Rose Nyugen has been in the nail care business for more than two decades and Friday afternoon, her new Riverhead pampering business, Eastern Nails and Spa, held its grand opening on Osborn Avenue.
The business will provide clients with an array of pampering services, including manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and makeup. Clients will also have an unique option of permanent make-up in tattoo form.
Ms. Nyugen plans to be a hands-on owner, continuing to do manicures and more for customers alongside her six employees.
Once a nail technician on Old Country Road for more than a decade, Ms. Nyugen opened her own business in Hampton Bays a few years ago, before recently moving back to Riverhead at the suggestion of local diva philanthropist, Dhonna Goodale.
“I told her from a business point of view, I would go back to Riverhead,” Ms. Goodale said. “She has big following here and when you move to another town, people don’t foliow you. And she’s missed. Here we need something a little more special.”
She said having a hair salon and pizzeria as neighbors make it an ideal location.
Neighbors Neat & Complete Hair Cutters and Carlo’s Pizza Oven offered their support at the grand opening event and said they are on board with the idea of cooperating to maximize business at the small Osborn Avenue strip mall.
Carlo’s offered to provide food for those who get hungry while they’re pampered at Eastern Nail and Spa.
Neat & Complete said the spa will provide the perfect haven for the tired mother to get a massage or pedicure while family members get groomed next door.
The two businesses also provided gift certificates and goodies to be raffled off to grand opening attendees.
Ms. Nyugen had tears in her eyes as she thanked Ms. Goodale and the Riverhead Town Board, present at the event, for their help in shepherding the business’s development and opening.
“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me,” she said.
“Riverhead appreciates you coming here,” said town board member John Dunleavy. “Rose has been here for years, she has a following here. She had to go to Hampton Bays, but we just love to have you back here in Riverhead to start your business here. Riverhead is behind you 110 percent … We’re here for you and we want your business to flourish and grow in the town of Riverhead.”