“It couldn’t stop the water,” Watterson said. “It was like the doors were wide open on the store, and the canal filled the store with almost six feet of water.”
Watterson’s home in South Bellmore is elevated, so the current didn’t get into her house. When the water receded, she and her boyfriend hopped into the car to see if people needed help, and eventually, they headed down to see how bad things were at the store.
“Initially, my boyfriend said it wasn’t bad,” she said. “But I knew it was terrible. All the furniture had been lifted and moved to the left side of the store.”
La Pink was filled with approximately six feet of water, and when the doors were opened, Watterson was taken off her feet by the water surge.
She lost her fixtures and custom made tables, as well as her office, fitting room, computer and storage unit that was located in South Freeport. They stood in salt water for two days cleaning everything to salvage whatever they could. She knew that, after eight years on Merrick Road, she would have to relocate.
“We had the merchandise, but we had nowhere to sell it,” Watterson said. “With the holidays coming, I needed to find a place.”
After two months of being out of business, La Pink found its new home at 59 Merrick Ave, which used to be the home of Yussel’s Place, which has since moved.
Now, the primary goal is to inform the customers of the location change.
“It’s not like I closed to move,” she said. “I closed because there was a disaster. A lot of my customers are still recovering.”
Watterson sent texts and emails to customers that had subscribed to her service to inform them of the location change, but she said that she “misses her South Bellmore and South Merrick customers”.
La Pink is open on Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. You can opt in to their texting service by texting “LaPink” to 313131.