What kinds of businesses should fill the empty storefronts throughout Corona del Mar? Specialty groceries, bakeries and more, according to the results of a survey by the Corona del Mar Residents Association.
“It’s really evident that Corona del Mar residents like their food,” said Karen Tringali, president of the CDMRA group. Tringali gave a report on the survey this morning at the board meeting of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District.
Family-friendly restaurants was the top category that respondents listed, followed by a health food store or market, speciality groceries and deli shops and bakeries.
Many residents indicated they missed the Health Emporium, a market and restaurant that closed in August 2007 and was replaced by a furniture store and now is home to OC Mattress. The Health Emporium currently has a small shop, called the Pantry, at 3545 1/2 East Coast Highway; read our story here. And store employees said today they are looking into finding a space to open another restaurant in the village.
Residents also said they would like to see a non-chain bookstore, a high-end gift shop, a dvd rental store, a fabric and notions store, art supplies store, clothing boutiques, old-fashioned candy shops as opposed to chocolate shops, an urgent-care facility, a blues or jazz club, as well as pet food stores, bike stores, camera stores, sporting good stores and more art galleries.
City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner told the group that residents might see part of their wishes come true: a gourmet shop specializing in artisanal cheeses, beers and wines may be opening in the old Veldhuis Interior Design space at 2700 East Coast Highway; read our stories here and here.
The survey went to 6,600 households in Corona del Mar, Tringali said, and results are still incoming. The survey can be found in the group’s April newsletter.