I often ruminate on what I’d like to see open up along my well beaten path of 9th Street. I think there is a largely unmet retail/restaurant/watering hole need in the Shaw/Logan area, so when I brainstorm on what I envision filling empty spaces, I often zip an email to someone with such a business elsewhere informing them of potential sites in Shaw (I know most of such efforts are often in vain, but oh well).
Below are some of the things I’ve dreamt of coming to 9th Street (in particular between N and Rhode Island, the area with which I am most familiar):
+ Dry Cleaner (like Sun Cleaners on 14th Street)
+ Bagel Shop (like Bodo’s Bagels in Charlottesville)
+ Space for Multiple Artists' To Have Studios, To Sell Their Works, and To Hold Classes (like Lyndon Street Artworks in Greensboro, NC)
+ Wine Bar (like Sonoma on Capitol Hill)
+ Pizza Place (like Coppi’s, Matchbox, or 2Amy’s)
+ Boutique Hotel (like any one of Kimpton’s hotels, trendy bar and all . . .)
+ Yoga Studio (like Flow Yoga)
+ Used Furniture Store (like GoodWood)
+ Modern Furniture Store (like Muleh)
+ Garden Center (like Garden District)
+ Hardware Store (like Logan Hardware)
+ Good Thrift Store (like Re-Pop in Brooklyn)
+ Casual Mexican Eatery (like Armadillo Grill in Carrboro, NC)
+ Gift/Novelty/Stationary Store (like Pulp)
I think that such venues would meet strong demand for such in the area, especially given the convention center clientele, and that such shops would compliment the desire to remain, or grow as, a mixed income community. And such businesses would help feed the existing business of establishments on 9th already.
What do you want to see open along our retail corridors?