Readers, Tell Us What Should Go Here: 2 Spaces In Steilacoom Boulevard Plaza

Two retail areas sit empty in the complex on Steilacoom Boulevard anchored by Black Bear Yogurt & Espresso.

Do you ever drive past a vacant building and wonder if anything will ever go in there?

You're not alone.

We at Patch are back this week to discuss another empty spot in town. There's nothing scientific about this, nor do our opinions have any bearing on what will eventually go in these locations. But there's nothing wrong with dreaming.

So let's talk about the empty spaces in the retail complex on Steilacoom Boulevard that is anchored by .

Steilacoom Boulevard Plaza is a kind of interesting building. These two spaces are not actually visible from the street, but instead sit behind Black Bear and can be accessed from either direction upon pulling into the lot. To the left of them is . Anytime Fitness, an eye doctor and a dentist also reside in the complex.

Steilacoom Boulevard is one of the city's busiest streets, so there is definitely feasibility to sustain a business or two in this complex, especially given the foot traffic to Black Bear and longtime grocery staple Albertson's across the street.

Something else to consider: This area of the city is quite far away from Lakewood Towne Center and sits close to the border with Steilacoom. It is near two high schools (Lakes and Steilacoom) and an immensely popular park (Fort Steilacoom). Therefore, in theory, there are plenty of things that could work in this complex.

So, Lakewood residents, what should go here?

Sharon Bosser July 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
How about an "eat in" pizza place?!!
Jennifer Chancellor July 06, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Ooh, I like that idea. There is an awesome by-the-slice, eat-in pizza place in the Bay Area and I was just saying the other day that I wish we had something like that here.
Susan Coulter July 07, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Yes, a good pizza place by the slice would be wonderful. While back at an installation in NJ I would go to Anna Marie’s Tratoria. They had divine pizza pies by the slice. In addition they had the best sandwiches named after celebrities. Anna Maries is an old Italian family tratoria and if I could go back for the Paulie Walnut sandwich I would.
Diane Audorff July 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
What about a cute cupcake shop? That would still compliment the frozen yogurt shop and would be a great spot for birthday parties or victory gatherings after the soccer games!
Jennifer Chancellor July 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I LOVE that idea. I'm such a fan of cupcakes, and I just looove Hello, Cupcake in downtown Tacoma. Or, dare I suggest, Trophy, the holy grail of cupcakes?


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