Dabney Lee Woglom is a big believer in the personal touch.
“I’ve always loved paper and stationery,” Woglom said. “But my name is Dabney and it was hard to find things with my name on it. So my grandmother would custom order stuff all the time.”
That philosophy is on full display at Dabney Lee, the Shelter Island store where customers can find unique nautical giftware and candles, personalized stationery, beach blankets, shade screens and lots of Shelter Island themed items — from tote bags and coasters to Island shaped cheese boards and “749” key chains.
Located at 183 Bridge Street in Shelter Island Heights, Dabney Lee officially opens for its third summer on May 27. The light-filled space is fully stocked and freshly painted with bold yellow and white stripes on the floor and Woglom is looking forward to offering even more personalized items on the shelves this year.
“I know what people are looking for,” she said. “Here, they want a hostess gift or to decorate their homes. Maybe they want to order a blanket for a daughter going off to college or pick up a weekender bag for themselves and a friend.”
Also new for 2016 is the store’s expansion. Woglom has taken over a second space at the location, and she now has two separate storefronts — one selling the giftware, stationery and housewares Dabney Lee is known for, and another offering casual, seaside-friendly clothing by Roberta Roller Rabbit.
“It’s beach caftans, shirts, dresses, hats and bags for moms and daughters,” explained Woglom who, as the mother of six-year-old triplets herself, understands the appeal. “Moms will say, I’ll get one for me, and one for my daughter.”
“A lot of people also need baby gifts,” she added. “We have layette and clothing for ages six months to eight years.”
Despite the expansion into clothing, Dabney Lee will still carry monogrammed stationery and Woglom will work with clients to create custom invitations and other personalized items for special events. That’s where Woglom began her business back in 2004 and more than a decade later, technological advances aside, she still finds people yearn for that personal touch.
“I’m getting a lot more handwritten notes than I used to,” she said. “Email took over for a while, but I think the trend is going back to nice stationery.”
Dabney Lee is located at 183 Bridge Street, Shelter Island Heights, (347) 704-4590. www.dabneylee.com.