From an Ask-NCN Discussion, 2/1/2017
Kim McNamer, Consultant
I am working with NCN on a feasibility study and we are looking for further information for our client pertaining to 1st floor retail and the pros & cons of having this component as part of a nonprofit center. If you are managing some retail at your center, would you please take a few minutes to answer the following questions? This information will also be of great value to us beyond this feasibility study,
1. What is the retail business?
2. How has your experience been with operating this business?
3. Can you provide three key benefits to operating retail in your nonprofit center?
4. Can you provide three cons?
5. What is working?
6. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do it over again?
I really appreciate your time in responding.
Responses thus far: (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share more NP centers with retail components)
- Serendipity Coffee Shop, The Alliance Center, Denver Colorado
- Ecotrust’s Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, Portland Oregon The Natural Capital Center is home to over two dozen diverse organizations and social enterprises that share our commitment to people and nature. More than 200 people work here — from asset managers to pizzaiolos, watershed restoration planners to acupuncturists, dynamic map designers to fair-trade coffee advocates. In our open office spaces and shared kitchen, we have the chance to spark new ideas and build unusual alliances. The building is also a public gathering place. Our atrium and rooftop terrace are open to the public and well used as informal meeting places.”
- New Avenues for Youth – Ben & Jerry’s Shop (for training youth), Portland, Oregon