Think of Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald hanging out in Parisian cafes in the 1920s. Think of all those writers and critics and actors exchanging barbs at the Algonquin Round Table in New York City. Think of the many movie stars, singers, and musicians who waited on servicemen during World War II at the Hollywood Canteen. We artists and art enthusiasts love to share in each other’s company, but we also love good food and drink!

In my newest video in my Great Ideas Giveaway series for artists and entrepreneurs, I share steps and revenue streams for how to start and grow a café staffed by artists of all kinds that also showcases their art.  Like all my ideas, it’s a win-win-win. The artists get employment and exposure for their work; the owner gets proceeds from food and drink sales, merchandise sales, and more; the patrons get to dine in a creative environment that is always changing, while supporting local artists.

I love this idea because every time I share it with someone, they immediately think of things they’d add to the concept. Ideas upon ideas come flooding out. That’s how you know a plan has struck a chord.

If you are interested in starting your own café or in trying to convince a local business owner to convert his/her restaurant to an “art café” you can also download the PDF on my website, which will walk you through the steps I outline in the video. You can find that PDF on my Products page under downloads.

Click here to watch the video on my YouTube channel, and to view the four other ideas I’ve shared. See if you can fit them into your own business models. I’m enjoying hearing from artists and entrepreneurs who have done just that!

P.S.  You may have noticed that I’ve switched to posting my blog on Sunday evenings, in the hope that whatever inspiration and excitement you pick up here will turn into passion that will carry you through your week!