Now, before I get into this I am not wanting to undercut what NB is doing in anyway, I am just thinking about fulfilling a possible need in my local area.
Specifically, my area (central valley of California) is seriously lacking in the area of shops that offer brewing equipment. There is one down in Bakersfield that is associated with Lengthwise Brewing, and there may be something up in the Fresno area, but there really is nothing in between.
Now, I am not looking, at least at first, to offer ingredients, as I am sure there is a whole bunch of stuff to learn in regard to that (suppliers, etc…). I am, however, looking to open a brick-and-mortar store that would offer such items as fermenting containers, brewing pots, burners, bottles (of various sizes), etc…
Has anyone here ever been involved in this kind of thing? If so what were the pitfalls you ran into when setting and running such an enterprise?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. This really is just in the thought stage, so the more research I am able to up front the less time and money I hope to waste down the road.
Thanks for any replies.