What is a Community Shop?
By definition a community shop exists primarily for the benefit of the community it serves and offers an opportunity to succeed where commercial ventures might fail.
Whichever model you choose, your shop will reflect the skillset and the needs of the community it serves, as long as you always remember why you are doing it.
There are many models for operating community shops:
- paid staff and some volunteers
- operating lease to paying tenants
- 100% volunteers – as with our shop (CFCS)
However, ALL community shops are driven by a collective desire to make a difference to the future by doing something together today.
With a shared purpose, decisions in the best interests of YOUR community are made along the way.