Vacant Spaces: What Should This Building Be?

An occasional feature - as vacate spaces surface - asking what the community would like to see open in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.

Vacant commercial spaces - a sign of the times. Instead of waiting for a proposal to pop at a zoning meeting to find out the use, we thought we'd get proactive and engage our communities around these properties.

When an interesting property surfaces, we'll ask residents what they would like to see there - a coffee shop, movie theater, pizza joint, bank, or something really different?

From there, we'll take the community feedback to the property owner and town officials, village historians, whomever, to see what they think. And we'll welcome recommendations from residents about additional properties to spotlight.

So, for our first edition of the New Year, let's visit the very visible:

40 Main Street, Tarrytown

' time has come, and gone. In mid-October women's boutique owner Ana Alvarez posted on her business's Facebook that she was packing up for a warmer clime: Arizona. Soon there were going out of business sale signs in the windows and before you know it, poof, the cute-as-a-button corner shop with the pastel-painted details was no more.

Alas, an empty storefront on Main (there's also now , which we can discuss later), but this one shouldn't be too tough of a sell, considering its visibility and that cuteness factor.

The pink and pale green colors of the facade complemented Alvarez's classy collection of jewelry and often-custom clothes. Now what will this little shop be? What kind of store would you like to see on Main that we're currently lacking? What could really thrive here?

Far-fetched or realistic, we'd love to hear your opinions. Then we'll see where they lead us.

Krista Madsen January 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
true on both counts Colleen, article on the way
ellen January 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
support the whimsies return wholeheartedly, but would love a little bookstore if it could survive there as for the gourmet, it's such a great area for people watching area that some other casual dining/coffee option w/outside seating would be nice
Joan Buckley January 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@Ellen Great idea. A book store, a butcher, a cafe...I'm liking it!
waloo52 January 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Blarney Stone or White Rose bar
Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber January 12, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Sounds good to me!
Lauren Johnson January 12, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I would love to see a book store but i doubt an independent book store could survive. I wish that Barnes and Noble had a version of their store that was a fraction of the size of their usual stores and would fit nicely into lots of small downtown markets such as ours. We could use a good card/stationery store such as PAPYRUS. By the way, shame on those folks that are using this platform for their sarcastic mean spirited comments.
Krista Madsen January 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
For those who missed my update, here you go: http://patch.com/A-qbZx
Babsy January 17, 2012 at 12:22 AM
We need a good deli so bad in this Village!
Susanna March 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
In our dreams, my husband and I would love to bring a Japanese noodle shop to Tarrytown, similar to the kind of places that adorn the East Village, particularly around Astor Place. It would bring a different and cool sort of vibe, be very popular with the EF students walking into town, and be a healthy alternative to the ubiquitous pizza and embarrassing Subway shops... Slimbombay
Krista Madsen (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Yes! I'd also vote for falafel, burritos. Juice bar coming so that's exciting!
David Hodson March 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Only if we help chop them up?!
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I wouldn't mind one if I could have a job there as a lactation counselor, but there's an Open Door in Sleepy Hollow.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:04 AM
1. Cute baby/children's clothes (not one that only yuppies can afford to shop at and not one so cheesy-cheap that no one will WANT to shop at, e.g. downstairs at Pay-Half). 2. A REAL Italian specialty foods store, like the old Green County. 3. A nice hobby shop.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Doesn't Tarrytown already have a town hall?
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:06 AM
There are enough Chinese food places in the TTowns.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I'd like to see the bike shop combine with a Roadrunner shop. I don't think Main Street could sustain both, but something to support runners/walkers and cyclists would be useful -- and good for the community.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Sounds nice, but there are already several gifty/artsy/jewelry stores up and down Main.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Why did they move?
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I would GO to that school, haha.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:13 AM
What's the Y?? An imaginary gym?
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I agree with that principle. It's got to be something that will enhance, not clash or compete with the other businesses on the street.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I still say, the TTowns need a real bakery. Pastry Chef has gone so far down hill and Chiboust is closed more than it is open. Get a real bakery in there like the old Alters or the old Pastry Chef.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I like the idea of a good card/stationery store. (And I agree with you about the misplaced political blather).
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Why is everyone so obsessed with Whimsies? I mean, Whimsies is fine, but, really, there are plenty of other worthwhile ways to make use of that great space.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Do you really think a Japanese Noodle spot would survive on Main Street? It might.... but it would need an awful lot of very sharply-focused publicity. I do think it would be an interesting mix with the Music Hall, Coffee Labs, the music store and other places along Main. Why don't you and your husband buy it, turn it into your dream and see how it works out, haha.
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Where's the juice bar going?
Lauren Johnson March 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I believe the juice bar (which is also going to be a book store) is going on lower Main St. where Lollipop candy store was.
Krista Madsen (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Book store coming to Central Avenue in April!!! See my Shop Talk feature tomorrow on that. And yes, Juice and Books coming to former Lollipop shop.
Krista Madsen (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
That's right, it's coming from the creator of the "10 Mountains, 10 Years" climbing project of world's tallest mountains on behalf of Alzheimers/Parkinson's Disease that was also featured in a documentary a few years back. So this should be interesting! Been trying to contact the owner if anyone has any leads??
Diane Fiorella March 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Like that idea; bring it on!


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