Changes to Cinnamon Square in 2019
As you may be aware, Cinnamon Square is an independently owned family business. Husband and wife, Paul and Tricia Barker set up the business just over 13 years ago.
When we established Cinnamon Square, our focus was to teach adults and children to bake and offer some wonderful baked goods for the local community to enjoy. This has always been our passion and we believe this is our real point of differentiation. Product development is also a key area of our business which has helped keep our little bakery ahead of the competition and provided us with recognition from the industry, which is evident through the numerous awards we have received over the years.
We are now at the stage that significant decisions must be made regarding how we take Cinnamon Square forward. Not only from a business perspective, but we need to consider how the demands impact on us personally in the future.
The most notable change is that we will no longer be providing a café facility. We understand that many will be very upset by this news, but unfortunately due to the intense ongoing demands this requires from us, this is an area that sadly, we have to stop. Our High Street has also seen a decline in footfall since the introduction of parking charges and this, along with many other well documented economic factors, makes for difficult trading conditions.
However, this does not affect our commitment to running a local business, still here in Church Street, Rickmansworth. We have instead decided to focus our business efforts onto the following:
- Adult baking classes
- Children’s birthday parties & workshops
- Bakery shop for take away items (Fridays and Saturdays)
- Celebration cakes
- Corporate events and product development
To continue offering our popular and much-loved breads, cakes, patisserie, and synonymous Cinnamon Square buns, the shop will be open on Fridays and Saturdays for take away customers. We want to encourage, and reward, pre-ordering; to ensure we remain as efficient as possible and keep food waste to a minimum. Further details will be available on our website at the beginning of January 2019.
In terms of the existing seating area, the opportunity has arisen for us to co-exist with another business that will use this part of the building in a very different way. This will bring something new and vibrant to our High Street and further details will be available in due course.
One of the most difficult parts, will be having to let some of our staff go. As a small business, we get to know people personally which makes the process extremely difficult.
We will be closed from 5th January 2019 for refurbishments and then our shop will re-open on Friday 18th January.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their on-going support over the years.
The forthcoming changes will differ our propositions a little, but our beautiful building along with many of our products and services will still be available for the local and wider community to enjoy.
These changes will enable us to stay committed to running a business in Rickmansworth for hopefully, a very long time. And hopefully, with your support, Cinnamon Square can remain in the community for future generations.