East End Business Notebook: New Owner at Greenport's Arcade

Also this week, plans for a writing center and bookstore in downtown Riverhead were thrown out, and a court case over an ice cream cone sign was dropped - or was it?

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It was a dream that had writers from across the country reaching out to participate.

But for Wendy Yusin, who  to open a new business, Jewl's Book Shoppe and Writing Center, at the old Suffolk Trust Building, located at 8 East Main Street in downtown Riverhead, the dream became impossible to transform into reality.

And so, on Friday, Yusin said she effectively "killed the project."


Ice Cream Cone Case Continues in Court

Westhampton Beach owner Elyse Richman was on the road to celebration when she learned from her attorney that a two-year-old village case against her had been withdrawn. Then, she learned that the attorney handing the case for the village said the withdrawal was procedural and that the case is still pending.


David Akcay is bringing back the "glory days" of the Arcade department store. Like most kids that grew up in Greenport, the Arcade was an integral part of Akcay’s childhood and, like many of his neighbors; he couldn’t bear the thought of losing the iconic department store.

“One day I came here and the door was locked,” Akcay remembers. “I asked around and heard that the store was closing. I thought, ‘It can’t close. I won’t let it close.’”


Tracey Tooker's hats have been worn by many notable women, from First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton, to Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Aretha Franklin.

And her handmade creations have been seen for years atop heads parading up and down the streets of Southampton Village, where she began opening summer pop-up shops in 1987.

“I do all aspects of millinery,” or hatmaking, Tooker said on Monday at her latest pop-up location, on Hill Street just west of Windmill Lane. The small shop is filled to the brim with hat racks, and no two hats in the store are alike, displaying the range of Tooker's imagination.


Craig Wright, a Springs resident and an avid music fan and record collector, saw his dream realized when he opened  in the Amagansett Square this past May. The store has rare jazz and blues records, lots of punk and alternative bands, many original Beatles and Rolling Stones LPs, and of course you'll find Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, and lots of "new arrivals" on the shelves. 

Wright got his start working at Long Island Sound in the 1980s, and went onto manage corporate retail music stores on the West Coast in the '90s. Later, he started an online business.


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