I am a long-time lurker, who has just joined. :)
I am changing careers, and will be opening a retail candy/chocolate shop. This is completely new territory for me, as I have been in corporate for my entire adult life. I have great skills in many key areas, but I also am very aware of what I lack as a professional, and I know to hire others to supplement, do a lot of research, or simply ask advice of those wiser and more experienced. :)
My shop will have higher end artisan chocolates, and nostaglic and unusual candy. Nothing you would find in a grocery store. The chocolate will be fine and gourmet - nothing you could find even in a chain chocolate shop.
Anyone who has advice on retail store design, visual merchandising, marketing, profit margins, product selection, even hours of operation, is very welcomed!! I have my own ideas in all of these areas, but again, I know I can learn a lot from the membership in this community, and I am very hungry to absorb what I can from the experts.
Thank you, all! :)