Visions for Vacancies: Mr. Fritz-Fantasia Salon

This downtown Pikesville salon has been vacant for years. If you had a choice, what kind of business would you put there? How about next door, where the Suburban House used to be?

This 4,900-square-foot retail space once housed Read's drugstore, and later Mr. Fritz-Fantasia salon, and more.

But this building, located at 919 Reisterstown Road in downtown Pikesville, has been vacant for years.

What's the next, best use for this space? While you consider that, let's revisit it in its heyday.

In 1992, an article in The Baltimore Sun described the salon, owned by William Fritz. His wife manned the reception desk, it states.

"His large shop—formerly a Read's drugstore—is decorated in back-and-white floor tiles. Mirrors with baroque-style lavender frames sit between the dryers and shampoo basins. There is non-stop chatter. All the customers seem to know each other."

Read more about the salon in the article: "Mr. Fritz has tousled and teased Baltimoreans for nearly 50 years."

The neighbor to the north of this building is , and south is the property where restaurant once called home.

A real estate website, Loopnet.com, says the property is off the market. It gives some stats though: It's 4,900 square feet with a full basement, and is zoned retail, commercial.

For more details, including a floorplan, visit the LoopNet listing.

While I'm checking with property owners to see if they'll reveal any future plans for the property—or for the two properties, including where the restaurant used to be—tell us what you think should be done with this space.

If it were your choice, what kind of business would you like to see in this spot? What would you like to see in the old Suburban House lot? Tell us in the Comments section after this story. Any memories from either?

Harry League March 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
A chick-a-fila would do well there my wife believes. Please no more 7-11 franchises!!! We have 4 of those within a mile of each other already. Personally I would like to see another fine restaurant. Pikesville lacks a great variety of eateries IMHO.
Janet Metzner March 22, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I like that idea. It's a good spot for it, isn't it? However, there's that traffic signal at Sherwood and Reisterstown roads. Do you think that would interfere with traffic flow in and out? We do have plenty of 7-Elevens!


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