Visions for Vacancies: Former Sarber's Cameras

What would you like to see fill the vacancy at the former Sarber's Cameras?

Sarber’s Cameras closed its shop on Solano Avenue in late 2011. The space remains vacant and we would like to hear what you would like to see here.

Sarber’s has been on Solano since the 1940s. A combination of a slower economy, competition from the web, and the relocation of the store to lower Solano contributed to this store closing.

This vacant space is at 1483 Solano Ave. near Sante Fe. This space has about 2200 sq. ft., really nice exposed brick on the inside, and a sundeck in the back.

What would you like to see fill this vacant space?

Please submit your suggestion on Spotmojo using this link: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/1483solano/

You can also use the code "1483Solano" to find this spot on Spotmojo.com.

Albany Patch is working with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions for vacancies. Spotmojo is a website where you can suggest the businesses you want where you live, work, or play. The suggestions are provided to new businesses and commercial real estate brokers to help new businesses find their ideal location. This gives you a voice in the businesses that open in your neighborhood and it helps local businesses succeed.

Senior A. Titude February 10, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Republic of Cake, Emporio Rulli, Local Butcher shop, or Everett & Jones bbq. You can google them if you're not familiar with what they offer. I already spend money at these places so why not let the revenue accrue to Albany?
Barbara Segal February 10, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I would like to roll back the clock and bring back Sarber's Cameras. Hundreds of my photos were developed and printed there. The personalized service, suggestions and assistance I received were wonderful!
micah franks February 11, 2013 at 12:16 AM
We don't have a third wave cupcakery in Albany...
Tatter Salad February 11, 2013 at 01:03 AM
What about the former Pet Smart (1001 Eastshore Highway, Albany), that has remained fallow for months! What about 'Lucky Produce' (that became 'unlucky' after all the 'Open Markets' opened). What about the "Pierce Street Park" development (which should be sub-contracted out to be a mini-golf course IMHO). [ This PATCH originating blerb seems to be a blatant attempt at marketing their 'new' site, -which will charge cash for side bars, and future realty ventures. ... I'm NOT impressed. ] Saber's had the typical 75-100% mark-up; they (and other stores like them) cannot compete with Costco's flat 20% mark-up, or the 'loss leader ads' that larger store chains can launch (Fry's etc.). (And WHO still uses film in their camera?! ) Oh, and Saber's DIVIDED UP the site with "Crazy Copy"; - they both had to bail on the newer high rent is what I was told.
Bernard Knapp February 11, 2013 at 07:07 AM
How about a Whole Foods? Oh heck, I forgot, we don't really want any viable businesses here, only nail parlors.
Ross Stapleton-Gray February 13, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I miss the "shout out" feature of Patch that would allow for posting unrelated notes, but there are two new stores open(ing) on Solano: 1. Sugarbabies, a lingerie store, in the block that includes Sushi 29; and 2. Troy Greek (http://troygreek.com), the third store of a local chain (Berkeley, Alameda), in the former A.G. Ferrari space.


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