Fine old stores with a new look
David Zegel of Weiner Shoes Inc. (right) with Dennis Smith, executive director of the Patchogue Business Improvement District, is scheduled for a new façade and sign on his store along with adjoining Rose Jewelers. Both stores have been in business for over 60 years.

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Fine old stores with a new look

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
10/24/2013


Weiner Shoes Inc. and Rose Jewelers, two of the venerable generational stores in Patchogue Village, are scheduled for new façades.

Weiner Shoes, now owned by David Zegel, has been in business since 1947; Rose Jewelers opened its doors to customers in 1945.

Once completed, Weiner Shoes’ customers will be greeted with a spiffy sign and new name, David’s Shoe Emporium. “The reason I’m changing it is to have a connection with the customers,” Zegel said. “My father worked for the original owner and wound up buying the store from him in the mid 1970s; I took it over in 1993 and everyone knows me as David. I chose emporium in the name because it’s a large variety of items we sell, including kids, adult, dance shoes, and emporiums offer variety.”

“I think it’s exciting,” said Rose Jewelers’ owner Jan Rose of the facelift her store will be getting. “Because Patchogue is exciting and a lot of good things are going on. It’s part of the transition.”

Business Improvement District executive director Dennis Smith said the original plan is to completely redo the façade with a brick/granite motif and new signs with a modern look.

 The Rose Jewelers/Weiner Shoes building, located at 66-74 East Main Street, is owned by Gerard Mingino and Robert Aiello of the AMG Group in East Patchogue.

The renovation project also includes the entrance to the upstairs office.  “In addition, there was supposed to be renovations on the upstairs office; it’s just gutted space now,” Smith said.  “For this project, [the owners are] getting $30,000 from the New York State Main Street grant, Office of Community Renewal.” Smith said work had begun in August but the second floor wall was found to be too weak to add the façade. “So the entire outer exterior wall that fronts East Main Street on the upper floor has to be removed and the underside block also has to be replaced. The original estimate was $153,000, but it could be close to $200,000 now. [Mingino] is talking to demolition people to start the deconstruction of the upper front façade; he said within two weeks.”

Also scheduled for BID Main Street grant improvements:

Remember Yesteryears at 46 East Main Street. The three exterior walls facing Main Street, Roe Walkway and the back entrance that faces the Patchogue-Medford Library will be repaired and upgraded. The BID via the grant will fund $20,000 of the estimated $60,000 project that will include repairing the stucco exterior walls and repairing and replacing the face board, cornice, lighting and some electrical work. 

Medihealth Medical at 200 East Main Street. Interior renovation is scheduled including wall repair, painting and floor replacement. The BID via the grant will fund $20,000 of the estimated $52,000 project.

Budget Buy and Sell at 2 East Main Street. The BID via the grant will fund $20,000 of a $55,000 project for new interior walls, permanent wood display cases, new flooring, ceiling, lighting fixtures and energy-efficient LED lighting.

Mayer, Ross and Hagen Law Offices at 178 East Main Street. The BID via the grant will fund $20,000 for a $75,000 project that will renovate the exterior to the original cedar shake shingles and original windows.

Goldberg’s Famous Bagels at 85 East Main Street. The BID via the grant will fund $20,000 of a $150,000 project.