What Should Go in the Former Q Salon/Jamaicaway Books Space?

676 Centre St.

Chris Helms

676 Centre St.

Daydreaming about what might go in empty store fronts is a favorite JP pastime. What would you like to see at 676 Centre St. next to Purple Cactus?

Q Salon and Spa recently decamped for 585 Mass. Ave. in the South End. Local entrepreneur Jennifer Lydon did a ton of renovations to the space before leaving.

Before it was Q Salon, 676 Centre was home to Jamaicaway Books and, for a time, a Southern eatery downstairs.

There was a time when a leading idea for the space might’ve been another coffee shop. But with City Feed at the adjacent corner, JP Licks across the street and Caffè Nero on the way to the former Commonwealth Bank space across from Blanchards, the stretch is pretty well set for java.

Some residents weren’t thrilled when Q Salon went into the space, noting the heavy concentration of hair salons JP seems to attract.

It’s a prime location, right in the heart of JP’s busiest business district. What would you like to see there?

Inside 676 Centre St. after Q Salon moved to the South End.

Chris Helms

Inside 676 Centre St. after Q Salon moved to the South End.

Inside 676 Centre St. after Q Salon moved to the South End.

Chris Helms

Inside 676 Centre St. after Q Salon moved to the South End.

  • Classic English Pub.

  • John Sullivan

    I love the idea of a classic English pub. Cask ale anyone?

  • h_illary

    Barbecue or Italian restaurant!

  • CharlesMcEnerney

    Given the population of JP, we could use a great store for creative people working in music, art, photography, etc. Could be part Daddy’s Junky Music, part Blick Art Supplies, part Paper Source, part book store with creative titles…maybe have a space for classes and for kids to make art for their parents around holidays.

    It’s a giant space, so would have to be someplace that offers a lot of different things for different people, but I’ve often heard the complaint of not having a place to buy art supplies or music items anywhere nearby.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      That’s something I’ve heard consistently too. Seems like an art store/space could do well in JP.

  • la bibliotequetress

    JP could support a guitar/musical instrument store, especially if classrooms are attached (maybe in the basement) for local teachers to give hour/half hour classes. Strings, fake books, sheet music, etc.

    (By posting this, I’m giving up on my dream of opening it myself, but hopefully someone with more time & money will pick it up)

    • CharlesMcEnerney

      Yes, it would actually draw people from around the city and suburbs, too, given that Daddy’s is gone and many people don’t like the chain store options. I work with the JP Music Festival and one of the folks was looking at a music store idea…let me know if you want to connect with them and maybe make it happen!

      • la bibliotequetress

        Absolutely– email me at LaBibliotequetres(at)gmx.com. My BF & I have talked about this off & on for a while.

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  • JamaicaPlainNews

    Hey everyone, turns out “On Centre,” the nearby boutique, will be moving into this space: http://bit.ly/1tAJDaM