My suggestion would be a Cyber Cafe. People love to eat and if you have a place where they can come and use a Computer that you supply or bring their own, and serve food, you meed the best of two worlds.
Placing the Cyber Cafe would be strategic. I suggest locating close to a College campus or High school. Students would flock to a Cyber Cafe for the ability to use their computers, eat and study in a comfortable atmosphere.
This would also benefit the working office people who like to have acccess to a computer through lunch or breaks. Having WIFI access can even benefit you for those who use e readers and your nemisis Amazon becomes an ally with their E Readers
I hope this helps give you a direction to consider. Joan
Hi Joan, I'm afraid the era of the cybercafe is already on the wane in our community. The vast majority of those with reliable incomes already have 24/7 internet access to tne internet with portable devices. also we have 4 years remaining on our lease. and the building is histori and cannot be modified for food service.
The tecnnolology era is what is stable right now. Maybe somehow bringing the older book store into the newer generation by handling E Readers and Pads may be something that can work in conjunction with the old fashioned book store. You can handle anything that offers new technology, from the cell phones that do not require contracts: ie pay as you go phones from various carriers, to selling E Readers, as well as keeping books.
Supplies like chargers, auto chargers, phone cases, cases for Pads and E Readers, may also be added to the stock.
Another thought would be to set up a Cash for Gold center which are popping up all over the place where I live. They are doing a terrific business here in Florida.
My last thought would be a Wedding Planning store front. assist people with setting up all plans for having a wedding. Anything from Venues, Bakers, Catering, Clergy, Stationary etc.
If none of these ideas help, I am am afraid I may be at a loss to assist you. Joan
with due respect there ar unfortunately reasons why these suggestions are impracal for us. There are a Staples and a Radio Shack within a mile of us. This is the heart of the California gold mining counties, so there were many established gold traders here long before the Cash for Gold craze began. And Bridal shoppes aplenty. I think we need th get a little farther off the beaten track for this to work. One of the features of our location is that 20% of the stores, many of them owned by good friends of ours, have closed. All of these are highly intellegent, creative and experienced business people. We have all put many hours of thought and discussion into this and hve come op short. Only a really extraordinary idea is going to be of any use.
Thanks for your efforts,