Thought I might awaken this thread again because I have a mod/plugin suggestion for the shops, has anyone had a look at ShowCaseStandalone? it's a pretty nice plugin with no direct dependencies and works with Vault, Iconomy 5 & 6, BOSEconomy, EssentialsEconomy, Towny
and supports and works with Bukkit's built in permissions. SHUT UP MACROSS GET TO THE POINT!
ShowCaseStandalone is based on a plugin called ShowCase (the stand alone part is because it doesn't depend on other plugins to work properly....) it allows a user to create a shop and display the item they're selling as a dropped item which is aesthetically pleasing (thus good for business)
you can also use this to "display" items decoratively in your builds
The showcased item operates as a store in itself, anyway details are on the page and there is a good advanced tutorial video.
Link below to the mod if Hydra or one of our other server adminy types have time to check it out?
Obviously the only real concern is a large number of entities loads the server and the clients down but I do not imagine the small number of "fixed" entities will have any noticeable impact.http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/scs/