In what the Chamber hopes signifies an improvement in the economy of Staten Island, four small businesses opened their doors this past week and celebrated grand opening / re-opening events complete with ribbon cuttings, live music, hot air balloons, and more!
On September 27th, ASAP Property Management hosted a launch event at fellow Chamber member Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens. Owner Kenneth D'Anna introduced his new property investment/mangament company to a large crowd, and wowed atendees with live music, food, drinks, prizes, and two giant hot air balloons that took riders up above the beautiful park grounds. In addition, all proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets at the event went to 3 local charities that support the Staten Island community.
On September 28th, Chamber member Claire Guadagno, formerly of Handpicked Creations, opened her dream business Total Drama, a drama and dance school on New Dorp Lane to great fanfare. Open to children ages 7 to 17, the school will focus, not just on performance, but all aspects of drama and performance including set design, costume design, lighting, makeup, sound design, and stage management. In addition to putting on two to four performances a year, Total Drama will also feature a women's wellness center with life coaching, nutrition classes, zumba, and other programs for women. The grand opening event featured live music and food provided by fellow Chamber member Dominick's Bakery.
On September 29th, Gables New York held a ribbon cutting event on New Dorp Lane. With owners Jody and James Hall, Gables New York is a full service interior design firm specializing in custom window treatments, wall coverings, and upholstery work for residential, commerical, or retail spaces. They also have a wide selection of gifts for the home. The grand opening event also featured the stitching of a sleeping bad for the My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group, which provides free sleeping bags to the homeless.
On October 2nd, the St. George Pharmacy, after 29 years in business at their location on the corner of Stuyvesant Place, moved across the street to a larger and more welcoming location that owner Al Gentile hopes will better serve his loyal customers. A full service pharmacy, the St. George also sells greeting cards, gifts, and more. Locally and independently owned, the St. George Pharmacy prides itself on great customer service and a commitment to the St. George community.
The Chamber congratulates Kenneth D'Anna of ASAP Property Management, Al Gentile of the St. George Pharmacy, Claire Guadagno of Total Drama, and James and Jody Hall of Gables New York for being business leaders and entrepreneurs. We wish them the best of luck in all of their future business endeavors.
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