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Business Beat: Paid Parking, Nutrition Program & More

Catch up on the week's biggest business stories from the area.

This week, Patch reported on a variety of business developments across northern and central Suffolk County. Here are the highlights.

MT. SINAI

Nursing Home on Davis Peach Farm Property Inches Closer to Development

The plan for a nursing home in Mt. Sinai on the undeveloped former Davis Peach Farm property recently inched closer, according to a report in the Village Beacon Record.

The Mount Sinai Civic Association hopes the possible development of the Amsterdam Continuing Care facility would help bring revenue to the hamlet.

PORT JEFFERSON

Debate Continues Over Parking Meters as 'Port-Quester' Looms

After members of the restaurant and bar industry loudly protested an extension of paid parking in the the village – from 10 p.m. until midnight in the coming season – business owners continued this week to seek a compromise, though with meters turning on for the season next Friday, it remains unclear what the outcome will be.

Though the policy is already technically in place – Village Board members voted 4-1 at a meeting in early February to institute the new policy – business owners sought on Monday night, and Wednesday night again, to come up with a different solution.

With the two sides reportedly challenging to find a middle ground, BID President Tom Schafer – owner of Tommy's Place and Schafer's – has dubbed the issue "Port-quester" after the budget issues in Washington, D.C.

HAUPPAUGE

Curtains Still Closed in Vacant Marburn Warehouse [Empty in Hauppauge]

When Marburn Curtain Warehouse closed the doors in earlier this year of its 381 Smithtown Bypass in Hauppauge location, it left some locals upset.

"I was dismayed to see that Marburn Curtain Warehouse in Hauppauge has closed ... It seemed like they had been doing pretty good business for several years," said Patch reader Christine Bridges via email.

It also left people wondering what would take its place, and giving opinions on what they'd like to see fill the vacancy.

SMITHTOWN

Energy Fitness Launches 5-Week Nutrition Program

Energy Fitness & Wellness in St. James has brought in Barbara Ann Grova, a licensed nutritionist, to introduce a five-week body transformation nutrition program new to the gym.

"I've had a few clients that go to her and have had a lot of success and a lot of great things to say about her," said Dan Moreno, one of four owners of Energy Fitness. "We talked to her a bunch of times and she has great knowledge of holistic living ... She has a great way about getting people to change their habits and have you more in touch with the emotional side of things as well."

Grova, president of the wellness practice Nutritional Healing with locations in Ronkonkoma and Stony Brook, will instruct the program titled "Shrink Your Body the Holistic Way," starting April 2.

STONY BROOK

Beverly Frills Sets Up Shop in Stony Brook

Popular clothing boutique Beverly Frills has left its home of five years on Port Jefferson's East Main Street and has arrived at The Studio in Stony Brook.

Owner Angela Janetakis has also revamped the business by departing from the previous Beverly Hills style – which catered to preteen girls with casual clothes and party dresses and accessories – with a new focus on designer women's wear.

COMMACK

Plans Still On For New Commack Hess Station

Hess says that its plan to build a gas station at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Harned Road is moving ahead, despite the corporation's announcement Monday that it will exit its retail gasoline and convenience store operations.

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Laurey Williams April 30, 2014 at 06:01 PM
A nursing home on a peach farm would be absolutely beautiful! My grandparents have actually been looking into living in nursing homes. How much would this one cost? www.bracesinc.com
Aaron Carter May 05, 2014 at 06:42 PM
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John Bond May 09, 2014 at 04:03 PM
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