After five years in Polish Town, opened up shop on Tuesday morning for the first time on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead.
And it's quite a lot more shop.
With nearly triple the space, owner Nick Attisano can finally "see a light at the end of the tunnel" following the moving process over the weekend. But work still remains to be done.
"We still have some inventory over at our store," he said, referring to the Osborn Avenue location Twin Forks Bicycles called home since it opened. "And there's only so much you can do at one time. But we're getting there."
Tuesday afternoon, a Twin Forks employee had to shuffle over to the old digs to see if they had a tire there for a customer. But the store as a whole was filling up, with no new inventory as of yet - just more spread out than at the old shop.
"We're finally going to have some space to display stuff nicely. Before we'd be wiggling one bike to get another one out to show; everything was crammed in," Attisano said. He added that with his new space, he plans on expanding inventory to branch out to similar products beyond bicycles - "something the kids might not have at home, though they may have a bike," such as long boards, Razor scooters, and pogo sticks.
Watching cars drive by the big East Main Street window - located directly across the street from Suffolk Theatre - around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Attisano said it was nice to see the traffic driving by. The foot traffic was noticeable too, he said - as was the presence of other downtown businesses.
"I was taking the paper off the windows and the guys over at Suffolk Theatre were clapping for us," he said with a smile. "The exposure over here is going to be a big plus."
Bob Castaldi, owner of the , said he's looking forward to having another business close by.
"That's exactly what that area needs, what the whole downtown needs," he said. "Little specialty shops - a cigar shop, a bike shop, a bakery, a barber. Something to set it apart from Route 58. You want it to be a place that you remember after you go there."