Restaurants and boutiques line the commercial district in downtown Greenport, but for active husband and wife duo Blake and Chris Dowling something has always seemed to be missing from the waterfront community. In the next few weeks, the Greenport couple hopes to change that by opening a new surf shop called One Love Beach on Main Street.
“We always wanted a shop like this for our sake and it never came to the village,’” Blake said. “So we thought ‘why not us? Let’s open a surf shop.’”
The shop, they said, will be a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking quality gear, lessons, and tours. One Love Beach will offer surfboards, sunglasses, footwear, sunscreen and sporting goods, but its mainstay will be paddle boarding, according to the Dowlings. The shop will offer rentals and lessons. “There are beautiful areas on the North Folk to paddle board,” Blake said.
One Love Beach is not just for the surf, but also the snow. During the winter months it will offer snowsuits, boots, gloves, and snowboard equipment.
The shop is a new venture for the Dowlings. Blake a dance instructor and Chris a boat captain and yacht salesman are no stranger to the sea. The couple met as teenagers when they were both sailing teachers on the South Fork and moved to Greenport nearly seven years ago to raise their son. “The water brought us together,” Blake said. “This is our one love.”
The couple is currently stocking the shelves and hopes to open the store, located at 211 Main Street in Greenport, by the end of the month.