The owner of Not Too Shabby, a self described "shabby chic" boutique store at 12 Chandler Square in Port Jefferson village, decided to pack up shop and travel the world after her lease came up last fall, according to Maria Palmar, the listing agent for the retail space.
Palmar said that the owner of Not Too Shabby, who lives in Setauket, spent three years in the space completing her term and "did well" there. She decided not to take up the option to re-lease and instead she plans to travel with her children and her mother.
Not Too Shabby took up the popular "shabby chic" trend in retail, selling new and gently used clothing along with costume jewelry, antiques, knick knacks, and home goods.
With the space now empty, Palmar says that she’s getting plenty of calls to lease the storefront and has two people very interested right now. She gets many calls from people who want to open a restaurant in the shop but it's zoned for retail.
"Everyone wants to open up food," Palmar said. "Port Jefferson has a big foodie environment."
She said the space is about 800 square feet and rent is $2,500 per month with a three to five year lease. The owner of the space is the same as the entire Chandler Square mall, including . Palmar has represented them for seven years and said she put almost everyone in that strip “except the and the shops.”
Chandler Square already has a , , a and even a . Palmar said that there could be many uses for the store.
"A shoe store would be great too," she said. "Something trendy to target a younger demographic."
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