I take no pleasure in noting the closure of small businesses in Fitzroy: I wonder at the hope and optimism of people who start them knowing that most fail. I question whether people are sufficiently informed about the risks and realities of opening a new business, especially when they cannot know what demand there will be for their goods or services. Do they take advantage of the advice that is available? The latest business to close is African Mix on Brunswick St. This homewares and gift shop opened where an Asian minimart used to be. Who will be next?