The move has been “controversial," Dow said, in part because, “The Golden Eagle wasn’t aware their landlord was looking for a new renter.” In early July, the Golden Eagle, which was founded in 1954, announced its landlord wasn't renewing its lease.
Dow is also being forced to move. The Applied Arts
building on Indian Wells Highway will be sold off on Oct. 31, Dow said. She said she was offered the
Gingerbread Lane location through her building’s listing broker, Lee Minetree, of Saunders Realty, and was unaware that the Golden Eagle’s owners had not been
informed of the changing situation.
“I wish the Golden Eagle the best of luck in terms of finding another location,” Dow said. “I really looked from Southampton to Montauk for a space.”
Dow plans to move her textile and wallpaper design studios to the new Gingerbread Lane space, as well as a ceramic studio that currently exists at Applied Arts. The new location will also serve as a showroom for her custom pillows, napkins and draperies. At present, Dow’s business is a finalist in two categories for the Hamptons Cottage and Gardens awards— best bath and best product design. The results of the selection will be announced on Aug. 18.
Dow, whose wallpaper design adorns the Oval Office and who has 15 pieces in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian museum, prides herself on the work she does in the local community.
Apart from working with arts initiatives in East End schools, partnering with the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and providing the only free dark room space between the East End and New York, Dow offers one of the top 100 internships in the country, offering artists and interior designers a jump start on their careers and steady work in sometimes turbulent industries.
“Students can come in and work, and there are always jobs for artists,” Dow said. “Interior design experience can be really difficult to get, especially out here.”
“I’ve been very active in trying to brainstorm ways to build business opportunities here on Long Island,” Dow said. “We need more jobs, more affordable space and more job space. It can be especially difficult for artists to afford to live and work out here.”