Hi all! As we all know the High Street is seldom a bustling place at the moment, we hear constant doom and gloom stories. This has put me in a bit of a predicament. We sell very unique and bespoke wooden products that get amazing feedback day in, day out. This isn't a cheap advert attempt but to see what I mean please have a quick browse on our website, www.littlewoodworkshop.co.uk We were looking and aiming for an online sales model and currently have an industrial unit for our woodworking. This is obviously a dusty, relatively uninviting place. However, we are having a good tidy up, leaning the place up a little and are going to section areas off so that we can start running kids woodworking sessions. At the same time we will display a selection of our products (basically a marketing opportunity whilst engaging with the community). However, it would be very difficult, if not impossible to combine our industrial unit with a retail outlet. So, do we jump onto the high street? One person who has been successful in a completely different sector advised us to open a box of venomous snakes instead of a shop ... that's his opinion firmly in place. However I can't help but think that shops such as Jessops, small dealers e.t.c have failed because they can't possibly compete with online retailers selling the same products, brought to your door, cheaper. But, the products we sell are complete unique, completely bespoke and designed to the customers specifications. So the big question is; If we were to open a shop in say, York (logistically best for us and probably our ideal target audience) and we displayed our products, had designers on hand to customise products would it be a success? I'd love to hear your views.