Visions for Vacancies: 41 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands

Staccato moved from the space last year. What should go in its place?

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 41 Lincoln St. in Newton Highlands, the former location for Staccato. 

The Lincoln Street shopping district features a variety of boutiques, hair salons and cafes. The area has metered on-street parking, some free parking on side streets as well as a metered municipal lot.

The area also gets a considerable amount of foot traffic with the Newton Highlands MBTA station nearby and the . 

Staccato, a women's boutique that formerly occupied the space, . 

Tell us what you think should go in this building by commenting below.

Mark Golden July 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
First, let's see what we do not need. We do not need another: Bank, Bakery, Sweet Shop, or Coffee spot. Candy Store, nope, got a great one. Same for consignment shop(s), variety (cinvienence store), cleaners, and pizza shops. There are evne some darn good restaurants there. And no, we do not need a good deli, Jewish Style or otherwise. Soon, this column will be asking us what should go into the Bank of America when they leave (please note that this is a good start, as when a national bank leaves, it means that a new local business can open). (continued in next comment)
Mark Golden July 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
So, what to put at 41 Lincoln. Well, I have suggested a Housewares/Kitchen store for other parts of Newton, so how about that for the Highlands. Wait, how about a Green Grocer. I know, Whole Foods is just down the street. And they do have excellent produce with the excellently high pricing Although in the case of Whole foods, we are paying for natural, organic and the like so, on the, you will pardon the pun, "whole", the prices are reasonable for what they are selling. BUT, not everyone wants organic, or natural produce. Most farms, even the large commercial giant farms are using much less of and safer products to control pests pests and the like. But let's face it, Whole Foods is no Russo's (Watertown).What if Russo's moved in on a smaller scale then their home operation. Or maybe there are some of the Blacker family left in the area. Or even the Blank family (they had a produce storer in Newton Corner years ago. Let's face it, we need more veggies
Melanie Graham July 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Thanks for all your suggestions, Mark (in both comments)! We actually ran a 'Visions for Vacancies' on the Highlands Bank of America back in May, if you want to add your comments there as well: http://patch.com/A-t5qV
Wendy Schapiro July 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Mark, from mothers everywhere- thank you for the veggie comment ;-)


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