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What Fairway's Closing Means to Red Hook Small Businesses

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The Dry Dock Wine + Spirits storefront after the storm
The Dry Dock Wine + Spirits storefront after the storm

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After Hurricane Sandy, the Fairway in Red Hook announced that it would remain closed for at least two months to recover from the storm. But the temporary shuttering is affecting more than just Fairway, its employees, and its customers: It's also affecting nearby small businesses who profit from the market's customers.

The Times spoke to a few local shops, including Triciann Botta, the co-owner of Botta di Vino on Van Brunt Street. She explains, "[Fairway] is the lifeblood of this neighborhood," and adds, "I'm a wine seller. Food goes with wine. When we lost Fairway, we lost a big part of our customer base."

Jane Buck, who owns the gift shop Foxy & Winston, also expressed concern that the absence of Fairway's customers—which includes a lot of people who don't live in Red Hook—will negatively impact her business. "I'm not sure how many months a little business like this can sustain itself without foot traffic. I specialize in things that no one needs."

As for Fairway, there's still a lot of work to be done before the market can reope. CEO Howard Glickberg outlined a few of the challenges to the Times, which includes waiting for structural engineers and replacement equipment, the latter of which could take up to a month.
· Small Shops Shiver in Gloom of a Shuttered Red Hook Market [NYT]
· Red Hook's Fairway Won't Open for At Least Two Months [Racked NY]
· Surveying Red Hook's Retail After the Storm [Racked NY]