What Business Would You like to See in Charlestown in 2013?

It's a new year, and that means more opportunities for businesses to open in the neighborhood.

Let's say that for one day, you had control of all the neighborhood's businesses. You could sort through, see how many there were of each type, and decide what new businesses should come into Charlestown.

Do you think the neighborhood needs more grocery stores, coffee shops or cafes? Or new restaurants? What about a movie theater or a new boutique? 

Share your thoughts in the comments and see what your neighbors think too.  

Annie H December 31, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I would love to see small old style movie theater and a cafe (large enough to sit for a long time) that transforms from coffee and sweets in the a.m. to drinks and nibble in the p.m.
kmm December 31, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I'd love a sushi restaurant
Leslie Sullivan December 31, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Bookstore/cafe, like Trident in the Back Bay. To kmm, did you know that Fuji in Kendall Square delivers to Charlestown? The sushi is fabulous!
Lynne Benson December 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Me too!
Lynne Benson December 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Sounds great, in addition to the cafe/movie theatre. Also another boutique that sells clothing.
kmm December 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I have been to Fuji. It would be nice to have a little neighborhood place we could walk to.
Jillian December 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Restaurants with good, quality food like Highland Kitchen. I'm sick of driving to Somerville for good food that isn't overpriced. Todd English's restaurants could be replaced. Definitely an authentic Mexican restaurant like Tuchon in Medford. Indoor gym space for kids.
just thinking December 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I would like to see an OLIVE GARDEN, because paolo's trattoria,has the same small menu day after day.and I would also like to have a drink with dinner.martini etc.
Jillian December 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
As a person that likes to eat real food, I'm harshly opposed to anything like an Olive Garden. Think local and independent, a passionate chef in a city restaurant, please. Maybe Paolos should get a liquor license?
kmm December 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Great idea! Something like that or like Five Horses Tavern in Davis. Charlestown definitely needs a place with a chill vibe, great beer/microbrew selection, and stellar food that doesn't break the bank.
DHGoff January 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
OK, here goes... putting a target on my back. Starbucks, please. I'll take good, predictable coffee and pastries and chill atmosphere sans all the smug attitude of Zume's (you know it's true) and the odd hours and curt service at Sorelle (the small one on Main St.) Thumbs up for Sorelle's yummy sandwiches though.
just thinking January 01, 2013 at 05:09 AM
whens the last time you tried paolos ? you might have a choice between 2 or 3 entree's,jillian name one place you go for real food ? you probably want burger king
Bette Task January 01, 2013 at 01:13 PM
I agree about the martini. However, a full liquor license costs in excess of 400K! That's why there are so few in Charlestown. And really. An Olive Garden? No big chains, thank you.
sick of mindless consumers January 01, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Food, Coffee, Mixed Drinks, complaining about established venues' menus, a movie theatre for a town that is only one square mile. You're all fools and happy ignorant capitalist consumers. You have what you need: a great public library, a reputable community college, a public garden, a community theatre, a sailing program, a Boys & Girls Club, resturants including: Thai, Italian, tavern style, and others in the Navy Yard, U.S. historic landmarks,i.e., The Monument and the USS Constitution, several churches, public housing projects and high-end housing, and a location that affords access to the harbor and waterway and the ability by T, bike, foot and car to connect with ease many other communities, yet you all have clamored for food, coffee and other mindless forms of stimulation. You have what you need, you don't need more business, you need more engagement within the community that you live in.
Ruth A Barker January 01, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Fish market, movie theater, shoe store, dress making shop/tailor
Ruth A Barker January 01, 2013 at 03:21 PM
antique/second hand shop
TheMaskedTruthsayer January 01, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Massage Palor
Brian Morrison January 01, 2013 at 11:40 PM
replace the 99 with a olive garden
Just a person! January 02, 2013 at 02:04 AM
First I would like to see a real Main St . One similar to other towns, that have rows of stores and resturants, not like we have done to our Town and ruined it by replacing all of our store fronts with Condo's,and housing developments, Mishawam park should have left the whole of Main st for business, the so called Mall should have been faced the other way with the store fronts on Main st and not the backs of them.( very neighborhood unfriendly) my opinion! As for Bunker Hill St. The same goes there. As far as what kind of stores, ther should be a variety not nail salons, pizza places, and coffe shops, I can remember Main St of old, with men clothing stores, woman's shops shoe stores,furniture stores,grocery stores not one but three, plus many mom and pop stores. Barber shops, shoe repair I could go on and on, But instead we have Condo's, Condo's and apartments. Sad!
Chris Kuschel January 02, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Anna's Taqueria would be great.
Nico January 06, 2013 at 05:56 PM
A cool bar (not a sports bar) would be fantastic.
kelli nelson January 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
a new grocerie store hello in a timely maner with reasonable prices


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