Welcome to our latest ongoing project!
Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.
“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.
You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.
Let’s kick things off with Lisa Franchetti; founder and owner of The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow.
The idea for The Little Cake Parlour was formed in January 2006, on a trip to Amsterdam. Lisa was mesmerised by a kitsch little cake shop and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place like this in Glasgow?”
“You should do it!” said her boyfriend, Declan. It’s all his fault apparently.
Lisa had always felt at home in the kitchen. In fact, she had a talent that been passed down through the generations from her Grandmother. And so the adventure began. The seeds of what would become The Little Cake Parlour had been sown and on her return to Glasgow she would see her Mum and state proudly “I’m going to be a baker!”
In the humble beginnings of her parent’s home, the planning of Lisa’s exciting new business began. She started selling cakes and cookies to local cafes and hosted a stall at weekend farmer’s markets. I don’t know how their oven wasn’t worn out as things took off fast! Her specialty was cupcakes, which at the time were quite new to the UK, and people loved them. Wedding cupcake orders began flooding in as brides were keen to stand out from the crowd with their chosen cake. The Little Cake Parlour was ahead of the curve on this one, maybe even the cupcake trendsetter. Things progressed quickly and Lisa found herself doing less wholesale and more bespoke orders. In 2008/2009 she did 60 cupcake wedding orders alone! In need of more space to bake and a place to meet and consult with all her new wedding clients; in late 2009, The Little Cake Parlour shop in Pollokshaws, Glasgow was opened.
The cupcake craze was at its peak at this point. Due to the success of the shop, Lisa was run off her feet with queues out the door. “It was mad”, she says. The dream of opening a quirky cake shop in Glasgow had been achieved. And she doesn’t just make cakes for the ‘average Joe’ either. Providing the cakes for the MOBO awards has been a highlight of her career with My Chemical Romance, McFly and Ed Sheeran also featuring among her star-studded clientele.