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Visions For Vacancies: What Business Should Go Here?

Suffield Patch would like to know what type of business you'd like to see occupy this space on Mountain Road.

Periodically, Suffield Patch will present a new commercial vacancy and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use.

Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Today we are featuring a small second-floor office space at 178 Mountain Road.

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Suffield, we aim to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll take your feedback to public officials and property owners, to inform their decisions about future uses. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Tell us in the comments below, or e-mail tim.jensen@patch.com.

Rick Stromoski October 03, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Hair Transplant Clinic
Rick Stromoski October 03, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Vampire dentistry fang sharpening service and small engine repair
Suffielder October 03, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Suffield needs to build up their downtown a little more. Another Fast Food restaurant would be great, a bagel shop, even a bike shop. Prices though need to be reasonable. People don't shop as much at Highland Park or Suffield Hardware, because they can purchase similar items at stores just a little bit further away. Keep cost reasonable for town people and businesses may succeed in town.
steve October 03, 2012 at 01:08 PM
A nice chain restaurant would do wonders for the area in my opinion. Something that is not in the immediate area, like a Bonefish Grill, Cheesecake factory, etc.. It would draw people from the surrounding towns and enhance the Mountain road "plaza area". That coupled with the money approved to make Ffyler Place pedestrian friendly and the probable selling/razing/new construction of the Laureno building has much potential.
Rick Stromoski October 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Chain restaurant...fast food??? Why don't you just move to enfield?
Scott Lingenfelter October 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Angry and bitter again today Stromoski? Give "Steve" and "Suffielder" a break...we get a couple people trying to utilize this website in a productive manner, and Stromoski has to be his usual obnoxious, condescending self.
Ben Rodriguez October 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Suffield does need to build up it's downtown a bit more. Rather than chain stores it would be great to see independent stores, boutiques, specialty food stores, etc. Stores that blend into Suffield's unique culture.
Rick Stromoski October 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Jeez Scott....you need to lighten up a tad.
Faith Mali October 04, 2012 at 11:04 AM
I agree with Rick that chains are not such an appealing option. Bargains can not replace the customer service you receive at our local stores. Where are our local entrepreneurs .... Looks like a great opportunity!
Kara October 04, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I am happy to inform you that there are high end "chains" as well as "fast food" restaurants that are categorized as such but are not what you see across the bridge in Enfield (Starbuck's being the exception). I think that a Bonefish, a Max Group restaurant, Starbucks or Bruegger's Bagels could all be appropriate and tasteful establishments that have brand recognition, loyal followings and higher end products than your typical lower end "chains." I think not only would they retain some of the money that residents are spending outside of town at similar establishments but would also attract people to town to patronize our other local businesses! Why wouldn't those be appealing options? Highly profitable? Good reputations? Good to their communities? What's the problem people? If you want businesses here, you have to take the good with the "bad," although I think that you might be pleasantly surprised. The days of streets lined with mom and pop establishments are unfortunately over. Towns like Suffield need and can find a balance that will drive profitability of both or they end up with NO locally owned businesses whatsoever and the residents money spent elsewhere. Hopefully that is not in our future!
Rick Stromoski October 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Instead of a Starbucks or Bruegers bagels, I'd rather see the falkowski sisters bring back their coffee shop....
bruce freedman October 06, 2012 at 07:44 PM
one is quite limited with a second story walk-up. perhaps a fledging cottage industry that needs public exposure like a botox or waxing clinic; or something similar. hard to say with such a clandestine facade. great for a more private endeavour.

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