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What New Business Do You Want on Halstead Avenue?

Harrison's downtown business district has a few empty spaces, what would you like to see replace Bakery and Patisseries.

After about a year in business, Bakery & Patisseries on Halstead Avenue closed its doors for good about six months ago. The store has remained vacant since.

The space is located next to a vacant property and . There are several restaurants and delis in the area, along with a few small shops. What do you think would be a good fit for the area? 

It doesn't have to make business sense, but if it was your decision what kind of store would you like to see open shop at 247 Halstead Avenue?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Ranger Fan November 22, 2011 at 01:24 PM
we could use a good hardware store back in town
Doreen Grozinger November 22, 2011 at 01:48 PM
gift shop... better yet, handmade and original gifts :-)
John O November 22, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Starbucks would appease many.
LoveMyFamily November 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Trader Joes and Starbucks at Train Station.
Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Another bakery on the style of CCG's from few years ago. It was a bit pricey, but everything was fabulous and great for special occasions.
Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I saw a sign for an Italian Ice store on the small shop near Vet Bldg that use to be a Smoothie shop. Both ideas are good, but that's a bad location.
Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Good idea but isn't that what the now closed Stationery store was. Seems that doesn't work in town.
Freddie November 22, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I'd like to see a gift shop or a luncheonette. Someone mentioned that Greeting and salutations which closed did not work in town. They were there for years. The economy hurt them. A simple gift shop. Candles, cards gifts.
Doreen Grozinger November 22, 2011 at 04:27 PM
We have enough places to get coffee
Doreen Grozinger November 22, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I wish Traders would move into where A&P is.. as A&P is ready to crash and burn anyway...
anonymous November 22, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Nothing works in downtown they need to clean up the streetscape first. Look how nice mamk ave in mamk is
ELLIE MARSHALL November 22, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Parking for that store,indeed for that end of town is terrible. Years ago we had a wonderful BIG hardware store (where the 'Mall' is now,more or less)and the commerce in that store was remarkable. Living here for over 50 years,Harrison is a sad,run-down badly laid out town now.The vitality has been gone for years when stores like the hardware store and the sports store were hubs for shoppers .The movie house enjoyed a large following. The shoe store had splendid shoes and all my children had good quality shoes all the years they were growing up.The Garden Market (where the CVS is now)gave us two 2 markets to choose from,and Butler Bros.had a wonderful store next to Red Caruso's filling station,now Dunkin'Donut's.The streets were filled with familiar faces,shopping in Harrison. Now the public is invited to offer an opinion on what store to put into a inaccessible spot? What an excercise in futility.
lou November 22, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Go to Mamaroneck for ideas, seems like they are doing just fine. Whoever allowed the Karate place to open in the middle of town caused the parking problems. They should have moved to St. Gregory's Gym, plenty of parking for them there. Enough with the coffee and dry cleaning places. No business with do well without the parking problems eliminated. We can't even go to the post office anymore. It takes less time to drive to Mamaroneck and go to CVS, the post office or stores rather than try to park in Harrison.
Donna November 22, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Trader Joe's would bring people from Rye and possibly White Plains as well, since the closest one to WP is on Central Avenue, the corridor from hell. I vote for a Trader Joe's.
MIke November 23, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Lou what makes you think St. Gregory's gym is available for karate. In case you didn't know the school is a Pre-School by day, Religious Education at night and Sat-Sun they pay about 10-14 CYO games there. Oh and a summer day camp in July.
ELLIE MARSHALL November 23, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Trader Joe's is down on the Boston Post Road up on the hill behind The Neptune Diner...in Mamk. The little store in question is far too small for such an operation. Too bad we have another CVS,on a choice spot.....to keep the one down Harrison Ave on the Boston Post Road company....THAT space would have been ideal.
Donna November 23, 2011 at 04:37 AM
I wasn't putting the Trader Joe's in the little store...someone mentioned the A&P, which is on its last legs. A Trader Joe's would revitalize that whole shopping center. I realize there is a Trader Joes in Larchmont...have you tried to go down the Post Road lately? I bet the people in Rye would rather go down Theodore Fremd than truck down the Post Road for a Trader Joes.
ScorpioSr November 23, 2011 at 04:39 AM
I also have lived in Harrison for 50 years...and would welcome "the way it was"....We need the Discount Store back, with ACE hardware in the back. The GardenMarket was great as was Polk's, and Butler Brothers.....And the movie house would be most welcome....It was so nice to walk two blocks downtown to see a movie...instead of having to go to White Plains or Port Chester, to pay for parking and walk to the elevator to get into the mall to get to the movie!!! With a bit of imagination we can make Harison once again a "Great" place not only live, but to shop and visit! Ms. Mayor revamped "West Harrison" and to quote her "In my opinion there's no hope for downtown Harrison! With the new administration let's all get together and make it happen! Downtown pays the same taxes that "West Harrison pays"....so let's even the "play field" and make Downtown" as good, no, better!
John O November 23, 2011 at 01:31 PM
How about Whole Foods when the MTA Project is finally here?
ELLIE MARSHALL November 24, 2011 at 02:17 AM
In this lousy economy?????A Whole Foods? Lure a PUBLIX up from Fla. THAT market chain has it right and puts all the markets up here to shame. Provide a LOT OF PARKING. A PUBLIX market will pack them in.
Lady November 24, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Starbucks!
ELLIE MARSHALL November 24, 2011 at 06:22 PM
We will be the King and Queen of Coffee of coffee shops with one more coffee purveyor!!!!!!! There was a restaurant coffee shop called SURREY'S in the Harrison Shopping Center that MADE the shopping strip.People shopped at the SHOPWELL (now the A&P)and met friends for a cup at SURREY'S.They did a bang-up business for lunch and dinner as well. THAT space is begging for a comfy spot to have either breakfast,lunch or dinner,where everybody knows your name and the kids are welcome.......,.all the other tries just did NOT fit the bill.People who shop LOVE TO HAVE A NEAR-BY SPOT,to meet up with a friend,or just pop in to have a bite,before moving on."I'll meet you down at Surry's" was part of everybodys vocabulary back in the day.
lou November 25, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Mike, when the Karate place first opened they could have gone to St. Greg's, there was nothing going on there if I remember correctly. The school was either recently closed or still there about to close. There was plenty of parking for that kind of a business. Do you think that allowing a business like that to open right in the middle of a small strip of stores was the right thing to do? No other businesses will do any business as long as the Karate place is there. Harrison has a little village and they can only have in and out businesses not places that have an hour or two hour long classes several hours each day. It was fine at one time and they can do it again if they do the right thing. It's a stop, shop and go village. Just my opinion and I've been in Harrison for many years.

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