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January 10, 2014

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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Katonah business owner, stationer
Barry Marks, dies at 55


By R.J. MARX
Barry and Laura Marks in front of their Katonah store Fine Lines in 2005.
 

Barry D. Marks, 55, a longtime resident of Mount Kisco, died on Jan. 2, after battling cancer. Mr. Marks was born and raised in Mount Vernon and lived for many years with his wife, Laura, and sons, Alex and David, in Mount Kisco.

The Marks’s are the founders and proprietors of specialty stationer Fine Lines of Katonah, which has been serving the northern Westchester area for more than 20 years, the last 14 of those at 141 Katonah Ave.

“I’m in shock,” said landlord and friend Ian Baren, co-owner of Katonah Architectural Hardware with his brother Andrew. “It’s devastating to realize he won’t be ever around again. He was a pleasure to know, in any context.”

Mr. Marks and Fine Lines epitomized a high level of customer service, which Mr. Marks kept as a constant at the store.

“We want our customers to be able to sit down, look through the albums,” said Mr. Marks to The Record-Review in April 1999, the time of his relocation to the business’s current space. “Sometimes choosing an invitation requires a committee.”

Mr. Marks was also committed to detail on every order. “The one thing you don’t want when ordering invitations are mistakes or delays,” he said at the time. “This is one area where bloopers aren’t appreciated. We need to have confidence in the product to be sure what the custom possibilities are. You don’t want to misrepresent anything to the customer.”

Customers came back repeatedly for family events because of his dedication to a lost art. “We’re a true stationer,” he said in 1999. “‘Stationery’ store is really accurate for what we do. When they hear the word ‘stationery’ many people think of the candy store or a store that sells balloons and newspapers. We stick to real stationery. We sell paper and invitations. People are aware of recycled paper, content, texture, things like a deckled edge. It’s definitely a personal image that you’re conveying with your stationery. Take a wedding invitation: It sets the tone for your entire affair. It’s a very important first impression.”

In September of that year, Mr. Marks and Fine Lines were among those hit hard by Tropical Storm Floyd, a major storm that damaged businesses and homes throughout Katonah.

“I’ll never forget watching the waters rise, and seeing Barry and Laura taken out by a rowboat,” said Ian Baren on Tuesday. “The floor collapsed in their space, the out-swinging door into the parking lot was blocked by debris, they were trapped. We saw the highway department show up with a rowboat, which I was impressed that they had, they had to paddle on down Katonah Avenue, hang a left at Valley Road, and come back about 10 minutes later with Laura and Barry. You don’t forget something like that.”

“We were working in the back, unaware of the chaos that was brewing outside,” Mr. Marks said in 2000, after the store’s cleanup and reopening. “One minute we were fine and the next thing we knew the flood waters rose, the floor collapsed, and we had to swim to the back door and kick it. It was awful, but I have to tell you, I think that as far as this kind of thing goes we were all being watched and taken care of.

The damage from the hurricane closed the entire building down until it could be established that the foundation was safe. “We lost everything, including all of our stock that was in the basement. It was paper and it was all gone,” Mr. Marks said.

However, with the help of the landlord, Stuart Felder, who returned from his home in Florida and worked nonstop hip deep in mud and sludge to clean out the basement, the building was quickly restored and the couple was soon able to start over.

In 2005, Mr. Marks expanded on his vision for the store.

“An invitation really sets the tone of your event,” said Mr. Marks. “It creates the first impression that people will have of what you’re inviting them to. We spend a lot of time with our customers in this regard. Whether it’s an invitation to a wedding, an anniversary or a birthday party, we work with our customers to create exactly what it is they want to say.”

“Stationery says a lot about the individual,” he added. “It makes a statement. We have customers who spend quite a long time deciding what they want that statement to be. Some people spend hours, but that’s nice. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Invitations produced by Fine Lines became de rigueur for engagement parties, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, first communions, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduation parties, and many more special events.

Family members recalled this week that Mr. Marks enjoyed meeting and getting to know his customers and participating in their meaningful and special life events over the years. They said Mr. Marks will always be remembered for his strong love for his family and incredibly kind, gentle ways, and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Mr. Baren described a moving funeral service at Clark Funeral Home’s in Katonah on Saturday. “It was packed, out the door,” he said. “There was not a dry eye in the house,” said Ian Baren. “Barry touched so many lives in such a profound way. Just realizing the depth of influence that he had, and the impression he had on so many people for such a long time, was heart-warming. Barry and Laura ran a fantastic business, it was a locus of town and business.”

Mr. Marks is survived by his wife of 29 years, Laura; sons, Alex and David; loving brother and sister-in-law, Mickey and Lisa Marks; close niece and nephews, Molly, Cliff and Zachary; and mother, Leila. He was predeceased by his father, Morty Marks.

Family received friends on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. Interment followed at Sharon Gardens in Valhalla.


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