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Curry Days


The NHP Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest member. Curry Days celebrated their grand opening on March 22nd, 2024.


Gathered were NHP Board Members, elected officials and business owners, along with their family and friends. After the ribbon cutting, everyone witnessed the lighting ceremony, to signify blessings and light for a bright and successful future.

Karako Suits of New Hyde Park

On Thursday, March 14, 2024 the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held their Red Carpet Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its new member, Karako Suits.

In attendance were business owner Ezra Karako and his family, NHP Chamber Board Members and Elected Officials. The ceremony brought in crowds from the local community, who came out to show their support. Karako Suits started their business in Manhattan in 1982 and has grown over the past years to now being in business for over 4 decades. The New Hyde Park store is their 10th location. Check out their inventory at 1596 Union Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY.


Chamber World Class Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, September 16th, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Geico at located at 677 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park.


Citations were presented to Owners, Eileen and Ryan McGowan.  Presenting the Chamber citation were Chamber President Cheryl Fajardo, 2nd Vice President, Saveeta Barnes, 3rd Vice President, Larry Armstrong, Past President, Jeanette Frisina and Chamber Board Peter Caputo.


Elected Officials presented proclamations to the Agency owners, Eileen and Ryan McGowan.

Celebrating 25 years in business!

Hand Rolled Bagels

On Wednesday, June 29th, The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held an anniversary ribbon cutting for Hand Rolled Bagels located at 930 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, for their 25 years in business.

Hand Rolled Bagels originally owned a store in the mid 1980s in Rego Park, Queens before moving to New Hyde Park.  Congratulations to owners Nick and Jean who have taken over this family business with the help of their spouses and have been serving the Community for years with their freshly made bagels.


Greater New Hyde Park Chamber
World Class Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, May 19th, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce welcomed Pharmaconic Pharmacy located at 1566A Union Tpke., in the Lake Success Shopping Center, to the New Hyde Park business community, with a world-class ribbon cutting.

Greater New Hyde Park Chamber
World Class Ribbon Cutting


On Friday, May 13th, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a very well attended Grand Re-Opening ribbon cutting for the New Hyde Park Office of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, located at 1700 Lakeville Road. Originally schedule for March of 2020, it was delayed by the Covid restrictions.

Douglas Elliman picked New Hyde Park as a great business location, and the Chamber was happy to welcome them, along with many elected officials. After the ceremonial Ribbon Cutting, a catered lunch was served.

Greater New Hyde Park Chamber World Class Ribbon Cutting
On Thursday, March 3rd. The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a world-class ribbon cutting for one of the newest members of the New Hyde Park business community. 
Guac Shop, which is located at 271-18 Union Turnpike, is on
the city side of New Hyde Park, just west of Lakeville Road.
Its experienced owners are finding great success with their formula of faster-food, take out Mexican cuisine.  New Hyde Park is their fifth location, that also includes locations in Garden City, Jericho, Seaford, and Freeport.
Photos courtesy of Ed Stone Photography.
Greater New Hyde Park Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Benecare Pharmacy
On Friday, December 17th the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for new New Hyde Park business community member Benecare Pharmacy located at 749 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park. In addition to prescription services, the aisles are fully stocked with all kinds of general merchandise, grocery items, and discount greeting cards. They even have a chai tea stand.

Photos courtesy of New Hyde Park Chamber

Submitted by Mark Laytin Co-chair Marketing / Past President
Greater New Hyde Park Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Mr. Jay Appliances
On Friday, December 10th, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a world class ribbon cutting for the completely renovated, and long time stalwart of the local business community: Mr. Jay Appliances located at 294
Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.
Company executives, local elected officials, and Chamber Board members were present.
Pictures courtesy of Ed Stone Photography
Write up courtesy of Mark Laytin, Chamber Marketing Committee

Greater New Hyde Park Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Avion Express

On December 1st. The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a world class ribbon cutting for the official Grand Opening of Avion Express, located at 2034 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park.  Avion Express specializes in forwarding your small packages all the way up to cargo size.
Chamber Board members and local elected officials were present for the occasion.
More information about the company's services can be found at
Photos courtesy of the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
Write up courtesy of Mark Laytin / Chamber Marketing Committee
Friday, October 25, 2021
NHP Chamber Celebrates
30 Year Anniversary For 2 Members

The Gourmet Bake Shop and
Market Place Publications

On Friday, October 15, 2021, The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce did an anniversary ribbon cutting for The Gourmet Bake Shop and Market Place Publications for their 30 years in business.

The Gourmet Bake Shop has been serving the community in the same location at 775 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park for 30 years this month. Three decades of providing quality, fresh baked cakes, breads and desserts.

Gourmet Bake Shop owners Joe and Judy Gifoli treated all to an abundance of delicious desserts and some nostalgia too. The store has on display a board of photos of the bakery and staff throughout the 30 years. Another display board shows the ads that were run in the Market Place paper 30 years ago when the store first opened in 1991.

Also celebrating its 30 year anniverary in business is Market Place Publications. Owner Jeanette Frisina has a weekly advertising newspaper delivered direct to the homes and also a digital version serving New Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

Jeanette designed Joe from Gourmet Bake Shops’ grand opening ads 30 years ago and the two are still doing business with each other today.

These are the kind of business relationships the chamber promotes as well as the importance of shopping local.

Photos by Ed Stone Photography
Write up by Market Place Publications
 World Class Ribbon Cutting
John Perrone State Farm Insurance Agency
On Friday, August 20th the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
conducted a ribbon cutting for the State Farm Insurance Agency located at

1644 Hillside Avenue, in New Hyde Park.  The agency was actually opened by John Perrone and John Perrone, Sr. during the 2020 COVID restrictions, so the ribbon cutting was delayed until the time was right.  In addition to the Perrones and their staff, the iconic State Farm "Jake" was also present.

Local office holders present included Lee Seeman, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman; Gina Sillitti, NY State Assembly member; and Maureen O'Connell, Nassau County Clerk.

Present from the Chamber were Cheryl Fajardo, President: and Board Members: Donna Pagano, Saveeta Barnes, Jeanette Frisina, Larry Armstrong, Stewart Small, Bianca O'Brien, Ed Stone, Mark Laytin, and Richard DeMartino.  Also present were Chamber member, John Giuffre, Dana DeSimpliciis, Executive Administrator and Board Members:  Ed Powers and Howard Schneiderman.
Photos supplied by Ed Stone Photography
Red Carpet donated by Halls Carpet Inc.
Submitted by Mark Laytin
 World Class Ribbon Cutting
Sweet Charlies

Friday, August 6th, The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sweet Charlie's Ice Cream Store at 3336 Hillside Avenue (Across from Iceland). Not only are their treats delicious, but each customer's order is made from scratch, right before your very eyes, utilizing a unique technology that freezes the ice cream base while mix-ins are added. It is worth the trip just to watch the helpful and enthusiastic staff create your very own order.

In addition to the Shah family and their staff, several local politicians were present as well.  They were President of the Nassau County Legislature Richard Nicolello; NYS Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti; Town of North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink; and Kay Farrell representing Councilman Angelo Ferrara.
Present from the Chamber were President Cheryl Fajardo, as well as Board Members: Larry Armstrong, Jeanette Frisina, Jose Jacob, Smitha Lukose-Khan, Mark Laytin, Bianca O'Brien, Howard Schneiderman, and Ed Stone.
Photos courtesy of Ed Stone Photography
Submitted by Mark Laytin / Marketing Co-Chair/Past President

Orange Theory Fitness Center

On Friday, July 23rd, The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for a new member of the business community. Baldur and Marian Dujmovits had the Grand Opening for their third  Orange Theory Fitness Center.  Their first is in Carle Place, the second is in the King Kullen shopping center in Garden City Park, and this brand new one is located at 1706 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park. Orange Theory is different than other places you could work out in that everything is done in classes, and by reservation.  Participants proceed based on age and level of fitness, but all do similar exercises at different levels of intensity, the goals being to raise your monitored heartrate, and increase the activity of your metabolism.  They have a dedicated staff that monitors each participant throughout the workouts.

In addition to owners Marian and Baldur and their staff, attendees included:
Cheryl Fajardo, Chamber President; Saveeta Barnes, Chamber 2nd VP; Past Presidents Mark Laytin and Ralph Ventura; and Ed Stone, Board Member.
Politicians in attendance were:  Ellen Birnbaum, Nassau Cty. Legislator; Wayne Wink, Clerk-Town of North Hempstead; and from the New York State Assembly: Ed Ra and Gina Sillitti.
Photographs courtesy of Ed Stone Photography
Submitted by Mark Laytin
Chamber Marketing Co-Chair


On June 18th, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce hosted its world-class ribbon cutting for new business community member StretchLab located at 1618 Marcus Ave. across the street from Clinton Martin Park.  This location is the first of three that the owners will open in the county.  StretchLab uses proprietary diagnostics to analyze the posture,mobility, and flexibility of clients.  After diagnosis, an individual program is designed and implemented by the staff, to improve the client's performance in those areas.
In addition to owners Christopher Parra, Suzanne Kraemer-Parra, and Mark Maley as they cut the ribbon were, Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, County Clerk Maureen O'Connell,North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink, State Assemblyman Ed Ra, Chamber President CherylFajardo, several Chamber Board members, and employees of StretchLab.

Photographs courtesy of Ed Stone PhotographySubmitted by Mark Laytin

Park Place Restaurant & Bar
On Friday, March 26, 2021, The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for one of the newest members in the New Hyde Park business community,  Park Place Restaurant & Bar, located at 1218 Jericho Turnpike in the Village of New Hyde Park.  Owners Matt Tesoriero, Patrick O'Halloran, and Sergio DeCiantis have turned this location, which has been various establishments over many decades, into a modern fine-dining establishment, with a totally renovated interior.  Park Place is set up for both indoor as well as outdoor dining on their spacious patio.
Chamber President Cheryl Fajardo was in attendance with Chamber Board members, Bianca O'Brien, Chris Vulpis, Donna Pagano, Ed Stone, Frank Miranda, Howard Schneiderman, Jeanette Frisina, Jose Jacob, Larry Armstrong, Mark Laytin, Peter Caputo, Ralph Ventura, Rich DeMartino.
Special attendees included County Executive Laura Curran, Legislature President Richard Nicolello, County Clerk Maureen O'Connell, North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Village Deputy Mayor Donna Squicciarino, and Village Trustee Rich Pallisco.
Photos courtesy of Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead, and Ed Stone Photography
Write by Mark Laytin

NHPCOC Traditional Ribbon Cutting For New Member All County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

NHP Chamber held its traditional world class ribbon cutting for our newest member,
All County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 3:00pm 414 Jericho Tpke.
New Hyde Park
South side of Jericho across from where Hillside Blvd. ends.

Stop in and welcome new Owner Dr. Ross Chavkin and staff.

On Friday, January 24th, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Sansone Market to the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park business community with its world-class ribbon cutting ceremony.

A longtime presence in the area as a wholesale purveyor to restaurants and pizzerias, this family-operated business is now in the Italian specialty foods retail space.  One visit and you can cut out your trips to Arthur Avenue.