Unquestionably, Boston has recently experienced a building boom in a few neighborhoods. Fenway, The Seaport, and North Station leap to mind. The possibilities to rent or to own real estate in those neighborhoods are endless. Commercial, residential and office opportunities abound in those areas. But what about the parts of Boston not experiencing a building boom? Some are going through a transformation of there own. Walking from Dartmouth Street along Boylston and turning onto Tremont up to Government Center, I was struck by the number of vacant store fronts. Some were long established and others less than 2 years old.
Firehouse Subs on Boylston has closed and Uburger on Tremont has as well. Both food establishments were in there location less than 3 years. Uburger will be replaced by a pasta restaurant. Its unknown what will take over the Firehouse Sub storefront . As I continued on Tremont Street I noticed Colonial Trading Company had brown paper in the windows. This antique, collectible and gift shop was in this location before the 1970s. According to a sign in the window, they have relocated to a smaller shop down on Bromfield Street. Another sign informed me a “coffee lounge” will be replacing them on Tremont Street.
Meanwhile, down on Charles Street where my office is located and a building hasn’t been erected in about 100 years, the retail real estate landscape continues to change. Beacon Hill Gourmet has closed after only a year in business. Insiders say a beauty shop will be going in the location. The old NRO shop on the corner of Pinckney street will be a pop up clothing store called Orange. This will be the second pop up shop in there since NRO closed in November. Peets Coffee and Teas is just about ready to open and the old Café Vanille has been replaced by Tatte Bakery and Café.
It seems more often than not when one shop goes out another comes right in. Sometimes with the same concept. I guess when a neighborhood is established some don’t see it as a gamble.
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