Barrington shoppers have a new plaza to explore


A salon, a knitting shop, a restaurant, a chiropractor’s office and a gift shop fill all the retail space offered at the new mixed-use development, Coastal Commons.

Located at the corner of Anoka Avenue and Wood Street, the property also includes four two-bedroom apartments (one of which has been priced at the low- to moderate-income level).

Dr. Peter Weiss built the development after his search for a space for his wife’s knitting shop, Knit One, Quilt Too, ended in frustration. He said he could not find what he was looking for and soon realized it would be better for him to build a new space in town.

He purchased the property at the southwestern corner of Anoka and Wood and began the long process of planning, permitting and constructing the two buildings and the surrounding parking lot and landscaping.

He said he has learned a few valuable lessons during the process, and has even considered writing a how-to guide for others planning to build mixed-use properties in town.

The response to Coastal Commons was overwhelming, Dr. Weiss said, as approximately 50 people inquired about renting one of the downtown apartments, and about 20 individuals asked about the retail spaces.

Coastal Commons is currently home to Knit One, Quilt Too (a venture by Dr. Weiss’s wife, Yvonne), the salon Bloom, the gift shop Hollies, a new restaurant called Table, and Hoffman Chiropractic and East Bay Acupuncture. Ms. Weiss also owns Table, which will offer breakfast and lunch initially and dinner in the near future.

Dr. Weiss said the shop owners have been happy with the location of Coastal Commons, the available parking and the visibility.

He added that he has enjoyed the development process so much that he’s already considering a second project.


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