01/13/15 8:00am
01/13/2015 8:00 AM
Robert James Salon owner Ray Pickersgill in his downtown shop. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Robert James Salon owner Ray Pickersgill in his downtown shop. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

One of New York State officials’ last acts of 2014, effective Dec. 31, was to raise minimum wage 75 cents to $8.75 an hour.

The nearly nine percent increase makes New York one of 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, to have increased their rates by Jan. 1.

In New York, this was the second in a series of three incremental boosts that will raise minimum wage to $9 an hour Dec. 31, 2015.

Locally, business owners and leaders had mixed reactions to the increases.  (more…)

01/12/15 12:00pm
01/12/2015 12:00 PM
Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte by the counter of their new business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte by the counter of their new business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

It was business as usual at the Northville Turnpike deli on Friday afternoon, where phone-in orders came in back to back, with deliveries heading out just as fast.

But amongst the afternoon rush, a new face could be seen running the show; Nadia Chiaramonte, the new owner of 4C’s Deli, which she affectionately named after her family of four.

Ms. Chiaramonte and her husband Anthony purchased the storefront — formerly CK’s Deli & Catering — last Monday, spending only one day cleaning up shop before opening for business the following day.

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01/10/15 2:50pm
01/10/2015 2:50 PM
Stylist Ashley Fogerty gives Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue highlights Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Loren the Salon in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Stylist Ashley Fogerty gives Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue highlights Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Loren the Salon in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

A Riverhead native has opened a chic new hair salon on Howell Avenue, directly across the street from Town Hall.

Gabriel Loren the Salon had a soft opening Dec. 27, owner Raquel Dispenziere said, and will celebrate its grand opening at 4 p.m. today. The event will feature food catered by Papa Joe’s on West Main Street and various raffles.

Ms. Dispenziere, a hairstylist who grew up on the North Fork and later moved to California to become an educator at Paul Mitchell Schools, said she came back to Riverhead in May. She was looking for a space to open her own salon when she noticed a “For Rent” sign in the window at 212 Howell Ave., which had been vacant for around a decade and once operated as a laundromat.

“It was just something I stumbled upon and I’m really glad I did,” Ms. Dispenziere said.

The building was in “rough shape,” she said, so the walls were replaced and repainted and a stained concrete floor was poured. To enhance the space’s industrial vibe, Ms. Dispenziere said, she left the ceiling’s beams exposed.

Gabriel Loren the Salon has five stylists including Ms. Dispenziere and offers a variety of services for men, women and children. It also offers specialty add-ons like hair and eyelash extensions and organic spray tans. In addition, the salon has a $200 a month package that includes unlimited haircuts, color, styling and treatments, Ms. Dispenziere said.

The salon was abuzz with activity Saturday afternoon, where stylist Ashley Fogerty was giving 12-year-old Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue blond highlights. Nearby, Grace’s younger sister, Sierra, 10, was admiring her own hair’s newly dyed pink tips.

“I like it,” she said of the salon. “It’s really neat.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

01/08/15 8:56am
01/08/2015 8:56 AM
Long Ireland Beer Company owners Dan Burke (left) and Greg Martin. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Long Ireland Beer Company owners Dan Burke (left) and Greg Martin. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Long Ireland Beer Company owners Dan Burke and Greg Martin opened their microbrewery in 2011, it was hard to imagine that several more breweries would open in the 11901 Zip code over the next few years.

But that’s exactly what happened.  (more…)

01/07/15 11:09am
01/07/2015 11:09 AM
A pint of Twin Fork Beer's "Chromatic Ale" at CJ's American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pint of Twin Fork Beer’s “Chromatic Ale” at CJ’s American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pair of Riverhead native sons are the latest brewers to join the East End craft beer scene.

Identical twins Pete and Dan Chekijian, 43, and founders of Twin Fork Beer, recently leased office space on West Main Street in Riverhead and are searching for a nearby headquarters to brew their beers and open a tasting room. They are currently brewing their offerings on a contract basis at another local brewery.

Read more about the new venture on northforker.com.

01/06/15 10:04am
01/06/2015 10:04 AM
Riverhead Diner & Grill owner Liz Strebel (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Diner & Grill owner Liz Strebel (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Diner & Grill is making changes in 2015. And considering owner Liz Strebel plans to sell the business the following year, you better get it while you can.

The downtown Riverhead eatery is now serving beer and wine beverages to enjoy with its eats, something that hasn’t been offered at that location since 1999. (more…)