OPENING A SWEET SHOP
Well I will start from the beginning. Jo my wife had a long running ambition of opening, owning & running a Traditional old fashioned sweet shop selling sweets such as Kopp Kops, Army & Navy, Liquorice Catherine Wheels.
Her dream was to have the old jars lined up neatly along some rustic shelving and staff with a friendly smile who would pour sweets to the customers requirements…
We lived on the Cranborne Chase in Dorset UK at the time and new that Wimborne Market was a popular location for tourists and locals trading three days a week. We had some knowledge of the market having visited many times and Jo having lived in Wimborne for many years. We new which location we wanted to be in to catch the trade, so we made some inquiries and as it happened the hut in the exact location was vacant. Well with out any delay we paid our deposit and moved in three weeks later.
Traditional Sweet Shop
The Sweets Shop consisted of a table supplied by the market that we had pushed to the back of the hut some old scaffolding boards on the wall as shelving, a Pick & Mix stand and a lot of sweets. we were green to the industry and to markets but we were open for the easter school holidays and we took our first £25! we went home that day well lets just say optimism took a vacation but we justified our lack of takings with the fact no one new we were there.
We opened bright and early having dropped the kids over to the Grandparents, other traders dropped in and ask how are first day was, we replied it was great, though our faces must have said it all, as they spoke they gave us a few pointers, such as Sid & Pete explaining how customers shop, even though at first it dented my pride we quickly took up there ideas and implemented them, it was a turning point in the business
The next two days trading were better taking £45 on Saturday & £150 on our first Sunday we left the market, optimism was back.
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