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Dance studio open in New Rochelle

October
24

StarDance, a ballroom dance studio, recently opened at 519 Main St . in New Rochelle. Studio instructors offer private lessons for adults and children, wedding programs, professional shows and demonstrations.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 11:45 am |
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Learning academy opens in Larchmont

October
22

The Westchester Learning Academy recently opened at 1415 Boston Post Road in Larchmont. The academy offers individual and small group tutoring to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Test preparation services also are available.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 11:43 am |
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Children’s salon to open in Scarsdale

October
16

Snip-its, a national franchise of children’s hair salons, will open its newest location in Westchester County on Nov. 13 at 450 Central Avenue at the Scarsdale Park Mall. The 1,800-square foot salon features six cutting stations and an animated cartoon decor.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
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Juice store to open in New Rochelle

October
10

Robeks Corp., a national franchisor of juices, fruit smoothies and snacks, is planning to open its first Westchester County franchise in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle around Nov. 1. The operators are Martine J. Cadet and Valerie Cadet Simpkins. The address is 77 Quaker Ridge Road in the North Ridge Shopping Center.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
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Expansion, new tenants revive Loehmann’s Shopping Center

September
4

The recent departure of Lubin’s Men’s & Boy’s World and a Chinese restaurant from a White Plains strip mall has resulted in the 6,000-square-foot expansion of Wine Warehouse, according to Goldschmidt & Associates, the agency that negotiated the deal.

In addition, three new tenants, Carpet World, Bushido Karate and Royal Beauty Supply, occupy the remainder of the vacated space in the Loehmann’s Shopping Center on Route 119.

With the expansion and the additions, the strip mall is fully leased, the Scarsdale-based leasing agent said.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
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Golf studio opens

July
14

Five Iron Fitness, a new golf fitness studio, recently opened in downtown White Plains. The business is owned and operated by Anthony Renna of Rye Brook, a golf fitness instructor. It is located at 188 East Post Road, home of Motion Golf, a golf swing studio that provides advanced analysis and instruction. Five Iron Fitness uses a variety of exercise equipment to help golfers focus on mobility, stability, strength, power and energy.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Monday, July 14th, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
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Alpine Capital finances Pound Ridge golf course

June
24

Alpine Capital Bank of Manhattan has made its first major investment in Westchester County by lending $15 million toward the construction and permanent financing of the new Pound Ridge Golf Club, bank spokeswoman April Rudin said. Alpine has assets of $250 million and headquarters on Fifth Avenue. Golf club owner Ken Wang and his family have known the bank for some time, an Alpine statement said. The golf course, which cost an estimated $50 million, opens to the public Wednesday.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
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New day care at White Plains office park

June
24

The latest tenant at 1133 Westchester Ave. in White Plains will be welcomed by working parents both in and out of the building.
Children’s Corner Learning Center has leased 10,000 square feet at the office building and officially opens this Monday. The day care center already has signed up about 30 children, and can accommodate 114.
It’s the fifth child care operation in the Lower Hudson Valley that’s been opened by Center Management Associates Inc. of Greenburgh. Managing Director Anthony Ross said his company has two sites in New Rochelle, one in Scarsdale, and a fourth at Blue Hill Plaza in Pearl River. It’s negotiating for another site in White Plains as well, he said.
Child care centers in office buildings aren’t as easy a fit as parents might think. Until about a year and a half ago, the zoning in White Plains didn’t allow for both uses in an office zone. City officials changed the law last year to allow it in special circumstances.
Robert P. Weisz, principal of RPW Group, the owner of 1133 Westchester Ave., welcomed the city’s move in a county where office parks dominate much of the landscape.
“White Plains, in a way, is showing the path to other cities,” he said at an open house Monday at the center.
You don’t have to work at 1133 Westchester Ave. to use the day care center, but it helps. Employees of tenants at the building get a 5 percent discount on rates, Ross said. Rates range from $1,200 to $1,395 a month for 5-day-a-week day care; infants as young as 6 weeks, to preschoolers up to 5 years, are accepted.
The center employs a staff of 22. Key tenants at 1133 Westchester Ave. include Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and ITT Corp.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
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SmartWatt opens office in Harrison

June
20

SmartWatt Energy Services reports it has opened an office in Harrison to service the New York City metropolitan area.

SmartWatt, which provides services and products for reducing energy consumption, has offices in the Albany area and Rochester.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
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Starwood opens U.S.’s first ‘aloft’ hotel

June
20

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. reports it has opened its first aloft brand hotel in the United States in Southern California.

The aloft Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga is expected to appeal to Los Angeles area business travelers as well as tourists to destinations such as Joshua Tree National Park, the White Plains-based hotelier said.

Aloft hotels are marketed as affordable, fashionable inns that feature high-tech amenities.

Starwood said it expects to open 18 of the new-concept hotels this year in cities worldwide.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
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Hampton Inn coming to Yonkers

June
10

A Hampton Inn & Suites is coming to a 2-acre site at 160 Corporate Blvd. in Yonkers. FSG Yonkers Hotels LLC, a joint venture of RD Management LLC in Manhattan and S&S Hotels in Manchester, N.H., purchased the property from Robert Martin Co. LLC. The hotel will have 110 hotel rooms and 40 suites and feature an indoor pool, fitness center, business center and lobby where breakfast will be served. Robert Schwartz, senior vice president of T Square Properties, which represented the purchaser in this transaction, said that the hotel is now under construction and he believes it will open in the fall. It is being built on what was vacant land in the South Westchester Executive Park, Schwartz said. He said he could not disclosed the financial terms of the deal. T Square Properties has offices in White Plains and Mount Kisco.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 11:36 am |
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Sports club opens in Dobbs Ferry

June
6

New York Sports Clubs, the operator of 112 fitness clubs in the tri-state area, recently opened its 13th location in Westchester County. The 35,000 square-foot club in Dobbs Ferry at 50 Livingston Ave. features full-court basketball, a 75-foot swimming pool, three group exercise studios, a member lounge, baby-sitting services and the latest fitness equipment.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 10:03 am |
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New York Sports Clubs opens New Rochelle site

May
19

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, New York Sports Clubs executives, and members of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce board will be on hand Tuesday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. for the grand opening of New York Sports Clubs’ facility at 175 Huguenot St.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
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VIA QUADRONNO OPENS IN WHITE PLAINS

May
19

Via Quadronno has opened its newest restaurant at 199 Main St., at Renaissance Square in downtown White Plains. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant seats 80 patrons and can accommodate about 60 in warmer weather outdoors. Reservations can be made online at www.opentable.com. The head chef is Massimiliano Convertini.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 12:13 pm |
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Target to anchor Acadia development in Brooklyn

May
16

Acadia Realty Trust has entered into an agreement with Target Corp. for the Minneapolis-based retailer to be an anchor at Acadia’s CityPoint project in Brooklyn, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The CityPoint project is being developed by Acadia, a White Plains-based real estate investment trust, in conjunction with three other partner firms. Acadia shares ended trading today at $25.49, off 36 cents.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
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New City native opens wealth advisory firm

May
16

Money manager Christopher Conover, a New City native, has opened Hudson Valley Wealth Management in his hometown at 151 N. Main St.

The fee-only investment advisory firm has three employees.

The firm’s Web site is www.hudsonvalleywealth.com.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 9:17 am |
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Upscale day spa to open in Dobbs Ferry

May
14

Oasis Day Spa, which has locations in Manhattan and Kennedy Airport in Queens, plans to open a 7,000-square-foot spa in Dobbs Ferry at 50 Livingstone Ave. this fall.

The spa is part of a redevelopment of the former Akzo Nobel chemical plant site, just off Exit 16 of the Saw Mill River Parkway.

Oasis Day Spa will occupy the same building in which Town Sports International plans to open a 35,000-square-foot New York Sports Club gym July 1.

The new spa will have 16 treatment rooms and include such offerings as a “couples” room, where couples can receive treatments like massages, side by side, according to owner Bruce Schoenberg.

The spa will also have a retail area, selling gifts, clothing, and skin-care and spa-related products, said Schoenberg, who lives in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Posted by David Schepp on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
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HomeGoods to open first Rockland store

April
17

HomeGoods, a discount home-furnishings retailer, plans to open its first Rockland outlet in Nanuet, according to Metro Commercial, a commercial real-estate firm.

HomeGoods signed a lease to occupy the bulk of the space Office Depot once occupied in the Rockland Center shopping center at Route 59 and Smith Street, said Metro Commercial, which represented the landlord, American Continental Properties, in the transaction.

Plans call for the 25,077-square-foot store to open this summer. HomeGoods is a unit of TJX Cos., which also operates TJMaxx, Marshall’s and other stores.

HomeGoods has three existing Lower Hudson Valley stores, in Yonkers, New Rochelle and Somers.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, April 17th, 2008 at 11:52 am |
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Fantastic Sams opens first Hudson Valley salon

April
15

Fantastic Sams hair salons said today it will open its first Hudson Valley store Saturday in Hartsdale in the Dalewood III shopping center on North Central Avenue.

The Westchester salon will offer free haircuts Saturday as part of its grand opening, the company said.

Fantastic Sams, based in Beverly, Mass., operates more than 1,400 salons across North America.

The Hartsdale store opens Saturday at 9 a.m., the company said.

Posted by David Schepp on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
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Health club opens in Harrison

April
11

Strata Health Club, a 7,400-square-foot facility, has opened at 4 Gannett Drive in Harrison. The club offers corporate, team and school fitness programs, and self-defense classes.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
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