From a business standpoint, the best things to sell are those that people are very likely to buy. Impulse buys are some of the most lucrative items to sell. That is part of the reason concession stands are so successful, in many cases. Concession stands do the best in places in which people are likely to linger for at least an hour or more. While spectator events, such as sporting events and concerts are some of the most obvious settings for concession stands, there are plenty of other highly advantageous places to set up a concession stand. Gatherings of all kinds are great places for concession stands. Festivals, fairs, and open air markets are all excellent locations, in which to set up a good concession stand. At the end of the day, though, finding the right location is something you will have to figure out, on your own. The other end of your business will be finding the right menu items and concession stand supply company. The price of the concessions supplies, their quality, and the menu, itself, are all of the utmost importance.
When it comes to picking your menu, you need to do a combination of things. First of all, you need to have a few basic staples, just so you are ensured of getting at least some business. That being said, if you have only the basic staples, your concession stand can get overlooked, in favor of another one with a more diverse menu. So, you need to have a balance of both carefully selected menu items and general ones that are common to nearly all concession stands. First of all, as you probably know, you cannot have a concession stand without drinks, of some kind. At the end of the day, due to the cost of maintaining a drink machine, it may be easier to serve bottled or canned drinks, instead. The profit margin is still fairly substantial, and you do not have to worry about a drink machine. On the other hand, if you have full confidence in your ability to get a large enough number of customers to justify a drink machine, then you should get one. In terms of food, one of the most essential menu items is popcorn. Nearly all concession stands have popcorn machines, as it is consistently a popular item, among consumers.
Sometimes having name brand items can be a good idea, too, as people are often likely to buy something that they are already familiar with. In the case of concessions, one of the most popular and easy to sell name brand items are Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies. Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies are freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, which vendors can serve fresh, to their customers. All that is required to bake them is a small oven and the dough, which can be purchased from a concession supply company, in your area. The cookies are easy to sell and easy to bake, and you will definitely not regret adding them to your menu.