Over the time of this blog’s life, I have talked many times about the businesses along the street between Katonah and Mount Kisco, Route 117. It’s a motley assortment of unattractive storefronts, in varying degrees of occupancy.
Today, on my appointed rounds, I took a few photos.
I stopped first at Splash Car Wash, location #1. The car that came out before me was a black Dodge Charger and the man waiting for it was neat as a pin in a dark blue suit. I dared to say to him, “State Trooper?” Yes. We struck up a fun conversation, his car unmarked, and he added that he’s part of the governor’s detail, hence the suit and not uniform. I had to ask him about the car: how fast have you gotten this baby? His answer was hysterical. 55, of course!! He added the car “can” do about 150 but did not choose to tell me how he knows that!
conned asked the management of Splash for a free wash that was due me on my birthday. The policy is free on the day, one day before or one day after your birthday, not a week, but hey, I’ve been going to that Splash for as long as they’ve been there so they nicely obliged.
Splash is about to vacate this location, and move up the street, not even a half mile. A very controversial new location that will be the demise of one of the last remaining Carvel buildings in New York. It was also controversial for the residents on the street behind the new location and what the car wash traffic will do for those residents coming and going home.
The current Splash has an agreement with someone to buy it and keep it a carwash, so we’ll have two options for car cleanliness.
*Catty-corner*[see bottom of post] to the old Carvel building was, for a nano-second, the second home to our local Mercedes dealer, Estate Motors. Estate is up a ways on Route 684, in Golden’s Bridge, not a horrible distance for service etc., but not along the drag that is car dealer central. But something went wrong, it never opened, and now has a For Sale sign in the window.
Estate Motors even went so far as to add the steps and that huge round foonzie entrance to what had been a drab Dodge dealership previously.
But other dealerships are doing quite well – across the street is Honda, Acura and GMC/Buick, all booming business. So it begs the question of why Mercedes opted out (or was forced out?) of this space. Curiouser, if they don’t intend to occupy this building, you’d think they’d pay to take their signs down. Doesn’t look good for the image of the place. Curiousest: the four cars sitting there with for sale signs in them were all Audi’s!
For good economic news, this building, long ago a Dress Barn, then a used car lot, then was to be a kitchen cabinet store that never opened. Verizon moved from a smaller location down the street to this nice new spot with lots of parking and a dance studio came in last month so this building is now alive and well. A good thing.
And this poor store – it was a Hobby Shop forever, then they left or closed, then a dry cleaner for a couple of months, then a puppy-in-the-window store. Today, empty. I didn’t wish the puppy store owner illwill, but I have to say I am glad she has gone. No one should sell dogs in a window. The only glow left on the building is my bright reflection in the glass! 🙂
My conclusion: The economy of this stretch of road is good. More stores open and doing well than not. I don’t go to malls unless I absolutely have to, and even then, go kicking and screaming, so I am delighted to patronize all these small businesses. And that I did today. Oops, my car wash was free. Never mind.
I had to look this up at Grammarist.com before I typed it. I wasn’t sure if it was catty or kitty or cater-corner. Much to my surprise…..
Catty-corner, kitty-corner, and cater-cornered all derive from the Middle English catre-corner, literally meaning four-cornered. All three forms are used throughout the English-speaking world. They usually mean positioned diagonally across a four-way intersection, but they can work in other contexts relating to one thing being diagonal from another.
While most dictionaries recommend cater-cornered, kitty-corner and catty-corner are more common in actual usage. The past-participial forms—i.e., kitty-cornered and catty-cornered—might be more grammatically correct, but the uninflected forms are more common.
Kitty-corner from Brownstone in Fort Worth, Fred’s serves terrific sloppy burgers and great fries. [Dallas Morning News]
The child then pointed catty-corner across Santa Rosa Avenue. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]
His trailer is cater-cornered to the crime scene, a fact he admitted shook him a little. [Columbia Daily Tribune]
Cowboys Stadium technically is in Arlington, Texas—not Dallas—kitty-cornered from where the Giants won the World Series in November. [San Jose Mercury News]