apparently the state has a website. and all you have to do is type in your proposed business name and it tells you whether it's taken in the state. here are the stats:
The Bakery is sadly gone
Chocolate Moose also gone
Just Desserts was d.o.a. but it's gone too
Icing is gone
Death by Chocolate is available
Chocolat. is available and i'm leaning heavily this way
Cake Factory is available, but i don't love it.
many others were tried, but they were taken and i didn't write it down or i wasn't in love with them. but i definitely think kyra won the cookies for her hilarious efforts if indeed she wants them. if i thought i could answer a phone "cake it up a notch" without snorting laughter it would definitely win.
i have to make a final choice. and then i have to meet the small business people and learn about the prepared food tax and get a permit and also do whatever else they tell me. then i can set up a checking account so when i go to write all this shit off i'll have nice shiny records. not to mention ordering some boxes and cake rounds and pie tins and oh, flour. and then set up the site, and take some damn pictures of all the stuff i have to bake so i'll have an attractive catalogue. even a waffling amateur can look professional with a little care. appearances, appearances. i can always write the bestseller "how not to be a baker" and make millions if this doesn't work out. it's important to have a back up plan.