Visions for Vacancies: Old Stevens Hardware Location

The space on Dock Street that was a hardware store since 1870 is now vacant—tell us what business you'd like to see come to town.

After 53 years in business, Stevens Hardware shuttered its doors on Christmas Eve 2012. The closing left a prime vacancy at 142 Dock St. in Annapolis next to the Dock Street Bar & Grill.

Patch reported last year that Marge Stevens, whose late husband Bud bought the property in 1960, owns the building.

Her grandson Mike Stevens told Patch in December 2012 that they were already getting calls from people interested in renting or purchasing the two-story 6,000-square-foot property.

Just for fun, Patch wants to know what you'd like to see in that spot.

Mike Stevens told Patch he wasn't sure what the location will become, but it likely won't be another hardware store.

TELL US: What would you like to see in this spot and how would it benefit downtown Annapolis? Leave a comment to let us know.

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Barb Cantor February 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Move Martland Federation of Art into the hardware store location; rent the offices to artists.
Stephen Heise February 28, 2013 at 01:23 PM
It would be great if a specialty grocer would take the space with a deli, bakery and very much like a Dean and De Luca.I hope it is not just another overpriced restaurant or bar.
Todd Eckert February 28, 2013 at 02:42 PM
As with Fell's Point in Baltimore, Annapolis has grown into a popular gathering point for food and entertainment. No longer is it realistic to think that the community can compete with the retailers on the outskirts. The draws are the restaurants, the active bars and coffee shops. The appropriate and successful use will need to fall in that category. If the use remains local it can then support the community's art, its history and its community interests by being inclusive) i.e. What the The Boatyard does for Eastport).
Greg Brennan February 28, 2013 at 08:03 PM
How about a marine chandlery so that visiting boaters no longer have to hail a cab to get boat parts and supplies?
SGW February 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Like comment about Dean and Deluca type grocery, but would also like to see one of those Fat Tuesday bars...two dozen frozen adult beverages to choose from...sit in front of big windows and sip a frozen vodka lemonade for great people watching and a break from the heat that isn't ice cream...
Jane Shepard March 01, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Vaccaro's was already there and the people of Annapolis were too unaccustomed to the high quality and did not frequent. Fawcetts was there for a hundred years and had to move so we do not need another Chandler. Dean and De Luca sells way-overpriced and outdated products. Artists cannot pay rent from the proceeds of their homespun alpaca sweaters or simply-crafted pottery or art, whatever that is. Need a couple of good restaurants and bars that sell quality and food from the Chesapeake, and Smith Island cakes.
Ben Farrell June 30, 2013 at 09:36 AM
A corner hardware store WAS the best use for this location. To me it proved that downtown Annapolis is a community where people live and work. Those are real people who need the mundane things that only a hardware store sells. The rest of the people you see downtown are perfectly happy buying, eating, and drinking in our town in short intervals, but they do not live here and they do not build our community. Their dollars do, so we thank them, but they have no need for rubber gloves, masking tape, a socket wrench or anything else found at a good corner hardware store. With Stephens closed, I must now take my car to the Forrest Drive True Value or Home Depot or Fawcett's for my hardware needs. Please don't dream of diluting the downtown Annapolitan charm with suggestions of chain restaurants, national grocers or tacky crafts shops. We have highway exits across the nation built like that. They all look the same...which is the antithesis of "unique". Let's keep Annapolis unique.


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