Opened now for just a month, "KatAbby" is already causing a stir in the community and doing great! Its motto of, "bringing the small business back" is doing that by giving its customers the feel of doing business with a quaint shop and not just another big corporate name.
It's a place where you can shop, and make acquaintances with friendly owner, Jody Falzone at the same time. The store offers gift wrapping free of charge, good prices on wonderful items, and its close to home!
KatAbby came as a love for gift shops from Falzone. Working for years at a local hospital, she decided that it was about time to change her life and do what she really loved. She knew that she wanted to set up shop close to home in the community she loves. So when the opportunity came to rent a small store in Blue Point, in the same set of stores that her mother managed a card store in over 20 years ago, she knew she found the right place.
From when you walk in through the turquoise and brown colored door, and see the selection of items you get the sense that you stepped into a modern "old fashioned country" store. The items offer a "country chic" feel to them with a few modern twists around each corner. Did this author also say about the wonderful aroma that you smell when you enter this store? It's one of those smells that your brain associates a "homelike" feel with, similar to the smell of a baked apple pie. The selection of soy candles, potpourri and the skincare collection fills the entire store with this nice scent.
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KatAbby sells a nice selection of country inspired home decor items. From the worn wooden picture frames with local photographer Michele Kats excellent black and white photographs in them, to a selection of over 70 (yes Seventy) different vintage tin signs it brings you back to days old. There is french decor sporting items such as the "fleur de lis", names of wines, and also one cute kitchen sign with your grocery list written in french. Kitchen linens, Beautiful tea china cup and saucer sets and decorative plates are spread around the store so make sure you look hard not to miss something cute for your kitchen.
As mentioned earlier, that nice smell. Well Katabby also has Dionis skincare products. Dionis is made using goat milk and makes your hands so soft. You will fall in love with the "Virginia Hyacinth" moisturizer. "Guess How Much I Love You", Dionis's baby care items and also Botanie all natural,herbal and certified organic soaps in twelve different varieties round out the lot on top of KatAbby's vintage vanity that always gets a look from its customers.
For those looking for something a little different, they also have Custom made jewelery. It's all handcrafted from the owners favorite artists and personally chosen by the owner. From a necklace that the pendant is actually made from a old vintage book, to earrings that have the word "dream" in them, to bracelets made using the number plates from old lockers its all worth taking a look at.
And for those that like purses and handbags of all shapes and sizes made using beautiful floral designs on them then you will love what KatAbby has. They offer the Bella Taylor collection. Take a look at them, and try to find a difference between them and some of the more expensive, other brands that offer the same thing. The material comes in many different designs and offers quality stitching and construction. The greatest part is they are significantly lower in price. Check them out, and ask to see the catalog that has more of the collection that can be ordered in.
To round off the gift buying experience they also offer cards. Take your picl between a large selection of cards ranging from various categories to whatever holiday is up and coming, to the Carol Wilson fine arts cards and stationary. Handcrafted cards, embossed and just plain beautiful. They also come in sets to be used for thank you cards or even place setting cards.
Besides the free gift wrapping mentioned earlier, they also do custom embroidery for baby gifts and the like, in which they have some already done in a cute hutch by the window. Any items in the store can even be combined together and made into a gift basket at a charge. And now gift cards are available too!
KatAbby is located at 164 Montauk Hwy, Blue Point, between Homan and Atlantic Avenues. Hours are 9:30 to 6:00 Mon-Friday. Saturdays from 9:30-5:00, and Sundays From 10:00-2:00. Stop on in, browse the items on display, enjoy that wonderful smell, and strike up a conversation with Jody. See how the shop is "bringing the small business back" at this great little shop in Blue Point!
This article was submitted by Jason Stephens.