Welcome to the first post of Downtown Gossip.
Yes, gossip, which everyone claims to hate but secretly loves.
As defined by Wikipedia: Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.
The Patch definition is a bit different: Chatty talk of news and happenings seen and heard on Main Street. We're not reporting people's bad habits or who hates who. Just things people might not have noticed lately or heard about yet.
Lots of times gossip is good news. Like the new store "Out of the Blue," a reported hair salon and ladies accessories store supposedly soon to open on South Main next to E&M Jewelers and right next door to Goddess. Patch heard the owner is a former Bayport salon owner and we'll get more info as soon as it can.
And speaking of Goddess, the great friendly gift store is closing its doors sooner than rumours had (the word had been by August) and its three-year run is ending in just days it appears. The proprietor isn't running a huge clearance sale but Patch will keep you updated on the latest.
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Just a few storefronts east, a new foot massage place, Noble Foot Spa, has officially opened at 62 South Main. That makes two foot spas within a short walk of each other as the first foot spa is directly across the street.
While Patch plans to get a massage as soon as possible so that readers can know more, a sneak peek revealed a very tranquil setting with private massage rooms and a large massage chair section. Massages are $28 and back massages are $45. Look for an article next week that offers insight on how the two places compare. (Not a bad assignment for the Patch editor).
Later this week Patch will have a spotlight on the new vintage clothing place and a very spectacular class its enthusiastic owner is hosting on July 28th. How many opportunities does one get to learn how to dance burlesque? (Another tough assignment for the Patch editor).
Over in Bayport Commons residents can expect to see lots of people eating outside as the property owner got the okay last week from Islip Planning to allow outdoor seating for every store in the center. Though, in recent days, it's likely those seats would be vacant given the heat waves we've had.
Patch stopped in at the new Blue Point gift store, KatAbby, to browse. What a neat store. Great items and very nice owners. Stop in and say hello and pick up something special for yourself or a friend's upcoming birthday. Or just surprise someone you like with a cute item.
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