Thursday, June 30, 2005

Missed the boat yet again

I'm so bummed, someone has gone and opened up the business I wanted to open right here in Baltimore. I can only hope they fail since I'm evil and revengeful.

I never talked about my plan much because "I am going to do it someday" and didn't want to let all my good secrets out. Alas, I've done waited too long and now CapPOOCHino Cafe will be getting all my glory. I have yet to check it out and see if it's exactly what I think it's like or maybe it is just like the rest of the half-assed versions out there. Hopefully.

I admit my idea wasn't a huge breakthrough and nothing new to far more superior cities such as Chicago and NYC but it would have been new to Baltimore if I had done it when I planned it...oh back in 2002. I wanted to open a dog cafe. I know you are thinking "well that's nothing new" but MY dog cafe would have been. MY dog cafe would have been different and much, much better. For some reason I have always wanted to own a cafe/coffee shop. Oddly, working as a barista was one of my favorite jobs unfortunately nothing I could make a living off of not to mention I don't like working under people. But owning one, now that's a different story. I have such a head for business that I know I could have made it work. But I didn't have the funds, the time for the researching and I guess I just wasn't in the right place at the time to put forth all the energy and effort creating a business from the ground up would entail. So I put it off, and put it off, and put it off and here I am.

Slowly over the past couple years cafes in Baltimore have been becoming more dog friendly, yet they were still human cafes that allowed dogs (and just recently one by my house has to now ban dogs because of some license violation...see not thinking it through!). And then the little gourmet dog places that focused on homemade dog treats started popping up but they were still mainly for dogs only. See that's where my idea was different. It would have totally catered to both humans and dogs equally. It would have been totally dog friendly and set up so people with overly anxious dogs like us, could still sit and RELAX because they didn't have to worry about their dogs ruining this or not having any options to keep them entertained, or there not being enough to keep the humans entertained and well fed. I can picture it all in my head and it's kick ass. I also found the perfect place for it in Canton (although not for sale at the time). I still don't want to give away all my ideas because just maybe I'll be able to do it someday.

Granted this new stupid place is on the other side of the city but the point is, they beat me too it. THEY followed through, THEY did the planning and the research, THEY made it happen and I'm left to bitch about it!


Blogger Andrea said...

My sister and I have always talked about opening a salon for people AND pets!
We were going to call it the PET-ICURE SPOT! My sister was going to do the human mani/pedis since that is her profession, we were going to hire a groomer and I was going to handle the business end. We are lazy and have not done it yet!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Daph said...

Gimme the address so I can torch.... er, check it out (with malicious intent). :)

For real, though, no matter what kind of doggie cafe they have, I still think you should go through with your idea. Because we ALL KNOW that yours will kick it's ass into the GROUND, mama.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

oh now, this place can't possibly be as good as your idea. So when it fizzles out, and you have all the time/money/inclination in the world, you can bust some heads and open yours. Seriously, who cares if it's been done before, doing it the best is what matters. otherwise we'd all be stuck going to the same crappy restaraunts. And that would just suck.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

How'd they get around the whole no-animals-where-people-eat thing? Is it all outdoors? Do they give every dog walking through the door a canine companion vest and then tell the health inspector it's just where all the blind people hang out? Seriously, how did they make it so?

12:20 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

well now you can start MY dream business-i-never-got-off-the-ground: A baby cafe. :)

1:12 PM  

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