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VIsions for Vacancies: Formerly Oolee Cafe

What do you think would be a good use of this vacant space?

There's already a variety of shops and eateries in the plaza at 702 Bridgeport Ave. Formerly Oolee Cafe, this storefront is currently up for grabs. Neighboring businesses are Asian Bistro, Coco Spa, SuperSandwich, The Wine Emporium, Sun Crazed Tanning and Game Stop.

There is room for outdoor seating or sales in front and on the side of the building, and parking in the enclosed lot is free.

So, what do you think this space could be used for? What kind of business would add some spice to the area? Let us know in the comments section!

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Robert October 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Continue with food DICKIES BARBEQUE
Ron Pavluvcik October 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Need a good Polish restaurant in Shelton - lots of Slavic people in town, living and visiting. Old Polish people are dying off and their kids don't cook the traditional food like the parents. Young girls need to appreciate their Polish heritage,m and they should start by going and working at the new restaurant. For that matter, any restaurant would be better that OOlee, which had no focus, and overworked their employees. No wonder they failed so quickly. Ron
Stephanie October 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I would say stay with food also, not sure how big the space is but another casual bar/restaurant combo I think is needed.
christina October 19, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I would say a good spanish restuarant. We dont have any in the area.
Kayleigh Apicerno October 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
That would be a good spot for a coffee shop. Somewhere with WiFi, relaxed atmosphere, simple foods, and is not Starbucks. We need more spots where people can kill an hour or meet up with friends and not have to buy a full meal. Panera is too commercial and is getting old.
Cynthia October 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Another bar would be nice but what I'd really like to see is an Old Navy/Gap combo. We don't have a lot of in town options to purchase clothes. There's no way either of those stores would fail somewhere on Bridgeport Ave.
Leah Salomoni (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I agree! Something Huntington Street Cafe-esque....
Leah Salomoni (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
That's a great idea! There's a decent amount of space.
Maura Gualtiere October 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
What about Written Word Bookstore? They are looking for a new space...this is a place near many hotels/businesses and gets lots of foot traffic as well as drivers and bus stops nearby too. The location would be great to go in grab a book or a magazine and get a coffee/tea too? Maybe they could add this component to their already established store.
Donna Achille October 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Tell us what you really think Ron!!! Yeah you must be Polish!!!
Jamie October 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM
We would love to hear from potential tenants! Coffee shop, bakery, cafe-all concepts are considered Please contact 203.929.7146
Rose Marie Goldspink October 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The Written Bookstore Is a great idea!!!! They do have coffee & knitting clubs & other clubs yhou can join. They have stuff for kids too & they also get in good authors for people to meet.
Kayleigh Apicerno October 22, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Written Word would probably do well there! Love this idea.
Kayleigh Apicerno October 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I agree. I really hope this area starts to come together as a community, similar to what the downtown are of Seymour does...

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