- If we are a nation of shopkeepers, what shop would you run?
Thinking about this – the inner Briton likes nothing more than setting up a small shop selling stuff to other people. It hardly pays, you live off bank finance, and it's risky. And yet, so many aspire to doing it.
Me – I'm boring – a bookshop with tea and coffee facilities that's open in the evening, and a large selection of imported books. I'd do fast ordering and home delivery by bicycle.
So, if you were to run a single shop (i.e. not a chain), what would you sell and why?Posted 8 years agomansonsoulMember
I'd love to have a little cafe with literary pretensions, bookshelves and snugs. I'd sell my cakes and homemade bread sandwiches, and it would have secure bike storage and wooden floorboards painted white.
It would be bright and people would come in and talk about travel and adventure and environmentalism and literature.Posted 8 years ago
Oh, oh, oh!spacemonkeyMember
I'm another for the cafe option, also with a literary element, e.g. dedicated library/reading area. Home-made produce sourced as locally as possible. Might also have a deli area too.
Would seriously consider it if I suddenly found myself cash-rich enough to "retire."Posted 8 years agoGee-JaySubscriber
I am not that sporty & I have never run a shop but I live in a town of about 80,000 and there isnt anywhere to buy a badminton/tennis/squich bat or things to hit …there is a (great) bike shop & lots of phone shops, banks / building societies, cafes/coffee shops but no where… you want kit or trainers, other than from next & you are knackered… how do the powers that be expect the next generation not to be obese?Posted 8 years ago
Let me guess Black Books is your inspiration OMITN?
Actually, no. Never seen it.
bunkhouse/tearoom/hostel/cake shop/surf shop/activity centre in PembrokshireNorthWalesLakesNorthumberlandSkye
Like the Dales Biking Centre? I have met Stuart, though not yet visited. Friends of mine have. They all rave about it.
Do it. In fact, given that my parents now live in Ceredigion, I might just come down and help you. What do you say?Posted 8 years agowillardMember
I'd be tempted by a small "country store" type place with horse riding, shooting, fishing and pet stuff. I could sell expensive kit to the polo set and the people with kids in the pony club, but then favour locals with a good discount for being local.
Pet food and supplies would be a good market round my way and I could seriously make a dent in the market for Pets@Home.Posted 8 years ago
Lister – you're coming at it from the wrong angle. Start small and grow bigger.
Honestly, it's a truly great idea. You really should do it.
I have a small LBS and wifey has a bakery. The above is very true but it's the only job I've stuck for more than four years and I dread the thought of ever having to change.
There has to be something in this. Mrs North has always wanted to run a "cake" shop (by which I think she means cake based café). I used to put her off with my lawyer-ly "it's all a risk", but now see completely where she's coming from.
And i see where you're coming from. Good on you; both of you.Posted 8 years ago
You mean you've never been to Barter Books? You haven't lived. They seem to have taken over the old railway station, filled in the tracks, but you can still see the platform edges. The old buildings are there, quite magical. Tea and coffee on the boil and you can just sit and read all day long. No pressure to buy. And their stock list is absolutely enormous.
Just what a book shop should be like.Posted 8 years ago
I like shops that sell two incongruous product lines. The was one at the top of Leith Walk that used to sell 2nd Hand TVs and Darts. There was one in Cessnock that used to sell army surplus and haberdashery, and one in Tradeston called Smoke'n'Time that sold Tabacco and Clocks.
I would sell trouser presses and huge paninisPosted 8 years ago
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