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What Should Go in This Empty Newton Highlands Storefront?

The vacant storefronts seem to be piling up in Newton Highlands -- what should fill the space at 1201 Walnut St.?

Welcome to , a Patch feature and a place where you can weigh in with your ideas about what kind of businesses you’d like to see occupying empty storefronts around Newton.

Each week, we’ll highlight a vacant building, storefront or structure around the city. Then, we’ll leave it you, the Newton community, to sound off on what you’d like to see there.

This week we're at 1201 Walnut St., Newton Highlands.

This storefront has easy access to the Newton Highlands MBTA station, a metered municipal lot, metered street parking as well as some free street parking. 

The shop is also easily accessed by Route 9 and has a fair amount of foot traffic with the Newton Highlands shopping district nearby and  next door.

It seems, though, the empty storefronts are piling up in the Highlands; Newton Patch featured a few weeks back, and there are at least two more vacant shops on Lincoln Street including . In addition, .

The space next door, at 1203 Walnut St., could also be vacant in the near future.  was listed on a real estate site a few months ago and owner . The restaurant closed on July 15 for a one-month vacation, but the eatery remains dark as of August 22. 

So, what do you think should fill the space at 1201 Walnut St. in Newton Highlands? Why so many empty storefronts in the Highlands? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

Rene August 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Newton needs another music store. Besides Newton Center Music, I don't know of any others in Newton. Or how about an art store? Remember Ken Kaye Krafts? We could all benefit from an establishment that promotes creativity and takes our children's focus away from the computer for some real tangible, hands on activities.
Melanie Graham (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Love the idea, Rene. Now that Bead & Pearl is gone (it was a few doors down and offered jewelry classes and other do-it-yourself jewelry materials) I feel like there could definitely be a home for more creativity-focused storefronts. The village definitely needs some more dining options now that Bakers' Best is gone, but this space might be a bit too small for something like that. Other ideas?
schlock August 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
problem as I see it is that the traditional brick & mortar retail based businesses cannot compete with the lower overhead internet businesses like ebay, CL, amazon, etc. So how do we support the adaptation to the challenge of profitability in this technology based climate? How can the city breed new ideas supporting new fangled utilization of the retail space inventory thereby increasing the demand for such space; ultimately driving up higher rents and business tax base? stay tuned for answers in future comments.
Adam Maleson December 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
You asked. I will answer. What I would like to see in any and all available retail and office spaces in Newton is to have government offices relocated to them, starting with the Newton School Department. Empty 100 Walnut Street of School Department offices, and use that building as an annex to the Day Middle School. DON'T make Day use the former Carr School on Nevada Street. Re-open the Carr School as the elementary school it was built to be. You asked; that's my answer. The Newton School Department has not only inconvenienced the entire city for decades by its stubborn selfish refusal to relinquish this school building from their use of it as office space to allow the Day Middle School to use it, but they willfully and deliberately caused the 1/4 $billion North High School to be built on this account. END CITY HALL ARROGANCE 2013

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