I admire people who dream of setting up a small business and actually get around to doing it, unlike me, I seem to get stuck in the dreaming phase.
My question about selling ice cream has always been this: do Taiwanese eat ice cream in winter?
I know that to most foreigners, Taiwan’s winter is mild and a bit of a joke, but would Taiwanese still want ice cream when it’s 10-15 degrees outside? I noticed that many douhua places sell warm desserts during the winter months, so I’m wondering whether you should have an alternative ready just in case ice cream doesn’t work when it’s cold.
As in any retail business, location would also be very important. I remember about a year ago the English-language papers were talking about this foreigner who opened an ice cream place behind the Red Theater in Hsimenting. I went there recently, and most stores, including the ice cream place, have gone out of business. Even though the place is in Hsimenting, the shops are hidden behind the theater and I suppose most passersby just miss it altogether.
Anyway, good luck with the place, and let us forumosa readers know where it is.