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Visions for Vacancies: Former Video Store

The lights have been off at this Anneslie shop for several years.

In this week's Visions for Vacancies, we take a look at this former video store on York Road, south of Regester Avenue and right next door to Harry Little's.

The latest new releases touted in the windows of this video store include the 2006 films "The Illusionist" and "The Last King of Scotland."

What's the next thing you'd like to see playing in this space? Tell us in the comments.

Scott July 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
In a strange twist of coincidence, I just wrote a letter to this building's owner stressing that the community would love to see SOMETHING here. How about a nice little wine bar?
Tyler Waldman July 25, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Towson is indeed lacking in wine bars, unless you count a place like Grand Cru just across the city line.
susan cooper July 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
As you may know, this was a video store run for some 20 years by the Chou family. When Ed died in 2004, Bella carried on. However, as the three Chou children went off to college, it became too much for Bella to handle on her own. My husband is quite involved with the family and the property. It is a very unique property (it was a meat market, before it became a video store) and is not move in ready for any type of business. At least one developer has toured the property and there have been several inquiries.
Tyler Waldman July 25, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I didn't know about the history of the property. Thanks for filling us in, Susan.
Jillien July 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am forever talking about making that building into a restaurant/bar. I always think about something like a family run Bertucci's where families can eat and drink)...good pizzas, but also good main dishes and salads. It is a prime spot for a lot of foot traffic. I wish I was in the restaurant business and I could open it myself!
Dana Dalton July 25, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I hope that Mrs. Chou decides to sell or lease the property to someone who is in a position to take good care of it. The place has been an eye sore for years.
Dawn Jones July 26, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I have always thought it would be great to have a neighborhood Eoropean style pub.Beer/wine,simple food,board games.Just a place to walk to before or after dinner.Not sure,but rumor is that zoning for properties on that strip is very restricted and this has kept new businesses out.
Jane Page July 26, 2012 at 02:45 AM
How about a driving school where the instructors show up on time and don't fall asleep in the passenger's seat! Or ask you to drive to West Baltimore and park while they do mysterious errands.
stacey gillar July 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM
The architecture is reminiscent of something Spanish, so maybe a Tapas restaurant would be good as utility also doubles as a wine bar? Quick, adult snacks would be good there, as well as the ability to leisurely enjoy a meal and a flight of wine. Maybe upstairs could be a small workout studio as well, or in addition to, a place for a mani/pedi.
Towson4Now July 26, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Let's add Racetrax betting, Keno, and bulletproof glass like McClellan's and the market on the Alameda!

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