can offer introductory prices for the first 50 customers. Think of exciting promos and discounts for the opening day. Your dessert store can become popular in no time especially if the sweet treats are really delicious! Sell with a friendly face and you can attract more customers.


  • Kevin said on October 19, 2011
    Hi, I'm looking for all information for starting up a dessert business in london. I have no idea where to start and am overwhelmed with all the information available on the internet. I would like to know a business plan regarding this and all the steps. I am not even sure if i need a Health and Hygiene certificate. Many thanks, Kevin
  • Joyce Lawson said on November 2, 2011
    I'm looking to open a dessert shop in maryland or the district of columbia.
  • Girlie said on December 26, 2012
    I would like to open a dessert shop in the New orleans La area. I think this is a good IDEA! I have a design plan/theme.
  • Mimi Sisomphou said on October 15, 2013
    I would like to open a dessert in Fresno Ca. I don't know where to start, I'm hoping to get more detail of what to do first.
  • Rachel Vaughn said on February 5, 2014
    Looking to open a dessert shop in or around Charlotte or Raleigh NC. I don't know where to start.
  • Stella said on October 21, 2014
    Hello. I'm looking to start a dessert only shop in Loganville, Ga. I don't know where to start and could use any sound advice on a list of everything I need in order to get the wheels rolling on this plan. Please help? Stella
  • Samantha Brown said on May 29, 2015
    I'm looking at opening a dessert shop in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom
  • Farah said on February 11, 2016
    Hi. I would like to open a dessert lounge in London but have no idea where to start. Need tips please. Thank you
  • Evi Loczi said on February 27, 2016
    I am planning on opening a raw dessert shop in Port Orange,FL. I need advise please.
  • Ujjal said on June 11, 2016
    Hi, I'm planning to open up a dessert place in central London, I have my ideas and everything but I need actual advice with everything and a business partner.
  • Kaiyum said on June 29, 2016
    Hi @ujjal, I am also considering on opening a dessert shop in Central London, I already have a shop in the west midlands area. Why don't you contact me and we could discuss opportunities in Central London.
  • Daniel Varden said on July 12, 2016
    Hi i'm looking to open a dessert shop in walsall area birmingham uk have all the ideas just need to be pointed in the right direction to get started with my business plan an advice or a business partner any suggestions?
  • h said on October 21, 2022
    Is it worth opening a dessert shop uk


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