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What Should Go Here?: The Former Cakes Bakery

The spot on Galen Street is now empty again. What would you like to see go there?

The storefront at 51 Galen Street has twice been home to bakeries, most recently Cakes Bakery, but both closed. What do you think should go there?

The location is near the busy intersection of Galen Street and Watertown Street/Nonantum Road, and sits across from the Watertown Yard bus depot. 

While it is not a big space, it seems to be a nice location for commuters and passersby to grab a bite. 

Do you think another bakery would work, what about a cafe, or something else?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

JN July 07, 2012 at 02:23 AM
RIP Cakes. How We Miss You - http://goo.gl/GwCjH
Marc July 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The problem is there is little or no parking, you can't pay the high rent selling just coffee to morning commuters. In theoory it would be great to have a cafe but the commuter traffic patterns and the lack any pull in parking make it impossible for a cafe to survive. And I doubt DD or SB would open a satellite so close to their bigger shops nearby...
Carolyn A. Gritter July 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
It's too bad Archstone corporate won't be more reasonable with their rent to encourage a small business to open and become established. Empty store fronts detract from the adjacent residences and Archstone's corporate image. Reserved parking is in the rear, accessible from Aldrich Road. No impulse-buy business will make it if pull-in parking on Galen is critical to its success. Archstone residents liked Cakes and were sorry when it closed.
rena baskin July 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
What I liked about Cakes was that it was kid/friendly. Watertown desperately needs an ice cream parlor on that side of town. The location is in walking distance from the Casey playground, People waiting for the bus would come too. Bicyclists (put in a bike rack to encourage bikefolk to stop). A sign could be put up at Aldrich Road indicating parking for that business so people can see it and know to turn there. Above all PLEASE make it a local independent business.... i.e. JP Licks, Tocanini's, Rancatores.... top high quality ice cream, based in Massachusetts, and not a franchise. Archstone should give back to the town by keeping rent in those stores affordable for local independent businesses.
Maryann July 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Put me down for ice cream shop in that space - with great frozen yogurt. Would be nice to have one just off the square.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I like the idea of an ice cream shop, too. We don't have many in town.
LaParadiddle.com July 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I would LOVE a cafe, there aren't any independent coffee shops near the square, are there? I understand the parking issue, but lots of us take the bus to work, and the yard terminal is right there!
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Ya, a good cafe would be a welcome addition to Watertown.

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