East End Business Notebook: Tattoo Shop Coming to Greenport

Also this week, a community group thinks there are too many bars in downtown Riverhead already, neighbors say a beach hut in Hampton Bays is getting too loud, and a custom guitar painter spoke with Patch.


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Mary Ann Remigio says she purchased her Hampton Bays Washington Avenue East home 17 years ago to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but the quiet and peacefulness has given way to the revving engines of hot rods and motorcycles, drunks, and thumping music.

"The beach hut at  has turned my world upside-down," said Remigo. "Our quality of life has been compromised."


Tom Bono parlayed his experience painting cars into a side-business masterfully painting guitars.

An autobody mechanic for 20 years and working for the town for 12 years, Bono is a musician at heart, who learned to play guitars later in life thanks in part to his wife's father, the late Bob Forrester.

A damaged Ibanez bass guitar that he acquired led him to buy a painting kit and restore the instrument. He'd save left-over auto body paint for his designs and go to work with a spray gun.


Felicia Scocozza, Executive Director of the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, has three words for a new tavern proposed for Griffing Avenue: Just Say No.

Scocozza, who turned out with other Riverhead residents for a public hearing on a special use permit requested by Roberto Marroquin of Rosa's Cafe, Inc., to operate a tavern at 155 Griffing Avenue, spoke out against the proposal. 

"Research shows that alcohol outlet density -- having a lot of places close together that serve and sell alcohol -- is a signifcant predicator of violent crime rates," Scocozza said. "it's also shown that when these outlets are close together, more underage drinking occurs. By controlling location and the amount of outlets that sell and serve alcohol, sales to minors can be discouraged and youth and community safety can be improved."


A St. Petersburg home furnishings and design center, named hermanHOME, opened a pop-up shop this summer in Southampton, and now there are only 10 days left before the store packs up and the co-owner heads back to Florida.

HermanHOME is a joint venture of developer Steve Herman and interior designer Ed Biggs specializing in home accents retail and design services.

Biggs spent his summer in Southampton managing the pop-up, located in the shopping center at 850 County Road 39.


Is the North Fork ready for a tattoo parlor?

According to 29-year-old Miami Beach-native and self- described “tattoo connoisseur”, Henry Avila, the answer is yes, but not just yet.

Avila, a bartender at , first discovered the North Fork when he was asked by one of the restaurant’s owners to join the staff.

“I got to Greenport and saw the potential for a tattoo shop,” Avila said, “so I rented a location and just ran with the idea.”


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