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By T.J. Clemente The entrepreneurial spirit is flourishing this year in Montauk. A visit to the hamlet and its vibrant Chamber of Commerce revealed an amazing number of new businesses this year. Executive Director of the Montauk Chamber Laraine Creegen was herself amazed as she showed me the many new applications being added to the almost 300 businesses in the Montauk Chamber. One new business is Gansett Lane in the brand new building at 805A Montauk Highway (Main Street) right next to Cromer’s Market in the village. The “long time dream,” of 30ish couple Jon and Jessie Tabone, Gansett Lane will be a furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories shop. In their first venture which opens this weekend, they will present to the Montauk community, in their words, “eco-friendly products, light, airy, clean lines with punches of color.” Jessie added, “where surf town will meet cool modern.” Big fans of Montauk, they believe they are ready to service the “laid back relaxed Montauk crowd.” Tabone added, “Our furniture for Montauk represents that.” Behind Gansett Lane at 805B Montauk Highway, a new, still unnamed gelato shop is to open very soon. It is worth just visiting these new buildings (first season ever) that are architectural jewels. Creegan mentioned Pamela’s New Beginnings Hair Salon, on 89 South Euclid (near the post office and next to Pete’s Potting Shed) where Pamela Loffreno is giving

On the Street: Montauk it a go. On 770 Main Street Herb’s Market, a new, hip bou(Montauk Route 27) is Whoa tique for women sizes 2-22. Nellie, Linda Seaton’s presenSelections include divine dresstation of Americana. It is a es, sexy swimwear, beautiful must see. Also new to beads, and awesome artwork. Montauk this season is Living And what would a Montauk Well Yoga at 44 South story be without mentioning a Elmwood Street. Here Lori new fishing charter boat? The Newell will present group Miss Montauk, which can be exercise as well as yoga. Mike found at Pier One down on West Heather has returned from Lake Drive behind Havana Ireland to start up his own Beach Club, is the pride of new taxi business, Moko Taxi. The owner Jamie Quaresino. veteran driver, a fixture in Creegan said she is always Montauk, is giving it a go as encouraged by new businesses an owner. Also new this seain Montauk, “because of the Jesse and John Tabone son will be the Montauk Lake good vibes it brings.” She also Front Cottages, operated by Pam Drum on 3 mentioned that all the many new restaurants South Lake Drive just east of the Village off that opened last year, (Surf Club, Second Route 27. In that general direction but at 541 House Tavern, Old Harbor House and East Lake Drive, Susan Vitali will be operating Runaways) are back this year. So even with her Gin Beach Market through its first season. the tricky economy, Montauk’s economic heart (It is downstairs from the famous Seafood Inlet seems to be pumping at full throttle. Every Restaurant.) There will be a new T-shirt shop one of the new owners is taking a shot at the at 781 Main Street where Joe Titus will open American dream of owning their own busiLand Shark. Montauk legend entrepreneur Kai ness. As for the economic downturn, these Costanzo has added yet another Kai Kai sandal entrepreneurs rising to the challenge with shop to his empire, at 500 West Lake Drive their dreams. Creegan said it’s her experience near Gosman’s. Kai, who seems to be growing that the successful businesses usually do. As his business wonderfully, loves to say that he for Gansett Lane’s owners Jessie and Jon sells the “World’s Most Comfortable Sandal!” Tabone a few days away from their opening And there’s Kai Lani pronounced (khy-LAH- the world looks wonderful, magical and excitnee) at 12 South Etna, just off the circle behind ing. God speed to all of them. TJ Clemente

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