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SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

June Business Buzz

Another Independent Video Rental Store Goes Dark

It’s not been long since most of us could easily walk to a store that offered movies for rent, but the large chains fell hard and fast, with most closing their doors by 2010. That was actually a boon for Filmzilla, which took over the former Crown Video and Tanning location at 2701 East Franklin that same year, and quickly benefited from an interesting kind of nostalgia (the reviews prove it). Though business had been steady, the owner faced a balloon payment on his contract for deed, couldn’t justify the expense, so let the building go.

The former owner of the building will be doing some work on the landscaping and the facade, and making it available for a new owner to purchase in about 6 weeks. Any suggestions on who we should recruit for the space?

Memory Lanes – Ever the Neighborhood Hot Spot for Fun!

The famous Memory Lanes block party last month got a great review from My Broadsheet, and had good attendance despite the less than stellar spring weather we’re having. And as summer heats up, don’t miss out on the chance to partake in some sand volleyball in their new outdoor courts! There are league opportunities and open play. If you time it right, you  might even run into SCCA President Joe Buck on the courts – I’ve heard he has a killer serve!

Pop-up Theater + Space for Lease

2204 Minnehaha is the temporary home for a theater production. Redesign met the group earlier in the spring and offered them the chance to use this warehouse for rehearsals and performances for a couple of months. Find out more about the play here,including performance dates and ticket costs. After the play is finished, that 3500sf of warehouse space will be available for a permanent tenant, with the opportunity to put in a new glass garage door and entry door and spiff up the front of the building.

Little Office: 2619 East Franklin has a small (200sf) ground level office space available for a new tenant as well. Check out the listing here.

Big Office: Do you know anyone looking for office space who loves that famous Pizza Luce happy hour? A 3800sf office is available on the 2nd floor of their building at 2200 E Franklin. It comes with the bragging rights of being in a building with solar power, and an easy way to direct your clients to find you with Luce as your downstairs neighbor.

Biggest Office: The beautiful former Franklin Creamery (2601 E Franklin) will be available this fall for a large office or commercial tenant. Find out more here.

Retail: The former Donut Cooperative building is also still empty, and waiting for the right business to come along that will thrive in that tucked away location. The listing is here.

If you have interest in any of these spaces, you can always email info@sewardbusiness.com for more information or advice, and if you have a space or a job opening you’d like us to include in our newsletter, we’re always looking for submissions!

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