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May 4, 2014

New faces in Northport


N Set in Stone Historic Depot, 102 Bay St. Jay and Diane Homan will operate the diverse retail oulet featuring wine, cigars, chocolate, beer and other local products.

“The depot is located at the mouth of the marina so it makes it kind of a logical choice to try and bring a lot of wonderful local products into one spot that the boaters and community can take advantage of and access,” Jay Homan said. “We really love Northport and always have. We also love the building and want to make it look the best it can be.”

N Tucker’s of Northport. This diverse business represents a huge investment for the community. The 12,000-square-foot business at 116 Waukazoo St. was built from the ground up by Ben and Kathy Walraven and opens this month. The business will feature a restaurant, bar, arcade and bowling boutique offering six lanes of bowling.

“A gathering place,” said general manager Dave Waskiewicz. “We will have very nice dining - a destination restaurant, also with a lounge area where you can catch a game on television or just relax. We also have a real neat entertainment package with bowling and arcade… we have a lot to offer.”

N Red Mullein, 106 S. Waukazoo St. Proprietor Clare Gengarelly specializes in selling what she calls “wearable art,” including vintage silk jackets from Japan. She said she had a very strong summer last year and is expecting a good one this year, too.

N Northport Creek Golf Course, 355 Eighth St. This brand new facility offers sixty-three acres of golf right in the heart of the community.

N Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery on Nagonaba Street. Owner Eric Allchin is rehabbing an old property to turn it into a year-round destination that also caters to tourists.

Business leaders and community members said cheaper real estate prices and a new sewer system in Northport helped facilitate growth. Bruce Viger is a longtime restauranter in Northport who now runs the Garage Bar and Grill. He said the sewer system was huge because it allowed new business owners to get proper business permits while justifying long-term investment in commercial real estate.

“The business (community) I think sensed this is the time to strike when the iron is hot,” said Christopher McCann, director of golf at Northport Creek.



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