Sunday, May 13, 2012

Nailed on Mt. Pleasant..

If you were ever thinking of starting a business or starting a new business, please don't make it a manicure, pedicure, a.k.a. spa, salon. take a look.

One of the headings in my photography challenge was "street." So I walked along Mt. Pleasant early this morning and took some "street scenes." I couldn't help noticing, in a random shot, the number of "nail" places within a few feet (no pun intended) of each other - there are more too in other blocks on the street. Now if your business were supplying product to nail places then you may just have hit "pay dirt." 

In a quick inventory of businesses on this street - which is really just 5 blocks in total -  there are probably - 50 restaurants (including several pubs), 3 genuine French bakeries within 200 feet of each other, 4-5 gourmet food stores, 10 - 15 hair salons, 5 or 6 dry cleaners, 2 large chain drug stores, 1 supermarket, 2 or 3 vintage clothing stores (there used to be 5 or 6), 2 or 3 antique stores, (there used to be 5 or 6), 5 or 6 home decor shops, 3 or 4 art galleries (there used to be 5 or 6), 3 toy stores, if you include a doll house store and a model car store - right beside each other, plus a children's book store, a library, 1 ice cream store, 1 large candy store - just selling candy!! and 2 costume stores. Oh yes, I almost forgot - at least 10 nail salons, 2 pet stores, 2 movie theatres, 1 funeral home, 2 churches, 1 park.

I challenge any other street to have this type of skewed concentration in such a small space. The rest of the shops are what you may find any place else.

You will note that there is no yarn store.  Infiknit is there; but we are not a store front and the closest yarn store is a half an hour's walk away. 

I just decided to look at what people like to have in their neighbourhood - lots of money is spent on eating out, grooming - both people and pets - children, and entertainment.  Maybe it's time for yarn to have a better presence, hmmmm.

Now who's ready to start a new business?

Have a productive day!!

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