Nalu Dry Goods surf shop moves into new space on Bay Shore’s Main Street
This Bay Shore surf shop has found a new home – and it’s double the size.
Nalu Dry Goods moved from 4 East Main St. to 100 West Main St. in Bay Shore after securing the new building last month.
The retail store is “gently” opening to the public as owner Marie Fischer puts the finishing touches ahead of a grand opening on June 12 during the Bay Shore By the Bay Art Festival.
Fischer said with downtown Bay Shore “exploding,” the decision to find a new space for Nalu was now or never.
“We bought this place,” Fischer said. “I had another five years renewed in the other space if I wanted to, but after that there’s no guarantee…I felt like it was time.”
With double the space compared to the old store, the shelves are filled with clothes and the shelves are filled with merchandise.
The open space has an industrial vibe that matches the store’s surf and skate vibe, Fischer said.
There’s more room to display the variety of skateboards Nalu offers, whereas in the old store, Fischer said she had to keep them in the back and take them out for customers.
Fischer added that they have already filled most of the new store.
She and her husband, Bay Shore native Christopher, have fun projects in store for Nalu Dry Goods.
Fischer hopes to create a “relaxing” environment so that customers can not only shop, but also relax.
Christopher is setting up a DJ booth in the back of the store and the couple plan to have shopping parties, Fischer said.
“We’ll try to do after-hours parties,” she said. “We’ll try to move everything to the side and have a place to dance or hang out and just relax.”
There are also sofas and flat-screen TVs near the locker rooms, where guests can relax and watch surfing and skating videos.
Finally, the couple wants to install an air hockey table inside the store.
Supporting the local community is important to Fischer, she said. She would therefore like to incorporate works by artists from the community and collaborate with other companies to make clothes.
For example, Nalu Dry Goods recently created a shirt with Bubba’s Burrito Bar in Islip that features a surf burrito.
Born and raised in Hawaii before moving to New York City at age 19, Fischer incorporates products from her birthplace, such as Hawaiian coffee, beverages and cookies.
The owner said sales have been “pretty good” so far, especially with summer approaching, and customers who have visited the new store are happy with the new look.
Bay Shore has always been home to Nalu Dry Goods, and Fischer said she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I never wanted to leave here,” Fischer said. “We would like to do more community collaborations and be involved and promote Bay Shore as much as possible because I think it’s really growing and the more we as merchants stick together the better.”
At the grand opening of Nalu Dry Goods on June 12, there will be giveaways, music from DJ Critical and promotions.
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Featured image: Brooke, employee of Nalu Dry Goods, and Marie Fischer, owner.