As the summer is coming to an end very fast (school starts in 10 days?!), ModernTribe is figuring out its options for Holiday 2012.
We've Outgrown Our BasementLast Hanukkah was -- Ridiculously Uncool -- in our basement warehouse. There is just not enough space for all the cool stuff we sell... and there is more uncool on top of that:
Because of zoning laws in Atlanta, we can only have myself + one person working at any given time. This resulted in ModernTribe having "shifts" -- including an overnight shift -- with a guy working through the night... in my house.
Even with our Hanukkah Elf, we still had trouble keeping up with the volume of packages. We did it -- (and kept our terrific customer service rating on Google). However, the holiday was grueling for me, my employees, and my family.
|Our Basement Warehouse... it is no joke... but it is not enough for the Holidays.|
It's not As Simple As You Think"If you are growing... why not just move into a warehouse?"
Typical of small businesses, we are having growing pains. At this point, only during the holiday season can we afford to pay rent on a 3rd party space. It could be that we find a warehouse that allows enough in-store sales that we can keep the 3rd party space. However, this is an unknown, and there is a significant financial risk of signing a long-term lease.
Putting our Request out into the UniverseThis is what we need:
|A mixed-use space on Dekalb Ave would be ideal.|
- At least 1300 square feet, street level -- allowing us to load and unload.
- At most, a short-term lease of 6 months maximum. We'd prefer Sept-January.
- We must be moved in, drop dead, by October 1.
- Located on the East side of Atlanta, Downtown to Decatur.
- Ideal -- to reach our core market -- is on Dekalb Avenue.
What we do not need:
- Buildout -- we will require little to none.
- Fanciness -- we'd prefer a big open space with concrete floors and brick walls.
Added Benefit to the Intown Atlanta Jewish Community is an Experiment with a Jewish Third Place
Beyond allowing ModernTribe to continue the successful (albeit small), growing business, this will test the feasibility of having a permanent 3rd party warehouse and showroom.
Depending on the location of the space, we'd like to have a small showroom attached to the warehouse and sell to the public. We know there is an opportunity to offer the growing intown Jewish community a place to buy Jewish gifts + fresh challah on Fridays. We need to know how big is this opportunity. (Where do you get your fresh challah intown Jews?)
Who May Have Such A Space?
- Real-estate owners with unrented property
- Business owners who have extra space
- Business owners trying to get out of a lease
We appreciate your help. Serious leads, please write me at Jennie@ModernTribe.com