Sunday afternoon, I saw this:
|Weird angle: I made the phone a camera on a red stoplight, then shot without looking when the light changed.|
The plumbing company, on its third generation, went out of business (Steck's, and I still miss them -- the same family own and still runs Winthrop Supply, selling plumbing parts with an eye to the needs of the neighborhood, nearly all pre-1950 homes). A Little Caesar's has moved into the defunct KFC and shows signs of staying. Agrarian, an urban-farm supply shop (are chickens the new widescreen TV? Yes, they kind of are) and
Between the liquor store and former plumber, a line of small shops held a varied array of enterprises; the brilliant, quirky restaurant Recess showed up in 2010 and has been a real asset. The plumber's became The Sinking Ship,* a large pub with, I'm told an excellent menu. Between the two, various shops came and went, clothing stores and the like, including Lava Lips, which sold a huge variety of hot sauces but found there wasn't enough walk-in business to keep the doors open; I'm told they hope to come back as an online store.
The last time I had a good look at the former Lava Lips and the adjoining storefront, there was a sign saying something about "motorcycling accessories" and "coming soon." Looks like they may be open!
* Where liquor law and good intentions create paradox!
The law ain't always an ass, but you can see one showing from there.