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What Businesses Would You Like to See in the Front Street Lofts?

In a new weekly series, Patch asks readers how they would fill empty storefronts around Lemont.

Last month, Lemont Patch readers  for the empty Sears building on State Street, , as part of our new "Vision for Vacancies" series.

This week, we're shifting our focus to the Front Street Lofts in downtown Lemont.

The Lofts boast 82 residences and more than 24,000-square feet of retail space. The condos are nearly full—only a dozen remain on the market—but there is still plenty of commercial place for future restaurants, shops or offices.

, and the office currently occupy three of the main storefronts along Front Street, but there is still plenty of space for rent.

What would you like to see move into the Front Street Lofts complex? A coffee shop? A boutique? Maybe an art gallery?

Share your ideas for the Front Street Lofts in the comments.

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Pat Browne April 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Whatever happened to the English Tea Garden that was supposed to go in the Front Street Lofts????
Christine Hogan April 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I war wondering the same thing.
Marie Markowski April 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I would love it if we had some kind of "craft" store (yarn, scrapbooking, etc.) somewhere in this town. I spend a lot of money on those items and have to either order it on-line or head over to 75th St. or further to find the product. I'm not talking about a "big box" type (Michael's etc.) but something along the lines of Memories & Beyond, The Knitche (both in Downers).
Mike Colaizzi April 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Al's Italian Beef, a bicycle shop near the trail would be nice as well
Lynn Kroll April 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Lemont needs a bakery! A full service bakery where people can orders cakes. Any southsiders remember Weber's Bakery on Archer? I would definitely patronize a business like that here in Lemont.
Jeff Sykes April 05, 2012 at 03:54 PM
A good question is: What businesses/services require Lemont residents to drive to neighboring towns? (Bolingbrook, 75th St, Homer Glen, etc.) Is there a men's hair salon or barbershop in Lemont anymore? Or how about an early morning coffee shop within walking distance of the train station? (I don't know what time Muffins opens). Perhaps Lemont needs a 24-hour convenience store (like a 7-11), because there is nowhere to get batteries or a microwaved burrito at 2am.
Marie Markowski April 05, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Gas City for the burrito, Walgreens for the batteries (both 24 hrs.) 2 Barber Shops in town: Wayne's on Illinois and Stephen St. (been there for over 20 yrs.) and Bruce's Barber Shop at 236 Main.
Sean Burns April 05, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I agree with all of the above. The question is location, location, location. Petersons is a great place to find random stuff and now sears is gone its the only hardware store in town. However, it's severly outdated and that whole section needs to be commercialized. Starbucks would be perfect right or 7-11. People hate the corp ran shops but say gap moved in to the loft area. It would boost shops all around that area. Either way we need young blood stepping up and flourishing the downtown area to make it worth investors time.
Mary Pollard April 06, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Thank you Front Street Cantina for last night's fundraising for Indians! You anchor the Front Street Lofts with great food, a fun atmosphere, and a generous heart for local causes. as for what else can join you at the Lofts, how about a sweet shop - handmade chocolates after a great meal at the Cantina sounds like heaven.
Kara Knutte April 06, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I thought they relocated in another town.
Spencer D. Smith August 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Dry cleaner Soup shop (I heard something like this at one point was moving in) Thai restaurant Independent book shop Gamestop Health food shop/Juice bar Comic book shop
Clare Woday August 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Ice cream parlour, bakery, Chinese restaurant, burger/sandwich shop. Plenty of ideas out there just need to get them to Lemont.

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