Welcome to Sun. My husband also owns a landscape design firm. I am not to far from you ...I live in Northern VA. Welcome to SUN! SUN has some great advice to help you get going: http://www.startupnation.com/pages/start/10Steps.asp.
Greetings from the Midwest!
I am Shopgirl and I am changing directions entirely, going from a nurse (great career, but I don`t determine my own worth) to an entrepreneur (have wanted to be one for years). My vision (nearsighted) is a specialty retail store, selling high-end cookware, kitchenware, tableware, cooking accessories, etc. It is going to be AWESOME! I should have my biz plan ready for presentation by the end of October. BUT, since I am new to this, any and all advice is gratefully appreciated, and so far, I am thoroughly enjoying SUN.
Welcome to the board shopgirl! Your store sounds AWESOME. Just the place that would carry Grill Charms! (sorry, I couldn`t help it)
Please do keep us posted on your progress. The store sounds exactly like the type of store that I spend a lot of time in. I love all things food and cooking!