Tacoma Rumors

Sep. 27, 2008 at 7:29pm

The 6th Ave Shuffle

It's like musical chairs on 6th Ave!

Rumors heard that the Rector's Antiques building on 6th Ave is up for sale. No idea how much or where the antique store is moving to.

Rumors also learned that the swanky hair place in the Rector's building, Baroque Salon, will be moving into the much larger space formerly known as the computer repair shop next to Il Fiasco on hopping 6th Ave (2711 6th Ave). The former computer repair shop has relocated to University Place (not sure why), and Meier's House of Clocks left 6th Ave for the Lincoln District. Anyone else moving?

The only question now is what will become of the Rector's building? Mcminimins, are you there?

comments [20]  |  posted under 6th ave, rectors, tacoma


by Kevindot1 on 9/28/2008 @ 9:37am
I thought we are trying to direct Mcminimins to the post office building downtown?

However, the Rectors building is way cool with cool history. Wasn't the building built by Ford or Chevrolet way back in the day?

by ixia on 9/28/2008 @ 9:50am
Rumor has it the empty dry dry-cleaner next to the Old China Garden will be a 50's style diner. 21and up. Could be good to breathe some life into this side of the Ave. I am not saying the Fantasy Shop is not busy...

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/28/2008 @ 1:32pm
Unfortunately, in the past couple of years many long time businesses left the 6th Avenue district.

• Jo Emery Ballet School.
• Tacoma School District, Quality Closet used clothing store and training center for students to learn retailing.
• Meirs House of Clocks.

It takes sustainable businesses to build a sustainable business district. I've met and worked with the managers of the three businesses noted above, among other exiles. The district has lost many experienced managers for reasons that were sometimes not directly connected to individual business operations. For example, sometimes landlords take the "lord" designation a little to the extreme. Anyone with money or credit can buy a commercial property. Not anyone can manage it. Like it or not some landlords that rent commercial property are clueless about business. They are a menace of the sort that has become recent financial front page news.

Aggression and predatory practices in the business sector is common and outsiders rarely care until it affects them directly.

by jane on 9/28/2008 @ 9:12pm
6th Ave really needs to attract and retain a strong retail core.

by Rue on 9/29/2008 @ 8:40pm
We get mail! This just in:

Thanks for thinking of us, we have looked in Tacoma before and at some point will try to get a location in. At this time however we are buried in projects and are not looking to take on any opportunities for quite some time. Thanks again.


Dan McMenamin
McMenamins Pubs & Breweries

by Rue on 9/29/2008 @ 8:43pm
Rumor has it the empty dry dry-cleaner next to the Old China Garden will be a 50's style diner. 21and up.

Thanks for sharing, ixia! This is exciting indeed! I didn't know diners were 21 and up in the 50's. I'll take it though!

by Heather on 11/14/2008 @ 12:32pm
The Meier's House of Clocks storefront looks so bare. They appear to be all moved out and into their new location at 3730 South M St.

I have heard a rumor that a Tacoman is making serious plans to open a restaurant in the Rector's building. If I hear something more substantial, I'll let you know!

The old computer repair shop/gypsy lily building is in the process of being completely gutted (kind of hard to miss!). I have trouble believing that Baroque is going to use that huge space. Any new rumors on that front?

by beerandhotdogs on 11/14/2008 @ 1:18pm
I had a guy come in and tell me his buddy was opening a steakhouse/bar in that dry-cleaner space next to North China Garden.

Then he skipped on his $34 tab. Ugh.


by morgan on 11/14/2008 @ 7:45pm
beerandhotdogs: Bummer. But wow - $34 is a lot of hotdogs!

Re: Rector's building: for those that were around- I still think Cafe WA was just a few years ahead of it's time. What an awesome spot for a restaurant! Actually, you could probably fit three restaurants in there and they would all be better for it.

by Gypsy Lily on 1/10/2009 @ 6:58pm
Greed fuels a depression. Taxes are so high on 6th Avenue that rents go higher and soon only corporation chains will be able to afford to lease there. This does not make a good neighborhood.

Property owners should be more concerned about what businesses are doing.


by Heather on 1/10/2009 @ 9:03pm
Updated 6th Ave Shuffle Rumors:

I heard that the XGroup (Masa and Asado) bought the Rector Building.

I also heard a rumor that the 6th Ave Market (John Loesch's grocery store) is not only for sale, but has a purchase in the works.

Anyone else heard that E-9 has been sold to a newly formed partnership between the the owners of Doyles and The Swiss? I guess there is a blog out there somewhere that I need to hunt down for more on this.

by morgan on 1/10/2009 @ 10:51pm
Re: Rectors -
I just got an email with the listing for sale - not to say that it already hasn't sold. Asking price: $1,750,000.

by Dave_L on 1/11/2009 @ 12:17am
Good way to put it; Cafe WA was ahead of its time. I hope those young founders have continued to be successful.
Heather, these rumors Google-up (though I'm sure you beat me to it):
I liked E9 the way it used to be, way before TV screens. I don't go out to watch teevee. Oh I guess I do if I'm at The Red Hot or it's World Cup.

by fredo on 1/11/2009 @ 10:24am
Gypsy@ The high property tax bills being passed through to local merchants is a function of property values for the area. These values reached unsustainable and unsupportable levels in the last few years but of course the government is loathe to institute any lower valuations.

Other overhead increases causing small business failure: voter mandated increases to the minimum wage and the sales tax. And how about the local B&O tax rates which penalizes businesses for selling anything, even at a loss?

Tacoma does a good job paying lip-service to "going Local" but creates an economic subtrafuge which will doom all but the most inspired business plans.

by Dmitri on 1/11/2009 @ 10:29am
Meier's Clocks moved out because the owners doubled the rent (this according to Jack next door at Sluggo's Music ... who owns his own building, which is the only reason he can afford to stay there).

The owner apparently thought that economic times were so good and 6th Ave such a jumping place, that it would be easy to double the rent and keep the building occupied.

That sounds like a bad business decision. News flash: sometimes businesses are badly run ... time to blame the minimum wage, right?

by fredo on 1/11/2009 @ 10:59am
Dimitri@ I can't comment on the Clock Shop specifically, but we all know that the cost of leasing commercial property is on the rise. A commercial property owner always takes the risk that an increase in rent for a tenant may result in a vacancy. That may be a bad business decision, but its a risk that's part and parcel of the commercial leasing business.

Regarding the minimum wage, which I understand we have differing opinions, I merely cited it as a contributing factor to business failures...which it most certainly is.

For the record, Washington State has one of the highest business failure rates in the nation, one of the highest sales tax rates, and the highest minimum wage rates of all 50 states. Unemployment is skyrocketing. Of course the culprit here has to be those greedy property and business owners.

by morgan on 9/5/2009 @ 6:36am
Someone told me recently that the one of my favorite buildings, Rector's on 6th Ave, finally sold.

Pretty amazing, really.

Aren't we supposed to be in the worst economic times in generations? It sold for $925,000. Not bad considering Rector bought it for $410,000 ten years ago.

Driving by another of my favorite buildings yesterday kitty-corner from Maxwell's at 6th & St.Helens, I saw some guys unloading a U-haul truck loaded with what looked to be antiques from Rector's. I've heard they were moving to the area for a year but wasn't expecting them to turn up in this building.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

by KevinFreitas on 9/5/2009 @ 8:39am
That's potentially great news. That building is a stunner and could certainly lend some life to that corner especially being near the Chinese antique/import place.

Thanks for keeping your eyes open about town morgan!

by Jake on 9/30/2009 @ 7:29am
From the liquor board website it looks like the previous owner (John Loesch) of Neighborhood Market on 6th Ave. is taking it over/back.

by dolly varden on 9/30/2009 @ 11:12am
The Tacoma Food Co-op announced they're looking into a deal to have the 6th Ave Market "house" the co-op in its initial stages. That could be a great thing.


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