The first change is one you might not notice, but it happened over the winter. Bill and Nina Collins bought the old Grandma’s Trunk building, current home of the Pennington Collection (see below). Pennington is staying on, and the building has already received a few improvements under the new local owners. Here are Bill Collins and John Eggert (Sarah’s husband) gleefully removing the FOR SALE sign back in—what month was it? Ah, yes, the photo is dated February 4.
Next, the Filling Station is open again! That’s happy news for all of us. We're happy about the competitive gas prices offered by the new owners, Deep and Angela, too. Add to that that their two youngest children are readers, and I am pleased no end. Nice people, a welcome addition to the Northport community. Don’t let that snowpile scare you, by the way. This is another photo taken some weeks ago.
Then there’s Bruce Viger, always on the lookout for a new project. He sold Eat Spot (new owner will re-open for summer there) and is now expanding the BBQ on Waukazoo Street, closing in the patio for indoor dining with new restaurant name and a liquor license. Right now it’s a construction zone, but come summer it will be ready to welcome you for dinner. This is the scene as of Thursday morning, April 14, 2011.
Finally, the Northport Marina will be receiving a big facelift. I don’t have any pictures for that, as work has not yet begun, but since our marina is already the nicest and most convenient for miles around, you can expect to be pleased on this front, too. As for a dog park in the neighborhood, that's still in the initial talking stage.
At Dog Ears Books, we are not planning any big changes, but currently we have a little sale going on. Hardcover mystery novels in the cart are three for ten dollars. In the new book department, we have signed copies of A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach and Dean Robb: An Unlikely Radical. You’ll also want to check out Jim Carpenter’s book of short stories, Surviving My Happy Childhood. The stories are fiction, and most are set in the college years. Sports lovers will especially enjoy several of these, including my favorite, “Tiger Baseball.” This book would make a great Father’s Day gift.
Were those snow flurries in the air this morning? No matter, they’re gone now, vanished without a trace, and the sun has returned.