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Huntington Corner Comes Back to Life

Burned out by a restaurant fire, building is renewed.

The intersection of Gerard Street and Clinton Avenue has seen an amazing rejuvenation over the past month.

The corner, which only a year ago was at XO Wine and Chocolate Bar, is now filled with people walking and enjoying the sidewalk café.

“The new landlord redid everything in conjunction with the tenants,” said Dena Fenza, owner of Two Blondes and a Stove, which is now in the spot where Instructor’s Choice had once been. “It’s always nice to see, as a community, the whole block redone.”

The block now consists of four stores – Two Blondes and a Stove, Twisted Vine, Berger Brothers Photography School and Salon Mayan. The second floor is still office space, but so far only one office has been rented.

The entire building had to be rebuilt from scratch, since most of the problems came from smoke damage.

The stores all opened up about a month ago, and have attracted people to the once dead spot.

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Up and down the street has been bustling with people since it opened up again. “We’ve been doing very, very well,” said Ben Ben-aharon, owner of Salon Mayan on Clinton Avenue. “And I know Berger Brothers is doing amazing.”

“I feel like it’s a revitalization of a while block that was dormant for so long,” Fenza said. “It’s certainly been welcomed by the town.”

“People are very excited because it’s been dead for so long,” said Ben-aharon. “People wanted something here for so long.”

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