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Also this week, new businesses opened in Commack and Kings Park, while new and more established ones spoke with Patch.

PORT JEFFERSON

In spring of 2012 a Turkish restaurant and grocery store called Chit Chat Café opened on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station bringing the Mediterranean style of food a little closer to local residents.

Business is good so far, according to Rose Catalvas, who was working at the café on Wednesday morning.

COMMACK

LA Fitness Opens Its Doors in Commack

A new gym has opened for business in Commack just in time to catch residents looking to make good on their New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. 

LA Fitness opened its new Commack location on Dec. 15 in the King Kullen shopping center. The gym has taken over the space left vacant when Borders closed after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the early spring of 2011. 

The new LA Fitnesss in Commack is approximately 25,000 square feet, according to manager John Bracken. It offers members the use of state-of-the-art equipment, free weights, group fitness classes including kickbox cardio and yoga. Other amenities will include a sauna and kid's klub (babysitting), according to Bracken.  

KINGS PARK

Two New Shops Open on Main Street

Fashion savvy Kings Parkers may rejoice at the arrival of two new storefronts, both clothing boutiques that have recently opened up on Main Street.

Olga Fashion and Variedades, and Bella Fashion, both owned by woman, opened just prior to the new year. Diana Mendoza, owner of Bella Boutique, said she has seen some brisk business since she opened her doors.

“People are shopping, telling us this is good for Kings Park,” said Mendoza.

THREE VILLAGE

Stony Brook's Own Etiquette Expert Runs The Writing Place

When it comes to the etiquette of invitations and announcements, Phyllis Martinez really knows her stuff.

For instance, writing "half past six" on an invitation for an event that starts at 6:30 p.m. is actually improper syntax. It should be "half after six," she said. And for a wedding invitation, the placement of the names depends upon who is footing the bill. And if you're not getting married in a church, she said, you're not supposed to write "The honor of your presence" on the invitation.

Her knowledge comes in handy at her store, The Writing Place, which has enjoyed a home in the Stony Brook Village Center for more than 15 years.

SMITHTOWN

Moe's in Smithtown Appears on CBS Show 'Undercover Boss' Friday

If you watched Undercover Boss on Friday night and have dined at Moe's Southwest Grill in Smithtown, some of the scenery on the show was probably familiar to you.

The show was filmed in the Route 111 eatery for the episoide that will air on CBS at 8 p.m. on Friday.

The undercover boss for this episode was Lorne Abony, the CEO and Chairman of Mood Media, the company that provides the music and visual media for Moe's.

E Baum January 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Does anyone know if JR's Steakhouse is going to reopen in our area if not at the same place? Our family really misses it.
Christine Sampson January 06, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Hi E - It's not likely. In a recent interview, the manager said the damage was too extensive and their lease was up at the same time. Here is the article: http://patch.com/A-zVr4 They do have a few other locations; I think the nearest ones are in Medford, Rocky Point and Patchogue (details here: http://jandrssteakhouse.com/)
E Baum January 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM
The other locations are too far from Smithtown. I hope the open at another location in the area.
IMHO January 07, 2013 at 02:37 PM
didnt know it was closed... They could move into 454, (the old Charlie Browns)
Pete Gibaldi January 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM
A new yellow sign at the Rocky Point "Drive-In" ??????????

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