What economic downturn?
My Christmas present to my grandparents was taking them out for lunch. So I headed on down the Five and arrived in the Cottage Grove area. Not Wisconsin, Oregon of Course. Arrving a half hour early I thought I would drive around the downtown area looking for any open store fronts. Yeah, Came up with zero. I was expecting at least a couple. I mean these are the buildings featured in Animal House during the parade scene and they haven't been improved much since that Epic was shot...Thirty years ago. There seems to be these economically bullet proof antique shops. I didn't know people actually bought anything from those. Maybe they are a business modeled like mine, not for substantial income.
Regardless, I did find a couple of places a bit out of the way. A few with big glass windows. What do I do if they get broken out? That eats up quite a bit of cash, so I will have to look to see whether the landlord covers those. I bet not. Also, how much do I have to worry about a burglary? The shop in Salem was burglarized some time ago with thousands of dollars of wax stolen. Nothing I would care to open, but expensive none-the-less. Anyway, things I have to think about.
Anyway, it looks like I might be finding space a bit off main street. If I do, then I will have to rely a bit more on advertising. There are all types of businesses downtown.
Cafe's, antiques, bars, banks, etc. so I am looking forward to a diverse traffic flow, but I hope I will be close enough to it to take advantage. Other than downtown there isn't much in Cottage Grove that could drive any amount of traffic. The search continues... but I did find something online
DOWNTOWN RETAIL SPACE
High ceilings, big windows. 28 S. 6th (Old City Hall Bldg.) 1,577 sq.ft. @ .44 per foot = $700. 942-4054
Retail/Commercial space available for lease. Approx. 1100 sq.ft. -- office/retail? Was tanning salon. $695/mo + 1st/last/dep. 942-7081