Shop fit-out almost complete!

It seems like it was a long time ago now when I first agreed to take on one of the Arches.  Much has happened in that time, with lots of delays and issues, but we are now very close to opening!  

I thought I would include a few photos below to show the various stages of the shop fit-out.  The next photo to appear on a blog will be of the completed shop - exciting times!

An empty Arch - so many possibilities....

An empty Arch - so many possibilities....

The sculpture getting built - it was pretty exciting to see the crazy design for the first time!

The sculpture getting built - it was pretty exciting to see the crazy design for the first time!

It was a wee bit tricky actually getting the sculpture into the Arch.

It was a wee bit tricky actually getting the sculpture into the Arch.

And just as tricky trying to lift it in to place!

And just as tricky trying to lift it in to place!

It's up!  I was just desperately hoping it would still be in place the next morning when I arrived.

It's up!  I was just desperately hoping it would still be in place the next morning when I arrived.

The units begin to get fitted.

The units begin to get fitted.

Coffee machine arrives

Coffee machine arrives

Here is how it is looking as of today - a little messy, but almost there.

Here is how it is looking as of today - a little messy, but almost there.

Lights are in - just the final few bits to finish off.

Lights are in - just the final few bits to finish off.

Delays, Decisions, and Doughnuts

After quite a few delays - due to a number of different issues - the fit out of the shop started late last week.  The sculpture that will fill the top part of the Arch arrived, and was manoevered into the Arch.  It was a little tricky -  the Arch is pretty small, and as you can see from the photos below, the sculpture is pretty large!

The initial food menu is also being finalised at the moment - we will have a few breakfast and lunch offerings, and will run a limited doughnut menu to begin with whilst we get up and running.

On the subject of doughnuts, more flavours have been tried recently, including a birthday cake themed one.  It basically involved filling the doughnut with butter cream and jam, along with some sprinkles and pooping candy.  Definitely one for kids, or those with a sweet tooth.

Chocolate and marshmallow, chocolate slated caramel, and Cranachan fillings.

Chocolate and marshmallow, chocolate slated caramel, and Cranachan fillings.

The Baba Budan team is in the process of being finalised - as soon as everyone is confirmed, there will be a blog post introducing you all to the team.  It's going to be a great group of people, and I am really excited to get training started in the next few weeks.

 

Before the Beginning

My love affair with coffee began some time ago.  I remember as a kid buying my Grandad Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, which at the time seemed to me to be the greatest coffee in the world - how could it not be, given that it was by far and away the most expensive coffee Whittards had to offer?!  

Over time my interest in coffee developed, and around seven years ago I was working in a bank in London, and trying to figure out if I could do anything with coffee.  Many hours of thinking and planning later, I came to the conclusion that a) I wanted to open a coffee shop, b) London was damn expensive, and c) I was a bit of a wimp.

Fast forward to 2013, and I arrived in Edinburgh, which is still my home.  It is a great city, with an artisan coffee scene that is beginning to flourish.  I started to look for locations in early 2015 for a coffee shop, but found nothing.  It was only after I started working here that a unit at The Waverley Arches became available, and I quickly made the decision to take it.

Development of the Arch has pretty much been completed, and fit-out will start soon.  Below are photos of the Arch and East Market Street at the moment, and an image of what the shop will hopefully look like.  I will continue to blog over the coming weeks to provide updates on the fit-out, and start to explain more about the coffee, tea, doughnuts, and other things Baba Budan will be serving!

The view of East Market Street, just after you leave Waverley Station.  The Baba Budan Arch is one of the taller ones down the end.

The view of East Market Street, just after you leave Waverley Station.  The Baba Budan Arch is one of the taller ones down the end.

The Baba Budan Arch on the right - reflection of Calton Hill can be seen.  Great view from the arch!

The Baba Budan Arch on the right - reflection of Calton Hill can be seen.  Great view from the arch!

Development has just finished - here is the Arch in shell condition (excuse the messy footprints...).

Development has just finished - here is the Arch in shell condition (excuse the messy footprints...).

How the Arch will hopefully look.  More on the design in a future blog!

How the Arch will hopefully look.  More on the design in a future blog!