Please don't laugh at me or call me stupid, yahoo answers took care of that for you already. I was thinking about starting a lolita clothing store in the US with some of my other lolita friends, online at first, but then I actually wanted to have physical STORES in the country. Of course, that is many many many years in the future, but the issue on our minds is: where would be the best place for a lolita store? We want to know where the most lolitas live (or are likely to live by the time we have the resources to open a store) in the US so that we can have an idea of what cities to research.
The reason that I want this to happen so badly is because I live in Memphis, TN. Aside from my few friends (who don't really dress out because of the stifling insensitivity of others) there is not a single understanding loli soul anywhere near here. I want to help make the style more popular in the US and raise awareness about what it actually means, so that other isolated lolitas will finally have places in their own country to shop. I know it sounds like the store wouldn't be useful to isolated lolitas because we want it to be in an area with many lolitas, but that's just because it needs all the help it can get as a budding business. I'm more focused on having it inspire others who may have had the same idea floating around, but no real example to go by. Who knows, maybe there will be such a boom that lots of loli stores will pop up, and we would be able to open more than one store, maybe several.
I'm not relying on sugary daydreams here, I know it will be hard work and many years in the process. It may never happen at all, but I'm trying to be optimistic. Back to my original concern, I was thinking of using an interactive map, like the ones where you tag the place you live? This could be useful not just for me, but anyone just wondering about the status and location of lolita followers in the US. I had actually been wondering about this long before the idea of a store came up, so it would be nice just to know. I figured that this community would be the best location for such a map.
http://platial.com/mapv/Lolitas+in+the+US/740596# I threw this one together on frappr.com in like 1 second. It would mean a lot if everyone could tag the city they live in, it only takes a second and will be really helpful. I'm actually very excited to see where the most lolitas are; the predominant guess among my buddies is California.
EDIT: Ok, there are obviously some people who just assume I'm going to dive headfirst into disaster, and while meaning well, are only giving the same "You can't make it." advice. Here's some info about me to help people better understand: My partners and I are all in good universities, all taking business and design courses (among other things), and are all very dedicated to any project we start. We do not expect the store to pop up in the city of our choice, we expect to slowly build sales online for MANY years (saving most of the profits along the way) and one day hope to open a physical store within the next DECADE, not in a few weeks; we understand that it will be slow going. Even if we do find a desirable city one day, we know that it is highly unlikely we'll have the money or resources to pack up and move around the universe. We just want an idea of a good place to put a lolita store if you wanted to have one. Our main focus right now is to learn all we can and establish ourselves in an online store, which is also hard to do, but is much more realistic than having a physical one. We won't even be doing anything ONLINE until we graduate in the next few years. We are also just plain curoious to know which regions harbor the most lolitas.