My company is a design firm, specializing in high-end couture special occasion garments. For 3 years we were in a great neighborhood. The interior space has a very high-end, elegant classy feel. The quality of work is equally stunning. So when clients come in there is a certain perception about us and what we offer. Unfortunately, we were recently told that the property is under foreclosure and the new buyer wants all tenants out. Unavoidably, we have two days before we move and we don’t have too much of a choice at this point. We found another space and we are scheduled to move in Monday. The price is great, we have the liberty to create the same high-end perception on the interior, offer the same quality of service, but our biggest concern is the AREA. Not that great! I’m not so much worried about security than I am worried about what our clients will think when they get to the parking lot down the street and have to walk to our studio. There are homes within eyes view that are not kept up; the landscape has not been maintained for a while; the business on either side has not put any creative thought into their window merchandising; the neighbor on one side seems to attract the wrong crowd. I’m not sure if I’m being too picky, but I just don’t want my business located anywhere. Perception means a lot and clients don’t mind paying the high price tag when they have a good perception of you and your brand. We are trying to build and maintain a certain image/name and I’m not sure if this situation will hurt or help our image. I just don’t know at this point what to do. All of the spaces in the upscale areas (ideally where we would like to be) is way out of our scope, in terms of budget. Alternatively, I live in a luxury condo downtown. There are several areas that I can do my consultations outside of my unit. However, I would need to bring the client in my unit for fittings. Not too much of a worry there. I’ll just need to tidy up more often. The lack of parking and perception is my only concern with this option. I appreciate any and all of your objective points of views.