Visions for Vacancies: What Should Go Here?

What would you like to see in this vacant storefront on Allegheny River Boulevard?

This vacant storefront at the intersection of Allegheny River Boulevard and Hulton Road in Oakmont used to be the Hunter Brothers general store, and once was considered "The Oldest Store in Oakmont."

It has been empty for many years, and currently is for sale. We want to know, what would you like to see in this spot.

Is there something that would benefit the Oakmont area community? How could this space better serve you and your neighbors?

Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns in the comments. Tell us what your vision is for this Oakmont Borough vacancy.


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Kathy McGrath McQuillan April 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I often daydream of opening up my own little knitted items shop there. Maybe other crafters could contribute.
Jenny Masaitis April 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
How about an "upscale" Thrift shop? You obviously have a couple clothing stores but I'd like to see really nice, gently worn Don't know if it would go over big
Heidi Dezayas April 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
On Facebook, Lisa Rihn said she'd like to see a Dairy Queen; Crystal Kitchener Linamen said a deli or meat market; and Julie Chapa said something that doesn't require parking. What do you guys think?
Heather April 16, 2012 at 03:46 PM
A gourmet coffee shop might be nice.
Angela Occhipinti April 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Dairy Queen would be great. We miss it since it left Oakmont. Also would like to see an Italian grocery store there. People will find parking on the streets.
Katie Harley April 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I would turn it into a Funky Family friendly sandwich/coffee shop that has a stage for live acoustic sets like "The Purple Fiddle in Thomas West Virginia" http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-12998419R-purple_fiddle-i Have local made items on the shelves to sell, good music, a cozy environment and great simple food. Anyone want to lend me the money? Mark Harley
Kathy April 16, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Hippy-dippy couldn't make it with all of the other coffee and sandwich shops in Oakmont. Please we need a good produce and food store.
Katie Harley April 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Live music is the seller. People want a place to hang out with the family. Not a sports bar with 100 TV sets blaring, booze and microwave food. as for the past coffee shops they were not inviting from the start. Wait until Trader Joe's opens in at the Edgewater retail strip site. we had 5 grocery stores in Oakmont in the past, But they all went out due to shoppers wanting bigger and better.
Linda Turner April 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
There is an upscale boutique shop on Allegheny River Blvd already.....nice things there.
Linda Turner April 16, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Is it definite that they are opening there? I also heard that Starbucks was coming in there.
Heidi Dezayas April 16, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hey Jenny, Ambiance Boutique on ARB sells new and gently-worn designer items...maybe something to look into? :-)
Heidi Dezayas April 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
You know, I actually heard someone this weekend say they went to a local restaurant/bar and walked out because it was so loud in there. I think you're on to something with the live music!
Heidi Dezayas April 16, 2012 at 06:48 PM
You'd probably see me there all the time, then! :-)
Heidi Dezayas April 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Our Facebook readers have tons of ideas. They've suggested a comic book shop with an old-fashioned candy store/malt shoppe; a grocery store; a party store; and even a *gasp* strip club! Susan Houseman said she'd like to see a "Little cafe with garage doors where those two big windows are. Outdoor sidewalk seating with a little bistro flair. Put a full refrigerator along one wall to sell milk, cream, coffee creamer, yogurt, local berries, frozen custard and yogurt." Keep those ideas coming!
Andrew Caffas July 03, 2013 at 06:59 PM
A micro brewery. The problem with the location is lack of parking, so a resturant or store won't work. A micro brewery would be able to keep the building and you could sell to local bars and at the door.


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