From the Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks
Business Beat is a new column highlighting Nyack businesses and the people who make them work. We launch Business Beat this month with snapshots of a Nyack business veteran and a relative newcomer.
Back in 1888, when horse-drawn carriages vied for parking in Nyack’s bustling business district, a pharmacy opened in the heart of the village at 96 Main Street in Nyack. That’s where Koblin’s Pharmacy still stands today. In 1934, David Koblin purchased the pharmacy; family has continued to operate it for more than three-quarters of a century.
Jerry Koblin took over the business in 1967. When you step into Koblin’s today, you’ll find Jerry Koblin presiding over a brisk business. Customers fill the store, buying everything from food to school supplies, sun screen to cosmetics, office supplies, and—oh yes—medicine. Jerry says having a diverse inventory has helped him thrive.
Another key to his success is the appearance of his building. Koblin’s window displays are renowned. Jerry remembers a window display they did one year that featured 144 bottles of aspirin. These days though, you’ll find unique and inviting seasonal displays, crafted by the talented Patrina Koblin, Jerry’s wife. Her windows tell the world that Koblin’s is an up-to-date pharmacy plus a Main Street general store in the spirit of old Nyack.
In November of last year, Kieran Greene and Jimmy Lyons opened Harbor Hill Bar and Grille in the beautiful building on Main Street formerly known as Vertigo.
As owners of Gossip, a thriving restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, Kieran and Jimmy are experienced hands in the restaurant world.
Their vision for Harbor Hill is a classy, comfortable spot where friends and family can meet and enjoy the highest quality food and drink. All elements are in place to make their vision a reality: dramatic balconies offer sweeping views of Nyack’s Main Street.
Starting in this month, they’ll offer a wine and tapas menu in the second floor dining room. Food at Harbor Hill is prepared fresh, never frozen and they’ve just added a fabulous Colorado Ribeye to the menu. They have space for family and corporate parties, including a 15-seat private table and party area on the second floor. If things go well, they envision creating a roof-top lounge in the future.
Drop in and say hello; enjoy Kieran and Jimmy’s old-world Irish hospitality.
Scott Baird is the President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks; he is a commercial realtor with Rand Commercial Services. E-mail
him at email@example.com