10/05/12 8:00pm
10/05/2012 8:00 PM
Riverhead, Taco Bell, Nathan's Famous, Route 58

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue.

There’s only 3/10th of an acre between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue, according to Riverhead Town records, but a Westhampton developer is seeking to squeeze a two-story, 24-seat fast food restaurant on that land.

The application on file at the town planning department is from Guddha LLC of 23 Homestead Avenue in Westhampton Beach and calls for a  2,720-square-foot restaurant with 24 seats and 15 parking spaces.

The property is zoned Business Center, which requires at least a half acre to build, but the applicant claims that since it’s a single and separate lot that was created in 1950, prior to the advent of zoning, he can build on it.

The address of Guddha LLC is the same as that of M.V. Chockalingham, who was listed as the property owner back in 2006 when Westhampton-based developer Elliot Gallin proposed to build a 1,025 square foot Nathan’s Famous restaurant on the same property.

At that time, Mr. Gallin and Mr. Chockalingham were involved in litigation with each other, as Mr. Chockalingham was trying to remove Mr. Gallin’s group from the project because he was unhappy with the pace of the application.

That lawsuit is listed in court records as having been disposed.

The name of the proposed restaurant was not included in the recent application.

The Suffolk County Planning Commission had recommended rejection of the first application back in 2006, calling it a “unwarranted over-intensification of the use of the premises.”

The prior application also did not get town approval, but wasn’t rejected either,  as the applicant apparently never followed through on it at the time.

The current application doesn’t list a specific tenant for the restaurant and has yet to be discussed before the town Planning  Board.

The applicant acknowledges in his site plan that he will need Zoning Board of Appeals relief from minimum rear yard and parking setback requirements and from maximum front yard setback requirements. The application shows the parking toward the front, or south, of the property, fronting Route 58, access to the site coming from a new curb cut on Harrison Avenue.

Representatives of Guddha did not immediately returned a phone call seeking comment on the application.

tgannon@timesreview.com

01/16/12 10:02am
01/16/2012 10:02 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owner Christine Dupuis (seated) and junior stylist assistant Ritu Rani (left) and licensed massage therapist and nail technician Alice Tilstra.

Owner: Christine Dupuis

Year established: 2011

Location: 1149 Old Country Road, Suite B2, Riverhead, in the professional plaza across from Target

Phone: 631-284-9700

Website: Hairsolutionsforyou.com

Number of employees: 3

Hair Solutions is a full-service hair salon offering the finest quality in all phases of hair services. Owner Christine Dupuis, a certified, licensed professional who specializes in hair replacement, trained in Florida at the Onrite Hair Academy. She has been in the hair industry for over 30 years, operating in Riverhead for the past 13, and always strives to stay on the “cutting edge” of her business. She believes in excellence and true professionalism and accepts nothing less for her many devoted clients. Her staff members, Ritu Rani and Alice Tilstra, fully trained and certified to perform all services, are understanding, compassionate and very pampering to all who enter the door.

Ms. Dupuis believes there is a growing need for nonsurgical alternatives to people experiencing hair loss due to heredity or illness, “so they can take back their life and regain their confidence.” Hair Solutions caters to those particular needs, specializing in hair replacement enhancements, partial and full cranial prosthetics for medical patients, hair extensions for length and volume and medical wigs.

Custom design cutting, coloring and styling, as well as the latest and safest methods of hair smoothing treatments are also on the top of the list. The salon also offers formal wear hair, perms and relaxers, waxing, make up applications, shellac nails (the hottest new trend) and pedicures, with reflexology and chair massages.

“Privacy for our clients is of the utmost importance,” said Ms. Dupuis, and the salon offers private studios decorated in tasteful antiques to create a comfortable atmosphere.

“It has always been my greatest reward to have someone leave my chair happy once again when they look at themselves in the mirror,” said Ms. Dupuis.

Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

01/10/12 6:05am
01/10/2012 6:05 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Peconic Marble owner David Pence (far left) and employees in the Marcy Avenue showroom.

Owner: David Pence

Year established: 1987

Location: 118 Marcy Ave., Riverhead

Phone: 631-369-0700

Number of employees: 12

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Website: peconicmarble.com

Peconic Marble and Granite Inc. is a complete kitchen and bath showroom, offering cabinets, tile, stone and plumbing fixtures, as well as fabrication and installation of all products. “The uniqueness of our place lies with two elements,” said owner David Pence. “We have qualified designers and installers and we have all the items for your kitchen and bath in one place.”

The company’s three designers have a combined 74 years’ on-site experience and a large pool of knowledge to draw from. They are fully trained in all the latest computer skills, equipped with real-life experience and conversant with their clients’ kitchen and bath requirements.

PM&G has both a slab yard and a fabrication shop on site, and carries 10 different cabinet lines, with more than 130 cabinet samples in all colors, finishes and wood species, and seven different lines of quartz stone. There are thousands of tile samples in an approximately 3,000-square-foot display area that customers can peruse at leisure, and more than 120 granite, marble and engineered stone samples from which to select a kitchen countertop.

“We have organized vignettes with design ideas that we constantly update with the newest state-of-the-art products,” David said. “Our clients include some of the most successful new-home builders and remodelers in this area, as well as private homeowners interested in upgrading and beautifying their homes.

“We encourage you to come to our showroom and let us help you create the kitchen and bathroom that fits your personal style and budget,” said David. “Grab a chair at one of our customer workstations and mix, match and compare until you find what works best for you.”

01/02/12 9:23am
01/02/2012 9:23 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Hart's Hardware owner Lisa Jerome (right, front) with sons (rear from left) Matt Jerome and Stephen Jerome, and staff members Joe Zawoysky (rear right) and Laura Kettenbeil (front left).

Owners: Lisa Jerome and Karen Goodale
Year established: 1996
Location: 50000 Main Road, Southold
Phone: 631-765-2122
Number of employees: 4
Open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hart’s Hardware is a family-run store that has provided its customers with quality hardware and household items since 1996. The store has been in the same location since before the 1960s, when the Smith brothers used it as a storeroom for their building supplies. Les Hart opened it as a hardware store, then Don Spates ran it, then Bill Goodale, now deceased, became the owner and ran it for 10 years. Though he died in 2006, his wife, Karen, and his daughter, Lisa, have kept the store running and have even managed to expand it.

Nuts, bolts, keys, screens, paint, and a full line of electrical and plumbing supplies are some of the many items at Hart’s Hardware. Services such as glass-cutting are also available to customers.

“A local place with local people, Hart’s is a true small-town hardware store,” Ms. Jerome said. “We have ties to the community, we live and work in this town and can be seen at the market or school.”

“We give true value,” she continued. “Our motto is ‘start right, start here.’ ”

12/12/11 3:42pm
12/12/2011 3:42 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Planet Fitness managing partner Nancy Kouris (from left) and owner John Mahoney with manager Jennifer Garcia.

Owner: John Mahoney

Year established: 2009

Location: 116 Kroemer Avenue, Riverhead, 31-369-6200; 295 Route 25A, Rocky Point, 631-821-3400; and 250 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-723-3174

Number of employees: 14

Calling itself “the judgment-free zone,” Planet Fitness is a national franchise offering memberships as low as $10 per month, a respectful atmosphere and a friendly workout environment. One of the most innovative health club brands in the United States, Planet Fitness provides a unique, safe and energetic space where anyone can be comfortable and build a lasting, active lifestyle.

In addition to the franchise in Riverhead, owner John Mahoney and managing partner Nancy Kouris own and operate and a Planet Fitness in Hampton Bays, which was started over 10 years ago, and have recently opened a facility in Rocky Point.

Fun events at Planet Fitness facilities nationwide include Pizza Nights, held the first Monday of every month, where over 3,000 pizzas — or 24,000 slices — per year are consumed per year, and Free Bagel Days the second Tuesday of the month. Additionally, Planet Fitness facilities give away 350,000 T-shirts and more than 750,000 Tootsie Rolls every month.

The hassle-free facilities have brand-name, state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment.

“We don’t cater to serious bodybuilders or power lifters,” said Mr. Mahoney. “We encourage a safe, non-intimidating atmosphere where our members, most of whom are first-time gym users, can have fun and enjoy a good workout.”

Planet Fitness facilities are open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. planetfitness.com

12/05/11 11:20am
12/05/2011 11:20 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Paul Izak Salon and Day Spa founder Ladan Shalom-Murray at the spa.

Owner: Ladan Shalom-Murray

Year established: 2004

Location: 55 Route 48, Mattituck

Phone: 631-298-1119

Number of employees: 7

The motto of this salon and day spa is, “A Remedy for Hair, Face, Body and Wellness.” The staff of experienced stylists and estheticians offers a full roster of hairstyling and care services — cuts, coloring, perms, straightening, extensions and scalp treatments as well as bridal services and updos. The spa offers make-up and facials, nail care, ear candling, waxing, spray tanning, body-wrap and massage.

Courtesy and customer service are the staff’s top priority, with an effort to provide an atmosphere that is tranquil and luxurious. The client is welcomed with a glass of wine and pampered throughout the visit.

Spa and salon products are top-of-the-line, and the staff is regularly brought up to date on the newest, most effective methods of styling and care.

The salon is eco-friendly: Spray tanning is all-natural, make-up is all-mineral and nail polish is vegan. This is the only local spa with a Vichy room for salt scrubs and body wraps.
Accolades include the following from Dan’s Papers: Best Hair Salon 2011, Best Hair Colorist 2011 and Best Facial 2009.

A member of the Better Business Bureau, Paul Izak Salon and Day Spa supports local charities and research on cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and participates in Locks of Love.
Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The website is paulizak.com.

11/28/11 10:52am
11/28/2011 10:52 AM

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Melina Wein in her office on Shelter Island.

Owner: Melina K. Wein

Year established: 1998

Location: 36 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island

Phone: 631-749-0999

Number of employees: 8

All of M. Wein Realty, Inc.’s four agents bring extensive business experience to the table and are involved with and committed to various community projects and organizations, producing relationships throughout the area. This knowledge and understanding of the community helps buyers to comprehend all the activities and organizations that are available to them in the special environment that is Shelter Island. To M. Wein Realty, Inc., real estate is more than just selling and renting, it is making sure buyers are comfortable and are aware of what resources are available to them once they become residents. The relationship continues after the sale, providing the agency with a strong referral business, which, together with extensive print and Web advertising, is a guarantee of exposure and opportunity.

In its 14 years of existence, this locally owned and operated agency has continued to flourish. Housed in a former luncheonette smack-dab in the center of the island on Route 114, the staff also includes three part-timers and an office manager. It is open for business 24/7.

mweinrealty.com
mweinrealty@aol.com

11/25/11 12:04pm
11/25/2011 12:04 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO From Left: Physicians assistants Michael Troyan and David Berezny and Dr. Bellamy Brook with the medical staff.

Owner: Dr. Bellamy Carter Brook

Year established: 2009

Location: 1271 East Main St., Riverhead

Phone: 631-284-3793

Number of employees: 15

The Medical Home is a medical office specializing in general and urgent-care medicine.

In a profession in which many medical offices lack the service mind-set and operational efficiency necessary to the operation of other industries, The Medical Home staff focuses on working together with patients to set goals, making use of technology to identify patient needs and outcomes and improving access through open scheduling and expanding hours.
Dr. Bellamy Brook defines The Medical Home by the six Cs of care: coordinated, comprehensive, continuous, connected and compassionate, with cultural competence. These providers follow accepted guidelines used in clinical decision-making to meet the needs of patients in most circumstances.

In addition to Dr. Brook, The Medical Home staff includes physician assistants David Berezny and Michael Troyan, both specializing in family practice and urgent-care medicine.
The team’s approach to clinical care is reflected in the lobby, designed to resemble a boutique hotel with its open welcoming reception area. The Medical Home accepts new patients, offers in-house X-ray and lab service and accepts most insurance.

The office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 :30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The website is www.drbellamybrook.com.