Wenche... how about if you asked us what we LOVE and don't like, in a quilt store? Maybe, in these hard times, if a quilt shop was what quilters wanted, it could possibly survive, eh?For example, our local quilt store, doesn't stay open late enough for me, to get there, after work. Now I realize that you can't ask these people to stay open 15 hours per day... but how about from 1 p.m. till 9 p.m.?A new store that I went to, just recently... it's about a 2 hour drive from here. When I told the lady where I was from, she didn't seem to impressed, nor too welcoming. I had the impression that she had her "nose up in the air", till I showed her one of my finished quilts, quilted on a "long arm". She finally perked up.Anyhow, I would have liked her to be "nice" to me... in hopes that I return to her shop. And YES, I DID buy stuff, in her store... probably would have spent more, had she been nicer or more welcoming!Lots of sewing or quilting courses, with hopes that the students purchase supplies with your store.A long arm machine, with a quilt ALWAYS in it, for people to have fun, practice... in hopes that they order one with you, or pay to get THEIR quilt done there.A pyjama sewing night - like an overnight retreat. Maybe once a month. THAT would be fun!Wenche, these are simply MY suggestions, but I'm sure others have some, too... *s*Rosa
"Hand and Heart Quilt Shop." :-) sylvia ps start small and grow supplying what people want. Teach your clientel. It's how one of my favorite shops started. I've watched her grow thru the years and she's always managed to keep that personality of her shop even though she's much larger now. Don't be afraid. Just listen to your customers. But inspire them!
I would say just don't be snobby! It doesn't matter how great the fabric you carry is if you're not a welcoming spirit people won't return. Oh and be nice to kids. :) Best of Luck with your store.