POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge’s business district, like those in many other Westchester towns, has suffered in the economic downturn. With an eye toward the future, The Pound Ridge Daily Voice asked local residents what sorts of businesses they would like to see in the empty retail spaces.
Tina August put it simply with, “Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!” A number of responders agreed. It was the most popular suggestion.
Deb Graham and Elizabeth Martone both opted for a coffee shop/bookstore. As an alternative, Graham suggested a used-book store or a gourmet bakery. Elizabeth Harrington specified a gourmet coffee shop, “with healthy breakfast and lunch, similar to Marmalade on Montana Boulevard in Santa Monica.”
Steven Greenbaum would like a bagel/coffee shop. However, lifelong resident Vickey Pasalic responded that the town has already had two bagel shops “that didn’t work out.”
Food is on everyone’s mind. Deb Graham suggested an organic market with prepared food, “like the Table Market in Bedford Hills.” Jennifer Wiener added, “No disrespect to Billy’s market [the Scotts Corner Market], but a Whole Foods would be amazing and make our town a destination."
Shari Wolf responded, “I don’t know that I would want that much traffic.”
Several people would like to see another restaurant or two.
Another popular suggestion was “someplace the kids can hang out.” Kristen Hurwitz was more precise. “Something like the Katonah Art Center would be great for kids and adults,” she said. “And it would fit in with Pound Ridge’s artsy feel.”
Real estate professional Kevin Foley-Littell took a more practical point of view. Scotts Corners “is a drag on the desirability of the town in general and on property values. The efforts of the Pound Ridge Partnership is a good first step toward revitalization,” but it is not enough, he said. As an example, he offered the Scotts Corner Market building. “I love the store,” he said, “but the building looks like it should be in East Berlin before the wall came down.”