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Business of the Week: Green Dog, Pleasantville

Business of the Week: Green Dog, Pleasantville

Working for a financial firm on Wall Street was once Cynthia Flood’s career of choice. But when she reached 30 years old the market crashed and Flood turned to a pet sitting business she had been running part-time for her full-time work. “I always worked in banking while pursuing my degree at FIT and pet […]

Business of the Week: Salon Savoir, White Plains

Business of the Week: Salon Savoir, White Plains

Davide and Claver Calise are the new co-owners of Salon Savoir at 195 E. Post Road in White Plains. The young couple took over the salon in February this year and they are excited about plans to expand into a full-service salon and spa. “The building has lots of room for expansion,” explained Davide. “There […]

Business of the Week: Riverworks Studio, Dobbs Ferry

Business of the Week: Riverworks Studio, Dobbs Ferry

At the old Pickwick Theatre, 39 Cedar St., Dobbs Ferry, there’s a whole lot of music going on. At street level, The Muzic Store, is full of musical instruments for sale and rent, with sheet music on display and people bringing in their cherished instruments for repair. There’s information about a Disc Jockey service and […]

Business Profile: DD’s Diner, Ossining

Business Profile: DD’s Diner, Ossining

Jimmy Kitsios is an embodiment of the American Dream. Kitsios moved from his native Greece in 1967. In his early years in America he owned a fur business in New York City. He owned it for about 16 years until the fur business was leaving the region for areas with less expensive labor costs, he […]

Business Profile: Raffa Laser Center, Patterson

Business Profile: Raffa Laser Center, Patterson

In the beauty industry for more than 30 years, Cheryl Raffa’s first profession was styling hair. Then eleven years ago, even though she remained in the same field, she began to develop an interest in different aspects of beauty. “I did hair for so long and I’ve always had like an interest in skin and […]

Business Profile: Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Ossining

Business Profile: Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Ossining

  Thornwood resident Tommy Stratis already owned Casa Rina restaurant in his hometown when he decided to try his hand at owning a second eatery about 13 years ago. Stratis is the owner of the Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Ossining. The roughly 80-year-old Rockledge Avenue building was a restaurant and former “speakeasy” for […]

Business Profile: Epic Dance Center, Mahopac

Business Profile: Epic Dance Center, Mahopac

Raising three children that enjoy dancing—one son and two daughters—Sue Solazzo used to shuttle the trio to dance studios going back to pre-school. But last September, Solazzo decided when she drove them to dance she was actually driving to her new business, Epic Dance Center in Mahopac along Route 6. Knowing how much her children […]

Business Profile: Celtic Aer Gift Shop, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Celtic Aer Gift Shop, Mohegan Lake

Celtic Aer has more than one meaning, the owner of the Celtic Aer Gift Shop in Mohegan Lake said last week. “Celtic Aer translates to Celtic Air (like Aer Lingus, the major Irish airline), but the ‘AER’ also doubled as my initials,” Peekskill resident Ashley Rooney noted. The run up to St. Patrick’s Day is a particularly busy time […]

Online Platform Brings Outdoor Services to Homeowners’ Fingertips

Online Platform Brings Outdoor Services to Homeowners’ Fingertips

Finding a responsible landscaper that can do the work a homeowner requires without feeling they’ve been gypped is a reasonable expectation. Unfortunately, too many residents have horror stories to tell of perpetual billing without confirmation that some or all of the tasks that appear on the invoices were actually done. Last spring James Albis tapped […]

OLA Consulting Engineers, Hawthorne

OLA Consulting Engineers, Hawthorne

Behind every new construction, renovation or retrofit project, there’s a design team of engineers with expertise in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems working alongside architects and interior designers to ensure the work comes together. In Westchester, Hawthorne-based OLA Consulting Engineers has emerged as the leader in this arena, with a focus on sustainable engineering that […]

Business Profile: Yorktown Funeral Home, Shrub Oak

Business Profile: Yorktown Funeral Home, Shrub Oak

The Yorktown Funeral Home opened in Shrub Oak five years ago, but the funeral home business has been a long tradition for the Guarino family. Mount Pleasant resident Anthony Guarino and his daughter, Tracy, who resides in Yorktown, are continuing their decades-long family business. Anthony is the funeral director and his daughter is a funeral […]

Business Profile: Prato Trattoria, Carmel

Business Profile: Prato Trattoria, Carmel

From the moment a customer opens the door, they can expect to be treated to a family affair at Prato Trattoria. “It’s a completely family run business from the front to the back of the house in everyway,” John Spaccarelli Jr. said. And the result is a delicious meal and relaxing atmosphere for folks to […]

Business Profile: James Hayes MBA & Co. Inc, Brewster

Business Profile: James Hayes MBA & Co. Inc, Brewster

Ever since opening his new accounting storefront in the Village of Brewster, James Hayes can’t even remember what sleep is. “What’s that,” Hayes said. “I have a coffee maker in the back. What do I need to sleep for?” For James Hayes MBA & Co. Inc, time is money and as the village’s newest Main […]

Business Profile: All American Chimney Sweep, Cortlandt

Business Profile: All American Chimney Sweep, Cortlandt

Cortlandt resident Kurt Pelaccio originally had no intention of becoming a chimney sweep. “It wasn’t my master plan,” Pelaccio quipped during an interview last week. Though it was not his original plan, chimney sweeping turned out to be his career. Pelaccio began his career 31 years ago working for his brother, Bob, and for the […]

Business Profile: La Petite Salon, Carmel

Business Profile: La Petite Salon, Carmel

Lia Iossa wants to offer women big city looks, but at a price that Putnam County residents are used to, which is why she opened La Petite Salon. After opening two months ago, Iossa is set on bringing an upscale hair salon to the area while charging customers affordable rates. Iossa seeks to style a […]

Business Profile: A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., Cortlandt

Business Profile: A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., Cortlandt

Navigating through the steps of buying your first home can be intimidating. Cortlandt resident Irene Amato has been working for years to help. “Getting a home is one of the largest investments in a lifetime,” Amato said last week. Amato is president of A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., which has offices on Route 202 and Route 6 […]

Business of the Week: AFC Urgent Care, Yorktown

Business of the Week: AFC Urgent Care, Yorktown

A Yorktown resident with 25 years’ experience in emergency medicine will lead a new state-of-the-art American Family Care Urgent Care facility that opened last Thursday in the BJ’s Wholesale Club shopping plaza on Route 202 in Yorktown. Dr. Rajesh Gupta said he started two years ago looking to set up his first business after he […]

Business of the Week: Chappaqua Station, Chappaqua

Business of the Week: Chappaqua Station, Chappaqua

Part of Chappaqua’s Metro-North Railroad station has been turned into a popular spot around town thanks to local couple Peter and Erin Chase. In the fall, the Chases opened Chappaqua Station restaurant, a farm-to-town café that aims to put the spotlight squarely on the region’s sustainable food sources. No strangers to the hospitality industry, the […]

Suzanna’s Spa Suite, Mt. Kisco

Suzanna’s Spa Suite, Mt. Kisco

Suzanna Gojcaj, owner of Suzanna’s Spa Suite in Mount Kisco, admits that as a young girl she was preoccupied with the condition of her skin. Like many teenagers, Gojcaj suffered from acne and tried many products to improve her appearance. Now, as an adult, she is putting her industry experience and the knowledge she acquired […]

Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Marianna Ashley doesn’t want to follow fashion trends; she’d rather start new ones. And that’s part of the reason Ashley opened Am2Pm Boutique. “I just don’t follow what the celebrities are wearing,” Ashley said. “I really put in what I like. What I think what everyone else will like and that’s just how I do it.” “Having […]

Business Profile: Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Business Profile: Am2Pm Boutique, Mahopac

Marianna Ashley doesn’t want to follow fashion trends; she’d rather start new ones. And that’s part of the reason Ashley opened Am2Pm Boutique. “I just don’t follow what the celebrities are wearing,” Ashley said. “I really put in what I like. What I think what everyone else will like and that’s just how I do […]

Business Profile: Bruised Apple Books and Music, Peekskill

Business Profile: Bruised Apple Books and Music, Peekskill

Peekskill resident Scott Sailor recalled last week he has been collecting books for three decades. His passion translated into a business as he opened Bruised Apple Books and Music on Central Avenue in Peekskill in 1993, which offers used and rare items. “I was just hunting around for a place to open up my shop […]

Business Profile: Pulse-MD Urgent Care, Mahopac, Mohegan Lake

Business Profile: Pulse-MD Urgent Care, Mahopac, Mohegan Lake

Hopewell Junction resident Dr. Faisal Ashraf is helping to provide an alternative to a hospital emergency room for individuals who have a minor illness or injury through his family-owned business. Pulse-MD Urgent Care opened its original location in Wappinger Falls in 2011; started its second facility in Mahopac in 2013; and in November 2015 opened […]

Business of the Week: Tayne Law Group, P.C., White Plains and Mount Kisco

Business of the Week: Tayne Law Group, P.C., White Plains and Mount Kisco

The holiday season is now behind us and many people are bracing for the daunting task of tending to post holiday bills. With clients already calling for help, attorney Leslie Tayne, founder and CEO of Tayne Law Group has a unique perspective on handling debt. “Debt is a part of life,” Tayne said in a recent […]

Business Profile: Uncorked, Baldwin Place

Business Profile: Uncorked, Baldwin Place

Somers native Brian Moss never originally planned to make a career of owning wine stores. “Sheer circumstance got me involved in it,” Moss said last week. “I like the world of wines. It wasn’t a plan. I didn’t go to college saying I hope to open a liquor store.” Eight weeks ago, Moss opened Uncorked […]

Business Profile: Fulgum’s Bar and Grill, Montrose

Business Profile: Fulgum’s Bar and Grill, Montrose

Bruce Fulgum took a chance when he left his job with IBM to open Fulgum’s Bar and Grill in Montrose 33 years ago. His gamble paid off as it has become a local institution. “People say it’s like Cheers. It’s just a great local bar,” Bruce said last week. “If 100 people came in, we’d […]

Dodd's Wine Shop, Millwood

Dodd’s Wine Shop, Millwood

Having run Dodd’s Wine Shop in Millwood for 40 years, Dodd Farber knows what it takes to create a winning business. The liquor store, located in the Millwood Shopping Center, is a popular destination for locals, but what makes Dodd’s stand out from the rest of the field is the individual attention that every customer […]

Business Profile: Smashburger, Cortlandt

Business Profile: Smashburger, Cortlandt

The new burger restaurant, Smashburger, in Cortlandt has been open for only a few months but is already a smash hit. “It was very, very busy in the beginning. It slowed down, but it’s still pretty busy, so we’re doing well,” Fairfield, Ct. resident Vincent Petry, the restaurant’s general manager, said last week Petry said […]

Business Profile: The Music Cottage, Brewster

Business Profile: The Music Cottage, Brewster

For more than 20 years, George Krzyzewski used to travel around the area giving music lessons to a wide net of students. Since 2011, those students have been coming to him. George and Lauren Krzyzewski opened up The Music Cottage in Brewster close to five years ago and since then, have only seen a steady […]

Business Profile: Melindesign and It’s A Charmed Life Party Center, Somers

Business Profile: Melindesign and It’s A Charmed Life Party Center, Somers

Somers resident Melinda O’Keefe has a passion for making jewelry and has translated her enthusiasm into her profession by opening up two businesses dealing with jewelry. She is the owner of the jewelry manufacturer Melindesign and It’s A Charmed Life Party Center, where jewelry making parties are held. Both businesses are located at 253 Route […]