What would you like to see in this space?

While I’m on vacation this week, I thought I’d try a new feature that I picked up from some Patch.com local news sites, profiling some vacant storefronts and spaces and asking readers what they’d like to see in that space.

The ground-floor space of the two-story building at 69 E. Cherry St. has been vacant for some time (perhaps it had something to do with neighboring a burned out beauty supply shop for several years until it collapsed.). Previously, the space was occupied by Royal Treasure Antiques. The sign indicates 1,500 to 1,600 square feet plus basement are available immediately, along with one off-street parking space. No word on what the going rate per square foot might be.

(November 2010)

In 2010, owners of the building approached the Redevelopment Agency about siting a Mexican restaurant and bakery, which never panned out.

Rather than post a poll, I thought I’d make it an open-ended discussion int the comments section. Fire away — just be respectful and try to be constructive (as opposed to incoherent and obnoxious).

6 thoughts on “What would you like to see in this space?”

  1. Well, considering it looks residential upstairs and having lived in a similar situation on Main Street myself, I don't think anything too food oriented or too noisy is a good idea.Perhaps a small card/gifts store would be useful. We don't have one in the neighborhood. Or if food oriented, one that wouldn't be open too early such as an ice cream shop, so that it wouldn't interfere with the tenant need for quiet too much. It looks like it might accommodate a few small tables and with all that glass it would be an inviting space for patrons.My 2 cents off the top of my head 🙂

  2. Cafe's have limited hours and wouldn't interfere with the resident's way of life above. I haven't seen a lasting coffee house in Rahway and I think it is about time.

  3. I love the idea of a coffee shop but what will make it last? I used to sometimes get coffee from Aromalicious before they disappeared.I still haven't figured out what makes some businesses stick while others falter in the same location..

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