Thank you my CC friends. Today I talked to the landlord. He lowered the rent for us. I was paying $825 ( I know that sounds nuts, it was such a great deal), so he lowered it to $500. Which sounds good but that's $500 that I could be giving to the plumber
I have talked to the Center for Women and Enterprise, actually since things were looking bad in November I was talking to them in late November. The shop is in a "nice" part of town so all the money that the city has is for the: how do I put it; "underprivileged" side of town. Well I was really adimate about not opening in that side of town, it was not the type of customers that I was looking for and it can get a little "sticky" over there especially in the evening. Oh MY GOSH do they have money for that area, right of the bat they have $50,000 for the front of the building,
and permits are being handed out like if they were candy.....really when I was in city hall waiting in line the 3 people ahead of me all were getting permits for the "Main St" area and they were getting approved on the spot!!!! Me they tell me that I had to wait two weeks to get my CHANGE OF USE
permit, mind you they said yes to the 3 people ahead of me. Really people give me a break!!!!! Well I got that taken care of and then they send in an inspector to tell me that I need to get the zoning dept to come and "approve" me for retail. Ah there is a shoe repair shop that also sells shoes, to my right and a thrift store to my left how much more retail is that, really. Ok that got solved.
That's the way it has been since about September. We fight one after the other. In the meantime we have started paying rent, electricity, gas, electrician and every thing else.
I know we were supposed to have the money we needed to open and then some and capital for a few months, Ahhhhh we did. But when we the city charges anything from $80 to $300 per permit and every few weeks there is a new permit, approval or something that we have to get your bank account shrinks very quickly.
Well everyone thanks so much for letting me vent again some more.
edited to fix spelling errors