Option One: The Boutique and Tea Room
This idea is inspired by DHE's "Corner Shop" kit. I had a vision of how this kit might look if two were joined back to back to create one big shop. The concept then altered slightly to have two ground floor kits joined in one large shop and a single top floor kit above with a large balcony for al fresco dining. When I considered all the alterations I'd have to do to the basic kit, I decided it would be simpler and cheaper to make my own from scratch.
The ground floor shop will be a ladies boutique filled with dresses displayed on manequins, shoes, gloves, jewellery, perfumes, hats, lingerie and anything else needed for a glamorous night out. I am considering putting it in a 30s or 50s setting, or at least sometime when glamour was "in". I think I can make a round sofa (like you sometimes see in Victorian era hotel lobbies) to use as a "husband waiting couch".
Above the boutique will be a tea room accessed via an outdoor stairway. The door into the tea room will be at the top of the stairs. The room you walk into will have a serving counter, a few tables, displays of some cakes (etc) and perhaps a display stand showing off a collection of tea pots. Double french doors will lead out the far side of the room onto the outdoor dining area partly shaded by creeping vines on a pergola. Planter boxes will provide space for additional flowers. It will be a tranquil place to enjoy a quiet cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Option Two: The Apothecary
Above the preparation room will be a street level shop to sell the medicines and potitions prepared below. Above the shop will either be a residence for the apothecary or a room rented out, possibly to an alchemist who uses the space to pursue his arcane experiements (possibly borrowing some of the equipment and potions of the apothecary to do so).
I'm thinking there should be a slight fantasy twist, possibly in the form of some mischevious little dragons causing havoc in the preparation room.
So, those are the two choices. Which do you like best? I've added a poll to my sidebar (at the top right of the blog). Please let me know what you think by casting your vote.