If You Could Own Your Own Retail Store..

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
If you could own your own retail store, what would you specifically like to sell?

Go ahead and elaborate for us! I know there are some very broad categories, so, please specify in your comments, thanks!

And just to make it easier, because I have many interests, as I'm sure others must, you can choose more than one!
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
food/drink
sunflower , bog , Trysexual , charmedtomeetyou , U3H , padmeamidala , KinkyKatieJames , treehugger , ViVix , Chilipepper , Rossie , Trixxxy , married with children , bayosgirl , lovelyzombie , GONE! , sunkissedJess , falalena
18
clothing/shoes/accessories
U3H , EastCoast36 , KinkyKatieJames , jackie.jfky , Trixxxy , bayosgirl , joiedejouets , cicispizzaisyummy , bettyboom , sunkissedJess
10
lingerie/swimwear
KinkyKatieJames , Lildrummrgurl7 , ChubbyNerd , Trixxxy , cicispizzaisyummy , bettyboom
6
pet supplies/pet food/pets
KinkyKatieJames , Vanille , bettyboom , falalena
4
health/wellness
Lildrummrgurl7 , Taylor , sunkissedJess
3
SEX stuff
sunflower , Trysexual , KinkyKatieJames , js250 , Lildrummrgurl7 , ChubbyNerd , ViVix , gwenevieve , AliMc , Trixxxy , bayosgirl , bettyboom , sunkissedJess , falalena
14
jewelry
U3H , KinkyKatieJames , Chilipepper , cicispizzaisyummy , sunkissedJess
5
electronics/computers/phones/tech
Hummingbird , Vanille , Allstars316 , cicispizzaisyummy
4
hobbies/crafts
U3H , wicked48 , married with children , GONE!
4
office supplies
toys
furniture/mattress/carpet or rugs
married with children
1
cars/motorcycles/airplanes/boats
js250
1
household wares or appliances
linens/textiles
Chilipepper
1
home decor
Chilipepper , cicispizzaisyummy , sunkissedJess
3
antiques/collectibles
Hallmar82 , Chilipepper , GONE!
3
stationary/cards/gift store
ViVix , Chilipepper
2
beauty/body care
KinkyKatieJames , Chilipepper , cicispizzaisyummy , sunkissedJess
4
music/musical instruments
bog , U3H , spiced , LoveX , GONE!
5
books/magazines
sunflower , U3H , Kitka , KinkyKatieJames , Lildrummrgurl7 , cicispizzaisyummy
6
dollar store/party store/costumes
KinkyKatieJames , bettyboom
2
sports gear/camping/outdoor stuff
bog , Trysexual , EastCoast36
3
hardware/building supplies
plants/flowers/gardening
bog , U3H , sunkissedJess , falalena
4
OTHER - all the other stuff I didn't already include
Hallmar82 , CutiePatootie , Trysexual , U3H , Jaimes , js250 , gwenevieve , Trixxxy , spiced , Princess Zelda , jakjak , SelectZen , Kodie
13
Total votes: 116 (43 voters)
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Hallmar82 Hallmar82
I wouldn't mind trying to run my own bar/grill/theatre, but that's not exclusively retail though. I would also love to have a restoration shop that sells restored antiques and firearms, but that's not exclusively retail either. As much as I love EF, I don't think a novelty retail store would be able to compete with on-line retailers like EF unless it had some gimmick. I don't know what that'd be for me.
05/08/2013
CutiePatootie CutiePatootie
Art Gallery and Studio is my personal dream.
05/08/2013
sunflower sunflower
There's a store called Crazy Wisdom around here. It has a lot of new age books and there's a tea room upstairs.

I'd love to run something like a new and used bookstore with a lot of paperbacks and also new age/spiritual books, crystals, incense, vintage books, lil Buddha and Ganesha statues, a few novelties. And have a lil coffee/tea area with pastries and tea and lattes. That's the dream. It would have comfy places to sit down. The store would be really welcoming looking and just warm colors and very open. I'd love to run somewhere like that ugh.

I'd also love to run an adult store and have a lot of regular stuff and then a room with BDSM/fetish stuff that isn't carried in generic sex stores. And lingerie that isn't tacky as hell and comes in bigger sizes. There were some really cute boyshorts at the local adult superstore. The biggest size was a medium and I was like ummm in what world is that a medium? Medium child size? I don't know anyone who could fit in those. But yeah Eden yall better watch out I will be COMPETITION. (not really)

Another store I loved in Ann Arbor that sadly went out of business a while ago was called Acme Mercantile. It just had a bunch of little gag items. Stuff like bacon shaped band-aids, those offensive notepads where you can check stuff off and hand them to people. idk what they're called, like a snarky to do list type thing or 'reasons you're an asshole', those horse masks that people on the internet wear, pickle flavored toothpicks, etc. Just a bunch of novelty stuff and a few household things. I'm not explaining it well. They also were the only places downtown where you could get household stuff like lightbulbs. That store was really fun and it would be cool to run something like that.
05/08/2013
sunflower sunflower
OH also I want to make a very upscale restaurant with fancy shish kebabs, gourmet corndogs, marinated lamb on a skewer. And my fancy resturant will be called Shit On A Stick. If u steal that idea I will sue you for stealing my creative property or something because it's one of my better ideas.
05/08/2013
bog bog
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you could own your own retail store, what would you specifically like to sell?

Go ahead and elaborate for us! I know there are some very broad categories, so, please specify in your comments, thanks!

And just to make it easier, ... More
If I had to choose one, I think I'd open a restaurant. I'm a great cook, and I'd fill the place with my friends' art and lots of plants!
05/08/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
Computers and all sorts of tekkie stuff. I'm a big gadget person and probably could open a store with what I own now. I always hang out at computer stores or hardware stores in the tools section, especially the electronic ones.
05/08/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Chocolate or ice cream store...maybe a small casual restaurant or photo gallery. Sporting goods specialty.
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charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Something eclectic and casual...a coffee house/bookstore....som ewhere I could hang art from local folks and hang out with friends....
05/08/2013
padmeamidala padmeamidala
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you could own your own retail store, what would you specifically like to sell?

Go ahead and elaborate for us! I know there are some very broad categories, so, please specify in your comments, thanks!

And just to make it easier, ... More
I've always wanted to own a cupcake shop. I think that would be very cool. Or a used book store.
05/08/2013
EastCoast36 EastCoast36
It would be a boardsports shop. I don't live right on the coast or in the mountains, but I love surfing and snowboarding. I do live very close to a popular lake, and there is little in the way of legit wakeboard sellers. So, I would want to sell wakeboards and hopefully work something out to stock some new and used surfboards, some cruiser skateboards, and a few snowboards. Of course then I would have to have the bindings, boots, ropes, vests, leashes, traction pads, goggles, boardshorts, wetsuits, jackets, etc. Then there are the t-shirts, shoes, sandals, hats, sunglasses. I honestly think I could do an amazing job with it, but I don't believe there is quite the demand to support it here. I daydream about it often.
05/08/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
Other! I would totally run a Halloween and assorted costumes/props type of shop.

My other equally loved choice would be a food/theatre venue. Sexy cocktails and creative food, and a kickass black box theatre/photography space.

Honestly, I think my best bet would be to run both, and sell off the props and costumes at the same time.
05/08/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
The main business would be a tea room, but it would also sell gourmet treats, original jewelry, handmade beauty products, and "hopeless romantic" home accessories.

(I am such a girl.)
05/08/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
The main business would be a tea room, but it would also sell gourmet treats, original jewelry, handmade beauty products, and "hopeless romantic" home accessories.

(I am such a girl.)
I worked as a dishwasher, then cook, for a tea house for about three years in high school! I hated the owner, and dish washing was no fun, but I loved the environment and the idea. She had a small gift shop area with pretty teapots and random knick knacks and jewelry like you mentioned. It was pretty cool! I would totally have a tea room!
05/08/2013
Kitka Kitka
I would love to own a bookstore or library at some point.
05/08/2013
js250 js250
I do own my own retail business. I design, produce and manufacture signs, decals, bumper stickers, memorial and dedication plaques, ADA signage and so much more....

I would not have chosen this as my store but the opportunity was wide open as an employee and I purchased the store. I would rather have a vintage cycle store......
05/08/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by Jaimes
I worked as a dishwasher, then cook, for a tea house for about three years in high school! I hated the owner, and dish washing was no fun, but I loved the environment and the idea. She had a small gift shop area with pretty teapots and random knick ... More
After having read your post in "worst summer jobs" and my own experience as a dishwasher at a diner, I know there will definitely be an automatic washer at my place! (As well as be a kinder boss.)
05/08/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Oh there's a lot I'd like to sell!
05/08/2013
ChubbyNerd ChubbyNerd
I've always wanted to own a sex shop.
05/08/2013
Vanille Vanille
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you could own your own retail store, what would you specifically like to sell?

Go ahead and elaborate for us! I know there are some very broad categories, so, please specify in your comments, thanks!

And just to make it easier, ... More
Something with pets or electronics/techy stuff.
05/08/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you could own your own retail store, what would you specifically like to sell?

Go ahead and elaborate for us! I know there are some very broad categories, so, please specify in your comments, thanks!

And just to make it easier, ... More
food, drink, sex, and stationary....yeah, it'd be a weird place. Ha!
05/08/2013
Rossie Rossie
My shop will offer specialty foods and drinks.
05/08/2013
wicked48 wicked48
I'd love to own a craft store.
05/08/2013
sunflower sunflower
Quote:
Originally posted by Vanille
Something with pets or electronics/techy stuff.
Sell those fence shock collars for dogs, cats, and lizards. Best of both worlds Hannah Montana style.
05/08/2013
gwenevieve gwenevieve
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
If you could own your own retail store, what would you specifically like to sell?

Go ahead and elaborate for us! I know there are some very broad categories, so, please specify in your comments, thanks!

And just to make it easier, ... More
My dream store would be a headshop/sex shop combined. I've seen them done tons but they're always ridiculous and I think it's not much to ask for a store that not only carries nice, quality smoking paraphernalia, but also nice, quality sex toys, as well!
05/08/2013
married with children married with children
Either food, or a store that sold things I built.
05/08/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
My husband and I have talked about getting a food truck, selling local grass-finished beef burgers and pastured pork brats, etc. I think the whole concept of food trucks is very cool.

I've also thought about opening a wine shop specializing in Italian wines. I even have a name for it: Vino Amore.
05/08/2013
spiced spiced
I could do musical instruments, or bicycles, or maybe outdoor gear. If it was bikes, it would be an underrepresented niche like transportation/commute r cycling. I could also see myself buying and selling antiques. It all SEEMS like it would be fun, and I'll bet it would be — at first. But I have a feeling the day to day grind of it would quickly suck all the fun out of it!
05/08/2013
lovelyzombie lovelyzombie
food!
05/09/2013
Princess Zelda Princess Zelda
Herbal remedies made by myself I am actually hoping to one day do this
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