Caffe Felice Is Closed, What Would You Like To See In Its Place?

Visions for Vacancy is a new, semi-regular feature about available property in Renton.


Have you ever walked past an empty storefront or vacant lot in Renton 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?"

Tell us in the comment section below.

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

For our first installment of "Visions for Vacancy," we'll like to ask what would you like to see at the space that formerly housed at The Landing, which was independently owned by Ron and Kelly Stilwell.

The Cafe closed suddenly at the end of May 2012 before the lease was up, said Terri Paller, a member of The Landing's property management team. Although the space is still open, Paller said they've seen a lot of interest in the space.

Before Caffe Felice, the space was slated for a Strbucks store, but the company broke its lease and moved out after remodeling the brand news storefront, according to a March 2010 article in the Renton Reporter.

Anyone interested in seeing the property can contact John Chelico or Jeremy Moller at JSH Properties at (106) 859-4500

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 jenny.manning@patch.com and it just might appear in our next article.

Kevin Fullen July 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Very sad this "ma and pop" shop closed. I personally would like to see another coffee shop/bakery take over the space. A great company (other than Starbucks or Tully's); Cutter's Point (www.cutterspoint.com) would be a great addition to the Landing. It's also my opinion and from the discussion I have had with residents of the area; the Landing Property Management needs to negotiate a little harder to get Trader Joe's in the Landing (or other grocery type store (PCC, Whole Foods etc). Trader Joe's would be the best bet. Let's see the city of Renton and the Landing working together to get Trader Joe's into the Landing. Both entities did a great job in getting Panera Bread into the Landing. Most residents who want to see Trader Joe's are really tired of the excuses the Landing are giving - they just need to work a little harder if they want to see the Landing to drive foot traffic. Maybe they should also consider working places like The Brown Bag Cafe or Jay Berry's Cafe or Ave 12 Cafe to come in and open a cafe.
Amy July 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I'd also love to see a great place for brunch - there aren't a lot of options in Renton. Another idea is an ice cream parlor - a Molly Moon/Full Tilt/Old School Frozen Custard would be a welcome addition. The former Cafe Felice space might be too large - but I'm sure that the Landing (or perhaps a space in DTR) might have the perfect spot.
Sandi July 11, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Starbucks originally had that space but never opened. It would be good to have them reconsider coming back to The Landing. Kevin's idea of a cafe is great but I think this space might be too small.
Chris Conkling July 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Trader Joe's! PCC! Bill the Butcher! Molly Moon's! So many good food-related options could go into a number of the different spaces at the landing.
Dena Rosko July 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
My husband and I felt sad at Cafe Felicce closing. We felt surprised that they were not open for business during the Seahawks 12K given the high volume of business and sales that events attract. I profiled the business as part of my "Best of" Renton series at http://bit.ly/ooVNcE, and elsewhere blogged about them via photo or link-to mention at http://bit.ly/Iw3vXA and http://bit.ly/LJ0Q0q. Mostly I'm disappointed at the lack of communication with customers. Part of the family-owened small business brand involved rapport and getting to know customers. It would have been a healthy and nice business practice to say goodbye to customers instead of leaving without a trace. Locked doors and deleted social media profiles leave a negative impression. Thank you for reading, Dena Rosko http://about.me/denarosko
Dena Rosko July 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
As for future businesses, I'd like to see grocery, food/beverage, arts, and event venues trump clothing or other goods retail. I like Whole Foods and often trek to Bellevue for their fantastic selection of health and organic food. It'd be nice to save gas. I'll definitely frequent some other specialty raw organic bar, such as Healeo, or tea shop. I also suggest tapping into the event and festival market by marketing to talent and the creative industry for the many bands and models in the region. Add software and graphic design and other creative industry certification courses to Renton Technical College to attract like businesses to The Landing and downtown. Start thinking in overlap with existing resources and cross-sector. I encourage reconfiguring some of The Landing units to be more modular and able to lease to multiple tenants such as by parceling out lab space instead of leasing an entire unit. Such collaborative spaces work well for artists, gamers, etc. In the larger picture, it will help for the City to rethink its economic development. I find the tendency to silo economic development by building more infrustructure fundamentally flawed and expensive. It pays to develop economy by drawing innovative and creative small business. I won't spend money on more clothes or stuff, but I will buy food, hot or cold beverages, attend concerts and festivals, and support artists! Thank you for reading, Dena Rosko http://about.me/denarosko
James Rosko July 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Anything except a Chuck E. Cheese's.
Dena Rosko July 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
James: Awesome + hilarious! Indeed!
Jeanne Gustafson July 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Don't you want to get all the rugrats together in one place, James?
Jenny Manning July 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thank you for the interesting and though-provoking comment, Dena. I like the idea of a collaborative work space or concert/event venue — very creative and outside the box.
Vivien Mitchell July 12, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I agree with the Trader Joe's at The Landing, and it would be AWESOME to get Whole Foods somewhere downtown Renton!! I would definitely frequent those places, but as it is now - I don't get to them often as they seem a little off the beaten path... Renton would be a GREAT location for either!
Melissa Farmin July 12, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I am continually amazed that Trader Joe's is reticent to open a location in Renton. There's obviously a market here!
Adam Christian Smith August 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
A simple old internet coffee bar with great WiFi.
Kerri Dowd August 09, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Trader Joe's, Trader Joe's, Trader Joe's!!! With all the attention and interest, there must be a way to make this happen. Renton needs a Trader Joe's, and Trader Joe's needs Renton. I have talked to dozens of people who say they would spend a much larger portion of their grocery budget there if ONLY it WAS there. I know people who won't shop at the Issaquah store because it is so crowded. I generally go to Burien, but not too often -- just too far off my beaten path.
Jeanne Gustafson August 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
That's a great idea, Kerri, but take heart. The Issaquah Trader Joe's is moving to a much bigger space soon!
Kathy Jacobs August 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
The Landing stores: -1 Another Starbucks is a great idea! It is always nice to have a coffee shop after shopping/no shopping?,. - 2 Trader Joe's. It could be the empty lot near the beginning of the Landing??. Jeanne is that the bigger space you were talking about????
BadMath August 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
A live music venue is a good idea! But I too would like to see a Trader Joe's in the Landing. Maybe we could use the Pavillion and/or the old Big 5 location for a live music venue - or dancing. We need dancing!
Jeanne Gustafson August 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM
No, no, sorry to burst your bubble. The new location is in Issaquah: http://patch.com/A-tKBY


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