Allrighty folks, first off, good afternoon :)
nto the matter of the proposed Lake Superior Renaissance Faire booth. Today, I spoke with the comittee about our 9-3 decision to do the booth IF we had the available manpower.
Early in the meeting they asked about us doing ice cream and I reiterated that we had no intention of selling that as the 4H club already sells that and it would require different refrigeration needs. At the end of the meeting they suggested we sell pickles and pre-packaged snacks such as 100 calorie cookie packs. I did not tell them no, but I feel like it is not something we want to deal with. All the sale I write to you witht his information to decide for yourselves.
Today they announced that A.G's (sp?)would be having a booth next to us that would be selling water and "munchies". It was to my understanding that our only other competition would be the Knights of Columbus as they are the major food vendor of the faire. It is my opinion that this changes everything and that a booth would no longer be in our best interest, nor would it be worth all the extra work.
I'll grant you that it is "only" water and we would be selling MANY other things, however that would mean we would be taking business away from another vendor, and not make as much profit ourselves. Not to mention the fact that 3 beverage vendors in Norrie park seems a bit much. However, the other side of the coin reveals that we still stand to make a pretty penny and that we could easily outsell A.G's given our product range. We would have all the business from the back of the faire grounds as well as the business of a lot of the actors.
The proposed site for our booth is by the ruins, right beside A.G's
Lucious of Darkstone suggested we match prices with KoC so as to not be overly competative as they are a fellow NPO.
Bob Michaels said he would call A.G's and KoC to see what their respective product ranges and prices are going to be so we can plan accordingly if we still decide to do this.
I shall post up a poll, please do cast your vote ASAP so I can let Karen know of our decision.
So to summarize
Pros: still stand to make money; will get a lot of business from the back end of the faire (vendors, actors etc) and we would still provide a service to the faire and the public as well as dibetics.
Cons: new competition takes away an option for beverage; 3 beverage vendors is excessive; competition would be in booth right next to us
Yours in service
Marcial de Salas -JP