Originally Posted by Janx
Wanna make a million bucks running a homebrew shop?
Start with two million...
Reminds me of the old joke.. What does a musician do after winning the lottery?
Keeps on gigging until the money runs out...
As far as the local store vs internet thing.... It's really hard to be the consumer. I try to split it down the middle. I support my local HBS (I think I'm putting the owner's kids through college). But I also buy online when the disparity in cost is too high. If your local market is not saturated, I think you can still make it with a store. You just have to market in different ways than other businesses. Sponsor or even hold events for your local homebrew club... The HBS in my area hosts a monthly meeting for the brew crew. Can you think of better advertising than that?? Almost every homebrewer in town is in their store at least once a month. The thing about homebrewers is that it's almost as much about the community as it is about the hobby (why else would we all come here to read and post). If your HBS is there to help the local homebrew community, they'll be there to help you.
Our beverage that art in kegs,
Hallowed be thy tap,
With thee supplied, we will imbibe,
At home as we do in the public house.
Give us this day our liquid bread
And forgive us our spills
As we forgive those who spill upon us.
Lead us not unto hangovers
But deliver us from overindulgence.
Buy a man a beer and he wastes an hour. Teach a man to brew and he wastes a lifetime.