Commune receives grants for improvements

Commune receives grants for improvements
(Photo courtesy of the Port Washington Business Improvement District)

The Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District welcomes Commune to the District and has awarded three grants for improvements to the façade and signage as well as in recognition as a new tenant.

Located at 307 Main St., Commune brings modern programming to its location in one of the historic buildings on lower Main Street.

Independent practitioners offer a wide range of wellness classes in the newly renovated space, creating an intimate and peace-provoking environment. Participants can choose from a wide variety of class offerings posted each week.

The space is also available to rent for private events such as moms’ night out or feng shui tutorials.

The business model for Commune is the inspiration of creator and owner, Cari Gatto Huszar as a result of the COVID crisis.

“I opened Commune as a labor of love, a gift to the Port community, to create a space where people can recharge and find peace, while providing instructors with a platform to conduct their classes across a broad range of mental wellness modalities including yoga, meditation, reiki, aromatherapy and Qi Gong,” Gatto Huszar said. “I am so grateful for how well it has been received and look forward to offering even more services in the future.”

Cari’s goal is to make Commune a 501(c)(3) so that she can obtain grants to provide some free programming. She believes access to resources to maintain mental wellness is a human right and not a privilege.

“There is nothing quite like Commune in Port Washington,” Halime Berkay, vice president of the Port Washington BID, said. “As a fellow business owner, I welcome creative, inspiring businesses like Commune to the District that help to enhance the character and appeal of our town. Plus the renovations to the space are very warm and welcoming.”

To learn more about Commune, the instructors and class schedule, visit their website.

Eligible businesses in the Port Washington Business Improvement District, both new and established, can apply for grants for funding to assist with costs of improvements to the façade of the place of business and/or signage.

Guidelines and applications, along with additional resources for business owners, can be found on the Port Washington B.I.D. website under the Business Resource heading. Inquiries can also be directed to the Port Washington B.I.D. Office at (516) 883-8890.

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