Dan and I love to talk about our future dreams together. Raising a family, future traveling, where we’ll live later in life, what our next house will be like, etc. Another thing we love to talking about is opening up a shop. The entrepreneur in me has SO many ideas. How do I channel this into a sound business plan? Where do I start? What do I choose?
1. Flower Shop– This has been my dream for the longest. I got really inspired when we traveled to Florence, Italy and I saw the cutest little corner flower shops all over the place. Simple, sweet and full of happiness. Has anyone ever seen “Bed of Roses“? Yeah, it’s that old cheesy 90’s movie with Christian Slater who sweeps a woman of her feet with flowers. You can’t help but want to open up a flower shop after watching this flick. My flower shop is simple. It would be a shop in a heavy foot traffic area and have beautiful in season flowers. The flowers will be individually kept in metal rustic canisters separated by type and color. There will be a “build your own bouquet” area where you can select the flowers you want for your own bouquet, and they will be wrapped in brown paper and tied at the base with a beautiful raffia ribbon. That to me my friend, is pure happiness. Now who wouldn’t want to receive a custom bouquet like THAT? The shop would also have other gift friendly things such as fresh organic seasonal fruit and a “create your own fruit” basket. A small local organic wine selection and a spin rack of greeting cards made from recycled paper. Think of it as the ultimate place to stop on the way to a friends house, or on the way to a date. The perfect place to go to pick up something for a friend or family member before you head to their house for a fabulous Soiree. Of course it would be a big hit for holidays and birthdays too. That goes without saying.
When mentioning this to my husband who is a gun aficionado… he cleverly comes up with the name “Petals and Pistols”. He says it’s the perfect solution to combine our two loves into one shop. His logic goes something like this… A husband will go to the gun store to get in touch with his inner masculine side and purchase some kind of beautiful lethal weapon, and then taps into his softer side and gets his wife or girlfriend a beautiful bouquet of flowers. See, the perfect fit. Kind of like Guns and Roses. It just works. Not exactly what I had in mind, but I love the fact that he’s making his dreams apart of mine. I love it!
2.Pigtails and Crewcuts- I got this brilliant idea on the way to take my son for his second haircut in three months; open a kids salon! The one I went to was about twenty minutes away, which means really far when you have a little one like myself. The area that I live in is pretty affluent and there are not many kids salons at all. There was one not too far north of us that was always packed, but it closed. So…I was thinking, what an opportunity! Owning this franchise would be great. You pay the franchise fee and you get all the marketing, training, design layouts and equipment selection. It looks like a piece of cake. Not to mention that the banks are more likely to give you a loan for a franchise than a “start-up” business. The only bummer is that, like I mentioned, everything is already picked for you, so I wouldn’t be able to use my creative juices and design the layout or decorate the store. All of that has already been done by their design and marketing team. Those of you that live here in Alpharetta, don’t you agree? Wouldn’t you come to my kids salon? We totally need one!
3. Cupcakes and Tea Cups– I mentioned this a wee bit here back when I got an array of vintage tea cups from my Aunt. However, since then my idea has grown and taken a more of a child approach. As a child I loved to have tea parties. Yes, I was one of those girls who would put her stuffed animals in a little circle and serve them tea, and bug my Mom and brother to come join us (I was a sad lonely child wasn’t I?). How cool would it be if there was a place where you could have children’s tea parties but also make custom cupcakes? There would be several “party rooms” where you can have little tea parties. The girls could get dressed up in their finest “dress up” clothes from the “Let’s play dress-up room” and sip on some teas with their very best little rosy cheeked friends. Then hit the “Cupcake Creation” area where there will be all different kinds of fresh cupcakes to choose from under a glass case. They will be able to go over to an area with an array of different icings (every color in the rainbow) and toppings. With just a pull of a lever they will pick the color of their icing. Go over to the “Sprinkles” area where just a few sprinkles of their favorite topping will complete the cupcake. No worries about mess, the metal grate will catch all the sprinkles in a hidden trap door to be cleaned later. Woah… I’ve put way too much thought into this! I think I want to be a kid again. Isn’t this a fabulous idea?!
4.Eco-Friendly Nail Salon-Any woman will agree…when it comes to getting good pedicures, it’s a must. Who doesn’t love them? HOWEVER- what is up with all the toxic fumes? Don’t these places have ventilation? I wouldn’t be surprised if I killed a few hundred brain cells just walking into those places. I get a headache just thinking about it. Hey, it’s the price we pay for beauty right? But what if it didn’t have to be? What if there was a place that we could go that ZERO VOC’s (volatile organic compounds)? What if the nail salon we went to ONLY used all natural essential oils and lotions that have natural fragrances? What if all the products used were eco-friendly? What if there was great ventilation for goodness sake? I ask questions all the time like: What is that stuff that sizzles in the water? Is it safe for me to put my feet in? Is there something other than acetone that can remove polish? Is there such thing as eco-friendly polish so that when my son goes to bite my finger (or toe for that matter) he’s not going to get a taste of something toxic? These are all questions I ponder. I don’t have the slightest clue about nail salons, and to be quite honest, it seems as if its the Asian community that has really taken off with this business, so I’m not even sure if I could compete. Nonetheless, it’s an idea…and I would love to see this in my community one of these days. Until then, I guess I’ll continue to get headaches and toxic polish all for the sake of beauty and relaxation.
5. Cafe Intermezzo– Anyone who’s been to Cafe Intermezzo in Atlanta knows- it’s the absolute best coffee and dessert place around. We SO need a place like this in the ‘burbs of Alpharetta. You know, a euro-inspired bakery that serves fabulous coffee and tea and irresistible “bakery style” fresh desserts from the case. Every time Dan and I go to Cafe Intermezzo it’s always packed to the brim. Location, great food, public interest is the perfect formula for a great business. We need a candle lit romantic adult hang out spot with romanesque statues, wrought iron tables and stone water features. Where people from all walks of life fall in love with each other all over again, thoughts and ideas create long conversations and the hankering for sweets and caffeine is fulfilled. I would love to open a place like this. It would be just the kind of place that we would need to make Friday nights sparkle.
I know I’m taking a risk putting out all my business ideas on my blog for all fifteen of you readers to read. If I can inspire others to open up a shop before I can, then maybe that will teach my scared, non-spontaneous, non-risk taking self a lesson!