On The Rock: From Shelter Ego to Paspartou

Photo by Julie Lane | Paspartou is a new retailer on Washington Street, directly across from the Chequit Inn on Shelter Island. It’s owned by former Shelter Ego operator Gosia Regek. Shown are some of the items available at the shop.

Photo by Julie Lane | Paspartou is a new retailer on Washington Street, directly across from the Chequit Inn on Shelter Island. It’s owned by former Shelter Ego operator Gosia Regek. Shown are some of the items available at the shop.

Looking for a hostess gift or something special for yourself? Shelter Islander Gosia Rogek hopes you’ll think of Paspartou, her latest retail shop on Washington Street, opposite the Chequit Inn. She came to Shelter Island in 2000 and she and her husband bought a house here in 2003, she said.

Ms. Rogek, who for the past two summers ran Shelter Ego on Bridge Street with two partners, is striking out on her this summer with a nautical-themed gift shop where she’s selling jewelry, European linens, woven hand-loomed blankets made in Maine, beach bags made from recycled materials, placemats, rope bracelets and a host of other items.

Unlike the relatively small space she had on Bridge Street for the past two summers, her new space has 500 square feet. But the new space is long and she’s challenged for the best way to display her wares without them looking lost. Part of her current challenge is awaiting a shipment of goods that has been delayed in France.

Still, she’ll open Saturday, June 29, and fill in merchandise as it arrives.

Eileen Vetri will be working with Ms. Rogek in the Island store. She pointed out that there’s a wide range of prices, so parents can purchase inexpensive items for their children or more pricey and sophisticated items for themselves or for gifts. Ms. Rogek is considering special pricing for Shelter Island residents.

The space is easily identifiable by the colored flags hung both outside and in; windows give the space an open and airy feel.

Just months before opening the Shelter Island store this summer, she opened a similar operation on Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, so she’ll be shuttling between the two operations.

She plans to open the Island store every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day and then remain open weekends until Columbus Day. If there’s a call for more evening hours, she’ll accommodate them. You can reach Paspartou at 631-745-5888.