Sudden Closure For Costermonger
Costermonger owners Elizabeth Benson and Noel Dumaurier have shuttered the doors to their 139 Main St. business, often referred to as “The Barn,” in downtown Northport village, leaving nearby business owners with questions about their seemingly sudden abandonment after eight years in business.
Others, including a customer who told Northport Village police that she left items at the store that were never returned, also had some questions about the shop closing.
Following the herd of 21st century retail, the owner said she and her husband moved their business completely online for the time being, and have not ruled out opening another smaller location down the road.
According to an informal, informational Northport police report, a woman on Nov. 4 called headquarters to report that a Costermonger owner “did not return items she had on consignment at the store” and that when she showed up to retrieve them, the store was “closed, empty and for rent,” the report said.
Benson, however, said on Monday she had no knowledge of the woman’s identity nor was she familiar with the circumstances of the situation, adding that Costermonger was “not a consignment shop.”
Other business owners on the Northport Village Main Street strip said the vacancy was abrupt, and said the store was there one day, gone the next.
“It was kind of mum. All of a sudden there was a sign up that the place is for rent,” said Jean McNeill, owner of Window Shop Jewelers.
Benson said the store—which placed emphasis on the tactile component of “touching and feeling” the authentic materials for sale—became a web-based operation in a quick decision that was based on “family.” Benson said she has four children, all at different stages of their academic lives, and closing the store was a necessary step to protect the best interests of her whole family.
“There was a change in our family schedule and my husband just had major dental surgery. It became an issue of what we’d have to give up. It was a rough decision when we decided to close the store,” Benson said Monday.
The couple worked up their website over the past month. It went live around the Oct. 31 closing of their Main Street store.
“It was very much a last-minute decision and it was all family based. Like most things, time gets away from you and [we just couldn’t] do it,” the owner said.
Constermonger, The Barn carried an array of authentic items shipped from across the country to their modest 1,000 square-foot store. From vintage items to wool clothing to leather and canvas pieces, and even cheese, the Costermonger store owners said they will continue to offer many of the same products online.
Benson said the business will continue to honor its past reputation of offering authentic, handmade goods that emphasize the product itself and not the brand that manufactures it.
“Almost everything we brought in had a story of where it came from and who made it… We’re taking two steps back so we can leap forward and go on a new adventure and hopefully bring everyone along with us,” Benson said.
Customers can check out Costermonger’s new website at www.thebarnus.com.