Business idea challenge

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  1. Dreams30

    Dreams30 Lady Rider

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    Here is what is available....

    1 store front building (over 1,500 square feet) in an almost abandoned small downtown (population less than 3,000)

    1 homeschooled teenager who will work for free to build up a business

    minimal security concerns due to the location of the building

    the town already has....9 restaurants, 2 mobile phone places, 4 convenience stores, a used book store, and several antique/junk shops.

    What business would you open?
     
  2. ihedrick

    ihedrick Can't stop thinkin'

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    Maybe a video store or auto parts store.
     

  3. Dreams30

    Dreams30 Lady Rider

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    Ooooooppppssss, I forgot to put...

    the town has a video store and 2 auto parts stores

    but, thank you

    obviously they would do well here since they are now, so those were really good ideas
     
  4. MaryNY

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    How about a craft/gift shoppe - where folks could pick up gifts, get wrapping paper, birthday cards, etc.; a yarn/needlework shop and/or fabric shop (specialize in quilting fabric?); Christmas shop; some sort of specialty shop - gourmet candy, coffee, cheese, whatever might be of interest to folks in the area.

    If the area is known or used to be known for something, capitalize on it. For instance if it used to be known as a main stop for trains or something - you might want to call your place the Gift Depot, or Fabric Depot -- and use a train theme. I have seen ub a year-round Christmas shop in a small town in NC a model train running on a "shelf" all around the place just below the ceiling. They had cut "tunnels" through the walls so it could go from room to room.

    Sounds like an interesting opportunity and a lot of fun. Good luck.

    MaryNY
     
  5. Daryll in NW FLA

    Daryll in NW FLA Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like that town needs a Bar.
     
  6. fitwind

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    how about a dollar store or clothing store?
     
  7. ihedrick

    ihedrick Can't stop thinkin'

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    I like Daryll's idea! (Even though I don't drink). Maybe mix with pool hall.
     
  8. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Discount tobacco and beer store. Probably harder to fail at a sin business.
     
  9. moonwolf

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    Is there a fishing lake in the vicinity?
    How about a live bait and tackle shop, maybe a specialty with that like bowhunting supplies???
     
  10. Simpler1773

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    How about a thrift shop? A place where people drop off unwanted items.

    Otherwise I vote for a coffee shop, combined with something else.
     
  11. Carol K

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    Teenager hang out joint, game machines, burgers and pizza. No matter what kids can always find money to waste in machines and on pizza and burgers. I know it sounds like ripping off kids, but business is about taking money from someone, and at least the kids would have a safe place to be rather than on the street corner!

    Carol K
     
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    how bout a floral shop/gift shop.?
     
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    ..................5am to 11am.......pastries & coffee
    ..................11am to 2pm.......fried pies , cheese\ham in same dough medium as fried pies , other delicious ingredients within the "fried pie" container . Lots and lots of calories but Ohhhhhhhh are they good and people just can't resist them . fordy... :)
     
  15. Fire-Man

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    You got my idea-it will work. I did the same, had pool tables, game machines, Juke Box, but NO alcohol-would not tolerate it. I had mom's and dad's that would drop off their kids so They could go out(pick them up before closing)---kids would have a pocket full of quarters. I got REAL busy in a short period of time-6 pool tables, all kinds of machines-I was pulling out some weeks better than $1200 in quarters. We did a Small kitchen items like Hotdogs, Fries, chilly-cheese fries, burgers-----pizza would have probably been good, but never set-up for it. A cold sandwich deal with a microwave would keep it to where one person could run it in the beginning to get it going with lots of soft drinks and snacks to sale. Good Luck!!!! Randy
     
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  17. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    If there isn't a florist shop, that would work. We have one in our town of 1,700 and it does fine. Sells cards and wrapping paper, seasonal decorations, giftware, and does a wedding registry, too.

    If it was me, I'd add a coffee shop in one corner, too.

    In our area, the teenage hangouts have not been successful. It truly takes a special kind of person to run one of those. Sort of a cross between a den mother and a drill sergeant. You must have infinite patience and be tough as nails.
     
  18. cast iron

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    1. massage therapy
    2. combo gun shop and range
    3. combo biker bar and drinking establishment

    make sure to accept credit and debit cards and you are in like flin! ;)
     
  19. NYhomesteadr

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    Donut/ice cream stand
    Christian bookstore
     
  20. pickapeppa

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    I vote for liquor store or bar. I'm not much of a drinker, but lots of other people are. Our town has a population of about 5500, and has 5 bars. Perhaps a sports bar.