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    Is there through traffic? Coffee is always good, huge profit margin, if its a good brand, that could set you apart from the local cafe perhaps? Make it a multi purpose space. Stock quirky but inexpensive homewares, decorations, etc. Point of difference is the key. Also, depending on liquor licence, you could try a byo for weekend lunches or themed food plates and invite a local musician who can use that chance to sell cd's. Support local artists with opening the shop space for exhibitions. Become a local hub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michellead View Post
    Healthy cafe!
    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.
    A bulk dry goods store was my first idea but I don't think our town would be the right place to put it. Or rather it would be a big risk. There is a slowly growing packaging free movement driven a lot by a local blogger, but a store like that would depend on word spreading and people coming from far and wide (which can and does happen, just a big risk).
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    Having recently moved to a farm and having a small town close by please do decent coffee! If nothing else, just make decent coffee. I'm not even a coffee snob and im crying out for coffee!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by michellead View Post
    Healthy cafe!
    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.
    I live rural and love these ideas! We are in a tourist town, so have lots of things here, but half the cafe's/restraints are either pricey, decidedly average or both!

    What if you did a cafe/deli with coffee, lunch and dinner one night a week. There's a place here that does that, and they also have curry/casseroley type things for meals you can grab during the day to reheat at home. You could do a wall with some dry goods/health food shop type things and local produce. If some of the tourist places around you would let you stock their things, it could be a winner. There are lots of cottage/big industries here with local jams, Dukakis, chocolate etc, but they are all miles apart. Some have stock in town which is great as makes it easier to get hold of.

    If you do do a cafe type thing, please put in a kids area. Not many do here and it's painful entertaining them if you meet friends for coffee. We all spend more time "mothering" than chatting! Few toys, colouring in etc would all make it easier for mums to socialise and the kids have fun too.

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    Bit of a spin off idea but how about a coffee truck? You could do the rounds of any industrial sites, sporting events etc plus sell food to go with it.


 

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