For the most part, I’ve tried to keep the way the author formatted the story the same when I translate. For a large part of it, they end up using one line for each sentence which has been okay so far, but this chapter pushed the boundary a little too far for me. If anyone has any opinions on the formatting or anything else whether they be positive or negative, let me know, and I’ll try to adjust in future chapters.
Today was opening day for the tea and cake shop.
Everyone had an early breakfast before heading over on foot.
“It’s been three days. I’m looking forward to what the four of them have done.”
“It seems that Ken’s been working hard for both shops.”
“It’s good that they’ll be in walking distance for us.”
“Looking forward to it nya.”
The five girls had fun taking a walk while chatting amongst themselves.
And then they ran into people.
Both the cake shop and the tea shop already had customers lined up at the doors.
“Jewelry Box-minasama, have a good day.”
“Good morning Jewelry Box.”
The lines were made up of the regulars for Lily Garden.
Each one of them showed their respect for Ellis’s group by formally referring to them as their team name Jewelry Box.¹
Their city had begun to change recently, and the need for the citizens of Warren to worry about their future was disappearing.
As for the women of the city, the presence of Lily Garden had started to give them an inner feeling of pride due to its popularity with women in other cities.
While this fact did not really matter to a hikineet, it did mean that these older women were willing to drop more money.
“Oh Claire, you’ve arrived.”
Flint welcomed Ellis’s group on their arrival.
They met up with him atop the deck that connected the two stores.
There, the four usual guild masters had all gathered.
Ellis always had a bad feeling whenever these guys gathered together.
“Well, let’s sit down.”
At Baltis’s word, Ellis sat down at the prepared table.
On top of the deck were six tables big enough to fit two people and two tables that came along with four chairs.
“For groups and couples?”
Flint spoke up to answer Ellis’s question.
“Yes, it was Aiful’s idea to have a small amount of seating outside so that if it rains, all the seats could fit underneath the overhang, and the guests could enjoy the customers could enjoy themselves. Inside the store they have more ready-made furniture, but they’re still comfortable.”
Then Hanna, Ken, Aiful, and Credia all appeared from within their respective stores and greeted their five guests.
“We are still preparing, but we will have the stores finished as soon as possible.”
“Everything looks good so far. Please open the store soon.”
Frau and Reeve took Hanna and Aiful to have an aside with them both.
When they were done, the four newly dubbed shop clerks returned inside to finish up their preparations.
“So, what did you say to them?”
Ellis wondered where the four of them had learned to make such a disgusting smile when she asked that question.
“It’s nothing bad.”
“Come, let’s wait in the tea line first.”
And then the opening.
Inside the cake shop, it was 800 ril for a 5-color cake takeaway basket while individual cakes were sold at 100 ril.
They currently had ten takeaway baskets that you could buy individually for 300 ril if you wanted to. The baskets were durable enough that they could be used multiple times.
Upon your second visit to the store, you could use your pre-bought basket to carry away your cakes.
In addition to the five colored cakes, other baked confections were also available at 100 ril a piece as well.
The inside of the shop was unified with a bright interior with a central floral design. The flower patterns was cute and very popular with the customers.
Meanwhile, at the tea shop, pots were sold at the planned price of 5,500 ril for the limited edition pots and 5,000 ril at the ordinary ones.
There was also a mechanism where they could sell just the contents to you for 3,000 ril if you brought back your own pot.
Today was everyone’s first time visiting, so they all had to buy a pot. The popularity this time was mostly centered on the limited edition one.
The inside of the store had a more calm atmosphere with simple furniture and landscape paintings decorating the walls. Exactly what you would expect from former aristocrats.
“Please try this.”
Aiful brought out tea made from the pot they had bought to her nine waiting customers before setting down a plate carrying the five color cakes.
The cakes were half their usual size and cut up into a cute shape like dice.²
There was whipped cream decorating each individual cake.
“We will sell this as a set inside our store.”
Ellis beckoned Aiful to come closer and whispered so that no other customers would overhear.
“What’s the share?”
Aiful answered with a smile.
“Hanna’s place receive 300 ril for baking them, while Credia and I will have 450 ril for serving them.”
“Roger, that sounds fair.”
Ellis returned gave her approval with a wink.
“It’s delicious. So, enjoying a cup of tea outside can make it even more exceptional.”
Maria tried show off the same elegance and dignity she always showed when in front of Reeve, but she was completely cut off by Flint’s boisterous mood.
“Yes yes, but today I need a consultation!”
This was the content.
Firstly, Master’s Hideaway had become very popular, but that popularity had caused a few problems to arise.
It had come to pass that all of the people who traveled through the area were men. It was a phenomenon exactly the opposite of Lily Garden.
Since Lily Garden was originally built in an empty area, it could have lady’s establishments could be built with it at the center. Master’s Hideaway could not.
So, a daring proposal was put out to convert the entire street into a males only street.
Regarding the already existing stores, they had decided to assist any stores that wanted to move and provide incentives to any stores wanting to replace them, but this was not going well.
The reason was that there were far more shops that wanted to move away than ones wanting to open.
“What do you think?”
Maria asked Ellis, eyes full of expectation.
It took a moment of thinking before Ellis finally came up with an idea.
“If they’re women, ask them whether they’d prefer selling to men or women. Depending on their choice, they can build their shops here.”
Ellis proposed building more shops in the area around the tea and cake shop.
Maria nodded her head after Ellis gave the answer she was expecting.
“Actually, I’ve had several women come to me wanting to relocate their boutiques and cafes to this area.”
Ellis’s nose picked up the smell of gold.
“Then would they like me to loan them the finances to build a new store here? I offer consultations and can easily provide estimates.”
The signboard reading Ellis Finance was always in the back of Ellis’s mind, and naturally any quotes and designs would come from her neighbor, Claire’s Design Office.
“Ellis, when did you start something like that?” Ellis’s business was able to amaze even Baltis, the guild master of the Thieves’ Guild.
“Even if you let money sit there, it won’t grown any.”
Maria brought Ellis’s attention back to the matter at hand.
“It sounds fine. With Ellis financing them, their transition should smooth, and the businesses themselves should attract enough business to sustain themselves.”
Slowly, the winds were changing so that someone would be unable to start a new store in the area without borrowing money from Ellis.
“Now about the second problem. What to do about the empty spaces.”
Ellis already had an answer for that though.
- Open another bathhouse. This one would be for ‘very good things’ only.
- Build a nightclub for men.
- Build a live house.³
“Hold on, I’m writing these down. Explain them one at a time.”
Theseus had pulled out a pen and had furiously started scribbling down some notes.
“At the bathhouse, reservations for Marilyn and Margherita are for very good business only, so let’s move all that business to a different bathhouse that way the children and elderly can enjoy using the one already built.”
“What about the management?”
“Hmm, it might be better to just fully transfer the management of the new bathhouse to the Thieve’s Guild for this. If we were to just fully welcome Margherita and Marilyn into the guild, they could act as members of the intelligence unit. From there, it would be best to leave the management to the girls from there.”
Baltis nodded with a smug smirk on his face.
“What’s the nightclub for then?”
Theseus immediately advanced the explanation.
“In short, it’d be a place for information exchange between customers, something like a social gathering. You’ll want to serve things centered around sake. The purpose is for them to have a place where they can gather and talk about anything from how proud they are of their kids to what they do in bed. The important thing is that the men have a sense of solidarity inside the building. It will surely prosper. It might be a good idea to put a gambling table in the store as well.”
Ellis paused a moment as another thought hit her.
“Better yet, if Marilyn and Margherita acted as hostesses and there was a connecting hallway from the nightclub to the bathhouse, I’m sure the rich would gather and the sound of ril hitting the table would echo throughout the night.”
“Alright then. What about the live house?”
“When the Merchant Guild transfers the rights of the bathhouse to the Thieves’ Guild, this will obviously mean that the Merchant Guild will have a loss of income. This should supplement that. Although we held a live show at the guild hall the other day, if we open up a stage there shows like that can happen more often. We don’t need a large theater like the Marsfield Opera House, but it will become a popular spot for the girly gay men if Nicole handles it.”
For the management of the live house, she added that Ferdinand Lorenburg could provide some helpful advice at running the live house.
“I’m curious, it was Reeve’s grandfather who had taught you to sing right?”
The four masters almost choked on their tea.
Shoulder length blonde hair, bright emerald eyes, and cute lips of a cherry color. What type of implication was coming from such a small girl.
In the end, Flint was only able to choke out those words.
The redevelopment of Warren began like this.
1. The ladies all refer to them as Jewelry Box-minasama which is a formal way of saying everyone or -sama for a group.
2. I checked this out nearly 50 times because I don’t know how a dice shape is meant to be cute, but that is definitely what it says. Am I just out of the times? Have I become old? No wonder my mother always tells me I suck at giving gifts.
3. Just in case you don’t know what that is, think of it like a comedy club except with music.