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Bits and pieces: Local business update

Business by: Chrissy Ruggeri and Joanne Kountourakis, October 1, 2022

Signs for a new restaurant in the location previously occupied by Nina's Pizza went up last week.

Businesses are opening, moving and expanding their offerings in and around Northport. Here’s a rundown of the latest business updates in our area.

Tap and Tapas opening in November
A new restaurant is coming to Main Street. Tap and Tapas will open at 487 Main Street in Northport Village, where Nina’s Pizza was previously located. The restaurant will offer beer, wine and sangria on tap, along with tapas, or small plates. The business owner is waiting on the building owner to correct existing Village code violations and predicts a mid-November opening.

Blackfish Tavern opening on Fort Salonga Road
Blackfish Tavern is slated to open at 1031 Fort Salonga Road in Northport, the building formerly occupied by Elijah Churchill’s Public House. The restaurant plans posted on the business website indicate indoor and outdoor seating areas, a large bar area and new bathrooms. The expected opening date is listed as summer 2022. The business layout and website can be found here.

The Firefly Artists Grand Opening Celebration
The Firefly Artists have officially moved just down the block to 90 Main Street in Northport Village. They are celebrating with a grand opening on Saturday, October 8, from 5-7pm. To raise funds for their recent transition to a larger community gallery, the Fireflies are also offering a silent auction with very low starting bids. The auction closes on Sunday, October 16 at 7pm. You can find the auction here.

The Firefly Artists have officially moved into 90 Main Street in Northport Village.

SweetArts Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
SweetArts, a creative space with old-fashioned candy, kid-friendly art time, and you and me groups, is celebrating its grand opening on Monday, October 3 at 4pm with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The space is located at 105 Main Street in Northport Village. Owner and Northport resident Lauren Engel is a mother of three who wants to let kids get a little messy and creative. “My main focus is on the little ones,” she told the Journal, but she will also be offering gifts for teachers, art supplies and candy in the front retail portion of her space.

A grand opening will take place at SweetArts on October 3.

Main Street Vacancies
There are currently three storefront or office space vacancies on Main Street in Northport Village. 162 Main Street, previously leased by The Firefly Artists, is available for lease, with a price of $6,800 per month. And a space at 146 Main Street, located “down the alley” (next to Coquus Bookstore) and formerly occupied by The Mindful Rabbit is available for $1,600 per month.

199 Main Street is a newly renovated office building with two stories. Office space is available for lease by the room, floor or entire building. The listing can be found here.

The store previously occupied by The Mindful Rabbit, down the alley in Northport Village, is up for lease.

(L)ink’d Community Workspace Launches
Ink’d Art Studio at 19 Scudder Avenue in Northport Village has launched an adult community workspace for remote professionals called (L)ink’d. The workspace opens on October 3, with options to purchase daily, 8-day, and monthly passes. Get more information on their offerings here.

(L)ink’d offers a spacious and bright community workspace for professionals who need a change of pace in their work-from-home routine.

Starbucks Renovations and New Construction
The Starbucks located at 506 Larkfield Road in East Northport is temporarily closed for renovations. A spacious new Starbucks, complete with an outdoor sitting area, mobile order pickup window and drive-thru has opened in Greenlawn Plaza on Pulaski Road, in the former Capital One building.

A brand new Starbucks in Greenlawn Plaza offers a mobile order pickup window, outdoor seating and drive-thru.

Construction of a new Starbucks on Fort Salonga Road at Laurel Avenue is “close to starting.”

Plans for a new Starbucks are still in the works for 687 Fort Salonga Road, on the corner that meets Laurel Avenue in the highway business district of Northport Village. The plan has been in the works since last winter, with proposals to include a drive-thru and outdoor seating. Northport Village Administrator Roland Buzard told the Journal that the project is “really close to starting” and he is looking forward to being very involved during the construction process as a building official.