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New Owners; Same Dodds & Eder

Dodds & Eder has a new owner, but you can relax, it will stay the same. Employees Dorothy Simons and Cary Leopold have purchased the retail part of the business and will continue it as Dodds & Eder Home. The ladies purchased the store from owner Joe McLaughlin. He has been semi-retired for 10 years and enjoys living part time in Florida, said Leopold.

Simons is the longtime manager of Dodds & Eder and is the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce President. “Dottie and I have basically been running the business for years,” said Leopold.

A Huntington resident, she worked at D&E when she was a senior in high school and while attending college. “And so I’ve always worked here,” she said.

The women have purchased the retail part of the business. The store has always had a three-pronged ownership style. English Country Flowers run by Cindi and George Mudford and the landscaping business run by David McLaughlin will remain as they are currently.

 “I have been here since 1996 and Dorothy has been here longer,” said Leopold. “We are starting a new company that will be known as Dodds & Eder Home. It will be on our letterhead.”

The business has always been run seasonally with the fourth quarter dedicated to Christmas. “Now it is all ready for the spring,” said Leopold.

The women will be selling outdoor furniture which has become a large part of the business. Their store in Sag Harbor is primarily for outdoor furniture. Here in Oyster Bay they add home décor items and gift items. There will always be something fun to buy for gifts, for yourself or friends, at D&E. They don’t plan to continue to sell plants.

Warehouse Treasure Sale

On Thursday, Jan. 30 they are holding a Warehouse Sale. “We are selling off furniture sets that we are not going forward with, and getting ready to bring in new items. We are constantly changing and now we are getting ready for the spring,” said Leopold.

It was Patricia McSkane of the Knitted Purl who alerted the Enterprise-Pilot about the news at D&E. She said, “Dodds and Eder is under new ownership and to celebrate they are having a 'Warehouse Treasure Sale’ and hosting our next ‘Crochet Boot Camp,’ yippee!

“We will be casting on crochet stitches, enjoying light refreshments, and getting a sneak peek at the sale going on, all while making panels for our Hand-Stitched Hamlet installation. So strap on your snow boots, put on your smushiest most yum delish scarf, refresh your lip gloss, grab a few friends and get out for a little girl time,” said McSkane.

Some History

Dodds & Eder was originally a feed and grain store on West Main Street that Joe McLaughlin bought, expanded and then moved to the current location. The store opened with a reception and Joe and Patty’s three red-headed daughters were beautiful to see, dressed in velvet with their hair done in elegant braids.

Dodds & Eder is located at 221 South Street. For information call 516-922-4412. The Knitted Purl is located at 89 South Street. For information please call 558-7800.

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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