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?

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 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 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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