The country town I come from has a deli/cafe in town and it has now won awards and is really popular with locals and tourists.
I like the idea of a deli with local 'goods'. And a place with good coffee and tea (where you can buy the beans!) and have breakfast/brunch/lunch. Nothing fancy just using yummy local stuff.
I think a deli/cafe would be great. I don't live in a small town but my DH frequents them for work and is always complaining about the lack of a decent coffee shop/espresso bar and lack of decent food - it's always sausage rolls and pies and never any gourmet wraps, salads, etc.
Add in a play area for the kids and you'll have every mum in town frequenting it regularly!
Ooh yes something like the red bridge cafe in Campbeltown (tassie) and you'd make a killing!
I like the cafe/shop idea. Maybe selling jams/spreads/dukkah/olives etc?
My town sounds similar (although a little smaller). My favourite shops are coffee shops selling good quality made on premises food with a delicatessen selling dips, meats, cheeses and pre-prepared meals. One opened in our town a couple of years ago and has been super popular. I would add bonus points for one with a children's play area!
In a small town i know a cafe owner began roasting their own coffee and the coffee is now a huge business online and in cafes all over Australia.
I agree with pp's about a gourmet cafe. When we lived in a small town I really missed being able to get good coffee!
Fresh sandwiches, quiches, soup & salad etc. the cafe in our small town also used to do pizza on Friday nights which was very popular. Only from 5-7 & you had to order in advance.
Maybe a deli counter with fancy cheese/meats, some flowers, fancy biscuits, antipasto type stuff. Local jams & preserves.
Also agree about a play area for kids!
I used to meet friends 50km away at a decent cafe with an outdoor play area.
I'm thinking a clothing/ sports shop where people can go instead of having to drive to buy soccer boots or school uniforms, shoes etc plus you can also double it and sell women's fashion etc the list goes on for what you could really sell in a clothing shop
We have a 'dry goods store' around the corner (yes this is central London but I think this is a good/versatile idea), it is basically a health food shop (organic dry goods like oats, beans, rice etc that you help yourself and pay by weight), a small selection of organic veggies, eco cleaning products and a selection of eco/organic personal care products, fresh flowers and basic eco toilet paper/paper towel etc.
The owner makes 2-3 cakes/breads a day and in the winter a big pot of soup and sells really good coffee.
It is a big of a local hang out!
Twice a week in a room off the back there is a yoga class open to all, once a month you can make an appointment with a nutritionist, acupuncture, massage therapist (they rent the room for the day and the owner just takes bookings), my favourite is once a month she holds a cook book club so she chooses a book (this month it was Hemsley Hemsley The Art of Eating Well) and everyone picks a recipe, cooks and brings their dish to share and talk about the book - you pay £6 to go but really it doesn't cost her anything as it is in the middle of the day when the shop is open anyway.
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