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Tiny Building Next to Char Bar

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    I can’t recall ever seeing any business open here… but this morning someone was giving it a fresh coat of paint! Has anyone heard anything that might be happening?

    #1026507
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    No clue… CAN tell you that it’s been owned by the same family for almost 100 years. I find that interesting.

    #1026511

    geoyui
    Participant

    kind of reminds me of this:

    #1026512
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    Given the proximity to the Convention Center and Arena I wonder if the city didn’t give a gentle nudge for a facelift in preparation for the DNC visit.

    #1026518
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
    Participant

    Just getting it ready for the balloons.

    #1026519
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    kind of reminds me of this:

    Or this? ;)

    #1026522

    Mercurius
    Participant

    It was a furniture shop in 1901 and the same family still owns it.

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    heresthecasey
    Participant

    Given the proximity to the Convention Center and Arena I wonder if the city didn’t give a gentle nudge for a facelift in preparation for the DNC visit.

    If that were the case, I’d hope the city would first get to nudging the Hyde Park Restaurant Group, which owns the vacant/dilapidated half of the former Yankee Trader store, rather than this much smaller and more inconspicuous building.

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    goldenidea
    Participant

    I met the owner and walked thru this space around 2004. It’s rough on the inside. The front is a façade, as there’s actually no second floor to it. As I recall, at that time, the owner had last leased it as un-improved construction management space when the convention center was being built. Unless something is happening now, the owners seem to be content to just sit on it.

    The same family owns the Char Bar building next door to the south, and I believe used to also own the Carlisle Building, to the north. There’s a two story rooming house above the Char Bar, on the 2nd & 3rd floors, that you access via a metal fire escape on the back of the building. The rooming house is ancient on the inside; it looked like it hasn’t been improved since the time it was built over 100 yrs ago. I’ll see if there’s anything now happening in the white building. It would be nice to see it become something.

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    MichaelC
    MichaelC
    Participant

    The Short North has no place to pick up books, newspapers, magazines, etc…

    #1026783
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The Short North has no place to pick up books, newspapers, magazines, etc…

    What are you talking about? There’s WiFi everywhere in the Short North.

    #1026797
    deedee941
    deedee941
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    An independent small bookstore would be a nice touch to the area.

    #1026801
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    An independent small bookstore would be a nice touch to the area.

    In theory, I love that idea… but is it really feasible from a financial standpoint? Many bookstores are struggling these days, and the future probably doesn’t bode well for that market.

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    deedee941
    deedee941
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    It could be worth a shot considering the convention center is across the street and The Book loft is too far out of the way for some people. But, iI get what you’re saying.

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    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>MichaelC wrote:</div>
    The Short North has no place to pick up books, newspapers, magazines, etc…

    What are you talking about? There’s WiFi everywhere in the Short North.

    Bahaha. Nice.

    But for serial: I agree with you that just a bookstore would not make good business sense (particularly given the assumed rent in such a location).

    But piece together various reading materials along with a Apropos-like cafe, and I think that would work. Have iPads on site for people to read via WiFi, in addition to the ol’ fashioned printed versions of books, magazines, newspapers. A “library” for millenials in the heart of the SN.

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