Independent Book Authors in the Metropolitan Area
I completed a walk-through with the mall management for the space shown above today (10/26/15). Because I have not finalized the deal, I am still not comfortable releasing the name of the mall or the location other than it is a mall in the DC/MD/VA region. However, I have provided photos for you so that you can visualize the space. The mall's management rep wasn't really willing to go down on the rental fees, but I was able to get him to negotiate the time frame so that I would be charged less overall. Here is a breakdown of the mall rental fees:
I will set-up the space as The Christian Emporium, a marketplace of Christian-themed products (i.e. books, music, apparel/clothing, greeting cards). Individuals or businesses will have the opportunity to sell their product by either renting one table or splitting the cost to share one table with one other person/business. No food items can be sold in this space.
Tables will be aligned the length of the room on both the left and right sides of the walls with space in the middle leading from the front door to the back of the room. In the back of the room, a small area will be set-up for a few chairs theater style and a microphone for vendors to host book talks or for Christian musicians/comedians to perform while selling their music products. Although the focus is on Christian-themed products, I am willing to make decisions case by case for non-Christian-themed products. For example, there might be a secular instrumental group or artist who wants to sell a jazz or secular instrumental CD. I would be open to that sort of product but the majority of the products offered in The Christian Emporium would be Christian-themed.
There are two bathrooms in the space along with two water fountains. One bathroom will be designated for men, and the other bathroom will be designated for women. There is plenty of free parking right in front of the store space, and the space is somewhat accessible by public transportation. Additionally, the mall security officers drive around regularly in marked vehicles and the store space is walking distance from the main mall.
No matter which package you select, you will receive all of the following if you choose to vend at The Christian Emporium:
*You must sign a Memorandum of Agreement stating that you know that you are responsible for collecting your own sales taxes and reporting whatever sales you make to the State of MD*
**This space does not have WIFI**
Revised Breakdown of Fees to Rent One 6" or 8" table in The Christian Emporium
If you are interested in this vending opportunity, you must pay 75% of your rental fee by Wednesday, 11/4. The final portion of the rental fee must be paid on the first day you are scheduled to vend at The Christian Emporium. All payments must be paid via Paypal using a valid ATM debit Card, Credit Card or Paypal account.
Note: Some of you may know other Christian entrepreneurs, authors, musicians, comedians, and/or poets who might be interested in selling their products at The Christian Emporium in this mall space. If so, I would be willing to offer you 15% of the rental fee for every person you refer who pays to vend at The Christian Emporium. The person you refer must name you on their vendor application as the person who referred you and they must submit payment as directed.
The quicker we are able to fill-up the space, the more time we have to market/promote each of you. So, please don't delay in your responses. We want to capture as much of the remaining selling time we can for this upcoming holiday season.
Chief Visionary Officer
Christian Authors on Tour (CAOT)