This week, one of our foxes asked, “If you opened your own store what would it be?”
Having the dedication and commitment necessary for running a store requires the owner to love what he or she is selling. There are several things I love to do, and I could see myself in a shop built around one of my hobbies.
I spend a lot of time sewing, scrapbooking, making greeting cards, crocheting, and occasionally working on other crafts. It would be fun to own a shop where all the supplies for all my crafty hobbies were available. I’d make sure there were lots of tables set up for people to work on their projects. There would be smaller rooms for clubs to meet. I’d find instructors to teach special techniques. Of course, this would be a very large store, because there are SO MANY different crafts.
But then, I’m a musician, so it would make sense to open a music store. This would be a place where people can purchase supplies for their band or orchestra instruments, find music to practice, rooms where people can take lessons, and maybe even a little stage for recitals. I could have a sound room where people could make recordings of themselves. And of course, there would be expert repair persons available to keep instruments in tip-top shape!
Another place where I love to spend time is a bookstore. There’s a used bookstore near me that hosts author events, like the one where I held my release party for The Road to Escape last year. They have a section for local authors’ books, including several of mine. There are rooms available for book clubs, writing critique groups, and even crafty projects. And of course, the selection of books is ever-changing. People come and go, sometimes leaving with large bags full of books.
Decisions, decisions. Which of these would I want to run? Ideally, of course, I’d have all three. It would be nice to have an entire strip mall, where the three shops would be side-by-side. Then I could run in and out of whatever shop needed me. I’d have to have competent managers for each, of course, because I’d be too busy crafting, making music, and writing to devote much time to any of them! And as much as I’d love having everything I need for all my activities right at my fingertips, I don’t have the business sense needed to keep a store going for any length of time. But it’s a fun thing to dream about. If I owned these three stores, any time I needed anything, I’d know right where to go.
What kind of shop would YOU open?
I can imagine that just about all of us would like to be involved in books, yet I am glad to see that other interests are coming out.
I don’t play an instrument, but my sons and grandkids do or have, so I have spent a lot of time in music stores.I find them interesting.I spend time browsing and buying sheet music and books.
Craft store! I would not make a profit there! I would get no work done;I’d be at the craft/sewing tables all day!
I have a feeling I wouldn’t make a profit at any of these shops – but I’d have fun with all my supplies at hand.
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All of those stores sound amazing! I could spend hours in your crafting store and your book store. I’m sure I could find you in the craft store working on one of your many projects and giving tips to those of us who are not as talented as you. I would love to have a little music store like that around here. My youngest wants to learn several instruments and wanted to start with the violin but around here they start that in 5th grade ion school and we haven’t been lucky enough to find an teacher outside of the school system to teach him.
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You’re right, Angela. I’d spend more time working on projects than working in the store! As for violin teachers, I’m sure there are several in Davenport, or I could do some research in the musicians’ union website for you if you like.
I’d have to do a bookstore, I’ve always wanted to. It would have a paperback exchange section, used books, new books, and local author books. I’d love to have a little lounge for writers to come write and a room for book clubs and writers groups. I’d even like a little stage for readings. It is sort of my retirement dream. Don’t expect to make a ton of $$ but, dang, I’d sure have fun. Maybe someone could put their craft store next door…
A bookstore would be a great fit for you, Diana! Your ideas sound wonderful! And yes, I could set up my craft store next to it.
yes… bookstore would have to be on my list.
My wife is a craft-savvy person who has done everything from candle making to macrame to cross-stitch to scrapbooking to card-making. And more I can’t even remember right now. She and my daughter went to a place about 40-50 west of here that sold scrap booking supplies, had tables available, and even provided some limited entertainment for kids, if the interested parties had them in tow.