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Hampton Bays people: Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews, 53, a resident and business owner

Karen Andrews, 53, a resident and business owner in the Hampton Bays. (June 19, 2012) Credit: Amy Onorato

Community Association: Andrews is owner of Good Ground Antique Center, located at 52 W. Montauk Hwy.

How long have you lived in the Hampton Bays?

My whole life -- I grew up here.

What made you decide to stay?

I work in the family business. My mother opened the antique store in 1966 and she ran the store before me. But before that, this space was a butcher shop. My grandfather opened the shop in 1912 and my father worked there too. We’re celebrating 100 years in this space this year.

What makes Hampton Bays special?

I think we’ve got the best beaches here. We’re also very close to the Tanger outlets and the vineyards on the North Fork -- and of course, lots of antiquing.

Where do you find antiques for your store?

Most of the merchandise I get comes from local contributors. If someone is selling their house, or having a sale, or just wants to get rid of their old stuff, I’ll go and check it out.

How has the community changed over the years?

There used to be a lot more bars and group rentals -- a younger crowd. Now I think the community has become more family-oriented. We have a wonderful beautification society too -- they’ve done a lot to clean up the community.

How would you describe the character of the community?

I don’t know if it’s just because I grew up here, but I would call this place a “hometown.” It’s very homey here.

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