Studio Summer Break Update

"When we initially closed for the summer, the plan was to regroup, remodel the front of the studio into a boutique, and prepare to launch a cookie decorating subscription box in the fall. To be honest, I was starting to give up on our ability to have in person classes for a long time.

My husband is on immunosuppressants and is in kidney failure, two major risk factors for COVID-19. I could not picture how we could hold classes in our current kitchen where I would feel safe going home to him afterwards. It also would not be financially feasible for us to reduce our class sizes by 50% to be able to socially distance.

A couple weeks ago one of my tenants from Sweet Spot Kitchen approached me about her business growth, and needing more kitchen space. I knew there was one last unit in our business park available for rent and my wheels started turning. I had the lease signed within a week of seeing it. Although it may seem crazy to expand during a global pandemic, I believe it is our best move towards a sustainable business model during the next few years of navigating social distancing and other health precautions.

So where do we stand now?

We are building a new Studio classroom specifically designed around COVID-19 precautions. The unit is divided into two spaces. We are able to have dry storage, refrigeration, and our dish pit in the back, freeing up the entire front area and its wall space to be the classroom.

Above: Renovation progress in the new space.

Class sizes will be capped at 10 students, and there will be dividers between each station. Students attending classes on their own will have the option to have their own workstations. Students will be required to wear face coverings, have their temperatures checked, and sign a waiver stating that they have not traveled in the past 2 weeks. Each station will have a supply of cleaning products for students who will feel more comfortable being able to disinfect their station throughout class. Unfortunately, some steps that are usually hands on will need to be demo based, but overall, we will continue to strive to have our classes be as hands on as possible. Our goal is to create a space where all of our students, including those who are high risk, or have a household member who is high risk can feel safe.

In the past our classes were nonrefundable within 1 week of the class. For now, cancellations within one week will be given class credit for future use. We want students to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed.

We are also excited to announce we are lowering our minimum age for all classes with the exception of cookie and cake decorating to 11. Children under 16 must attend with an adult also registered in the class.

What is happening to the old Studio?

The front of the old Studio will house Sweet Spot Supply Company. We will be selling baking tools, specialty ingredients, and baking themed gifts. We hope to make professional grade tools and hard to find ingredients more accessible to home bakers.

The back of the old Studio will be an expansion of Sweet Spot Kitchen, our commercial shared use kitchen for baking and artisan product small businesses. We are looking for new tenants starting this fall. If you or someone you know are looking for clean and affordable kitchen space please contact us!

But wait there’s more!

This fall we will be launching Sweet Spot Cookie Club, a cookie decorating subscription box, and a Sweet Spot Studio membership option. We can’t wait to share more details about our new programs in the coming weeks! Thank you all for your continued support and we are SO excited to see you back in the classroom this fall!" 

-Chef Jossie

You've read why social distancing is especially important to us here at the Studio, and now we want to hear from our students! Use the link below to take a 2 minute survey on our updated procedures: 

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Comments

  • Posted by Karen on

    Thank you for all you are doing to keep everyone safe. I fully understand your reasons and support you and will continue to support you and your business. Continue to be and stay healthy and safe and we’re looking forward to coming back to classes when you all are able to open your doors again.

  • Posted by Sally Crocker on

    Thank you for all you’re doing to keep us safe and I look forward to being back in class once you can open your doors. I’m also excited about shopping for specialty supplies that are hard to find elsewhere.

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