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Visions for Vacancies: Dr. Greenbee's Acorn Alley Spot

Patch's Visions for Vacancies asks for reader input on empty commercial spaces

Change is coming to Acorn Alley following the temporary closure of retail shop Dr. Greenbee.

The eco-friendly retailer announced plans in November to recipients of its email newsletter the store will relocate to a larger space in Kent with better accessibility and more parking. A specific space has yet to be announced publicly.

"We will miss our friends in Acorn Alley but feel this is the best decision for our customers," the newsletter states. "We are looking at a few locations in Kent and plan to reopen May 15."

In the meantime, that means their old spot off of Burbick Way (formerly Alley 4) could be available to the next Kent entrepreneur.

We want to know what kind of business or use would be a good fit in the building and serve Kent's downtown neighborhood well.

Share your suggestions for the space's new use in the comments.

Matt Fredmonsky January 25, 2013 at 05:25 PM
A reader asked me to share their thoughts: "I think that space might be good for a nice little massage/relaxation spa. Kent could use a massage studio that was cost-conscious and had great pricing and unusually good specials...not just the usual $60+/hr type place, but something college people on a budget could afford and would actually frequent...like $35/hr with specials like $250/10 visits...or every 11th visit free....or $20 Tuesdays....something like that...maybe sauna could be offered...or aromatherapy steam rooms with live Eucalyptus branches, etc...maybe tanning could be offered there too....Just a thought!"
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM
is this a service you are now providing matt? sharing readers thoughts?
Char January 25, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Like we need another tanning salon, and don't find even those prices currently "affordable" with other priorities people have. And since when did annonymous (reader asked me to share) posts get done? Sounds to me like someone does have this business ready and willing to go.....
Amanda January 25, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I think a little vintage clothing and collectible shop would be great to have downtown. The first one to open in Acorn Alley was overpriced but I think a vintage boutique could really work here and add some diversity to the present clothing store options!
i love doughnuts January 25, 2013 at 07:36 PM
that reader could've shared their thoughts themselves - i think matt wants an aromatherapy steam bath with eucalyptus branches, and at a great price, too...
William Gibson January 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I think its only suitable to be offices. Horrible for retail. I never knew where Greenbee was. Now I know why.
Janet Varner January 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
why not a little peanut shop...like mr. peanuts in downtown akron..fresh roasted and all
William Gibson January 25, 2013 at 08:37 PM
OK, we all know the obvious choice is a marijuana dispensary. The timing just isn't quite right though. : )
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 25, 2013 at 08:46 PM
spot on!
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 25, 2013 at 08:57 PM
True. With Alpha gone from Water St and Einstein's Attic way over on Cherry St., a neat little thrift store would be great. Not to mention Goodwill has gone bananas and started pricing some things ridiculously high.
Howard January 25, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Designate an area for employee parking. Today’s businesses must be readily accessible to customers. Business owners and employees should never park in “prime” parking spots. Bye-the-way, finish that damn parking deck.
WOMAN WITH DECENT VALUES January 25, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center could relocate there that way the friends of the Wells Sherman House can have access to most of that corner of Portage and North Water
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
oh sally! you're a RIOT!
WOMAN WITH DECENT VALUES January 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I think it would be a good place for them. They would be closer to the center of town and it would put them in a cleaner space plus it would free up that whole corner for the friends of the Wells Sherman HOuse. It's a win win for both sides.
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM
again! you are a RIOT! seriously, have you considered being a comedian! WIN/WIN man i gotta write that one down.
WOMAN WITH DECENT VALUES January 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM
HOw WOould that not be a win/win? The friends of the Wells-Sherman House could take over that corner on North Water and use it as a multi building community center and then SRCACC could use the Doctor Green Bee building for a more central location for their fun
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM
you are cracking me up sally!
Matt Fredmonsky January 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM
I shared the message for a reader who was unable to post on the site for technical reasons.
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Sounds fishy... Could read the article but not comment?
Dave Mail January 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Please! Somewhere an Indian food place
Chris (Kit) Myers January 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I like Rebecca Hohenberger's idea for a theater for toddlers where yelling and screaming would be expected and encouraged. Then a couple years later you take them to a regular theater and expect them to be quiet. I think there's a potential Kent State psychology department research project just waiting to happen for this one.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM
As a woman with what are apparently indecent values, I cry, "NO!".
Chris (Kit) Myers January 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Can't get to many stores because of snow and ice on sidewalks. Did you know that if you complain about snow and ice on sidewalks the city won't do anything about it? I tried it by complaining about all the walks on both sides of East Main from the Firestone Store to Willow Street, where only the beauty shop and dentist office had theirs cleared. The lady in the city manager's office told me the compliance officer will go out and issue a warning if snow that has been cleared is in the street or blocking sidewalks. Not clearing your walks seems to be condoned by the city. So much for ordinance 521.15. Happy pedestrianing, folks!
Chris (Kit) Myers January 26, 2013 at 01:16 AM
If you want Indian food, Dave, perhaps they have it in Milton, Massachusetts, the home of Curry College. Nathanial Currier was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, so while you're up Massachusetts way seeing if you can find curry at Curry College, you might want to stop in Roxbury and see if you can find some good deals on Currier and Ives lithographs. By telling you this I am not trying to curry any favors, Dave. I just like to share my newfound internet knowledge with good friends such as you. I research stuff such as this to keep my mind off stressful things like the fate of the Wells-Sherman house.
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD January 26, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Maybe they are tired of your complaining as well?
Kimberly February 05, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Anyone know what the rent is like for the space?
Merle Thompson February 05, 2013 at 06:56 AM
...Sounds like there are some good ideas being thrown around here and also there are probably quite a few more excellent things churning in the minds of some wonderfully enterprising and inspiring (and inspired) Kent-ites, unfortunately there also seems to be one depressing individual who loves to knock everyones new ideas down as quickly as they can be suggested! What a shame!...I'm sure that same person would have had a field day laughing and belittling the idea of opening a popcorn shop (yes, just popcorn, nothing else)...but low and behold, someone did open a popcorn store! And it's wonderful! And it's well received by the community with what appears to be very nice sales, very friendly and hard working people and with the best darn popcorn I've ever tasted!! Popped is certainly a huge success! So please naysayer, let the people of Kent have a few seconds to suggest some very good ideas with trying to pull the rug out from under them instantly! Let free enterprise and great ideas flow without all this negative energy!
Andrea February 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Anu Eco Salon offers massage at reasonable rates; $50/hour and $25/half hour plus referral and loyalty discounts. We will soon be adding more massage services at even lower costs! Rates include aromatherapy, organic cotton bedding, and use of certified organic oils.
Sue JEffers March 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM
sounds like someone is channeling neighbor ned's real motivations - can't force a nemesis to sell property just by convincing the owner. this is a much more effective route to neighborhood engineering

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