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New market in Port Washington focuses on spotlighting homegrown businesses  

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Shoppers can find items made and sold by local Long Island businesses at Local Market PW in Port Washington.  Credit: Local Market PW

For business owner Cassie Rini, 34, the way to success has always been about nurturing relationships.

It was key to managing her father’s dry cleaning store in Manhattan, where she grew up, as well as during the 12 years she cared for Long Island families’ children as a nanny.

That same sort of interest and engagement inspired the Local Market PW, a commercial space she opened in April to give homegrown businesses a retail space to boost their sales.

"I always prioritize Port Washington and Long Island small businesses," she says. About 95% of the vendors in the commercial spot fall into those categories. "I have about 65 at the moment."

Businesses run the gamut from food (one curated area in the store is called "condiment corner"), fashion and beauty to wellness, pets and home décor. They’re spread out across the 2,500-square-feet interior that her husband, Chris, 41, a contractor, helped spruce up with fresh coats of paint, wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling encouragement.

Looking for treats for a friend, yourself or your pooch? "We curate inspiration," the market’s website states.

"All of the vendors here have a story to tell," says Rini, whose personal narrative has a recurring theme of all things new. That includes marriage (she and Chris tied the knot Sept. 4), her home (they moved to Port Washington from Queens in June 2020), and the new market.

Settling into Port Washington 14 months ago, "I realized how many businesses were truly struggling," she says. "That message came through in Facebook groups, by talking to residents and seeing empty storefronts."

She started a local social media based station, Port Washington TV, to help struggling businesses and restaurants in town. The Local Market PW is a brick-and-mortar Main Street expansion of that mission.

A holiday market is underway November through Christmas. Looking ahead, and listening to local feedback, she’s considering holding special events, such as book signings, as well as using her space for makers’ classes.

Prices start at around $20 and run up to around $100, depending on the item. Local Market PW is located at 273 Main St.; 516-744-6160; thelocalmarketpw.com. The store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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