RYE–If you’ve never been in the delightful Rye Smoke Shop (53 Purchase Street), you may want to hurry. It’s a throwback to a gentler era on Purchase Street.
The owners of the 40- year -old mom and pop may soon be priced out of the rent, because the owner says expensive renovations are necessary. The building, a former hotel and saloon, dates to 1870.
Some residents are pushing for a landmark designation to preserve the store in “its present form and character.” A local artist is selling paintings of the store to raise money for it.
photos: Jacqueline Silberbush