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New Businesses in Tuckahoe on the Rise

This is the first in a series on new businesses in Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville.

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- Everyone who is anyone was in Tuckahoe on a rainy evening in September —Mayor Mary Marvin, Mayor Steve Ecklond, Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce Chair Sandy Albanese, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce Chair Peggy Conway and Reggie the Bulldog.

All of the notables came to support Bronxville native Matthew Sellecchia, who bravely opened a brand new business on Marbledale Road in the face of a dismal economy, growing unemployment and people losing their homes.

"I wanted to create a place where I would feel safe bringing my dog," said Sellechia. "I searched all over the area and there isn't any other place like it, so we are hopeful."

But Sellechia is more than hopeful. Before he created Paws and Play, he spent two years working in 20 different doggie day care facilities in different parts of the country.

"I learned the business and then I thought I would create a place where there is a need, and then hopefully it will work out," Sellechia said.

Eckond boasts that there have been half a dozen new businesses opening in the village, including the restaurant Growler's Pub and Bistro and a Team Mobile store.

"We also have a coffee shop about to open up and a Mexican Bistro," Ecklond said.

Ecklond said he is happy to get to as many ribbon cuttings and grand openings as possible in an effort to let the new business owners know they have the support of the village.

But Ecklond and the village board have done more than just go to the grand openings. In October, the board passed a resolution that will lower Planning Board fees for new businesses. Instead of paying the standard fee of $1,500, businesses with a space smaller than 5,000 square feet will now pay $500.

Paws and Play was bright, shiny and clean on the first day in September. This month, with happy barking noises behind him, Sellecchia had to beg off the phone with promises to call back.

"I am just swamped right now with pick-ups, can I call you back?" he said.

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