In a surprise reversal from the slow and steady near-complete exodus of local businesses from the Kenmore Village location, it would appear that someone is gearing up to open a new coffee shop at 6734 NE 181st St — the building that used to hold a Tacos Guaymas.
In addition to the exterior of the building sporting a fresh new coat of paint, whoever is moving in has also been doing some landscaping, as well as some work to spruce up the inside.
According to a pdf flyer I located on the leasing company’s website, the new business is “The Coffee Roaster.” Just what Kenmore needs, another coffee shop! Especially one that’s literally less than 500 feet from Tully’s…
Also of note, the flyer says that a new kid’s gym called “Great Play” will be opening sometime soon in the location formerly occupied by The Little Gym.
The other thing I found interesting in the leasing company’s ad for the Kenmore Village spaces is that potential tenants are being offered leases of “4 years or less.” If they’re handing out 4-year leases, that would seem to imply that development on Kenmore Village is stalled until at least 2015, despite the perennial claims that they’re just pushing things off “one more year.” Hmm…
Just in time for the rainy season, a crop of brand new bus shelters appeared seemingly overnight around Kenmore:
On Tuesday, riders were standing in the rain. By Wednesday morning, these spiffy new shelters had appeared, offering at least a little protection from the elements.
I’ve spotted at least three new shelters around the Bothell Way / 68th Ave NE intersection, but there may be even more.
Much thanks to whatever transit agency is responsible for installing these new shelters!