Hi there anyone out there own or work at a hobby shop? Could use some pointers on that aspect of the hobby business I have been doing some research on venders and retail space rent It it looks more and more like just a crazy dream to have a small Local hobby shop of my own :nope: I just had a few basic questions to ask and I figured with the variaty of scales here on this forum I would get a less biased view then on a forum geared to just one scale of modelers. 1.How much is too much for rent? (here in my area it seems to go from $7.00 to $14.00 per square foot per year) 2.If you are just starting out how do you get inventory at the best price? (It seems as the major players in the train business want you to have been in business for a year before they will deal with you.) 3.Should you offer mail order from the get go or add it after being established for a while? 4.What items do you look for in a good shop from a customers view? 5.Would it be a good idea to sublet part of a retail space to a local club or clubs for a working layout(s) to draw people into the store and hobby?