I'm wondering, how many of you still buy belly dance costumes and accessories from local stores (either bricks&mortar or online) and how many are going direct to Egypt for their supplies?
I have an opportunity to be involved in a local store. It makes a solid profit right now, but I just have a fear that as the younger generation of dancers comes along, they will all simply order their costumes online, direct from Egypt. I'm also seeing an increase in stores which are operated in the US or the UK, but they don't hold stock - instead, when you order a costume, it ships direct from Egypt. I fear that businesses based on running an actual store holding stock in the US, UK or Australia will gradually decline.