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Visions for Vacancies: Shoes Cup and Cork Club

What do you think should go in the shuttered coffee shop space at 17 N King St in Leesburg?

After Shoes Cup and Cork Club closed its doors over the Christmas holiday, a vacant spot has opened up in downtown Leesburg.

What would you like to see go there?

Mike Miller, of SWaN Investors, who manages the building said "so far there is no new information about the space at this time."

The shop, located at 17 N King St, was remembered as a quirky spot next to Lightfoot Restaurant.

Though Leesburg Patch commenters disagreed about the service and food at Shoes upon its closing, nearly all of them pined for the ambiance the shop offered. Many of them said they'd like to see that spirit kept alive with a new business.

"When I first started dating my boyfriend we would go there, sit with our coffees, look around and marvel at the history of the place. I later would bring visiting friends there to see the nostalgia of the shoe horns footed at the window seats and the chalkboard walls. Where else in Leesburg could offer this ambience?" One commenter, Allison, wrote.

Another said he loved "the secret garden" in the back.

The coffee shop was a favorite spot next to Lightfoot Restaurant in downtown Leesburg since it opened there in 2009. 

What do you want to see here? Tell us in the comments below.

About Visions for Vacancies: Patch readers weigh in on what kind of business they would like to see in vacant lots and storefronts throughout the Leesburg community.

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Tina January 14, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Coffee, ice cream or cupcake shop.
kathleen fergus January 14, 2013 at 03:05 PM
A cobbler. Where do people go to have their shoes fixed these days?
Miriam Nasuti January 14, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I loved Shoes and will miss it, but now enjoy my coffee at King Street Coffee just down a few blocks or at the nostalgic counter at Leesburg Restaurant where the coffee is great and the breakfast can't be beat. So... I think a martini bar would do amazing in downtown Leesburg, bring it on!
Miriam Nasuti January 14, 2013 at 04:04 PM
The cobbler who was there, was fantastic and is missed, but was never too busy which that combined with his age brought the shop to a close. Folks now bring their shoes to some local dry cleaners who send them out to good cobblers. I bring mine to the dry cleaners located in the back corner where Starbucks is on Route 7, thee's also a UPS Store, Dunkin Donuts, etc. and they do a really good job with shoes. Just a suggestion since you asked, because now that there's a full kitchen at the Shoes spot, etc. I think it should remain a restaurant!
Miriam Nasuti January 14, 2013 at 04:05 PM
There's already amazin g cupcakes at Lola's up two streets and across from it is King Street Coffee which is awesome, that covers coffee and cupcakes. Leesburg Restaurant one block up has great ice cream and milkshakes.
Max Shipman January 14, 2013 at 04:34 PM
What Leesburg really needs is another bank!
joe brewer January 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM
What Leesburg needs is a enema!

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