For years, Elvira’s has served as Old Mill’s community center. Far more than a store for milk and eggs, and a take-out restaurant for great deli, gyros and pizza, it was a place where families ran tabs, parents left messages for their kids, and — like a non-alcoholic “Cheers” — everyone knew your name.
Elvira’s was a favorite spot not just for beach residents, but bicyclists, tradespeople, and everyone else just passing by.
Winter was always slower than the rest of the year, so most people thought little of the sign that appeared around New Year’s: “Closed for Renovations.”
But Elvira’s has now been closed for several weeks. There’s been a bit of activity — some painting, a couple of new appliances, a note about deliveries — but not much else.
Westporters are worried.
Friends have tried to contact Elvira’s, to no avail.
Several years ago, neighbors rallied around the store in time of need. I can’t speak for them, but I’m sure they — and many others — would be willing to do so again, if that’s the case.
We talk often about the disappearance of mom-and-pop shops from Westport. Elvira’s epitomizes the type of mom-and-pop-plus-kids–cousins-and- grandparents store that makes this town a community.
Spring is almost here. Like the flowers and trees, that’s traditionally the time Elvira’s comes alive.
Let’s make sure it happens again.