Darkroom / Studio Rental Business
I have been considering starting a darkroom/ studio rental/Photoservices business in my area (southeastern PA). Some initial market testing indicated a fair degree of interest from some of the local camera clubs, but I would welcome any thoughts members of the forum might have. There are potential toxic chemical issues, drainage requirements, waste disposal and other concerns. A buddy in one of the local clubs mentioned all sorts of new FEMA paperwork and visits in the light of 911.
The business would focus on hourly, daily, and weekly rentals for film processing (35mm, medium and large formats), paper processing, and studio rentals. My partner and I are also considering providing vintage camera repair svcs (referral to an established local service) as well as equipment sales (His passion!). I don't think there is much margin in that business considering the demise of many locally owned independent camera shops and the everpresence of Ritzcamera/Wolf Camera/The Camera Shops chains in our area. What are your thoughts?