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If You Could Open Any Small Business, What Would It Be?

What small businesses do you want to see move into Dormont, Brookline or Beechview?

With Small Business Saturday just a few days away, we posed this question on the Dormont-Brookline Patch Facebook page: If you could open any small business in town, what would it be and why?

Readers had some great answers.

One reader said that if start-up money was available, she'd open a quilting store. Another reader suggested a yarn store. There were also ideas for music and record stores, candy shops, more thrift or consignment shops, and more stores offering specialty foods, such as gluten-free products.

One reader suggested Pittsburgh Popcorn and—countering how delicious that would be—another suggested a fitness center with a smoothie bar, where various nutrition and health classes could be offered.

Dormont-Brookline Patch also is keeping a running list of local small businesses that have Facebook pages. Click here to check it out.

If you could open any small business in Dormont, Brookline or Beechview, what would it be?

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Erin Faulk November 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
The record store suggestion was mine. I used to live near Jerry's Records and I miss having a place like that within walking distance.
Nathan mallory November 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Pet food store, with home delivery service available, in home services (like changing the cat litter weekly), vet/grooming appointment shuttle, in home dog training...
Ed M November 20, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Brewery with a restaurant. I love craft beer and love bar food. Two of my favorite places are Bocktown & Bado's. My other choice would be a music store like Empire in Mt. Lebanon.
Bob Dobbs November 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
An all you can eat buffet restaurant . It would make a mint in that area . A chinese buffet / Indian / Mexican ... anything ... lot of hungover / hungry people in brookline/dormont on any given day ...
Amy November 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
We have a great coffee shop in Cannon Coffee, but we tea drinkers are neglected. I would love to open a shop to sell tea & chai, some pastries and antique and new teapots, like a coffee shop just for tea drinkers.
Erin Faulk November 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I already alternate between Cannon Coffee and Sugar Cafe when I'm working in the communities, and if a tea shop existed I would add it to my rounds!
john d. bowers II November 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I would like to open a small southern style buffet serving good down home fried chicken, homemade mac and cheese, collared greens, blackeye peas, homemade corn bread, fried oakra, pulled pork, and a few other down south items. We have no real buffets like that around except ms.jean's southern cusine and I don't think they have a buffet. We have to many of the other kinds of buffets around that a different kind of food taste would do the area good and people would be willing to try something totally different and unique. I have no money to invest but do have a vision for this type of buffet if someone would be willing to help get it off the ground and up and running they would not be sorry for investing. I feel that the community would benefit from it greatly and people would welcome this type of eatery with open arms I can be reached at jaybo67.jb@gmail.com if anyone is willing to invest in this small business with a chance to grow into something bigger in the future.
Caleb November 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
wow that southern style buffet idea is great, I really hope you make it a reality. I would love to see a non smoking bar, with decent food that doesn't bring in horrible djs that play nothing but a mix of creed and 90s R&B.
Erin Faulk November 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Comfort food! I like it. That's a great idea.
True Lowrey November 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
A cornish pasty and chip(crisps) shop. I cannot believe there are no pasty places in the burgh,they are such a burgish food!
True Lowrey November 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Also soul food is a great idea,or chicken and waffles.I think we need a full time fruit/veg farmstand.
Erin Faulk November 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I remember someone telling me there used to be a produce shop either in Dormont or on Brookline Boulevard. Obviously not there anymore, and something that must have closed before I moved here. Does anyone know for sure? Also, pasties are delicious. Here's a recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pasties-ii/
Caleb November 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
There was a produce store on Brookline Blvd, that opened maybe 3 years back. The selection was hit or miss and a lot of stuff went bad (I don't think they received a lot of business). It eventually turned into a place, 2 summers ago to get fresh lemonade and that lasted 1 summer. Now it looks to be empty.
Erin Faulk November 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Too bad it didn't last. A place like that would be a great addition to either community.
foun November 21, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Record store definitely
Erin Faulk November 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Yes!
erika November 22, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I would love to open an antiques store on Brookline Blvd, and I might even do it someday yet!
Erin Faulk November 22, 2012 at 01:44 PM
That's a great idea! I have a lot of vintage/antique furniture in my house already. Would be great to have someplace close by to find those type of things.

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