Historic Rye Smoke Shop May Go ‘Poof’

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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.

A similar scare in 2008 had a happy ending. More from Lohud.

photos: Jacqueline Silberbush

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