UDPATE: Golden Bow Gifts and Flowers Will Likely Move to Corner of 15th Ave. N.E. and 179th St.

Patch will feature an empty storefront or vacant lot on a semi-regular basis and ask, "What would you like to see here?"


Golden Bow Gifts & Flowers has plans to move up the street at some point to the corner building at 15th Ave. N.E. and 179th St. N.E. 

Brown's Coffee, the previous occupant at that location, closed in June.

Golden Bow opened seven years ago at its current location at 17715 15th Ave NE Unit B in North City. 

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Have you ever walked past an empty storefront or vacant lot in Shoreline or Lake Forest Park and thought to yourself, "You know what would be great here…" 

Now's your chance.

Patch will feature an empty storefront or vacant lot on a semi-regular basis and ask, "What would you like to see here?"

Some of these locations will have been empty for some time, while others are nearly move-in ready.

For our first installment of "Visions for Vacancy," we'd like to ask what would you like to see at the space in North City at the corner of 15th Ave. N.E. and 179th St. N.E. that formerly housed Brown's Coffee, which was independently owned by Neal Brown. 

Brown's closed in June 2012 and Brown said at the time he was "working himself to death," and the "business grew too slowly."

The Brown's Coffee sign, the largest of its kind in Shoreline while it was open, has been taken down and the windows are covered in paper.

What would you like to see there? Tell us in the comment section below.

Do you have an idea for "Visions for Vacany?" Let us know what you'd like to see in this feature by sending a note (and a photo, if you have one) to tony.dondero@patch.com and it just might appear in our next article.

About this column: What would you like to see in this location?

Love Shopping in shoreline December 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
An antique store would be nice
Sean December 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Shoreline could use a bicycle shop.
Shoreline Resident December 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
How about something that will draw people of all ages and contribute to a walking district: a cupcake shop! I know it's a cliche now, but they are so wonderful - you parents, kids, grandparents, and even professionals buying boxes of cupcakes for office events - and everyone inside is happy!
Paul Sonntag December 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Actually a coffee shop would be good there, but we need to find other ways to drive foot traffic downtown, particularly given the lack of parking at that spot. It's a great location, but I think that almost any business will struggle there due to access.
Tony Dondero (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Parking is definitely an issue at that location. Keep the comments coming.
Janet Way December 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
How 'bout a "Bike Shop/coffee bar" :) Shoreline needs a bike shop. With the Interurban and bike lanes cropping up, a bike shop and bike rental or bike library could be very popular. How 'bout it all you bike folks? And don't you also need caffiene to go with?
Tony Dondero (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Peggy chimed in via e-mail: "I would like to see a Bagel Oasis in Brown's. I think they would get great business."
Patty Hale December 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I have the latest - going in and scheduled to open soon Golden Bow Gifts and Flowers. That puts a florist nearly back in the same spot as the one that existed nearly 25 years ago - prior to a fire that destroyed the business. Golden Bow will be moving from their existing location - which will give Patch another vacant business space to challenge readers with: "What would you like to see here?"
Tony Dondero (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Thanks Patty! Golden Bow confirms they plan to move in January.
mk December 08, 2012 at 09:42 PM
We need more third places to make North City more than just the sum of its parts. Cupcakes, bikes and flowers are good, but until North City gets solid third place status, it will remain a rather fragile shopping center, not a "city". The loss of two admirable attempts at third places, Brown's and Laughing Ladies, is extra sad. Both of those locations have great bones for third places. So, it's disappointing to see one go to straight retail, as much as I like flowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place
pco December 08, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Maybe one of you could micromanage North City into another bus barn. Bike shop isn't going to work. The bike lanes on 15th end at around 175th, and without them, 15th is death wish for cyclists. The bike traffic takes 10th and connects to Perkins or cuts through Hamlin down to the Burke. Incongruous sidewalks and bike lanes, lack of parking, and Shoreline's unfortunate decision to put their development dollars in a city center no one wants to visit have all been driving nails in North City's coffin. North city is an oddball collection of businesses. Take a look at old Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, Georgetown, these places draw people from other areas because the preponderance of businesses cater to food and entertainment; places where people collect and stay for a while.
Tony Dondero (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Despite some of the issues with Brown's and Laughing Ladies, in the end I found them to be good places to meet people and get work done, just like Third Place Commons is a good place for that. It's not an easy thing to do, and I have to like the fact that it was attempted, despite some of the imperfections that went with those attempts.
Sandy May December 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
This isn't true. There has been no confirmation for a move in January.
Tony Dondero (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 12:46 AM
There are plans to move. Date TBA.
pco December 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I really appreciated B's and Laughing Ladies too for all their quirks. They hit the mark with their great ambiance and coffee. I think a fair number of us were really sorry to see them go even if we tapered off with our patronage. For those of you who don't know, the bus barn comment pertains to Ridgecrest, where a well-intentioned developer gave up after a snarl of demands by city council coincided with a recession. So instead of a solid third place opportunity we got status quo. To add injury to insult, the empty bingo parlor (arguably a third place) that was supposed to be redeveloped ended up a bus maintenance and storage yard surrounded by chain link fence, right in the middle of a neighborhood. North City has seen some attention by the city, and the market is the market, but I wonder what else could be done to spark it to critical mass. I appreciate the Aurora updates and to a lesser extent the "city center" as it ended up. But I'd like more focus on existing diamonds in the rough like North City.


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