Visions for Vacancies: Blue Dog Cafe

What would you like to see in this commercial vacancy in Bel Air?

The building that formerly housed Blue Dog Arts Cafe in Bel Air now stands vacant.

The now-empty building is located at 802 Conowingo Road at the intersection with Moores Mill Road in Bel Air.

The building, first built in 1967, stands on a 89,730 square foot lot, according to online property records.

It is for lease through RKS Realty Inc., according to signs posted on the building and along the road.

What business do you think would be a good fit for this commercial property? Tell us in the comments.

jennalovesbacon February 15, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I am a NJ transplant - so I say a good sub shop, like a Jersey Mike's.
Tyldak February 15, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Small business owner here. I'd like to see commercial real estate agents have decent web sites that are updated regularly and show prices. I'd like to see commercial property owners charging competitive rates. If you want to buy a home, you can get amazingly detailed, thorough information on the web these days, and the market has imploded enough that there are great buys out there. Commercial property still seems to be done still by word of mouth and the rental rates seem to be completely unaffected by the imploded economy. No wonder there's such a huge inventory of empty commercial spaces in Harford county.
Michael Mattes February 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM
A bank we need more of those.
Terry Pezzella February 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM
An real old fashioned ice cream shop.
Sue Rubin Bents February 16, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Unfortunately there is a Pat's Pizza right behind this place, so that wouldn't work out...but I wish there was a great sub shop in Bel Air.
Annabelle February 16, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Huge inventory of empty commercial space in Harford County!? Our vacancy rate is about 4%, second lowest in the state and one of the lowest in the country. That, Tyldak, is the reason Landlords don't need to need to be "competitive" with their rental rates. There is, by far, more demand than supply in Harford County. Commercial real estate is a completely different monster than residential. The economics, fundamentals, and negotiations of a commercial transaction far outweigh that of a residential deal, which is why it isn't as easy, or beneficial to a Landlord, to list a specific rental rate or price for a property/space.
Sue Rubin Bents February 16, 2013 at 03:09 AM
A drive through Starbucks would be nice. I know there are 2 Starbucks close to this location, but neither are drive through like the one in Abingdon. Or how about a place that does breakfast and lunch?
rjr21015 February 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM
artfxus February 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Trader Joe's....somewhere, anywhere....please! (Klein family would probably throw a tantrum.)
Anthony Rush February 16, 2013 at 01:34 PM
If the place was bigger I would say Andy Nelson's. if you think Bel Air has a good BBQ spot you are wrong. Famous Dave's and The Birds Nest are both sub-par at best. For the size of the area, I would think something more intimate like a small plate wine bar. Something very similar to Liquid Assets in Ocean City would thrive in Bel Air. It also would be a better location than Pairings Bistro.
kathy kelly February 16, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Definitely not a bank or a drug store or a restaurant. Maybe a local art gallery. Or high-end local crafters could sell their wares instead of waiting for the Arts Festival or other such craft show.
Alana Denise Hicks-Amoroso February 16, 2013 at 03:36 PM
An upscale consignment shop....everyone is always looking for a bargain!!
Alana Denise Hicks-Amoroso February 16, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Love this idea!! I remember Annie Apple Patch that used to be in BelAir Plaza years ago....that was a consigned craft store. I actually tried to buy it years ago but it just wasn't meant to be!! So, crafters and artists products would look great in that space.
Rosalie Huhn Ey February 16, 2013 at 06:01 PM
A bagel shop would be great or a panera bread how about an ice cream parlor -cupcake shop how about a great tea room also a place to hae small events like tea,pArties, showers etc.
Bob Allen February 16, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Let me die fat and happy. Bring on the Long John Silver's. Ah the greasy little batter bits. Can anything be better?
Otto Schmidlap February 16, 2013 at 09:57 PM
How about a Sinclair gas station?
Take Responsibility! February 17, 2013 at 01:22 PM
How about a medical Marijuana dispensary?
Amanda Koenig February 17, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Fractured Prune.... (doughnut place)
Lori February 20, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Someplace to go for dessert. Sometimes you eat dinner at one place and it's nice to prolong the evening by going somewhere else for dessert. I don't think anything like that exists? I know there are bakeries but they are not open at night.
Amanda Koenig March 02, 2013 at 02:43 AM
i agree but there is to many starbucks in the area cause there is one on Agora drive one in safeway and a few other places but it wont hurt to have one thats drive thru


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