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Visions for Vacancies in Lexington: What Should Replace 344?

Any ideas about what you'd like to see open at the young womens clothing store's former home?

Welcome to Visions for Vacancies, 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 town.

Every so often, we’ll highlight a vacant building, storefront or structure around town. And we’ll leave it you, the Lexington community, to sound off on what you’d like to see there before any plans go before town boards.

This week we’re in Lexington Center, looking at the empty space next at 1751 Mass Ave., the former home of 344, the young women's clothing store that closed earlier this month. 

It's a prime location right in the heart of town. What would you like to behind those glass walls?

The Center is already home to several eateries, shops, banks and real estate offices. But maybe you have an idea of what would compliment existing businesses or fill a void of what’s lacking in Lexington Center.

So, if you had your way—and, for the purpose of this discussion, let’s try not to focus too much on zoning restrictions -- what would be your vision for this vacancy? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Aimee February 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM
A bookstore!!!!
Nancy Lattimore February 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM
anything but a bank or real estate office
Paul Rubin February 20, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Yes, a bookstore!!!! And definitely NOT a bank or real estate office.
Judy Alexander February 20, 2013 at 02:21 PM
A grocery store similar to Stevens Market years ago.
Aron Levy February 20, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Another bank! Or real estate office! Or hair salon! Or bank where you can get your hair done whilst closing on your new home!
Steve Delity February 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
a diner - we need a place to have breakfast in town
Aron Levy February 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Steve, you're absolutely right. That's a really good idea. I miss 1 Meriam :( (But I love Via Lago and Royal India. So go figure.)
emily passman February 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
A diner where we can eat pancakes on Sunday morning. An old fashioned, yet a bit healthier greasy spoon.
Randy Green February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I think everyone knows that another bank, another salon, and another real estate office is ridiculous. We have too many of them already and they have "ruined" our town center as a tourist destination. I'd personally like a nice diner that serves breakfast, and sells used books!
Laura Pinto-Nguyen February 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I wouldn't mind a diner but I also think a craft store (like a mix of craft items sold) or a scrapbook store would be nice. A place where kids and adults alike can take some classes and have fun.
Mary E. Fischer February 21, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Above all, something locally owned, not corporate - Not another bank, real estate agency, or beauty parlor. My first, second and third choice: a book store. Once there were three in Lexington, now there are none - pretty sad.
Dennis O'Donnell February 21, 2013 at 02:58 PM
those are some great ideas. howsabout an outdoor equipment store, akin to the Natick Outdoor Store or an Army/Navy Surplus type of store
Paul Rubin February 21, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I like that idea of the Army/Navy Surplus type of store....where you can find things you didn't know you needed.
Petra February 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Yes!!! Something locally owned! Loving the bookstore and diner idea- I would love to see a Booksmith like the one in the town of Brookline! What about a nice men's clothing store?! Gentleman of Lexington- would you shop there and/or want something like that?
Aron Levy February 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM
You're forgetting the wonderful Elephant's Trunk. Though I know what you mean.
Judith Ligor February 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I like the idea of a "Stevens Market". It woud be a nice place to also pick up locally grown/produced items. Lexington fare type of store. I think I would rather grab some milk and bread (maybe fruit) there then the CVS.
Aubree June 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Looks like the banks win again!!! Welcome DCU to 344. Just what the historical Lexington Center needs......another bank. Where are the selectmen????? Why no limitations on this saturated business in our town??? What's with all these surveys, if the Center Committee doesn't listen. All this tourism promotion to come to a historical part of the town and window shop for banks. Clearly no one cares. It's all about the rent money. SHAME!

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