01/26/15 8:00am
01/26/2015 8:00 AM
The Riverhead Flower Shop will move into the former Woolworth building the week after Valentine's Day, owner Peggy Kneski said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Flower Shop will move into the former Woolworth building the week after Valentine’s Day, owner Peggy Kneski said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A longtime downtown Riverhead business is moving up the street and into a newly renovated building.

Peggy Kneski, owner of Riverhead Flower Shop on East Main Street, said her store is moving into a presently vacant 1,100-square-foot space next-door to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels the week after Valentine’s Day. The shop will be located in the former Woolworth building, which also houses Ultimate Fitness. (more…)

01/20/15 10:00am
01/20/2015 10:00 AM

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Another commercial development could be headed to Route 58 soon.

The Riverhead Town Planning Board last Thursday reviewed an application for a new retail center in between the town highway yard and Hudson City Savings Bank, across the street from Lowe’s.

Apple Honda owner Irwin Garsten is seeking to build a 64,000-square-foot retail center on an undeveloped 13.5-acre site he owns on the north side of Route 58.

Even though the adjacent Riverhead Centre development has two traffic signals right next door, the Garsten project will likely need another curb cut on Route 58 because the Riverhead Centre owners declined to allow a cross access easement which would allow traffic from one shopping center to cross over to the next without coming back onto Route 58, according to Peter Danowski, the attorney for Mr. Garsten.

He said he guesses that there won’t be a traffic signal there.

Mr. Garsten’s access point on Route 58 will likely have a right-turn-only restriction, he said. The property also extends as far north as Osborn Avenue, and will also have an entrance and exit on that road, as well, according to Mr. Danowski.

The other issue on the Garsten site that was discussed by the Planning Board last Thursday involved a water body on the north end of the property.

“This has pond in front of it, which some people said was not a wetland,” said Jeff Murphree, the town’s planning and building administrator. “We said yes it was. So we sent this back to (the state Department of Environmental Conservation) which said, ‘yes, it’s a wetland.”

Mr. Danowski said the so-called wetland was a hole designed to capture rainwater runoff from Route 58 years ago.

He said the DEC had given him a letter several years ago saying it was not a formal wetland. but once the Garsten application was filed about two years ago, the DEC decided to take steps to classify it as a wetland, a designation Mr. Garsten has challenged.

“We’ve done everything they’ve asked us to do,” Mr. Danowski said, adding that the project has been moved back away from the wetland and a small building toward the front of the property has been eliminated.

The Planning Board voted to officially take “lead agency” status over the review of the application, rather than the DEC.

“We should work with DEC and the applicant together to look at a good design for the project,” Mr. Murphree said.

“We’re ready to rock and roll,” Mr. Danowski said. “We’ll do whatever Jeff wants.”

01/18/15 2:00pm
01/18/2015 2:00 PM
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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

01/04/15 2:00pm
01/04/2015 2:00 PM

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12/30/14 4:00pm
12/30/2014 4:00 PM
The Hyatt in downtown Riverhead.

The Hyatt in downtown Riverhead.

Professionals said business was good in 2013, but 2014 was even better.

Across the board, key figures in banking, auto sales, hospitality and big and small retail outlets reported strong sales and increased growth. Much of this, said Steven Shauger, general manager of Hyatt Place East End in Riverhead, can be attributed to a developing public perception of the North Fork as a year-round destination. (more…)