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    IMFUBARED chuckster's Avatar
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    Sorry to say, but Sweet Surprises on Great Mills Rd is gone. It's sad to see these small businesses just go away. Becky worked so hard for so long just to see it all go.
    Bowes Books is still closed for inventory ... been 3 or 4 weeks. Wonder if they will open back up.
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    Let's see, bad location, bad idea for a candy store somewhere where people would have to make a special trip just to get there.  Sweet Suprises was a disaster, the Suprise is that it lasted this long!!!!!!!

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    Where will I buy marzipan? #I was in there less than a month ago and my husband ate the last piece yesterday.

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    Marzipan?

    Walls Bakery in Waldorf!
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    If Auntie Anne's was in San Souci Plaza, how many pretzels do you think they'd sell a day? #Specialty items are an impulse buy, not a destination point. #If Becky had been in a mall, she'd have made a fortune - who can resist walking into a candy store? #Especially since her displays were always so enticing and it always smelled so good in there. #The coffee guy at the mall stocks my favorite Orange Seville (that Becky got me hooked on, BTW) and I buy a ton of it from him. #But I'd never make a special trip just to get coffee.

    When you go to the mall, it encourages walking through and seeing all the stuff in the windows, inviting you to go in and spend some bucks on impulse purchases that you might not normally have spent. #Elephant's Trunk is a great example - it's easy to pass it by when you're driving but if you were at a mall you'd almost certainly walk in to look at all the stuff they had. #And getting people in the door is 95% of the battle.

    Shopping is a form of entertainment, otherwise everyone could just buy what they need online and forget the stores. #People go to the mall to kill some time and be entertained. #Nobody meanders through a #strip mall. #They just don't.

    Chuckster, can I get a witness? #Or am I all wet?
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    Pick up any business book and one of the first things you learn is "location, location, location."  Some places can get by with being out of the way because their food is good enough, like crab houses, or because they are the only place that has certain things.  A candy store would be hard enough to keep above water in any setting, I think, much less an out of the way locale.
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    IMFUBARED chuckster's Avatar
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    I would love to be in the mall. However, like most new small business, money becomes an issue. We looked at a space in the Food Court at the mall..... the cost was over $47,000. a year plus CAM charges. I don't know about you but I don't have that kind of money to spend.
    Becky was there for over 13 years and made a good living from her store. Once again, and I know that this will not fall on sympathetic ears, I have to beleive that it was the Big Box Stores that had a hand in this. It is also obvious that few in this forum have tried to open/operate their own business. They would rather take the safe path and work for the Boss Man who they constantly criticize. Being self employed is only for a few who like/want to take the chance. Remember, Sam Walton had to start with one store.
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    About mall rent:  Ain't that the truth!  You have to start out in the hole if you're a small business person anyway and sometimes big rents just aren't feasible.  But I don't see where the Big Box stores had a hand in running out Sweet Surprises, Elephant's Trunk, Bowe's Books or ANY of the little specialty stores.  I challenge you to try to find any of the items those stores carried at the Target or Wal-Mart.

    I'll tell you what's cool - the Chesapeake Marketplace in St. Leonard.  Gobs of little specialty stores all in one mall-like setting.  The rent's affordable and it's a destination point for those wanting to while away a day.  I'd be curious how Becky, Mike & Linda or Mr. Bowes would do in a setting like that.

    Is there some statute that says a bunch of small specialty shop owners can't get together in one location, similar to the Antique place in Leonardtown?
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    I walked through the Chesapeake Marketplace a few weeks ago to see where the new saltwater fish store is opening up. Saltwater fish is a department that big box stores like Petsmart and Petco have not yet been able to dominate.

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    I don't think the "Big Box" stores had anything to do with running sweet suprises out of business.  Are you telling me that it's their fault because they sell candy???  Well so does the grocery store and 7-11.  It was a horrible location.  You would have had no idea it was there unless you had prior knowledge of it.  It's off the road in a little hole, strangers driving down Great Mills Rd would never think to glance over that way.  I have NO sympathy for her.  I'm Suprised she lasted 13 years.  

    As for opening your own business, it'd be nice to work for yourself and all that crap they try to sell you, but being a realist and knowing that a very high percentage of small businesses don't last more than a year makes me not want to go through the hassle.  

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