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Old 06-11-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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Hello!
So I've got the business plan, the funding, and lists and lists of inventory but have one remaining question: location.

Just a quick overview. After years of seeing cheesy, tacky "new age" stores with Halloween decorations up year round, cheap mass-produced crap and no atmosphere, I made the decision to open my own shop. I want it to feel like an occult shop should feel, like it could have been opened for years and years, dusty used books, well-made art and home decor, some paranormal equipment for sale/rent, a staff that actual knows what they're talking about...😉

I'm currently in Ohio in a town that not only can't support a shop like this, they'd probably try and burn me at the stake. (Being the only Pagan family in town is rough.) I'm looking for a small city/large town that would support a shop like this. I've done all the online "where should you live" quizzes but I'd like the opinions of actual people, lol. And although I love Salem, I think the market may be a little saturated. 😜

So I'm looking for:
-an old town (the older, the better)
-a decent Pagan community or at least a tolerant atmosphere
-decent number of tourists OR a good number of like minded people
-ghost tours/ghost hunts
-not a huge city
-a walkable downtown

And not a deal breaker but I'd love a dog-friendly place. I have Bassets who love to go everywhere with me!

Thank you for any ideas!
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:07 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Salem, MA.

Duh!
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:29 PM
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Bisbee or Jerome, AZ. Even Tucson might work.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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You're going to need a city to support a niche store.
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:54 PM
 
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I wouldn't suggest a place that already has tons, like Santa Cruz or Portland. I'd pick somewhere in the Midwest or Bible Belt or something ... a place with less competition.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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New Orleans!
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:31 AM
 
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Hello!
So I'm looking for:
-an old town (the older, the better)
-a decent Pagan community or at least a tolerant atmosphere
-decent number of tourists OR a good number of like minded people
-ghost tours/ghost hunts
-not a huge city
-a walkable downtown

And not a deal breaker but I'd love a dog-friendly place. I have Bassets who love to go everywhere with me!

Thank you for any ideas!
Have you considered Savannah? I think it ticks off all of the criteria and despite being in an area many might deem as conservative, Savannah has always seemingly embraced (in modern times anyway) what's seen generally as quirky or odd. I quickly googled "Savannah pagan" and there seems to be a decent number of groups and search activity which seems a good sign.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:35 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Salem, MA.

Duh!
The OP would definitely have other competition there, not exactly a new idea in Salem.

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Bisbee or Jerome, AZ. Even Tucson might work.
Tucson could definitely work well for this kind of business (provided the business was in the right location, say 4th Ave or Congress). I've been wanting to attend the All Souls Procession there for a long time.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:14 AM
 
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Have you considered Savannah? I think it ticks off all of the criteria and despite being in an area many might deem as conservative, Savannah has always seemingly embraced (in modern times anyway) what's seen generally as quirky or odd. I quickly googled "Savannah pagan" and there seems to be a decent number of groups and search activity which seems a good sign.
You beat me to it. I was going to suggest Savannah becaue it satisfies all of your requirements, and I doubt the market is already saturated. It's a quirky place in the Bible Belt.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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Probably Woodstock, NY
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