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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What is Next for the Central Business District?

With a renewed life and energy along Fort Thomas Avenue - thanks to spring and more importantly a vibrant Mio's, the next obvious question is what else could be happening along the main street in the center of town?

Two very important locations are up for sale and a third was just vacated by the Three French Hens.  That leaves three prime locations in the center of town available to create a nice retail scene near the intersection of Highland and Fort Thomas Avenue.

The two locations that are available for sale include 33 North Fort Thomas and 19 North Fort Thomas.  They are large enough for any number of cool retail businesses and one of the properties even includes 12 off-street parking spaces.

Come on Fort Thomas - we don't need another bank, insurance agent, or dance studio.  I am asking our readers to get creative and let us know in the comments section what you would like to see in these and the other store front to make the Central Business District more of a destination.


  1. A First Watch would be a restaurant that people outside the city would seek out.

  2. Put your money where your mouth is... buy one of those old houses, and then see if you can cover the mortgage payments with the rent you get from a business... assuming you can get it rented, at all...

    It's very seldom that a new business would have the financial means to actually buy their business location. It's probably not even a good use of capital. If these locations were financially viable, then they will sell.. I doubt that will happen.

  3. There is a coffee shop wanting to open in the Three French Hens site. Business owner is working on plans now.

  4. Thats what I was going to say was a coffee shop/small music venue. Granted it, it would be a really small music venue but I think it would be cool to have a live music venue. Also maybe a bookstore? Or another small restaurant.

  5. Something like the Dairy Bar in Silver Grove would be nice or a Roy Rogers :)