Apr 29, 2009

A journey of a 1000 miles

Lao Zi once said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Tomorrow marks that single step Kitchen Capers have to take in opening her first retail store in the heartlands of quiet, sleepy town in Kallang Bahru, Singapore.

For the past 4 weeks, much preparation were made in renovations, in cold calling every Food supplier or manufacturer to stock up on ingredients. There was so much to do, I never knew. Now I know. And then nearing to the date, hubby dearest took leave and help me to run errands.

He alone did most of the store's layout, and co-ordinated and liasie with contractors on chillers, electricial works, plumbing and flooring and even the shelving racks. Then he helped me to design on placement of goods and how we should display the many range of food, ingredients, be it dry or wet, chocolates or flour, candy or even where the cake stands should be so that we get that maximum selling power.

I think my store wouldn't have made it in time if he hasn't help me. :)

Beside hubby dearest, Natasha came and helped too. And my brother-in-law, Willie who will be working at the store as Manager. We painstakingly tagged each product, display and stock up the whole place. We come in at 10am and leave by 6pm, EVERYDAY..I must emphasised that too. For the later part of last week, I got sick. High fever, flu and cold..so I stayed away from the shop. Yet they continued to work. Despite being ill, I found the Lord's strength in me to cook a decent dinner for them. Warm meals...lovingly prepared.

By His grace, the 39C high temperature left me within 2 days and I am back to the store again.

At the end of today, we finally saw the fruit of our labour...a testimony of God's loving kindness for all of us and for all.

I hope to see many of you who are in SG and who frequents my blog or my forum at my store.

Come and visit us...many in store promotions and freebies during the 1st initial month of opening.

Here's the full address
Kitchen Capers
Block 71 #01-531F Kallang Bahru Singapore 330071
Tel: 6392 0159 Fax : 6392 0259
Opens daily from 10am to 9pm


sue said...

Congratulations to your new Store opening. May your business flourish.."Sang Yee Heng Loong"...How I wish you will open one of your branch here in Canada...Do you take orders from overseas?..My family and I are coming back for vacation next year, I will definitely visit your shop...


Jeannie said...

Congratulations to you Gina. I can understand all the tedious work going into opening the shop as I have experienced it myself when my husband opened his supermart. It's lots of hard work and load of patience is needed with the staff to get everything in order before the official opening.

Justina said...

Hello Gina Shi Fu,

CONGRATS to your very own shop!!! SO happy for you. :)
Just by looking at the stuff you have in your shop makes me DROOL.... I will find one day and go down to "raid" your shop. Kekeke.
Btw, wat's the operating hrs?


Congratulations! You are certainly a lady of many talents and with unending energy! I wish you all the best in your new venture. Will surely drop by your store if I come by Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Gina! Best Wishes on the opening of your new shop. Huat ah!! :)

Your student,

Mima's Oven said...

Gina, I've heard about your shop and would like to know how do i get there from bukit batok?

Regards - halimah

sherlyn said...

I have heard about your store from my friend who recently visited it. Congratulations and I hope to visit your store one day too cos it looked very well stocked and very well arranged.

Hope that you open a outlet soon in Clementi (where I stay)

Anonymous said...

I wanted to know if you ship to the USA.

Jolene said...

Hi Gina,
May I ask if your shop sell candy thermometer?