it's a bank, it's a historic building, no wait!--- it's a hair salon.
(it's not weird to find a salon in a church in NJ...)
post office turned ...restaurant!
after parking on deer park avenue, i bumped into bagelicious, which advertised a good lunch deal--- chicken breast, lettuce (not iceberg! phew!) and tomato on a bagel with a side and a coffee for under $6.50, including tax. with my final car payment in sight, i could appreciate the frugality of my choice, as well as the chocolate raspberry coffee (love.)
west main street was a happenin' place, even at 12:30 on a thursday. architecturally, i love this town. the residential areas ---rife with victorians and even a few bungalows--- have some interest of their own, too. shades of 19th and early 20th century americana follow you whever you go.
a pretty, old presbyterian church on main
argyle park is another remarkable feature of babylon village.
a few fishermen were undeterred by the signs...crossing main, i enhaled the salt water as long as i could, then headed into window shopping mode.
(CVG policy: in case you haven't noticed, i will never post a bad review of any place i visit. if i don't enjoy some place i happen upon, i simply won't review it.) HOWEVER, before i continue, a note of loving concern to anyone who owns any kind of little shop: it is always a good idea to post your credit card policies ---and if you exercise them, minimum amounts--- in a highly visible place for your customers. while customers need to be considerate of shops and not make a habit of charging for little purchases, imagine the embarrassment of going someplace for a little post-lunch treat, at the front of a line getting rung up, only to discover (yes, pun intended) that there was a minimum charge amount which wasn't met. oy!
end rant, and back to the positives. got an adorable black and white fascinator for $15 at thistle and that, a shop which featured goods made by many handmade american artistans, as well as celtic and new age stuff. i feel good about supporting american craftspeople and working a cool hairstyle at my bachelorette party for a fraction of the cost of a low-end department store hairpiece. a great place to check out if you need a funky gift for someone.
another shop i really enjoyed was main street gifts ...and more on w. main. the shopkeeper was really friendly and helpful. this is a good place to go for special keepsake gift, such as might be appropriate for a baby shower, baptism or wedding.
while i didn't purchase anything (again, frugality!) at ooh la la i saw some punchy, casual frocks perfect for trolling around L.I. and the city with effortless summer style. accessories were modestly priced; if you can brave 4+ inch heels, be sure to check out the jeff campbell's in the discounted section.
a new smoothie shop, natural blends, has opened on deer park avenue. they have a nice selection there, whether you opt for one of their creations or design your own. i got my wheatgrass fix and had them customize a smoothie for me. (they also offer alkaline water, which seems to be a big thing in the health places around here, though i'll admit i'm really ignorant about it.)
some other deals out here in babylon: the clearview cinemas. i have no idea of the state of the theatres inside, but the tickets prices posted outside were VERY low by metro-area standards.
there are no shortage of cute antique and health food/wellness shops in town. next time i'd like to check out some of the wine and cheese shops and eateries.
the formidable robert moses bids you adieu