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New Business Residents Want in the Village

Each week Patch roves the village asking your neighbors, friends and local storeowners a different question.

There are  a few empty storefronts in the village that could potentially be filled with something new.

So Patch decided to find out from the experts just what new business would be warmly received by shoppers and asked residents " What new store would you like to see come to the village?"

Think about it... what do you wish was closer to home? Give us your feedback in the comments section below.

Regina February 08, 2011 at 08:22 PM
An organic fresh fruit & vegetable market Regina
Carol February 09, 2011 at 02:44 AM
I agree with Regina, a FRESH fruit and vegetable market would be wonderful to have in our Village. It would also be nice to obtain all the fresh produce from our Long Island product farms and not shipped in from somewhere else.
Jacqueline Sweet February 09, 2011 at 02:13 PM
That's a good point, Carol. The farmers market in Islip Village has produce vendors from the North Fork. I think there is enough demand in Babylon to support a farmers market.
valerie basile February 09, 2011 at 02:21 PM
love the idea of a farmers market kind of store... i would also love a spot that had easy take out salads and sandwiches for lunch or dinner. there's a place in lindenhurst called spoon that would be a fabulous addition to the village... sort of a coffee shop, sort of a very casual restaurant, occasionally sponsors an acoustic musician.
Carol February 09, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Oh yes Valerie, I agree. Maybe the fresh produce market combined with make your own salad. How wonderful. There is nothing like taking a walk to your fresh market for the evenings meal. Maybe also encourage our younger folks to eat more healthy. No sugar or caffeine drinks. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
Carol February 09, 2011 at 07:15 PM
I agree Jacqueline.
Carol February 09, 2011 at 07:17 PM
We have Glenn's Dinette for that.
Margie G. February 10, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I'd like to see a "make your own jewelry" bead shop that offers a wide selection of high-quality beads, you pay only for the materials you use, and that offers classes on weekends and evenings. I went to a store like this a few weeks ago in Concord, NH and it was packed. It's a great place to spend a few hours, alone or with friend(s), express your creativity and socialize. It would also be a great venue for birthday parties and bridal parties and would probably draw customers from surrounding communities who would spend a few hours there and then, potentially, shop or visit a restaurant before leaving the village. While such a store would primarily appeal to women, the one in NH had many cool beads and materials appropriate for guys -- leather string, masculine looking beads made of wood, shells, etc. My son had a good time making a very nice necklace with a wooden tiki charm. Here's a link to the store in NH. Don't know if it's independently owned or a franchise. http://www.beadit.biz/
Jim February 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM
For fresh fruit & veggies, just go to Sherry's.
Stanis Beck March 07, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Having a farmers market in the village would be a wonderful asset. Not only would it create more neighborly ambience for 3 seasons of the year, it would also support our local Long Island Farmers and reduce emissions from truck transport of produce to parts further west. Though it's true that some local stores, such as Sherry's, Village Meat Market, Gemelli's and the local bodega provide a small sampling of fresh fruits and vegetables, it can't compare to the wide variety that farmers markets make available. As there is no store devoted to fresh fruits and vegetables in the village, and most of us need to go into one of the surrounding communities for a supermarket with a wide variety, I can't think of anything that would enhance life in the village more than a farmers market or a fresh fruit and vegetable store.

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