Should I Move My Business to Berwyn/Riverside Area?
Posted in the Riverside Forum
#1 Apr 26, 2009
I currently live in the Berwyn-Area, however I have my business located in Downtown Forest Park. My dilemma is simple: I have to move out of the place my business currently resides. I am weary about the move, however am looking into Riverside and Berwyn properties. My challenge here is are there going to be rises in the neighborhood? I grew up there, so of course there's a soft-spot in my heart for Berwyn. However, I'm on the fence about my business being there. Here are the 2 options I've come up with:
1. I move my place there. People from surrounding areas discover the beautiful homes and lower prices in Berwyn once they travel from wherever to come to my place.(Keep in mind all of my clientele is either in FP, Oak Park, or Riverside.) Then, slowly but surely, the neighborhhod skyrockets, and my business is okay.
2. Or, to play deviil's advocate, I could open my place there. People wouldn't come to Berwyn to patronize my place. After a while it goes down the tubes, and eventually fizzles into nothing.
Now, there's no sure-fire research out there that I can use as a safety net. However, my gut tells me that so many business owners are afraid of the same thing as I am, so they opt to not open their places there. And the end result is nothing-the same old places that don't drive people into town. So, in my heart of hearts, I feel there is an opportunity for the uprising up "newness" to enter the community-the Metra is centrally located, there are buses, etc. to get around, 15 mins. W of the city, etc. And the condos are being built like I eat Ice Cream in the summer.(Unhealthy amounts.)=P So, my question is to all of you: Yay or Nay on a new business taking a chance in Berwyn? And if you vote yes, then where would you advise?(Cermak Rd. is busy, however the clientele would be different, I feel. Ogden Ave. is also busy, but again, different. And there are no main thouroughfares in the "Boutique/Downtown Business" district.) Thank you all for your input!!!!
#2 Apr 26, 2009
P.S. And per my research, Riverside doesn't really have a lot of commercial places to go-it's more residential-based. Beautiful town, but not sure if businesses would thrive there.
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