It was a busy day on Saturday, June 25, as the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce welcomed four new businesses to the area.
Gianna Salon on Audrey Avenue held its grand opening first, followed by Gooseberry Grove on Main Street—which celebrated the addition of its new coffeehouse— then Oyster Bay Yoga and the new Italian restaurant, Osteria Leana.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce as well as Nassau County Legislator Don MacKenzie attended all of the grand openings.
“It is a sign of good things happening with these four new businesses in the area,” said MacKenzie. “These types of businesses are giving our community a much more vibrant downtown area.”
Oyster Bay Yoga owner Amy Basnight said she offers a lot of gentle yoga at her studio, which is located at 9 Audrey Ave.
“We do basic yoga practices here to encourage people who have not tried yoga before,” said Basnight, who is an Oyster Bay resident. “It is a very beginners-friendly yoga studio and our goal is to see a lot of new faces here.”
Basnight said she is also a certified dietitian and she offers a variety of services at her studio, including health coaching, massage and Reiki services. To help everyone feel comfortable at the studio, Oyster Bay Yoga is offering a free 20-minute meeting with a yoga instructor who can answer questions and offer advice.
Osteria Leana is a seasonal Italian restaurant that is situated in the old Oyster Bay Brewery location, at 76 South St. The restaurant seats 43 people and offers a wide variety of old -world Italian cuisine such as baccala, pici pasta and late spring chitarra.
Owner and chef Peter Van der Mije said that he wanted to give the people of Oyster Bay and the north shore something new with an ever-changing menu focused on fresh clean favors.
“I opened Osteria Leana because I saw a void in the market after moving to the north shore four years ago,” said Van der Mije. “I am focused on simple Italian cuisine rooted in seasonal local ingredients and relationships.”
He said that his grandmother, Ileana, was the inspiration for Osteria Leana because she was always cooking Italian cuisine and encouraged him to follow his passion in cooking.
Gooseberry Grove, located at 12 East Main St., had a reopening of its coffee house. The store is a staple in the community for its delicious offerings of ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors.
Store owner Bill Liebold, a Bayville resident, wanted to expand his coffee house to different regions of the world. Gooseberry Grove has a selection of espresso, Americano, cortado, macchiato and cappuccino flavors and Nitro cold brew from Sail Away Coffee Co.