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Old 02-23-2011, 08:59 PM   #11
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Do you have a local indoor flea market in your area? Get a both there and you have a store front. They are generally cheap (although limited on size), but it is just a temporary front for your future real store.
That's a very interesting idea. Don't know if they would consider that a storefront, but it's worth asking.
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I imagine they want you to have a commercial property because they don't want large deliveries made to houses and homes.

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You could check out LD Carlson http://www.ldcarlson.com/wholesale_inquiries.html, they should be able to get you a solid selection but they are out of Ohio but seems like they service Florida home brew shops. Another option would be Crosby & Baker http://crosby-baker.com/index.php/retailer_appl/, they are out of GA but don't have a great selection for a lot of american grains; primarily english and german.

Good luck getting your store going!

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You could check out LD Carlson http://www.ldcarlson.com/wholesale_inquiries.html, they should be able to get you a solid selection but they are out of Ohio but seems like they service Florida home brew shops. Another option would be Crosby & Baker http://crosby-baker.com/index.php/retailer_appl/, they are out of GA but don't have a great selection for a lot of american grains; primarily english and german.

Good luck getting your store going!
Those are the first two places I contacted. Unfortunately, neither will sell to someone without a retail location. For a 1,500 sq. ft. store around here, rent is ~$25,000 a year. That's a lot to take on while putting my wife through graduate school.
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But is the demand there to make the storefront successful? Nearest hbs to me is 50 miles but i dont think enough people brew in my area to make it a good idea. With the negative thoughts done now, good luck on this endeavor.
sounds like you missed this one http://www.dunkirkhomebrew.com/
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sounds like you missed this one http://www.dunkirkhomebrew.com/
Lol busted so i added 15 miles to make a point.
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You are most likely going to have to jump in either with both feet. Why not just open a smaller store front something in the neighborhood of 500 ft. You can pack a ton of stuff in there for that amount of space. If you start online you are really only able to get people to your stuff that with 15 miles of your house. No one else is really going to want to come to your house and if they by chance drive 30 miles to your house and find out your a house not a storefront you are most likely going to lose them as a customer forever. You will be shocked at the amount of people that will not pay any attention to things you put on your website.

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Size doesn't always matter!! If u ever went to BMW's old store it was Sooo small. You should try and email nikko at www.nikobrew.com I think he is still running out of his home.. If I remember correctly. He started with just hops too.

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