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Business Notebook


Don Seigel's business plan backfired.

Seven years ago this April, Siegel, a retired New York City agency administrator, opened his Native American Gallery, Kokopelli, at 50 Main Street, Warwick. His plan was to have something to do, a comfortable place to hang out, meet nice people, sell a few items and break even.

"But," he laughed, "It didn't work out. Thanks to all my loyal customers, Kokopelli turned into a very successful business."

The relaxed and friendly entrepreneur is not unhappy by that unpredicted outcome. He still enjoys his second career running a business, chatting with customers and meeting new friends.

Kokopelli Native American Gallery specializes in Southwestern Native American jewelry and other artifacts. According to Siegel, serious buyers will find that his shop has the most complete line of southwestern jewelry within a 75-mile radius of Warwick. Kokopelli, named after a mythical god and good-natured trickster, also carries a large selection of handcrafted artifacts including pottery from the Acaoma, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos as well as southwestern home furnishing accessories including sculpture and sand paintings.

To celebrate the store's seventh anniversary, Kokopelli will be offering a 15 per cent discount on all merchandise.

Good move . . .

Saturday, March 22, marked exactly one year since Frazzleberries doubled its store space at 24 Main St., Warwick.

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The expansion provided the popular gift shop, owned and managed by Mary Beth Schlichting, to feature additional merchandise such as home accent pieces, country furniture, quilts, curtains, textiles and Vera Bradley designer handbags. "We made the right decision," said Schlichting. "It's been a good marriage."

Frazzleberries, known for its handcrafts, whimsical decorations, wall hangings and what-have-you has been in business for seven years. The shop moved from Railroad Ave. to Main St. in 1998.

Community support . . .

One reason this column often recommends that residents shop locally is that Warwick business owners usually respond when asked to support the community.

On Saturday, April 5, St. Anthony Community Hospital will hold an annual fundraiser and gala event, "New York - New York," at Owen Murphy Inn, Goshen. A highlight of the formal evening event will be a silent auction, chaired by Christine Krahulik, Esq. Thanks to contributions from Orange County businesses, black-tie bargain hunters can choose from numerous interesting items ranging from an autographed Yankee baseball to an ocean front vacation stay in Costa Rica.

Warwick donors to the St. Anthony Community Hospital Gala include 10 Railroad Avenue, Café A La Mode, Chateau Hathorn, Clocktower Video, Crown Vicky Limousine, Curves for Women, Dann Jacobus, Deep Sea Warwick, Edmund Ciarfella, UMAC, Frazzleberries, General's Garden, Interior's Plus, Iron Mountain Framing, Jonathan Talbot, Judy Pedersen, Kuiken Bros., La Petite Cuisine, Liz's Fine Jewelry, Mt. Peter Ski Area, Peck's Liquor, Pennings Farm, Penra Liquors, Port of Call, Silken Wool, Style Counsel, Susan Fogel Morris, Sweetbriars, The Eclectic Eye, The Inkwell, The Toy Chest, The Bookstore, Victorian Treasures, Wadesons, Warwick Hardware, Warwick Valley Telephone Company, Warwick Frame It, Inc., Warwick Car Wash, Wilson's Studio, Windsor Limousine and Yesterday's Restaurant.

Business Briefs . . . When the weather is on the chilly side, visitors are usually surprised to see a table, chairs and umbrella outside Yesterday's Restaurant on Main St. But with spring in the air, residents as well as day trippers are anxious to forget the winter and enjoy outdoor dining throughout the Village . . . Easter is near and Warwick Hardware is displaying a large selection of religious garden statuary. The long established Main St. store has also opened a new business, Warwick Trophies, inside the same facility . . . The Card Spot now has a complete selection of greeting cards for springtime events including Easter, graduation, first communion and confirmation . . . Also gearing up for the season, the Toy Chest has been receiving daily shipments of Easter Bunnies and Beanie Babies . . . Dennis Christenson, however, will be leaving town. The owner of Antiques Warwick, 7 Main St., is heading for a huge antique show in North Carolina where he will search for "anything with doors and drawers." The new merchandise should be available mid-April . . . The winner of the Bound for the Beach trip to Miami was announced on Monday, March 24. *

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