My downtown Norwich wish list

Jessica Lewis

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished for a wider variety of stores to chose from in downtown Norwich. The selection isn’t quite what it used to be, and I could probably think of dozens of shops that I would love to see gracing one of the now empty store fronts on Broad Street. I know Commerce Chenango has a business wish list, and probably a lot of other organizations have created them as well, but here is my own business wish list.

• Shoe store – call me girlie or obsessive or whatever you want, but I enjoy the occasional shoe shopping expedition. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve broken a shoe or needed to find something to go with an outfit and the limited local offering has left me wanting.

• Clothing choices – No offense to McLaughlin’s or Fashion Bug – both stores have nice clothing choices – but Norwich could really use a little more selection when it comes to clothing stores. A little more variety would be a blessing in this area. Especially if we could attract a store with a bigger variety of children’s clothing.

• Music store – I know itunes has diminished the need for a real music store, but I still enjoy going in an actual store, picking up a CD and taking it home with me. Since I’m an adult, I think I should be able to buy a CD, even if it has curse words in it, and listen to the whole thing as the artist intended.

• Toy store – Downtown Norwich has food, ice cream, movies, books, clothes and jewelry, but unless you want to go outside the city limits to WalMart, you’re not going to find much in the way of toys.

• Crafts – Last year I tried desperately to find some last minute candy molds to make favors for a wedding shower I was hosting. After searching all over Norwich and the surrounding areas, I finally gave up and made the trip to Binghamton. It was then that I realized that Norwich doesn’t really have any type of multi-purpose craft store. While there is a fabric shop, there are many other craft items that are impossible to find in the area.

My list could go on and on. Electronics and computers, a bigger variety of dinning options, or how about a place to grab a drink on a Sunday afternoon? I don’t know if any of the stores on my wish list will ever actually make their way to Norwich, but it would make for a vibrant and exciting downtown shopping area.