Do You Remember the Businesses That Have Come And Gone?

Turnover happens normally in a community, but what place do you miss the most?

Businesses have come and gone in Westhampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue through the years – and the slumping economy hasn't helped make things easier.

One recent exits includes the Westhampton Finn's, which closed in March. However, a new is expected to open in the location in August. Other closed area businesses include the Catcher's Mittbowling alley and surf club in Westhampton Beach; and the Foggy Goggle and the Cave in Hampton Bays 

The topic begs the question: Which eatery or store from the past do you miss the most? Tell us in the comment section below.

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leslie July 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I miss the old days. When there was NO TRAFFIC, we could walk down the street and not worry about people going more then the Speed limit to get in front of someone doing the speed limit, More wildlife, more NATURE, We could stay out until the street lights come on (if we had street lights lol) Didnt have to worry about getting abducted. the big Corporations building EVERYWHERE. When eveyone knew the neighbors and we could leave the door UNLOCKED. Heading out for Friday night was SUSPENDERS, PURPLE ONION, mad Hatters, Bowlaway, and we had friends who did drive us home... Miss the midnight shows at the Westhampton Theatre, Now all we have is gone!!!! Slowly taken over by GREED and Keeping up with the Jonses. It is so friggen sad. I hope there is a Long Island Left for my Grandsons to enjoy when they are older, Or will it become a CITY with nothing left to enjoy... I MISS THE OLD DAYS
Ralebird July 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I miss the days when Westhampton Beach and Hampton Bays had every store filled and every store was open twelve months a year. I miss the summer days when the streets in those towns were filled with people shopping and having lunch and there were different beaches attracting people to the area. Yes, people who came for a weekend or a week or two or even the whole summer. Some of them crammed a lot of people into too small houses and some got noisy and some were bad about parking and getting rid of the trash. But they all had to eat and the restaurants thrived. They all bought food and t-shirts and beach supplies - some even bought boats and jetskis. They all bought gas for their cars and sunscreen for their noses. And beer. They overfilled every motel in town and poured money into the local economy. They came back later as young families and rented houses for the summer and bought second homes here. They brought their kids to Main Street for ice cream and beach toys. They had fun. Many of them went out at night to places like the Oak Tree Inn or the Mad Hatter or Wilson's Garage or Ed's Bay Pub. And yes, some were a pain in the neck and disrespectful of their neighbors, but most just wanted to enjoy the area and have some fun. I miss when Dune Road had to be closed temporarily because too many people were at Hot Dog Beach and Mimosa. I miss the crowds at the Barge and Cat Ballou and the all night parties. I miss the fun.
Ralebird July 20, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Continued: I miss when people understood it was only a for couple of months and they could think about people other than themselves and be a little tolerant of some inconvenience; when people realized their neighbors needed to go camping or stay with relatives for the summer to get the rental income from their homes. I miss when their kids could get a job at one of the beach clubs and form lifelong friendships that passed down to the next generation. I miss when our politicians understood this was Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach, not Newport, not Nantucket. I miss when parking problems were addressed with tickets or towing; when trash problems were addressed as they happened and noise complaints were dealt with if they were truly a problem. I miss the days when those whose dancing days were done did not demand turning off everyone's music; when live and let live was the order of the day. I miss the town fathers doing what the vast majority of the people wanted and needed rather than bending to the wishes of a loud selfish minority with too much time on their hands. I miss the tower on the lifesaving station, now Neptune's - great move there, pols. I miss the happy business owners and the happy people on the streets, on the beaches and out every night enjoying themselves. I miss the prosperity the area had not that long ago. And I miss the fun.
4everyoung July 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I miss the Long Island Potato,Gloria's,The Match Box,Tiny's Cow Palace,the Nerger Burger,Cobb's Coffee Shop,Brown's Dept store,Katinka' deli,Juicy's,Midnight movies at the Hampton Arts theater.
Ellen Flynn March 14, 2014 at 09:20 PM
I remember Wilson's Garage and Alive and Kickin' every weekend for the summer! 8pm tip 4am - best times of our lives...The band was terrific, the club was great, the times were much easier...


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