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Been here for the last 4 months. Just like Switzerland without the snow
After the expat business that I set up failed... [see the connection with this thread]
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"I fantasy bought it." That Lamborghini parked there? I fantasy bought three of them last week to do my grocery shopping in.
Understanding of course.. the boot/trunk space in a lambo would only take 1/3 of your shopping trolley, you would need 3 for a good week shopping

On topic : Start a Restaurant combined with a Shop , sort of an Avoca Style cafe, downstairs they have a shop with lovely Artisan produce, upstairs a cafe/bakery/restaurant with home made muffins, bread and lovely food..

Simple pasta's , nice roast..hmmh its "niche " and pricey but that's what the Swiss like, and if you deliver a good product they will be more then happy to pay for it.

Never mind the price, you pay for what you get, i never left Avoca saying " i'm hungry " (memo to myself, go back in 2011)

If you are ever in Avoca ( Ireland) , check out the store, they are on the expensive side but some people do their weekly shoppings in it.

Irish people here will know what i mean, Avoca or Fallon And Byrne,Donnybrook Fair,Gourmet bank style of place, that is what we need..

(please note i am not affiliated with Avoca or the other shops , if i was, i would be rich..)
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Whole Foods!
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A Barbershop - reasonable prices,clean cuts ,one that doesn't charge you 60Chf or more for a simple haircut..

And special offers for the Swiss people who love their mullets..

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Re: What would be the best expat servicing business to start in Basel??

I wonder if you have started a business since you posted your question? Perhaps it would also help to get to know some Swiss people and find out how they tick since you live here for quite some time now
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I wonder if you have started a business since you posted your question? Perhaps it would also help to get to know some Swiss people and find out how they tick since you live here for quite some time now
And if its a barber with reasonable prices, where are you based
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You might want to take a run over to Weil am Rhein - my husband gets his hair cut over there for 9 Euro - was paying 60chf over here ...


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And special offers for the Swiss people who love their mullets..

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You might want to take a run over to Weil am Rhein - my husband gets his hair cut over there for 9 Euro - was paying 60chf over here ...
Hate finding parking there but thanks..

As Silsa asked before, what did you end up doing or deciding for your expat business? spill the beans
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Re: What would be the best expat servicing business to start in Basel??

Not sure, but anything with opening hours would do for me.
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Re: What would be the best expat servicing business to start in Basel??

Personal Jet Pack anyone ?

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Re: What would be the best expat servicing business to start in Basel??

I reckon a decent fish and chip van would make a killing in Basel: park near the pharmas at lunchtime and near Paddy's / cinema street in the evenings. LUSH.

Either that, or a Marks & Spencers food franchise please.
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Well, something that I think is really missing in a town the size of Basel - and something that expats really look for (because there are tons of them back home) but also the Swiss seem to be more and more into - is a big, 365 days a year, kids indoor play centre. There is now Okidoki in Lorrach across the border, but I still think there's room for one here too because that place is packed to the rafters all the time.
That is actually what I will be doing in the end. I am buying Gymboree Basel (the franchise rights and the pre-existing Gymboree Basel location). Sale should be final February 1st ... We managed to pull the deal out of the steaming heap it fell into over Christmas ... keep your fingers crossed!

I would say that this is certainly a business that has appeal to expats. It would be one of the first places an expat mother would go to get out of the house, do something fun with her child and meet other parents with kids the same age as hers. Expats would also appreciate a warm, friendly, familiar atmosphere (That's how I felt about it when I found out there was a Gymboree here).

That's not to say that I would not be interested in having Swiss customers (of course I would!) - there are Swiss customers at Gymboree Basel right now, but they tend to be Swiss people with an expat partner. The Swiss (generally speaking) philosophically are not exactly a natural match for Gymboree. The Swiss tend to be strong proponents of letting kids learn and develop at their own pace and the Gymboree message of Play, Music and Art classes that have been designed to help children with their development (give them a chance to work on the skills they are naturally developing through play) would take some getting used to. ... ie. it would not be an easy sale.

That's my update thanks a lot for taking the time to post your ideas.
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Re: What would be the best expat servicing business to start in Basel??

Isn't that just the way ... you sign the sales agreement and a gold mine idea comes along!

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That is actually what I will be doing in the end. I am buying Gymboree Basel (the franchise rights and the pre-existing Gymboree Basel location). Sale should be final February 1st ... We managed to pull the deal out of the steaming heap it fell into over Christmas ... keep your fingers crossed!

I would say that this is certainly a business that has appeal to expats. It would be one of the first places an expat mother would go to get out of the house, do something fun with her child and meet other parents with kids the same age as hers. Expats would also appreciate a warm, friendly, familiar atmosphere (That's how I felt about it when I found out there was a Gymboree here).

That's not to say that I would not be interested in having Swiss customers (of course I would!) - there are Swiss customers at Gymboree Basel right now, but they tend to be Swiss people with an expat partner. The Swiss (generally speaking) philosophically are not exactly a natural match for Gymboree. The Swiss tend to be strong proponents of letting kids learn and develop at their own pace and the Gymboree message of Play, Music and Art classes that have been designed to help children with their development (give them a chance to work on the skills they are naturally developing through play) would take some getting used to. ... ie. it would not be an easy sale.

That's my update thanks a lot for taking the time to post your ideas.

Great idea, will this also have a Fish and chips and barber included?
Expat or Swiss, we need to eat and get haircuts while the kids play

But on a serious note, well done, i admire people who are starting up or taking over a business.

Ill keep my fingers crossed for you and hope the sale goes well !
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I reckon a decent fish and chip van would make a killing in Basel: park near the pharmas at lunchtime and near Paddy's / cinema street in the evenings. LUSH.

Either that, or a Marks & Spencers food franchise please.
What I wouldn't give for some reasonably priced lunch options! (Fish & Chips truck, Chinese food truck ... ) I hope other Basel entrepreneurs are reading this thread!
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Hate finding parking there but thanks..

As Silsa asked before, what did you end up doing or deciding for your expat business? spill the beans
No, no - it's at the Einkaufs Insel ... free underground parking! Give it a try. Hubby looked about 200% better after his 9 Euro cut compared to the 60chf numbers he used to get!
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I also vote for a warm, friendly cafe (ideally one that sells real cheesecake ... and is located close to a gym!) My lease will run out in 3 years and I would love to re-open and have a nice cafe next door. But, PLEASE, if anyone else wants to open a great cafe, please, please do!!

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Understanding of course.. the boot/trunk space in a lambo would only take 1/3 of your shopping trolley, you would need 3 for a good week shopping

On topic : Start a Restaurant combined with a Shop , sort of an Avoca Style cafe, downstairs they have a shop with lovely Artisan produce, upstairs a cafe/bakery/restaurant with home made muffins, bread and lovely food..

Simple pasta's , nice roast..hmmh its "niche " and pricey but that's what the Swiss like, and if you deliver a good product they will be more then happy to pay for it.

Never mind the price, you pay for what you get, i never left Avoca saying " i'm hungry " (memo to myself, go back in 2011)

If you are ever in Avoca ( Ireland) , check out the store, they are on the expensive side but some people do their weekly shoppings in it.

Irish people here will know what i mean, Avoca or Fallon And Byrne,Donnybrook Fair,Gourmet bank style of place, that is what we need..

(please note i am not affiliated with Avoca or the other shops , if i was, i would be rich..)
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Great idea, will this also have a Fish and chips and barber included?
Expat or Swiss, we need to eat and get haircuts while the kids play
Where's the beer dude?!
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