Port gift shop to close in Feb. 2023

Port gift shop to close in Feb. 2023
Wit & Whim. The Port Washington location will close in February. (Photo courtesy of Wit & Whim)

Wit & Whim, a Port Washington gift shop at 6 Carlton Ave., will close in February 2023 after a decade in business.

The shop, which sells curated vintage, locally handmade and modern items, made the announcement on Dec. 6.

“We will miss the interaction, correspondence and fun we had with you,” the company posted on Facebook. “We put our hearts and souls into wit & whim and consider ourselves lucky to have met you and to have been in business for all these years. Whether you made a purchase, came in to visit, shared a social media post, or spread the word about our shop, we appreciate you!”

While the Port Washington location will close, the owners are encouraging customers to visit their Huntington location, which opened in November at 187 Park Ave.

Any unused gift cards or store credits will be redeemable until Jan. 31, 2023. Gift cards/credits purchased in Port Washington are not redeemable in the Huntington location.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being our customers,” they wrote. “It has been an absolute pleasure serving you at wit & whim. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support and love.”

Laurie Scheinman founded the store in 2012 to benefit various charities; all profits went to a different group each month.

The Retailer Excellence Award, the Top 50 Retail Stars Award, the 1010WINS Top 50 Businesses in New York Award and the national ICON Honor Award were all given to the store under her ownership.

Scheinman sold the store to Krissy Harper and Jacquelyn Conte in 2018. The store also raised over $14,000 through a GoFundMe campaign in 2020.



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