What Should Fill the Empty Storefront that Used to House Actaea Works?

After 17 years in Shorewood, the salon and spa closed its doors in late 2010. What should fill the vacant location? Have any suggestions; what do you want to see take its place?

After 17 years in Shorewood, spa and salon Actaea Works Ltd. closed its doors in late 2010, leaving the shop at the northwest corner of East Capitol Drive and North Oakland Avenue vacant.

And, it’s remains that way to this day.

The shop was one of the that fill Shorewood storefronts.

So, would you like to see the location filled with another salon or something else?

Forget about the complicated regulations, the zoning restrictions and everything else that might put a wrench in your business idea. 

Plain and simple: What business do you want in this specific location? Let us know in the comments below.

Adam W. McCoy (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I'd actually like to see a nice hardware store move in. I usually end up driving to Home Depot or Ace in Glendale to pick something up. Would be nice to have something around the corner.
ZAK May 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Several good ideas here, but the biggest problem is it's owned by Katz. He would rather leave a space vacant for years rather than reduce the rent to a more reasonable level - never made sense to me. Adam, ever go to the Ace on Downer? Seems closer than the one in Glendale.
CowDung May 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Better parking in Glendale though...
Vicki Bennett May 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Whatever replaces Actaea, it will be neglected just like the rest of the block. Ever notice that the Katz properties are never shoveled during snow storms. Calling the village about this problem seems to fall on deaf ears.
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Yeah, the parking is the main reason I usually go to the Glendale location. All the available parking off of Downer is metered, and even running in for five minutes to grab something is risky business if I don't have some coin in the car.
ZAK May 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Chipotle !!!
CowDung May 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM
ZAK May 16, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Cow, care to elaborate?
CowDung May 16, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I'd prefer it not be a Chipotle.
Greg May 16, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Nudie Bar?
CowDung May 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Gay Bar?
ZAK May 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Yeah, that would be much better than a Chipotle
CowDung May 16, 2012 at 09:02 PM
A Nudie Gay Bar?
EmpthyCursed May 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
wow cow dung...lol. A Hardware store would be great. I loved the old one. I used to but pumpkins there as a kid. Smaller shops also seem to make better quality keys ( I have found anyway) and I seem to always need one made. I also think a mexican place would be nice. BUT PLEASE no more bread or coffee places.
ZAK May 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Cow, you love the idea of a Mexican restaurant, but are against a Chipotle. That is pure CowDung. I would prefer an independent operator, but whomever moves into that spot better have some deep pockets to pay Katz.
CowDung May 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I guess I consider Chipotle to be closer to fast food than I do do Mexican. We already have Qdoba locations near by that provide similar fare. I would prefer a Mexican restaurant that resembles La Fuente or even Rio West. We aren't going to bring visitors (and their money) into the village by opening another semi-fast food chain restaurant.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Ewe!!! I support single mothers.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 03:39 AM
A Nudie Hardware Store.... Now everybody's happy. Every honey-do in the northshore will be done pronto.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Excuse me ma'am, where do you keep your Knockers? They're in asile 3, next to the door bells.
Bob McBride May 17, 2012 at 03:54 AM
A Nudie Mexican Gay Hardware Store?
Greg May 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
No, No, No, though I do like tacos.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I kill me.
Absolutelyfabulous May 17, 2012 at 05:28 AM
They have Curves health clubs specifically designed for women. How about a hardware store geared towards women? The Tool Shed. I'm sure that more than a few North Shore husbands would be happy to have their wives share their interest in hardware. http://www.toolshedtoys.com/home.php
CowDung May 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Someone probably should... ;-)
Mr. Wonderful May 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
You'd think with the proximity to the high school and middle school that you'd want something that caters to the kids as well as adults. High traffic corner with not a lot of parking. Since we as a people like to eat, I say restaurant like Comet or something. Be nice to be a little more original and not as 'polished' as the other places in town for dining.
Alol May 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
With chains like Subway and Anytime Fitness already in that complex, it would be nice to see something unique in that space. Casual, sit-down dining like Rio West or Corazon would be nice. The high school kids can always go to Subway, Sendik's, Vedo's, or other places up on Capitol like Cousin's or Wendy's.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Wendy Jeanne May 17, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Before I started reading requests for a hardware store, that was my vote. The one on Brady, for example, does just fine. Let's get something practical in there ... we have enough "luxury" type businesses already that I can't afford. Also, people who rely on the bus would benefit.
North Shore Newbie May 17, 2012 at 09:04 PM
How about a Marc's Big Boy again? What? There are no more left in Wisconsin?! Crap...alright, hardware store it is.
chaney July 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Vietnamese or Thai restuarant


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