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Old 06-16-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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I'm looking at opening a bakery coffee shop in the next 8 months and I'm trying to do some research as to where to open it. Some people are saying downtown Charleston, others Summerville area. Any suggestions? Where could I go to find out more research on the two areas? Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: North Charleston
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Believe it or not, but zip-codes.com has a wealth of demographic information. Just plug in the zip you are looking for and it returns some good info. You can use zips around your target area as those folks may visit your shop as well.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Historic downtown summerville.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Historic Summerville already has a coffee shop, not much for baked goods though.....

We could use a good bakery...
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Riverland terrace James island near interection of woodland shores and maybank highway and go down wappoo. People will walk to your cafe. Come and see why

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Old 06-17-2012, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Daniel Island SC
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Daniel Island needs you! Although one just failed..don't know why (wasnt very good IMHO). there are plenty of residents, I just don't know how businesses DI. There are no bagels/coffee/bakery shops!
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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If it's a coffee shop that will actually be open late, I'd say in the 29407.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Well, here's my two cents. Harris Teeter is going to be breaking ground soon at the corner of Wescott Blvd and Dorchester Road. It is an extremely high traffic area with good residential density. That's my vote! It's either 29485 or 29420. Good luck!
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Near the water
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Unless you are extremely talented and good at the craft and have something unique to offer then Charleston would not be the best place. That niche' is filled and established. In this time and economy you are going to have to bring something incredible to the table.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Yes, I agree...

This place is saturated with restaurants (over 1000 in greater Charleston) and coffee places, wine bars...etc. plus most of the grocery stores have in-store bakerys here.

What about selling your goods by use of a food truck? Now those are seemingly doing well...you can move all over town to different spots, farmer's markets, numerous events etc.

But that niche might also be full of bakery-type foods...not sure.

Good luck!



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Unless you are extremely talented and good at the craft and have something unique to offer then Charleston would not be the best place. That niche' is filled and established. In this time and economy you are going to have to bring something incredible to the table.
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