When people hear that I live in Port Washington it evokes a variety of responses: the North Shore of Long Island, surrounded by water, good schools, and a diverse community. For me, it is all of these things but what really resonates most with me is that Port Washington is a community of people who care deeply about this town and who care about each other. One of the ways this was evidenced most was through my daily interactions of people who met at Northwinds Coffee each and every morning. There was a group of approximately 10 - 12 regulars who would sit around drinking coffee, eating Armand's famous muffins, doing the crossword puzzle and just talking about what was important to them i.e. politics, the weather, their jobs and of course the most relevant community events. There was a real camaraderie amongst the regulars and there was always someone there to listen and pontificate. And then of course there was always Armand who listened to everyone's story attentively while juggling the numerous coffee orders. Needless to say, Northwinds was a very special place, a warm and welcoming haven for my dog and me to start our day amongst friends!!

So imagine my surprise when I saw the "Closed" sign and then learned that Armand had decided to close the store permanently. I was deeply saddened. Our town has lost such a warm and inviting venue where people come not just to have coffee, but to talk to their neighbors and friends, thereby building a community.

I want to thank you Armand personally for creating and nurturing Northwinds for the past 12 years. I know it was a labor of love and commitment. It truly was a special place, not only for the fine coffee, but for the embodiment of the true spirit of Port Washington. I wish you much luck and happiness in all your future endeavors. You and Northwinds will be sorely missed.

Best regards,

Cathy Rimsky and Tyler

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