Three Village may be a unique community on Long Island: many unique mom-and-pop businesses and the big box stores seem to have found their niche so as to coexist.
Places like and compete with Toys 'R Us and other nearby retailers of children's products. Family-owned restaurants like and thrive in a community which is also home to several chain restaurants. Boutiques like , Flair and have competition aplenty with the Smith Haven Mall nearby.
But competition frequently isn't kind to the mom-and-pop shops, with places like , and My Wild Child recently closing their doors.
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