Four Vacant Spots on Theatre Way, What to Put There?

There's always room for more in downtown Redwood City.

Strolling down Theatre Way in downtown, one encounters plenty of foot traffic, but also several empty storefronts. Two of the businesses used to be and .

Who should become neighbors to , Pizza My Heart, the Century Theatres, and the newly moved in and ?

Tell us your perfect combination of four types of businesses in downtown.


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dorothea April 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
enough with the trendy eateries all ready. how about a day spa or some other services that would entice people. if it has to be food oriented a top notch restaurant would be nice. i mean a REALLY GOOD restaurant .
s. boragno April 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree a nice day spa, Nice seafod restuarant with bar for folks just wanting a drink and clams, appetizers. Wing Stop! Wine tasting, beer tasting.
Darlene Hampton April 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
A place for children! The Creative Learning Loft number II. Children could create while the parents shop, meet friends or have lunch.
Sarah H. April 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM
McWhorters! I really felt their absence recently when I went searching for a Bar Mitzvah card recently. The selections at Rite Aid, Lucky's and Target were terrible, and I knew that if McWhorters had been around I would have found just what I needed. We really need a good card/gift store in this town. Bring back McWhorters! Also, I'd like to suggest that Jamba Juice move out of their terrible location in Sequoia Station to a better spot downtown. That, or put a second Jamba Juice in Woodside Plaza.
Tom Stitt April 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Convince the guys that own LocoPops in North Carolina to open on Theatre Way. Great for driving more pedestrian traffic. Low cal 'n carb/high satisfaction frozen treats. They also offer treats for dogs. http://www.ilovelocopops.com/flavors
Kathie Fosgett April 27, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Retail, retail, retail....especially a gift shop - someplace to buy nice costume jewelery, greeting cards, etc. McWhorters in Woodside Plaza was great - would love to see it come back in downtown RWC. Or something like the Woodside Car Wash gift shop - it's pretty cool...
Yolanda Garcia April 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Fill the empty locations with a Cracker Barrel Restaurant (there are none in California); a Nation's Hamburger place; a Hallmark or McWhorters Store (gifts and cards) and/or a Kids Place (something for the kids....love the idea of taking the kids to create or play with other same age children while parents have lunch or watch a movie)
Mark Askins April 27, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I really like the idea of something similar to the creative learning loft, also great for date nights. I know it is a throw back but...what about a traditional independent book store and Cafe...we need a place for peens and preteens to hang out.
Karen Gernand April 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
How about Anthropologie in one of the big spots, and a nice stationery and gift store? Even better, what about a shop that sells gifts made by local artists? Cookies are good, too!
John Johnson April 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Anything but another restaurant
Paul Stewart April 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Stationery store (both for consumers and businesses located downtown), a Nation's Hamburger restraurant (good suggestion Yolanda), a Wingstop, and Finish Line (or some such retail for athletic shoes).
Mecala April 27, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Oooo. A Creative Learning Loft with evening hours so parents can drop kids off while at the movies. Love this idea.
billyjames April 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
How about a Planned Parenthood clinic?
Barb Valley April 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Would LOVE to have a Cracker Barrel Restaurant closer than Arizona and wouldn't mind seeing it replace Spaghetti Factory. I asked at a Cracker Barrel in Tennessee once why they're not in CA and was toold it had something to with Kraft's Cracker Barrel Cheese. Since the cheese was and is sold in Tennessee I don't understand the connection.
Barb Valley April 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Not a bad idea, Billy. Close to transit - bus and train at Sequoia Station. Loads of parking available with first 1 1/2 hours free. Sounmds good to me.
Corinne Kason April 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
a HAAGEN DAS ice cream shop. .....the closest ones are in Palo Alto. A book/stationary/cards/gift shop would also be good.
Barb Valley April 27, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Independent bokstore and cafe Not just any stationery/gift shop - McWhorter's! Sweetcakes, currently on Bradford behind Kaiser http://sweetcakes1.com/ I like the idea of a place for parents to leave children while they shop/dine/see a movie. Should be reasonably priced though.
Lori McBride April 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I agree with Sarah & Kathie. We need McWhorter's back in RWC. There is no other stationery store around. CVS & Rite Aid do not have what McWhorter's carried.
Barb Valley April 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Did you know we have a Teen Center at the Main Library for 6th -m 12th Graders? It's open from 2:00 to 9:00 most days with computers, games, homework help just to name a few of the activities available.http://www.redwoodcity.org/library/teens.html
Barb Valley April 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
There is a delightful little shop in one of the Courthouse Square kiosks that does have irems for sale by local artists. The name escapes me for the moment but next time you're downtown check it out.
JerryV April 27, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Please allow me to offer a suggestion with a question. Why not a real serious BBQ joint. Either a Texas or Southern BBQ place that really knows what they're doing. After all, who doesn't like BBQ? And certainly not a chain BBQ. I would like to see my beloved Redwood City, put an offer out there to people who have a passion for this category. I'd like to see us offer some kind of incentive to those who are willing to take a chance on us. I know my City. And I also know that those that take a chance will be welcomed with open arms and endless napkins.
Ralph Garcia April 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I would suggest that all of you that have a special retail that you would like to see here, write them a letter, send an Email to tell them you want them here. Right now we need to go to the Planning Commission to stop all talk of allowing office space on ground on Broadway. It's nice that all these hi tech ( I think they used to be called Dot coms) want to come to Redwood City but NOT on Broadway. Retail will come it just will take time for this downturn in our economy to get there. Did we forget what happened to the Dot Coms? Could it happen again?
RWC Resident April 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
How about a healthy , wholesome, affordable restaurant, ( i miss citrine ) or retail, possibly a nice childrens consignment shop.
Buck Shaw April 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Most national chains won't come to California because of Enviromental, Cal OSHA, and other Incredibley expensive Regulations and Codes.
Buck Shaw April 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I vote for Adams Notions and McWorthers. But then no one sews anymore. *************************************** Yes, "Thats" a good idea. Subsidize the merchants rent with taxpayer monies....
Ralph Garcia April 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
If nobody sews anymore why am I backed up 3 to 5 days with sewing machine repairs. When the economy goes down we actually get busier. The problem with some of the downtown building owners is there are asking rents that only office can afford. The people of Redwood City and all other towns that buy online, every time you do that you take money out of your community. If you buy on-line don't complain about your local services where do you think that money comes from? So the next time you buy something ask yourself Can I get it local? Is it made in America? Ralph @ Ralph's vacuum & Sewing Center
Barb Valley April 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Where on Earth did you get the idea that "nobody sews anymore"? Quilting alone is a $3.5+ billion - yeah billion - dollar indusrry. You will find at least 1 sewing machine in 60% of American households. While other industries have suffered during the recession, the sewing industry has grown. .
Buck Shaw April 28, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Well they don't bother to teach sewing in school any more, or do they? Over three quarters of the 30 somethings I smoke cigars with say there wives can't cook. Home economics has been taken over by Home GHG-O-nomics in school. So I just Assumed. Mae Culpa, Mae Culpa... OK parcel tax people heres your chance to expound on the parcel tax!


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