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Bits and pieces: Local business updates

Business by: Joanne Kountourakis, July 26, 2022

La Porta Pizza on Main Street in Northport Village is looking to expand into the neighboring nail salon.

A brief roundup of some of the business activity happening around Northport and East Northport.

Village pizza place La Porta Pizza is under new ownership, and currently has an application into the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance to expand the pizzeria/restaurant into the neighboring nail salon.

Village Kitchen & Tile Expo opened its doors on Saturday, July 9 and is planning a grand opening later this summer, once the showroom is complete. Village Kitchen is in the space formerly occupied by Cow Harbor Fine Gifts and Collectibles.

Formerly Northport Hardware Co., and more recently Haven Gallery, the space at 90 Main Street is still empty, though sources say a potential tenant is in the contract phase.

Village Kitchen & Tile Expo, formerly Cow Harbor Fine Gifts, on Main Street, is now open.

There’s no official word yet on what’s happening at 90 Main Street in Northport Village.

Arbi Asadourian of RB Homes Realty will be raffling off gift certificates to Main Street businesses at tonight’s Northport Family Night. Photo courtesy RB Homes Realty.

Atlisian, a tattoo and coffee shop soon to open on Larkfield Road.

The flush square stainless steel stills used at Twisted Cow can distill any spirit. Want to learn the science behind these units and the flavor they produce? “Geek out” with owner John Pawluk for a detailed explanation; he welcomes it!

StretchLab, a new business on Jericho Turnpike in East Northport, had a soft open in May. Photo via Facebook.

The interior of MÓGŪ in Commack, a “modern Chinese kitchen.”

There’s been a change of ownership at Helga’s Choice Consignment after longtime store owner Helga Bagatais retired earlier this month. The new owner, a former consignor and professional organizer, can be found working the shop with her college-aged children. Full article to come on this transition and plans for the much-adored Village shop.

Principal broker Arbi Asadourian of RB Homes Realty opened his office – the second in New York – on Scudder Avenue in May 2022. Reps have been featuring a free raffle (five $50 gift cards to various Main Street shops and restaurants) at Northport Family Nights and will do so again today, July 26. A date for the company’s ribbon cutting ceremony is TBD, but guests can expect light snacks and giveaways. Arbi and his wife Tiffany also host pop-up art events that double as opportunities to ask Arbi, who has 20 years experience in the field, questions about real estate.

Atlisian, a tattoo and coffee shop soon to open on Larkfield Road, is the brainchild of married couple Bryan and Jackie Hinkel. Located in East Northport, just south of Pulaski Road, the shop features quality handcrafted beverages from pour overs to lattes – and tattoos, of course.

Keep it local: A vision ten years in the making, Twisted Cow Distillery is a couple months shy of becoming an open-to-the-public reality. The interior features an impressive production room, a large bar, and bar stools that make you want to stay a while. With its wooden touches and a variety of pendant lighting, the place could easily be a contender for a spread in the artsy Hudson Valley magazine Chronogram… except it’s right here in Hewitt Square on Larkfield Road. A dedicated and passionate craftsman, owner John Pawluk describes Twisted Cow as “a very comfortable, unique, and flavorful experience where people, when they want to learn about the science and art of distilling, they’ll really get a kick out of it. If people don't want to geek out as much, and they want to just come in for a drink, they’re going to have a great time too.” Offering tours, custom events, and tastings of “super premium spirits made with Long Island’s highest quality grains.” Need something else to wet your whistle? Two words: absinthe fountain.

The beer distributor next to Country Hot Bagels is under new management – the same owners of the bagel store recently ranked as one of the top five on Long Island by New York Magazine’s Grub Street. Country Beer and Beverage Barn, on the corner of Fort Salonga Road and Jefferson Avenue, is open seven days a week, beginning at 10am (11am on Sundays). Word on the street is that customers of the bagel store can now park in the beer distributor’s parking lot without getting reprimanded. Win-win!

StretchLab, a new business on Jericho Turnpike in East Northport, had a soft opening in May. The one-on-one assisted stretch studio, with franchises here and in Woodbury, boasts a team of highly trained flexologists that “will give you a deeper stretch than you could ever achieve on your own.”

Aki Japanese Cuisine, celebrated a grand opening of its new location, 277 Larkfield Road in East Northport (formerly the well-loved Mascali-Larkfield Pasta), earlier this month. Aki spent 10-plus years on Jericho Turnpike in East Northport before moving to Larkfield.

Looks like things are moving again for Birdie Bar, which is taking shape in the building once occupied by Seven Quarts Tavern on Fort Salonga Road. According to owner Louis Selvaggio Jr., of Robke’s fame, Birdie Bar just got its permits this past Friday and can now carry on with its building phase. Louie Jr. is son to Louis Sr., who bought Robke’s in 1978. Together the family has transformed Robke’s into a landmark for locals and celebrities alike. Louie Jr. is anticipating a September opening for Birdie Bar.

Have you tried?
MÓGŪ, the first modern Chinese kitchen to use smart tech and air-baking techniques instead of frying. Proud to transcend tradition, this Long Island-born chain with locations in Commack and Farmingdale boasts flavor-forward, ingredient-conscious, and freshness-obsessed appetizers and entrees. Vegan and vegetarian options.