Wallybits: Real Estate Edition

Here’s some (okay, two) bite-sized pieces of real estate news around the neighborhood:

The Matchless Building (3640-3650 Wallingford Avenue N.) has been sold for $2.15 million.  Co-Star Realty reports that the 1924 8-unit, two-story building, which houses Cantinetta and the Oasis Art Gallery on the ground floor, was sold to private investors.

Key Bank is opening a Wallingford branch on May 16, 2011.  The branch will be located at 1702 N. 45th St., which was formerly offices for the commercial real estate company, M.S. Cavoad Inc. (and, before that, Hollywood Video. Bonus points to anyone who can give the name of the video store before it was Hollywood.)

  1. Jen said,

    top hat video?

    Wed, January 5 at 3:06 pm
  2. Chris W. said,

    Wallyhood Video.

    Wed, January 5 at 3:30 pm
  3. DOUG. said,

    Anyone else notice the Dino Rossi For Senator sign that is still pasted onto the side of M.S. Cavoad building? I hope they take it with them.

    Wed, January 5 at 6:28 pm
  4. Lauren said,

    The name of the previous video store had something to do with a caribbean or island theme. I can’t remember…the exact name. ?? Other trivia would be to name all the numerous places that were once in the spot currently occupied by Joule.

    Wed, January 5 at 6:54 pm
  5. Mark said,

    Actually, I think it was called Safari video and it even had an adult section. Not that I would know anything about that. :)

    Wed, January 5 at 7:39 pm
  6. jl stieren said,

    From at least 1990 until the ill fated Hollywood Video opened, the store was called: The New Yankee Deli ! An Asian owned, catch-all convenience store, from malt drinks, fast food, videos and associated magazines, smoking stuff, etc. Changed over to H.V. c. 1998-9.

    Wed, January 5 at 7:49 pm
  7. Peg said,

    Kind of a bummer in that it was a nice place to sneak a parking place to go to Molly Moon’s!!! :)

    Wed, January 5 at 8:00 pm
  8. John said,

    Key is opening a branch in Fremont too – the old Baja Fresh on the corner of 34th and Fremont – looks like an expensive build out on an expensive corner (and right next to the Frontier/Union branch).

    Probably a Suzy Burke property (most of Fremont is).

    Wed, January 5 at 8:09 pm
  9. jl said,

    I agree about Joule! It has been more restaurants and ice cream parlors than I can count. But does anyone recall the business that was at the opposite end prior to the health food store? Jus 4 Fun…

    Wed, January 5 at 8:13 pm
  10. Kristin said,

    Video Isle, i think.

    Wed, January 5 at 8:40 pm
  11. Sara B said,

    Does this mean someone’s finally going to take down the Dino Rossi sign? :)

    Wed, January 5 at 8:44 pm
  12. Margaret said,

    You are correct, Kristin! It was a Video Isle, though it was short lived!

    Wed, January 5 at 8:45 pm
  13. Margaret said,

    @jl, I’m stumped. I need to sleep on it, maybe I’ll remember. So, it was before “Bee Well”…hmmm…I just remember that whole block up to the Tea House being empty and the owner saying “NO FOOD!” when I once asked if she was leasing out the space (that was before, uh, Juice Goddess and Fainting Goat!)
    @Lauren…I always thought for the longest time that the space where Joule is now was jinxed! I remember Wally’s Scoop…but what the heck else was there…another fuzzy memory for me!!!

    Wed, January 5 at 8:50 pm
  14. Ffej said,

    Re: M.S. Cavoad building going to Key Bank: Hallelujah! That place has been a dump for the last year or two — the previous owners did little or nothing to take care of it. Welcome, Key Bank!

    And I agree with jl: It was Yankee Deli before it became Hollywood Video.

    Wed, January 5 at 9:06 pm
  15. Ffej said,

    And regarding what used to occupy Joule’s location: didn’t Teahouse Kuan Yin extend into that space? I think it was before the Wally’s Scoop ice cream parlor — which was a delight. Great sundaes, and they did old-fashioned ice cream sodas.

    Wed, January 5 at 9:13 pm
  16. Fruitbat said,

    After Wally’s and before Joule, that corner spot was a Hawaiian place and a Middle Eastern place, but the names escape me. Dang, the Middle Eastern place was good, too. Yeah, Ffej, I think it *was* Kuan Yin before it was Wally’s, and then Kuan Yin moved next door, I think…

    Wed, January 5 at 9:33 pm
  17. Lauren said,

    @jl do you mean the zero population growth little hole in the wall around the corner? Yes Kristin! I believe it it was Video Isle! I knew there was an island theme. @ fruitbat: Middle Eastern place was Palmayra and before that was Clara’s Food for the Soul. Wally’s before that and I think Kuan Yin before. Next up: all the places that used to be where Pharmaca is…I thought that spot (hint) was doomed.

    Wed, January 5 at 11:03 pm
  18. j said,

    was wally’s scoop the one that closed in 2003? i only remember that because i think it closed two weeks after we moved to the neighborhood, breaking my heart.

    Thu, January 6 at 12:41 am
  19. Margaret said,

    @Lauren…That “Spot”…I “Noah” it well! :-) I really do miss a good bagel in the neighborhood. You’ve got a sharp memory! What was the name of the Italian restaurant where Chutney’s is now?

    Thu, January 6 at 8:26 am
  20. iyqtoo said,

    Wide World Books and Maps occupied the space next to WAMU before Wally’s until they moved to their current location on Wallingford Ave. Moving day was memorable because neighborhood residents and customers formed a line around the corner, passing the inventory hand-to-hand to the new location. The activity turned out to be so much fun for everybody that Tweedy & Popp used the same kind of ‘bucket brigade’ to transfer some of their inventory to the new location in Wallingford Center.

    Thu, January 6 at 8:46 am
  21. iyqtoo said,

    Noah’s replaced a French restaurant with a name I’ve forgotten, but we missed very much. We enjoyed some wonderful meals there, both inside and out in the courtyard, and liked the chef and owner, Phillipe. Don’t recall the name of the restaurant that used to be in the new Chutney’s location, but we enjoyed that too and ate there often. We were delighted to find Sarah, the woman who managed it at the end, running things behind the desk at Jazz Alley!

    Thu, January 6 at 9:01 am
  22. bmacke said,

    I always get a kick out of this old Almost Live skit. You can see some of the old places around 45th:

    Thu, January 6 at 9:31 am
  23. Jessica said,

    I remember the french restaurant, but not the name. But before it was Spot bagel it was a garden shop. Simpatico was the name of the Italian place.

    Thu, January 6 at 9:45 am
  24. Heidi said,

    Au Bouchon was the name of the French restaurant.

    Thu, January 6 at 9:52 am
  25. Margaret said,

    @Jessica — yes, Simpatico! Thank you! They had great house wine, I remember! The Garden Spot was actually right next to the Spot bagel place and it stayed there even after Noah’s left.

    @bmacke, that Almost Live skit never gets old! I love it, and I love razzing my brother who canvassed for Greenpeace in Wallingford from 1989-1998!

    Thu, January 6 at 9:53 am
  26. John said,

    @Ffej: IIRC, the Teahouse never extended into Joule’s space as such; the businesses were always separate. However, there was a common passage allowing customers to move between the two spaces. The remnants of this can be seen today in the sliding panel door on Teahouse Kuan Yin’s East wall.

    Mmmm…. tea!

    Thu, January 6 at 1:28 pm
  27. Mimi said,

    Dear, dear, does no one remember the Wallingford video that used to be in the Cavoad building? Locally owned, they were there even before the deli and Hollywood. I used to love walking up to 45th on Fridays. I would stop in at Vandewater Books, taste wines at City Cellars and then pick out a video for that evening. We used to say being able to walk and find all these wonderful places in our neighborhood is what made Wallingford the best neighborhood ever.

    Fri, January 7 at 10:10 pm
  28. Ffej said,

    @John: Thanks! That jolted my memory — I remember the divider between the 2.

    I guess I *have* been living in Wallingford for almost 30 years — I’m forgetting things about the neighborhood right and left!

    Sat, January 8 at 7:59 pm
  29. BlackSwan said,

    The name of the middle eastern restaurant in Joule’s space was Palmyra.

    Mon, January 10 at 4:48 pm
  30. Ann said,

    What about the restaurant that was in the space that Beso del Sol left? The first one? I think there is a “B” left over from them in front of the door on the ground… it was a cafeteria-style upscale place (I guess that’s why it didn’t last).

    Tue, January 11 at 7:19 pm
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