A real summer’s day for the walk this morning, and it made the Drive just fill up with folks having fun; great to see!
Down south, the storefronts in the renovated and rebuilt Far East Building are just about ready. In fact, the CCEC Credit Union is already back in operation in their once-and-future premises.
That means, of course that the CCEC’s temporary home at 2223 Commercial is once again vacant. I would be surprised to see this building reoccupied until the development connected to the Community Plan is forced through next spring.
Down at the Hi-Light Auto Body shop on the SW corner with E. 3rd there was a pleasant surprise — a sort of Thunderbird head statue made of auto parts. There were other “heads” lying against the wall.
Not sure what’s going on there, but it was fun to find.
There are new owners at the Sureno Grocery at 1730 Commercial, and they have renovated the interior to make it more attractive to shoppers. This is a good example of renovation rather than gentrification.
As is the extensive rebuilding going on at Caffe Roma Lounge (so says the new sign), 1510 Commercial. They are aiming to be open for the World Cup in the next few weeks.
Scandalicious, that rather odd waffle joint at 1340, now has a second location at 25 Victoria Drive. Congratulations to them on their success.
Far less successful are the vacant storefronts around the corner on Charles. I just cannot understand the economics of forcing Flowerbox and the Little Nest to close by raising the rents just to see the revenue properties sit vacant month after month. Bizarre economic behaviour, I think.
1268 and 1250 Commercial are still currently vacant. However, there is a sign in 1250 suggesting a mortgage broker is moving in.
Right across the street from there is Grandview Park which has become, on Sundays at least, a de facto public market.
Has anyone seen the tarot card guy outside Tio Pepe’s recently? As I walked by today it seemed like an age since I had seen him at his daily haunt.
The former Urban Empire at 1108 Commercial is still “vacant” although stuffed with the old store’s merchandise. The old Florida (1102) is also vacant, as is 903 Commercial where sadly Bocadillo didn’t manage to make a go of it.
At the beginning of the month, the space upstairs at Penelope’s, 1009-1011 Commercial, was being renovated. I assume these are still offices.
Finally, Adeline’s at 950 Commercial has re-opened after a week or so of renovations. The food and coffee has stayed the same (thank goodness!) while the space has been repainted and furnished with more comfortable armchairs.
See here for previous Changes on the Drive posts.