We asked and you delivered, Oshkosh.
Streetwise put out the call two weeks ago for suggestions on what stores or types of stores Oshkosh's Central City would benefit from as we enter the next phase of revitalization and redevelopment.
There was no shortage of suggestions, which you'll see below.
But before we dig into this, anyone is welcome to join Streetwise at noon Wednesday at the New Moon, 401 N. Main St., for a sort of office hour/open discussion. There's no agenda other than talking about these ideas, other developments around the city and any other topics related to business development in Oshkosh. You can buy lunch if you'd like and the M to Streetwise's James Bond has indicated we'll spring for coffee and dessert as a thank you for coming out!
Now, onto your suggestions for the Central City:
? Operative Carol suggested sports apparel store that sells Packers, Brewers, Badgers, Timber Rattlers and Titans gear. Streetwise would add one more area to add to the inventory: Oshkosh memorabilia. There are few places we can think of that have a simple souvenir t-shirts or collectibles from Wisconsin's Event City and as we host more events, a dedicated shop could prove profitable.
? Operative Sandi suggested women's clothing stores that cater to young and old women. She also wondered: "Why are there no places for small men? The shorter man needs style and class, too."
? Along the same line as Sandi, Operative Cathy suggested an H&M, a trendy store similar to the Gap, which would be absolutely great, though sadly unlikely. National retailers and big boxes are tough to convince to come to a downtown any smaller than Milwaukee.
? Operative Merlin still pines for the loss of BASIC Books, the Christian bookstore and thinks a similar store could fit downtown nicely.
? Operative Jennifer said a garlic, spices and rubs store similar to Galena Garlic Company in the Illinois resort town would make a nice fit downtown. She followed up with another suggestion on the minds of almost everyone: Manderfields Bakery.
? Operative Axel suggested a store similar to Wausau's Downtown Grocery, a combination organic market and deli/sandwich shop that sounds like it could make for a great lunch spot.
? Operative Todd went one further than Axel, though, and suggested developing a mini-food court where street vendors and the like could have a small kitchen space and shared seating area for customers.
? And finally, Operative Sunny suggested a learning and activity center for children that could also host birthday parties and other events. Definitely an intriguing, engaging idea!
A big thank you to all of you who took the time to engage in making your downtown a better, broader and more-inviting place to live, work and play.
Now go have a happy and safe Memorial Day!