Saturday, January 1, 2011

What we've been waiting for!

Liz's Cupcakes is OPEN for business!

It's been a long and arduous journey. Like a roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs.

To be honest I really wondered several times whether we would be able to get this thing off the ground.

So, without further delay... here is a little tour:

As you can see, we don't have our seating area yet. We're still waiting for the permit for that (and some cash, too). There are two different permits: for shops which are for take-away only and shops for seated customers. Our property only had the first permit. The second permit is taking its time in coming because, as is the custom here, lots of paperwork needs to be provided and then considered. Hopefully it won't be much longer until you can sit in a cosy environment and enjoy a delicious coffee and cupcake. Until then, you can get your coffee and cakes to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

We have to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us. Especially our parents, who helped in many many ways, both with physical work and financial support. They made a lot of sacrifices for us and we are extremely grateful. Our siblings have also helped in ways too many to mention. We were also overwhelmed with kindness and offers of help from all of our friends here and, last but not least, thanks to all of you who read this blog and who follow us on twitter and facebook, for the unfailing moral support. You've been cheering us from the sidelines by comments and by private email and messages. Your words really helped us to keep going!

When we moved here in August of 2009, we never imagined that it would take us so long to get the café going. We had a lot of expectations that didn't turn out the way we thought. We had a fair amount of disappointments and a lot of other stuff that I didn't really feel like writing about here! Maybe when I settle down into a routine with the café I'll finally be able to put it all into words. I readily admit that we had NO IDEA how long this whole thing would take and we had totally unrealistic ideas of the time frame. Having said that, most of the delays were due to things that were out of our control. We probably shouldn't have counted on some things. It has been one enormous learning curve.

So, here we are. Does the fun begin now? We'll see. We're planning on keeping the blog going, but from now on it will be about running the café, not planning it! One thing is for sure: I couldn't be happier that this phase of preparing the shop is over and now we can focus on what we wanted all this time, having a cosy café in a beautiful town and offering deliciousness to all of our customers on a daily basis.

We're sure you won't be disappointed!

Liz Cupcakes


  1. Συγχαρητήρια! Τζιν- τζιν! Kαλή χρονιά και ευτυχισμένες εμπειρίες! Steve

  2. Kaloriziko Alex and Liz...Happy New Year and much success with the cupcake shop!

  3. Wow it looks fantastic, just wish I coul pop along, maye one day. Wishing you and your family every success, and look forward to hearing about the everyday running of your shop. HAPPY NEW YEAR X

  4. Συγχαρητήρια για την εξαιρετική σας δουλειά και καλές δουλειές να έχετε!!!! Είμαι σίγουρη ότι ο κόσμος θα σας αγκαλιάσει!! Με την πρώτη ευκαιρία θα σας επισκευτούμε κι εμείς οι Αθηναίοι!!! Καλή χρονιά!!!

  5. Way to Go Liz, it's another reason to come to Nafplion. Happy new year.

  6. finally, καλή αρχή
    looking forward to seeing the seating area

  7. We are so looking forward to taste those cupcakes live in the cafe!!! You did a great job, it looks fantastic!
    Felicitations, je vous souhaite beaucoup de succes!

  8. Wow! I love your blog! I will defenitly visit your store next time i go to Greece to visit my relatives...


  9. I can't believe I've read this, tweeted this and haven't left a comment.

    What a much anticipated event...again, I wish you & Alex the very best. Everything is beautiful & bright- I can't wait to find the opportunity to visit in person.
    Congratulations! :)

  10. The shop is gorgeous! I love the color scheme, the design, everything about it is so sweet ... exactly what a cupcake shop should be!! Best of luck ... may your future be filled with lots and lots of cupcake making!