You gotta love blogs and their ability to report on the hyper-local issues. As the title indicates, it appears that Peppers Market on Lake Avenue closed sometime over the late winter/early spring. I reported back in November that the building was on the real estate market, but the store nonetheless stayed open through what I believe was at least half the winter. I have to admit I was surprised it stayed open that long.
I probably only went to Peppers Market once or twice in the past year, and I'm sure very few of you readers went there much as well. It's still a loss nonetheless, and I hope someone buys it and opens up a successful business there soon. I comment often on how great it is that Saratoga Springs has both a lively downtown as well as vibrant and walkable neighborhoods. I think it's important to have businesses in these neighborhoods - my wife and I love to walk to the Spring Street Deli or Five Points Grocery and get a salad, a sandwich, or simply the newspaper. Can't do that in the 'burbs, folks. On that note, The Times Union Places and Spaces blog recently had an entry about the desirability of walkable neighborhoods, so I thought it would be good to link it here.
The Peppers Market building is presently for sale for $425,000, and it's not the only east side store that recently closed and is for sale. The little convenience store on Jefferson Street a little south of Five Points (pictured below) also apparently closed and is likewise for sale. The Realtor's web site lists the price as "$125", which I assume means $125,000, but I'm not sure.
- Speaking of Five Points, I reported back in December that the Brown Dog Pet salon was taking over the space formerly occupied by the laundromat in the Five Points grocery building. A subsequent report indicated that it would open up in February. Flash forward five months from my initial posting, and a peek inside the building shows that there has been some rehab done, but it's a slow-go, and it still has the same brown paper on the windows stating that it's "coming soon". Well if your pooch has been eagerly anticipating a stroll to Five Points for a shampoo, massage, and whatever the heck else they do in a pet salon, you better buy him a bone or something to keep busy because he's going to keep waiting a number of weeks at the least. BTW, stop letting him dump on my lawn. You know who you are.
- Yea I know it's not on the east side but here's my latest McDonald's update - note the side view picture I took yesterday from Dunkin Donuts. It's almost here! Can you feel the excitement???
- I couldn't help but notice that the short section of Webster Street, the part that has a few very large new homes on it and dead ends against the new rec center property, has not one but two "Dead End" signs at the entrance of that section of the street coming from Jefferson Street. Two signs? Seemed like a bit much. Why not just make it a bit more clear and have a sign that says "Go away"?
Check out this picture of quite the involved lift and renovation on a carriage house located behind a house at Fifth Avenue and Ludlow Street. The carriage house is at the corner of Ludlow and Tipton Lane. Damn - there's a lot of effort going on there. Only in Saratoga.
Further east from there, at 126 Fifth Avenue on the other side of East Avenue, someone knocked down this ranch house (pictured below) last summer and is building a much larger home on the same location (second picture below). The ranch actually looked pretty nice, but as you can see the new house is two stories, complete with a turret even. Again, only in Saratoga.
Photo above from the Saratoga Shoots blog
Well, that's about it for now. Have a great day!