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Who Should Replace Buzy Beez at 85 East Blithedale?

With the children's show store set to close June 29 after less than a year in business, what would you like to see open in the space at the edge of downtown?

Britton Barkoff, the owner of the children's shoe store at 85 East Blithedale Ave., has seen a slew of new faces since she posted the 
"Going Out of Business" signs in her windows earlier this month. 

"People come in and say, 'I always wanted to stop here but haven't been able to,' or 'I didn't even know you were here,'" Barkoff says. "But now it's too late. Where were you for the past 11 months?"

Barkoff, who lives in Tiburon, is set to close her shop June 29, a few days shy of a year since she opened it. The July 2011 arrival of Buzy Beez ended a more than two-year vacancy for the space at the edge of downtown and across the street from  and .

Barkoff, who spent six years at Baby & Kids Co. downtown prior to opening Buzy Beez, said 85 East Blithedale is a tough location because it's slightly beyond the downtown walking area.

"It's definitely off the beaten path," she says. "We just lacked foot traffic here."

That begs the question: What would you like to see move into the space at 85 East Blithedale? What would get you to walk, ride or drive to that edge of downtown? Let us know in the Comments section!

RD June 20, 2012 at 02:47 AM
that made me smile! Good one!
Lorin Schneider June 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Ok you can all have, or we can all have, our opinions. It's just a very sad situation that no business can make it in that space and they have all been great businesses. From Accents, to Shoe Envy, to the tutoring service and now Buzy Beez. So tell me....if these businesses were next to Peets would they do better for even double the price in rent ? What is the real answer here folks. I think it's sad all over town that people start great little businesses and they aren't supported. What happened to the little guy in all of this ? I wasn't saying cut the rent, just help out your tenants, notice I said tenants, with an s, because it is happening in other places too. You just aren't aware of it. ;-)
Lorin Schneider June 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
One last comment....you all sound like landlords. ;-))) Just kidding...come on smile.
Jim Welte June 20, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Hey all - thanks for the insights on this. Although businesses come and go all the time, this space is interesting in particular because of the frequent historical turnover and long vacancy prior to Buzy Beez. There's no easy answer, it seems.
dana horner June 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Yes, Burma Superstar!!

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