1) If you suddenly received a ton of money and could open up some kind of store or service just for the pleasure of having it (assume it wouldn’t have to be too financially successful!), what would it be?
I want to have an artisan's gallery that would incorporate: 1) a gathering space for knitters or others doing hand work (a beverage counter would, of course, be available), 2) pet-friendliness, 3) the proceeds of which would benefit animal rescue groups.2) What service or store that no longer exists do you miss most?
The fabric store and greeting card/gift shop in the center of the town where I grew up3) What local business do you think you could make better if you were to take it over? And if you don’t mind sharing, what changes would you make?
No particular business comes to mind, but efficiency and poor customer service bug me like crazy. I would want to help improve those aspects of any business.4) What spot nearby seems to be impossible for businesses to survive in?
Oddly enough, locations near Walmart. Restaurants, in particular, have trouble.5) We’ve all seen stores that combined books and records, beer and laundry, or coffee and whatever. One of my favorite places to get coffee in Honolulu is a cafe and florist, and there is a car garage that’s also a diner in a town nearby. What would be a cool hybrid of two disparate ideas for somewhere you’d like to hang out?
Fabric store and coffee/tea shop! I don't see these as disparate, necessarily, and I understand why it would be a challenge to put them together. That said, bring it on!Unsolicited Bonus--some of my favorite names for food places: Play with your Food (at a theater), Food for Thought (at a museum), and The Readers Feast (book store).