February 16, 2007

A Few Ideas

Hello Craig,

I have lived in Catonsville for 9 years and love it. I have a few ideas to throw out for your consideration.

I know that Muir Hardware did not make a profit at this location but Catonsville does need a "mom and pop" hardware store. Currently I drive into downtown Baltimore to a mom and pop hardware store.

Another idea is an independent bookstore.

A 3rd idea is a British/Irish style pub (with no smoking) that families with children would feel comfortable frequenting.

Lastly, a small family diner might work there, specifically a "coney island" style diner or an "Olga's Kitchen" restaurant.

Thank you for your commitment to Catonsville and your vision.

Sincerely,

Amy B.

4 comments:

Charlotte said...

I'm glad to see that you are being so thoughtful about this project. Since you are, I thought I'd let you know what is on my mind...

I would love to see a casual, high quality food establishment that is clean, crisp and fresh. One that comes immediatly to mind is First Watch Day Cafe. First Watch is a chain, but there is only one in Maryland thus far - a new restaurant in Pikesville. It is a strange name, but it is wildly popular and delicious! Their website is www.FirstWatch.com. I believe it would be a huge hit in our neighborhood of Catonsville too!

Thank you for allowing your community to comment on the use of this property. I look forward to the results.

Anonymous said...

Hi Craig,
Would anyone entertain the idea of a CatonSpa, no hair or nails, but offer the community a place to relax with some reflexology, a relaxing massage and/or revitalize their skin with a facial? Perhaps a greentea room or tranquility ,spot could accent something like this. I think it would be great for students and anyone seeking a calm enviroment.
Now, as far as food and restaurants go, how about a Baja Fresh? Thanks for your inspiration on a new Catonsville feel!!! Good Luck!!!

Beth said...

Hmmm isn't there a ma and pop hardware store in Paradise? I've not been there too recently but about a year ago I was there and purchased some plants and they're great for replacement glass among other things...and Isn't there a spa right on frederick road? I jog past it often, it's between fairfield and stanley i believe...
...to comment on something else, Richard's letter, he's right about the fighting of new properties in catonsville, I applaud your efforts, and I hope it works out in your favor...I don't attend these meetings where the community tries to keep "big business" out of the area just because I feel like maybe we're holding ourselves back from something terrific (change)=O I said it outloud even. Maybe I should comment as annonymous too??
I wish we had shopping areas that were fresh and clean like rockville, but I know that will never happen...not here...the more I read the more I'm doubting that Catonsville will get a Mexican resteraunt, but I'll keep praying...what can I do to help??

Jessica said...

Quite honestly, I'd love to see a gym open up. The only gym in catonsville is Bally's on Rt 40 which is horrible (and crowded) and the Y - which, well is a glorified dump that costs a fortune and has the same machines from the 1980's. Sorry, Y - but I belonged for a few years until I decided that it wasn't worth the money and that I'd rather drive FIFTEEN - TWENTY min away to go to a decent gym... *I'd* join a gym if it opened, but that's just me.

Even a Pei Wei or a Qdoba would be awesome. There's no where decent to eat in Catonsville. If you build a park with benches or whatever, I can almost guarantee it will be a bust and a haven for teenagers at night - something to consider.

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