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Old 11-13-2008, 09:12 PM
 
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Hi everyone-
I was hoping to get some opinions about a new business idea I have......
I am a nurse and am moving to Lakeland. I have an online store where I sell "awareness" related gifts such as breast cancer awareness jewelry, accessories (pink ribbon themed), and other items. I have sold my items to many different "mastectomy boutiques" and many of my things are handmade. I also make other "ribbon" items for such things as pancreatic cancer, domestic violence, heart disease, etc and also "recovery" items (Alcohol and Drug) and "spiritual" gifts (handmade rosaries, mustard seed items, etc.
I would love to finally open a store that carries these things for people to buy for gifts in Lakeland. My online store is doing ok but I don't make much profit. I have always wanted to try this type of little store and was wondering if you all might give me some opinions about my idea and possible locations which you may think would work..........thanks !
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:46 AM
 
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Hi everyone-
I was hoping to get some opinions about a new business idea I have......
I am a nurse and am moving to Lakeland. I have an online store where I sell "awareness" related gifts such as breast cancer awareness jewelry, accessories (pink ribbon themed), and other items. I have sold my items to many different "mastectomy boutiques" and many of my things are handmade. I also make other "ribbon" items for such things as pancreatic cancer, domestic violence, heart disease, etc and also "recovery" items (Alcohol and Drug) and "spiritual" gifts (handmade rosaries, mustard seed items, etc.
I would love to finally open a store that carries these things for people to buy for gifts in Lakeland. My online store is doing ok but I don't make much profit. I have always wanted to try this type of little store and was wondering if you all might give me some opinions about my idea and possible locations which you may think would work..........thanks !
Hi there! I am one of the few on this forum who live in Lakeland, so I will try to respond. First of all, I'm sure you realize the economy isn't great right now, so you will have to have a good bit set aside or to invest in a "bricks-and-mortar" store to last you awhile.

If you really want to go ahead with it, there are a couple suggestions I would have - try to find a little place in the downtown area. It could be in the heart of downtown (if you find an affordable place) but there are also some other areas in the vicinity - one is a small area of a few specialty shops on McDonald St. in the Lake Morton district just south of downtown. Further south is the "Dixieland" district where you will find some small storefronts on either side of Florida Ave, the main drag through town. I don't know how to put you in contact with anyone but you might start by calling the Chamber of Commerce.

Good luck to you!
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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thanks- this helps alot-I will investigate those areas for rental prices.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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what are the names of the streets in down town lakeland I should know to check the prices?
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I think your business idea sounds great. Of course I agree that the economy isn't the best right now, so it might be difficult. My suggestion is to market your products to stores that you might be able to sell on consignment or even try the flea markets or craft fairs. Once your business grows then open a store front. Just an idea. Hope that helps and hope you have a succesful business venture.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:12 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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This thread is from 2008.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:16 PM
 
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Florida needs another gift shop. There are so few.

:/

I used to be a sales rep for sports related gear. I had many clients in Fla that were surf shops, windsurfing shops, etc...

A retail store in Florida can be a cash cow. The tourists head down there with a wallet full of cash and leave their common sense back at the house.

Retail isn't rocket science... and location makes a huge difference... so, yea Florida is a touri$t cash cow...

No State Taxes. Whoot.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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While I support your business idea, if you aren't making much profit online, imagine having significant overhead from an actual shop. This is a recipe for disaster, as the demand for these products are neither high nor consistant.

If you are going to spend money to open a brick-and-mortar shop, there are better business ventures to attempt to tackle. I would really keep this business online, where there is no overhead. Even paying $4,000 a month (for arguments sake) for a commercial property, I cant imagine you making enough profit to pay your rent. that is a lot of pink ribbons.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
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This is an old posting , from 2008. She is probably over the idea by now...
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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This is an old posting , from 2008. She is probably over the idea by now...
DAMNIT!!!!

How could i miss that. I cant believe i responded to a two year old post!

I will be hearing about this, as I am the first one to call people out for doing this.
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