As the recession hit, businesses in the city began to close as did so many throughout the country. The trend has persisted, with closings ocurring faster than new stores are opening.
Patch's "Empty In Glen Cove" series has sought to highlight some of these vacant spaces and get your ideas for what new businesses might fit in each of them, and many readers have offered a variety of opinions as to what the city needs if things are going to change.
Of course, there are many factors that go into opening a business - and certain factors can prevent those with the capital or the creativity from taking a risk.
Are the taxes at the local level too high? Or is it the state you think is the real problem?
Is the permitting process a deterrant for new ventures?
Perhaps Glen Cove's geography doesn't make for the best place to open a business that needs high tourist traffic - or could some small but significant changes make it a destination?
If you are or ever have been a business owner in Glen Cove, or know someone who was or is, and you have a story to tell, please share it in the comment section below, and give us your ideas for what could use a change for the better.