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What Should Go In This Vacant Store on Main Street in Southbury?

It's a large space right on Main Street in Southbury. What would you like to see go there?

For years it was a store that housed one of the largest wine selections in Southbury, now, it sits vacant alongside Main Street.

Cork & Keg moved out of town nearly a year ago leaving a large space in the building also occupied by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, Sake Asian Fusion Cuisine and The Gym.

Obviously, factors such as local zoning laws will have a say in what goes in the property next, but let's suspend reality for a while. What would you like to see there? Share your ideas in the comments!

mike January 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
no matter what goes in there,
mike January 04, 2013 at 04:36 PM
No matter what goes in there watch out Southbury is very political and is not motivated on economic development for small business. I would never own a business or shop in souhthbury and we live here.
Alisa Wissell January 04, 2013 at 05:15 PM
SHAKE SHACK!! or...A book store/ coffee shop where they play live music too. A place to relax since Starbucks it so cramped.
Louise Howell January 04, 2013 at 06:24 PM
The butcher shop that closed last year was not Butcher's Best. They are up and running on Rt. 25 and have excellent meat. Give it a try if you haven't been there yet.
Nancy Allen January 04, 2013 at 07:02 PM
A restaurant that is not oriental or pizza! A sports bar? A restaurant that serves American food, family type?
lori January 04, 2013 at 08:42 PM
that is a good idea!!
lori January 04, 2013 at 08:45 PM
wow I had no idea, well that explains why we use the businesses in other towns.
lori January 04, 2013 at 08:46 PM
whatever goes there try to support it. The food business in particular has a very small profit margin
ConcernedResident January 04, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Great idea! I would welcome organic meat! But to correct another Butchers Best has been in Newtown for several years and has a terrrific local product.
ConcernedResident January 04, 2013 at 11:35 PM
We are local and wanted to open our business here. Southbury was so unwelcoming we went to Oxford ; whom embraced us an made us feel at home.
ConcernedResident January 04, 2013 at 11:36 PM
An affordable youth center of some sort would be terrific.
Angelo January 04, 2013 at 11:56 PM
An independent book store??? Lets be practical, businesses are in business to make $$$$ And that location is prime rental space. While your sitting on your iPad/Kindle etc reading this article do you really want a hard cover book that your going to sell at your next tag sale. Why didn't we keep Boarders in business. How about place that we can spend our money like a nice resturant on the higher end. No more pizza places or banks. Trader Joes would be great but the space is not big enough. We should have a movie theater in town too.
Kathy Adams January 05, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Trader Joes !!!!!!!!
Rob January 05, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Definitely want NO movie theater in town. Gladly drive to someone else's neighborhood to keep any potential unsavory element from coming TO the 'Bury. We currently enjoy a low crime rate - I want to see it stays that way. You want upscale? Bring back The Playhouse.
Rob January 05, 2013 at 12:33 AM
How about a place like "Mocha" that went bust in Sandy hook which was next door to what is now The Stone River Grill, the current iteration of a restaurant 2 or more removed from the time Mocha went defunct... baked goods, coffee and local bands/music...
Angelo January 05, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Low crime rate??? Relative low but still not great even with the state police at exit 14... and do you think movie theater bring in crime? The seniors and kids in our town would love it!
Chad Gatesman January 05, 2013 at 12:44 AM
A bank! We need another bank in Southbury!
Rob January 05, 2013 at 12:56 AM
If the seniors want one, then let them open one on their own turf in the Village or how about the senior center that my tax dollars help support. And yeah, we DO enjoy a low crime rate and NO I don't want to see what hangs out at the Brass Mill here in town; I left NY to get away from that.
Angelo January 05, 2013 at 01:35 AM
@Rob, I think your perception of movies theaters may stem from the MegaPlex places that are in cities. Bethel, Newtown, Wilton have quant 2-3 movie theaters and I don't think they cause issues. Regardless of what we write here, I don't think much is coming to our town.
Katie January 05, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I would live to see a thai or indian restaurant come into town.
Sue Torrey January 05, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Bahahaha! :)
Todd Fox January 05, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Rob: 1) Not every "senior" citizen in Southbury lives in the village. 2) Since you mention that your tax dollars support the senior center, please note that the seniors support the rest of the town with their tax dollars. 80% of our property taxes go one place — the school system. The portion of your tax dollars which support the senior center is miniscule, especially when compared to what the seniors contribute to the school system which they do not use at all. Please bear that in mind.
Todd Fox January 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
If we hope that somebody will take on the financial risk involved in opening up a book store we have to be prepared to spend money there and actually buy books. Book stores are run out of business by people who browse at their local bookstore and then run home to buy on Amazon.
Rob January 05, 2013 at 08:04 PM
@Todd: 1) I received my own AARP a few years back and NO I don't live in the Village; the FACT remains that the majority of "over 55" DO reside in the Village. 2) I also spend the majority of my tax dollars on the Region 15 school budget and do not derive any benefit as we have no children in the system - just like the Villagers you state get nothing from this tax expenditure. 3) We all take our lives in our hands every time we drive in and around town - a goodly number of seniors should not be behind the wheel driving to the Senior Center, if they even use it at all or to La Bonne's - all one has to do is peruse "Police Blotter" in Voices to illustrate my point and remember the accident at Denmos not that long ago. Provide seniors their needs closer to where they reside or they can vote to add a line item to be covered by the HOA fees to provide transport to their activities beyond the confines of the Village.
lori January 05, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Well said Todd.
Danielle January 06, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Candy store with toys
Lorie G January 07, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I am a happy Main Street South business owner. Signage rules are a bit tough, but that's what makes the strip so easy on the eyes. The Town has never caused a problem for us. Rent is high....and for that reason I believe that coffee shops and book stores would struggle. It is not profitable to have people stay for hours and only spend a few dollars. Chairs and tables need frequent turnarounds. Good luck fellow entrepreneurs :)
Paulie January 08, 2013 at 04:39 PM
A Chipotle restaurant would be a home run!!!
Paulie January 08, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Chipotle restaurant!! Slam dunk.
Patti February 05, 2013 at 05:23 AM
A restaurant that delivers. A girl can dream, can't she?


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