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Out & About

Especially with the economy continuing to be in a slump, it is proactive for Roslyn’s merchants to group together with a goal toward growth and vitality. Living near town, I am continuously struck by the Village’s unique beauty. It may sometimes seem contrary to good business, but the Village’s strict architectural codes have maintained its historical and unique environment.  There are no chain stores or bargain basements but I always feel happier when I am in town as a pedestrian than in a mall or other poorly designed structure. It must be my city roots.  I recently visited the Roslyn Theater Company’s new bright and happy location, tucked behind Transitions, above Knit and across from Ananda Nine. It actually reminded me of a side street in Europe, it was so scenic and humanly scaled after barreling on the LIE and other congested, rush hour boulevards.

If you walk to the gorgeous XXIV Diamonds store, (Henry Designs newly moved from the city,) the view of the clock tower is striking. If you walk down past SHOP where every wonderful thing is 20 percent off, past Delicacies (for gift baskets), the very cool Salon Rock offering special gift certificates and authentic vintage at The Junior League, then all the way to Tyrone (the specialty men’s shop; ideal for the men in your life) you get to experience the magnificent bank façade and its gorgeous high ceilings.

Roslyn is so special, with its special boutiques, quaint restaurants and aesthetically appealing landscape. Thank you Mayor Durkin for your hard work and for the enduringly wonderful Diane’s. The word is out that Day Boat Café is returning, and we have a new Japanese restaurant in Mio’s old spot. All this points to Roslyn as a destination and that is good for everyone.

The Chamber of Commerce will have its next meeting, with facilities graciously provided by the Roslyn Claremont, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. at 8:30 a.m. Intimate and classy, this is one of Roslyn’s most beautiful spots. The meeting after that will be the nominations meeting for the chamber’s board of directors. It will be held Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

Attendees at the last chamber meeting, held Nov. 30, at Village Hall, discussed dues, the upcoming Antique and Crafts Show, what the geographic borders for membership should include, ways of reaching out to potential members and the best way to nominate a Board of Directors. Lonnie Goldman, from Chase, has successfully coordinated and led the meetings in a manner deserving kudos and thanks. All prospective members and ideas are welcomed.

It was suggested that if each of the 30 or so attendees invited five new members, we would have more than enough representation to get things rolling. I enjoy working to enhance SHOP ROSLYN and hope, in the spirit of cooperation, we can reach out and continue to grow Roslyn as a wonderful place to live, have a business, appeal to visitors and prosper in the New Year. Please feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .