What Should Go In at the Old Nana's Mart Space in Arlington Center?

In our "Visions for Vacancies" series, we ask you what you'd like to see in vacant buildings or lots around Arlington.

Each month Arlington Patch presents a new vacant building or lot and asks you to tell us what you think would be the best use for it.

Forget what zone it's in, setback regulations and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

This month's vacancy is the old Nana's Mart space in Arlington Center, at 456A Massachusetts Ave.

What do you think should go in this storefront? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Mof September 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM
It would be great to see a place that had cappuccino and desserts and gelato for after dinner or the theatre. With so many restaurants in the area and the Regent Theatre nearby it would be a great place to continue the conversation // just like the North End.
Old Lady September 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I would like to see a good chocolate shop like the ones you see near Newbury Street in Boston.
dan September 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I think a burger king or a 5 men burger place, with AC right there be a good draw, There no parking in the area
Bob Sprague September 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I would like to see a news office there. Bob Sprague
Tim September 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM
yeah a news office .. Only if they told the truth aka real story
Patricia September 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM
A deli and convenience store that also sells fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many successful ones in NY City. Freshly made sandwiches, soft drinks, milk, canned goods etc.
Patricia September 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Pat's Gourmet Hotdogs
Wes Beal September 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM
A Pho shop. They don't have to - I'd prefer it if they didn't - do anything else. Just good, cheap pho.
ken September 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
A bar would be great there, you could get a drink or two after a show.
Leah Mesh-Ferguson September 18, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I think a froyo shop would be very popular or a small cafe that sells crepes and has wifi, something not found in Arlington.
Patricia September 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
It is way too small for a bar.
Susan Ruderman September 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
How about a trendy, overpriced cupcake store? Maybe KickAss could open a branch there.
Jennifer White September 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
A place which serves simple, affordable fare: breakfast, lunch and snacks. Remember The Tasty in Cambridge?
Matthew September 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Locally owned Burrito shop (not chipotle)
Patricia September 20, 2012 at 09:05 AM
I think a burrito shop would do well. Maybe the Mexican restaurant across the street could open it. The prices would have to be reasonable. A lot of students would buy their burritos. I am getting hungry.
MQ September 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM
There are a lot of families with children in Arlington. But not many places to play or hang out when the weather gets cold. How about some sort of indoor play scape with jumping balloon tents and indoor slides? Maybe even some games for grown-ups like skee ball and video games? Since there are no places like Chuck E. cheese or other family-friendly or game focus places closeby, it would create great revenue for the city were at city owned or supported. I'm ready to help plan if anyone is interested!! Mrtechsan@yahoo.com
Tim September 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Coin operated Video Games are not allowed in A-Town..... City owned you open a can of worms with a liability with an indoor play place... I would love to see a place like that in Arlington But you will never see it here...
Stephanie Marlin-Curiel September 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
While we are waiting for something, why not let an artist exhibit some work in the window. If the landlord is reading and willing, please leave your contact info and someone from Arlington Public Art will get in touch with you.
Kate September 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I second the crepe cafe idea. Authentic French crepes both savory and sweet with fresh ingredients, and with fresh sides like mixed green salads. Also good coffee drinks to accompany it.


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