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Larchmont Shops Tagged with Graffiti

Simon Cocks and Steve Vernetti take a break from scrubbing graffiti off their shop windows.

As if local businesses weren’t struggling enough, now they have to deal with vandalism. Several Larchmont shops were tagged with graffiti earlier this week. Tuesday morning we found Simon Cocks of the Larchmont Wine and Cheese Shop trying to remove graffiti from his store window. Next door, Steve Vernetti of Vernetti Restaurant was completely exasperated by the damage done to his window.

“It’s unfortunate to see any tagging of businesses in Larchmont. Now is a time when we should be doing all we can to support our local merchants — tagging is the last thing they need to deal with right now,” Heather Boylston of the Larchmont BID told the Buzz.

The markings seems to have been etched in the glass making it almost impossible to remove, and leaving it means inviting more tagging. When we last checked, Vernetti was trying to figure out how to cover it up or he might have to replace the whole glass window, something no small businesses can afford right now.

Graffiti at Vernetti Restaurant.
The former Trina Turk store was also tagged.
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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  1. The “paint” may be acid which etches glass. Some Glass companies will polish the glass to get rid of the etching. That would mean that the store owners would not have to have new signs applied to the glass. I had this problem once and polishing was the cheaper alternative to removal.


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