Fall brought a number of changes to Babylon Village's downtown district. Several businesses closed, while a new Tae Kwon Do studio opened, and a yoga studio began interior construction.
, a longstanding village delicatessen, abruptly closed its doors last week, leaving loyal customers surprised. On a recent weekday morning, several showed up only to see a handwritten sign reading simply "closed" in the window. The phone number for the deli is no longer working.
, the athletic gear and sneaker seller on East Main Street, was also shuttered in the past month, as owner Regina Jacoby planned to take her business online-only.
Just two doors down from Tradewinds, a former clothing boutique that sat vacant for several months is undergoing a refurbishment, on its way to becoming Babylon's newest yoga studio.
Contractor Ray Gallo, of West Islip, was working on the space, which he said was progressing quickly and was close to being finished, pending approval of signage with the village.
Gallo said owner Jeanny Lloyd of East Meadow is an instructor of a variety of yoga known as dahn yoga, a Korean variety Lloyd taught at the studio. Dahn Yoga is a chain of studios offering "dynamic classes in Korean style power yoga, tai chi and meditation" according to the company's website.
Another eastern fitness option has recently opened around the corner: Babylon Tae Kwon Do now up and running. Owner Yong Hwan Kim said that the space would host classes for children and adults beginning November 14, and a free introductory trial class is on offer. The school's schedule is up on its website.