East End Business Notebook: Riverhead Diner Turns 80

Main Street businesses in Hampton Bays remind people to shop local this winter.

Riverhead Diner & Grill Celebrates 80th Anniversary

One of Riverhead's most beloved landmarks is celebrating a historic birthday -- the Riverhead Diner & Grill is marking its 80th anniversary.

To commemorate decades of history, an event will be held on Oct. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the Riverhead Diner & Grill's 80th anniversary, when the Landmarks Preservation Commission hosts "Remembering Riverhead."

The afternoon of story sharing and reminiscing about Riverhead and its rich history is free, with coffee, tea, and light refreshments, a photo display -- and a treasure chest of vibrant memories about Riverhead's storied past.


Shop Owners: Main Street in Desperate Need of Boost

For shop owners in downtown Hampton Bays, a stagnant Main Street that's clearly not exciting locals is doing their business no favors all. In fact, it's hurting their bottom lines.

"What we really need is a shop local campaign," said Dana Rubin, owner of Hampton Bays Wines and Spirits. He adds a dire warning: If people continue to do their shopping up-island there won't be much of a Hampton Bays Main Street left.

Alex Joseph of boutique Daughter Time agreed. "At Christmas time, everyone shops at the mall. It's horrible. ... We have to get people to shop local."


100 Things to Do in Southampton: #71 - Sing at 230 Down

Step into the spotlight at 230 Down — the bar downstairs at 230 Elm in Southampton Village — which hosts karaoke and open mic nights weekly, with no cover charge.

Beat the midweek blues with Underground Sound on Wednesdays, organized by local musician ScottE Hopson. Beginning at 7 p.m., anyone can sign up to perform. There are Artists of the Week as well, such as local favorites Caroline Doctorow and Michael Weiskopf.

To find out who is performing each week, join the Underground Sound Facebook group.

Karaoke night begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Accompanied by background music and lyrics, it’s a fun way to let your hair down. Adam Webb of Who's Next Karaoke and DJ Services hosts.


Pair of Peconic Businesses Move to Southold

Inspired by the allure of more eyes, more traffic, and hopefully more business, a pair of local businesswomen have decided to pick up shop and move from Peconic to Southold.

Jeri Woodhouse, owner of A Taste of the North Fork, and Lori Guyer, owner of the White Flower Farmhouse, are taking their talents to Southold after doing business next door to one another on Peconic Lane for about the past three years.

"Peconic Lane is a wonderful, historic street," said Woodhouse, whose company specializes in homegrown food products such as pestos, jams, jellies, mustards and more. "But that was more out of the way - it was more of a destination for people. We wouldn't get too many people just stopping in ... So this allows us to expand our retail opportunities."


How Do You Feel About a Tattoo Parlor Opening in Montauk?

Lola's Tattoos will be opening later this month near the Montauk Train Station, according to a story on 27East.

Lola Snow, a 65-year-old Montauk resident, is opening up the shop in a former beauty parlor. She has had a shop in Bogata, NJ, for many years. 

It will be the first tattoo shop on the South Fork. One is opening up in Greenport in the spring, as well. 


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