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Poll: What Do You Wish Were Here? The Bow Rack

The indoor archery range shut down for good at the end of March. What do you think should replace it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

The sudden closure of has left a large and prominent building empty on Escobar Street. The expansive space, which encompasses four buildings totaling 20,954 square feet, became an archery range in December 2008 when owners Bob and Judy Yerman moved The Bow Rack from San Pablo. 

The Xtreme Archery JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) program formerly held at The Bow Rack is being relocated, according to a sign posted on the building. Contact xtremearcheryjoad@gmail.com for more information. 

Bob Yerman told the Martinez News-Gazette that he closed up shop "for personal reasons."

What kind of business do you think should occupy the old Bow Rack space? Take the poll and share your ideas in the comments below.

Kristin Henderson April 24, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I have a feeling this is in preparation for what the General Plan Update is really preparing for: to amass lots for superstructures. This was the plan for this building all along, to put a 4 story mixed use condo complex there that is as high as St. Catherine's bell tower. The plan is in City planning dept. Nothing is probably going to go into this building. It will probably be allowed to be demolished. It is not, and probably never will be, retrofitted. Yes, if there were time, it probably could be found historic, but even if the public were willing to fight for it--the fight *might not* be worth it in terms of the bigger picture, except that the whole downtown will become four or more stories. There has been City financial and other deference for his projects in the past. That is my opinion as it applies to public policy and public environment. With "Hunger Games" there has been an increased interest in archery. Thanks Bow Rack for trying. Good luck. And the Council spot zone the adult bookstore out of this building when the current owner acquired it, because it had a long term lease there.
Kristin Henderson April 25, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I have been way too "contributory" on Patch these past couple days, but I want to tell Bow Rack that it had meaning to me and I am sorry I never took the time to pay the $11 for the trial session. But, I asked a CHRISTIAN Native American Shaman couple to pray for the current owner of this building when he acquired it, and not only was the demolition and development of the four story structure stalled--a bow and arrow place came into the building.
Chris Kapsalis April 25, 2012 at 01:54 AM
An office/art supply store. It's big enough to make it a good art supply store. Lots of artists and office people in town.
Kristin Henderson April 25, 2012 at 03:58 AM
A lice salon?
marian broadhurst April 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
A ping pong club http://www.yelp.com/biz/spin-new-york-2 One of the yelp ratings on this business: "I love nontraditional spots of creative fun! And to me a place where I can play ping-pong and listen to live freestyle rap hits the mark. What a great experience". I ran an unofficial questionnaire out of my shop about a year ago, and many of the people when asked what they would like to see downtown said family oriented activities.
Linda Meza April 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Interesting concept, but the link you posted is a full bar that is 21 and over with ping pong, in lieu of pool, tables. Without the alcohol this would be a hard business model. If the building was actually taller, as in 3 stories, it could work nicely as an indoor rock climbing gym. That is definitely something family friendly.
Ryan Lopez April 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Downtown needs a Nice Steakhouse or Italian restaurant.
Staci D April 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I love the idea of a roller rink, we need a place downtown for families to have a place to spend time and be active together. That would bring more folks downtown and support the restaurants that are already there.
barbara kapsalis April 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I think a roller rink is a good idea. We did have one in the past. With the other sports complexes it would fit in nicely. Not sure about an ice rink. Art complex is also a good idea. Artist could rent out space and have art supplies for sale. It is very hard to find craft and art supplies in our area.
Becky Kapsalis April 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Roller rink! I would be there everyday. I don't care if everybody else there is five years old... not kidding. All my allowence money was spent at the local roller rink where i grew up and when they shut it down it was the most devistating day of my life.
Brenda Galvin April 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Main St will be fine :)
Candice Gliatto April 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I love the roller rink idea! Or an arcade... That would be awesome!

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