So I wrote awhile back about our local coffee house closing down. I entertained fantasies of taking it over, but mostly dismissed them as unrealistic. Running a coffee shop is a dream of mine, but one that I had consigned to the hazy future sometime past retirement.
avivahg spoke the other day with the proprietress of a coffee house in York which has been building new locations like crazy. She knew about JJ’s closing, and said she wasn’t sure if she was ready to open a location in our area, but asked if avivahg would be interested in running a franchise. She also mentioned that she had heard that one of the two decent cafes remaining in Shrewsbury is closing. Which means no more decent coffee within walking distance, but also no competition other than the new Starbucks.
So now I’m thinking about it again… and it still seems crazy. I’m a geek, not an entrepreneur. And the last thing I need is yet another draw on my meager time. And yet… part of me wants to try to do it anyway. I have freinds who would help, and I think I have some good ideas… but… what am I thinking? I don’t know the first thing about running a business. Neither of us does. But then again…
I’ve always wanted to.
I think we could successfully compete with Starsucks. It’s a good location, and a beautiful room that is more spacious but still manages to be cozy. Add wi-fi access, a solid schedule of good local music, and advertise like mad and I think we could eat their lunch.
If it works out, it might actually become a supplemental source of income.
It would be good karma. This town needs a place to hang out on the weekends.
I’m terrified. I dont know the first thing about running a real coffee house. And although I know I enjoy working behind the scenes to make such a place work, it would involve a lot of things that are way outside my skillset – like dealing with people.
It would entail loans and other scary financial thingies.
I really don’t have time. It would probably mean putting off any other significantly time-consuming plans like, say, getting my degreem, indefinitely.
What do you think, peoples? Should I forget about this? Is it just silly daydreaming? Or should I take it seriously? My better judgement says that I would regretgoing for it. On the other hand, you only live once and all that. What do you think?