Mitsu & Sasha have kindly asked me to write a guest blog about my potential business venture.
Becoming a vegan whilst temporarily living in Australia was never going to be easy. It is the land of the sausage sizzle after all. But no fear I thought, when I move back home to Manchester, England in November 2010, life will be so much easier. I will be able to buy all the products I want and need. How wrong could I be!!
I flew home for a 3 week holiday in May, expecting to be able to locate at least one shop in Greater Manchester that sold solely vegan products. However, nada, zilch, nothing. Sure the supermarkets sell a few things. Health shops stock some vegan products. But there was not one store where a vegan could walk in and buy everything they need without having to check all the labels for animal derived ingredients. Readers, did I miss anything? Do you know of a store in Manchester?
An idea began to brew in my mind. Manchester needs a vegan emporium. A place where vegans can buy anything from shampoo to vitamins to mock cheese to books. And so my research began…..
I managed to find several vegan stores across the UK. A few of which sold a wide range of products, but fewer who actually had a physical store to visit rather than ordering online. Online shopping can be convenient but it is nice to actually walk in a shop and browse the shelves now and again. Talking online to vegan contacts confirmed my thoughts there isn’t really a one stop shop. Most people have commented that they regularly have to order from 3 or 4 different retailers to source everything they require.
My questions to you therefore are ….
- How many stores do you currently have to frequent? Where are they? And do you order online or like to visit the store?
- In your ideal store what would you want to find on the shelves?
- What are your preferred brands that you would like to be able to find in this store?
- Are you a manufacturer of vegan produce that you would like me to sell?
My idea of a vegan emporium is for you, so I need to hear your comments please! Please leave you comments, and also follow me on Twitter @littleflatfeet for updates on where the store will be located and when it will open! If all goes to plan I aim to open early 2011. Wish me luck!