02/18/14 11:58am
02/18/2014 11:58 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Working Shoe & Bootery, a purpose-built footwear store, is opening Feb. 22 in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Working Shoe & Bootery, a purpose-built footwear store, is opening Feb. 22 in Riverhead.

Carpenters, nurses and anyone who spends most of the day working on their feet needs a comfortable pair of shoes, Michael Brandine said. (more…)

01/18/14 10:00am
01/18/2014 10:00 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Weight Watchers leader Rhonda Frisone, left, conducts an orientation for new members Friday morning in downtown Riverhead.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTOS | Weight Watchers leader Rhonda Frisone, left, conducts an orientation for new members Friday morning in downtown Riverhead.

Weight Watchers has moved into temporary digs in an empty space on East Main Street, next door to Riverhead Diner & Grill, while it waits for paperwork on a permanent location in downtown Riverhead to finalize.

“We’re looking to settle in somewhere down here,” said Lucia Ferraro, the weight loss company’s Eastern Suffolk County territory manager. The company relocated Wednesday to downtown Riverhead from its previous location on Route 58 in the former Walmart shopping center, she said.

“The shopping center wasn’t inviting for people to come in and feel comfortable,” Ms. Ferraro said. “I feel like we lost a lot of our membership as a result of that.”
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She said Weight Watchers plans to operate from its new location for the next few months, until a lease in an undisclosed space elsewhere on East Main Street is finalized.

In the meantime, Ms. Ferraro said, Weight Watchers is happy to be downtown.

“We wanted to support the community with our services and we see [downtown Riverhead] is starting to grow and develop into someplace with a nice, homey feel,” she said.

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