I live in NJ and have had success standing outside of Starbucks and King's Supermarket. Speak with the store manager to get approval. The manager can also tell which date and times are the busiest. Take advantage of October being breast cancer awareness month. I make pink ribbon pins to hand out to passer-bys. http://amberstang.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/this-weeks-fundraising-t... . They are inexpensive and easy to make.
Good luck on your fundraising. Karen
Barnes & Noble and Borders both do gift-wrap tables.
Target does not allow store-front solicitation of any kind, but each store does have a community fund, so contact your local store's Store Team Leader (i.e. - Manager) for information about grants they may be willing to give in support of your fundraising efforts. The numbers and beneficiaries from Boston 2009 are up on the Avon Foundation website; they may help you write your letter/schpiel asking for support - many folks really do appreciate knowing how their money will be spent!
At Wal*Mart, they will allow tables in front of the store and they also have a community fund. Contact your store's manager for information on how to apply for the grants and/or set up dates to table.
Some grocery stores will still let you collect donations out front and I know I have seen fundraisers outside my local Michael's.
In addition to Pizzeria Uno, Famous Dave's, Baja Fresh, Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A and other chain restaurants have fundraising opportunities. Contact your local store directly for more information; each branch should have a community outreach representative.
If you are near a sports or performance venue, you may be able to get a group together to staff concession stands for donations (you work the concession stand & have tip jars by the register) ... in the past, NYC Avon Walkers have been invited to work concessions booths at the US Open Tennis Tournaments, for example.
Lastly, if you have a lot of "mom-and-pop" type restaurants, approach them to do a "Dining Out for a Cure" promotion - they donate a percentage of their receipts to your fundraising efforts in exchange for a little legwork on your part to do some advertising (either take out ads in the paper or whatever) ... this program has been a GREAT success for my team captain (Judy Cherry) and several of my teammates, often allowing them to participate in multiple Walk Events per season.
Hope this helps,