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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Councilman John Dunleavy welcomes owner Rose Nyugen and her boyfriend Dan Tran to Polish Town Friday afternoon.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Councilman John Dunleavy welcomes owner Rose Nyugen and her boyfriend Dan Tran to Polish Town Friday afternoon.

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.”

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12/11/12 11:57am
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TLC, Cablevision, Dhonna Goodale

GOODALE PRODUCTIONS COURTESY PHOTO | Dhonna Goodale’s great room in Flanders all decorated for Christmas.

Diva philanthropist Dhonna Goodale and her family’s home in Flanders will be one of four houses featured on a TLC special called “Four Houses: Deck the Halls,” which airs Tuesday night.

The show documents a $10,000 competition between four contestants and their spectacular Christmas displays,  judged on originality, tradition and elegance, Ms. Goodale explained.

“I go out and lose my mind over Christmas because it’s my most favorite holiday,” Ms. Goodale said of her reasons for going all out every holiday season. “I was the fourth person and while other people just wanted to win, I was looking at the bigger picture.

“I was looking at this as a springboard for me to host my own show.”

The holiday home-maker said she can’t disclose too much about the show due to a confidentiality agreement, but described three of her 12 themed-Christmas trees, which are strewn throughout the property.

“One of my favorite trees is the money tree,” she said, laughing. “I put fake and real money on it…”

Twelve trees aren’t the only thing that makes Ms. Goodale’s holiday display extravagant.

The display has also featured hired Santa helpers actually wrapping presents to be given as donated gifts, a team of Mrs. Claus’s from around the world gathered for  holiday workshops to “discuss the world and how to make Christmas even better,” and even the big man himself, Santa Claus, working out in her gym, Ms. Goodale said.

“He may be portly,” she said, “But he’s healthy, so all the Santas are working out this year.”

Ms. Goodale says the actors set up shop during the show and other tours of the house by community groups.

“I want to thank the community and the different groups that came together to make this possible,” she said. “There’s so much talent out here.”

Ms. Goodale said those looking to tour the house can visit goodale-productions.com or visit her Facebook fan page.

The show airs at 10 p.m. on Cablevision channel 28.

An earlier version of this story reported that the show is part of a series. It is not.