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The store was most recently a Colombian restaurant that kept odd hours.
On the east side of Augusta, just south of Baldwin, is a commercial storefront 13.66 feet wide and 111 feet deep. It currently sits empty.
Along its façade is draped a banner: "What Would You Like To See In This Space? firstname.lastname@example.org"
Many answers have been received, divided evenly between serious rental inquiries and idealistic responses to the broader question. As building owner James Moyer rhymes these off - a chess club, a deli, a coffee shop, "fast food or fast, healthy food" - it is sometimes hard to tell which is which.
But that is more or less the point. Instead of going through a rental agent like Phil Pick, "we thought we would sort of take this approach of asking a question to the community, to see what they would like to see," Moyer says. "We wanted to sort of challenge them creatively, to see what could go here, what would suit this space and what does the Market need."
Moyer and his partner Dwayne Evens resorted to the unusual approach following two previous experiences that did not go especially well.
Their first tenant, he says, had told them it would be a clinic for massage and homeopathy services. But "it turned out she was actually working on animals, not people. And it was the most comical fiasco, how that ended. I mean, there was so many animals and birds in there."
The second tenant was a "Colombian fast food" joint called Los Perros. In theory, it should have been a perfect fit for the area, but in practise it was not: they were seldom open during Market hours. "Yeah, it was very strange," Moyer says. "And actually many, many times I went by - and we would call them, we would tell them and say, 'Listen, the Market is busy, you should be open.' But they never responded, I never understood."
Moyer and Evens are fairly new to being landlords, having purchased the property a few years ago from Crazy Steve Goof, of the Bunchofuckingoofs, who used to live upstairs. "So we acquired it through a private deal," Moyer says, "which was, you know, very interesting, unusual. I don't think a lot of people looked at the building because, you know, Steve was showing it, I think he was intimidating for most. So anyway, we acquired the building, thinking it would be a great way to invest in our neighbourhood, our community, and we really thought the Market was becoming, you know... it was changing, and we thought, well, better to have locals owning it, helping to decide its future."
Now they hope that, with a word-of-mouth approach, "maybe people will come up with ideas, talk to their friends [and] it might inspire a better idea."
They're asking for $3600 a month; property records say the floor space is 1,516 square feet. If you've got an interest - or a brainstorm - you know how to get in touch.