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What Should Fill the Storefront Near Tropical Tanning on Queen Street?

The space between Tropical Tanning and Orchid's Oasis is open and up for the taking. What should go in there?

Let's call this a modern spin on community planning - Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we'll present a new vacant building and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

Approaching the Plainville town line on Route 10, right near the end of Queen Street, there lies a store across from the that remains vacant.

The plaza serves host to a former mixed martial arts studio and the empty storefront lies between and . It's a center for body and beauty and a similar type of store may find success there.

The town already has a couple massage parlors, but could this be the location that helps one really break through. Or would a day spa be a better fit? How about a tattoo parlor?

Is beauty and body even the right business? What else might be a good fit? We want to know your thoughts.

Melissa Michaud March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I would love a Five Guys Burgers to go in there. They will also generate more business in the area. No matter which Five Guys I go to, they are always busy!
Tony M March 22, 2012 at 07:34 PM
How about a place to buy a good hot dog? We have Pizzerias coming out of our ears and many burger places but, no place to buy a good hot dog. We had a Frankie's at one time (years ago) and Saint's is far out of town almost into Plainville. If I wasn't too old to get started I would open one.
Pat McGroin March 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I agree with Tony on what's not needed there but I'd say how about a walk-in cancer clinic? What with all the skin cancer these women and young girls (whose parents let them use tanning salon for what insane reason I don't know), a cancer clinic to handle all their skin cancer needs seems a goof full-service use of that plaza. Failing that, I'd say another nails salon; you can never have enough of those.
Marc Bramhall March 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Move the existing businesses and bulldoze it. Can't get enough open space.
SkinC51 March 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM
A jewelry or shoe repair shop.
Todd Z April 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Tony, Saints is ractically across the street!
Bill Procanik May 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
How about Source Clothing Company? We are looking in Southington right now and have looked at the space next to Tropical tanning. We also are looking on main street where the old Southington Citizen was and across the street at the Bead shop. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Southington has been our biggest supporters to date. www.sourceclothingcompany.com

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