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Little damage for Westhampton stores

David Stewart with Frederick K. Martin Builders boards

David Stewart with Frederick K. Martin Builders boards up the Westhampton dunes home of Pat Byrne in preperation for Hurricane Irene. (Aug. 25, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

“It’s like nothing ever happened,” Nadine Hampton, 49, said a day after Irene blew through the East End.

The owner of the Mustique clothing store on Main Street in Westhampton had taken the protective plywood off her windows Monday morning and was hoping for customers after losing a weekend of sales.

Many Main Street business owners returned to their shops and restaurants Monday to assess and clean up any mess. Sand bags remained in front of some places, but damage was minimal.

“I’m definitely relieved,” Hampton said. “I lost a lot of money this weekend. But I could be dealing with damage to the floors and my inventory.”

She said her husband Joe Milo, 55, had to shut down his restaurant, Joe’s American Grill, for about an hour and a half Sunday night when the power went out, but customers didn't return.

 Suzanne Marchisello, 70, owner of O’Suzzana’s gift shop on Main Street, said of her shop, “Fortunately, all we lost is business. But even one weekend hurts when the busy season lasts just from the Fourth of July weekend through Labor Day weekend, she said.

Photo: Some Westhampton business owners boarded up their stores like this home in the village, but came back to find minimal damage.

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