I've been having a few thoughts about what kind of business might work in Cambridge and have come up with the following (random and totally different) ideas...what do you think?
1. A children's shoe shop.... There seems to be very little selection in Cambridge...John Lewis, Clarks and Charles Clinkard...and of course the process is always quite stressful!
2. Craft workshops... Having wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine a few years ago, I found myself heading off to London. It seems that unless yu want to enroll on a 12 week evening class there isn't much available to teach basic sewing/craft skills in a mix/match workshop environment. I'm thinking this would appeal to Mums, students and even hen parties.
Shoe shop that isn't too little children focused would be good. I have secondary school boys - they need black lace ups that can take a pounding from football at lunch time. There doesn't seem to be much between startrite shoes and very thin soled things with pointed toes.
"they need black lace ups that can take a pounding from football at lunch time" My DSs moved onto Clarks men's lace ups (the sturdier sort with rubber soles) when they outgrew the children's ranges.
There is a children's shoe shop (now sells adult shoes as well) in Great Shelford and one in Saffron Walden. Also Burr shoes in Milton Road.
My DSIL (textiles teacher) has set up a small business running sewing classes. Considerable start up costs buying decent sewing machines/hiring halls/setting up website and the return on her investment is fairly small.