Copper Beech opens at the old Wallen’s
Copper Beech celebrated a soft opening this past weekend at the old Wallen’s Market on Main Street in Bellport Village. Business and life partners Dan Fink and Thomas O’Brien said the new storefront would additionally open its doors July 15-17, July 29-31 and Aug. 12-14. The hours are to be announced.
Each weekend, Fink said, will highlight what will ultimately be offered next year, when renovations are complete.
Fink and O’Brien are no newcomers to the business world. They have owned a successful home design store in New York City on Broome Street called Aero Studios Interiors and Design for nearly 25 years and the new village store will be an extension of the Manhattan store, with a more relaxed personality and deeper focus on the kitchen and homemaking.
The couple purchased Wallen’s last year and named their new market after their 275-year-old pre-Revolutionary War tree located at their home on Academy Lane, an 1830s schoolhouse.
Visitors can expect a selection of dinnerware and household items including lighting. There will also be dried, canned and jarred goods as well as prepared foods by New York City chef and longtime friend Laura Geraty.
“She makes wonderful prepared meals, specialty salads and other great items that are perfect for a picnic lunch, day at the beach or for entertaining friends,” Fink said.
Fink explained renovations have wound up being a lengthy process, making sure the building is secure and then finishing the final cosmetic touches.
“We are so excited to give a taste of what’s to come and to celebrate summer in Bellport, which is such a beautiful place to be,” he added. “We hope a lot of people come and support it. This is the first step in our reimagining while also respecting what Wallen’s was. It was such an important part of the community and really the heart of Bellport. We want to carry that forward.”
O’Brien said he is happy to finally see something happening in the store where Wallen’s was once so busy. The building, which needed and still needs some attention, he said, has the front portion renovated and ready for the summer.
“It will be so nice to actually have something going on again in the store,” he said of the anchor location.
Mayor Ray Fell said that he feels the new market will be a great addition to the downtown and is looking forward to shopping there himself.
“I think everyone else in the community feels the same,” he said. Though it is not going to be the same as Wallen’s, he added, “over time I think it will become a destination place that people will come to the village to visit.”
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