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Town Focus: Day 2 in Riverhead

Tim Griffing, 74, said Griffing Hardware in Riverhead

Tim Griffing, 74, said Griffing Hardware in Riverhead is likely the second oldest business in town. It opened in 1931. #linow #townfocus Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

The weather — with its blue skies, sunshine and warm breeze — turned out beautiful for my first day in Riverhead. It seemed Mother Nature knew I was coming.

On my second day in Riverhead, I’m meeting with the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce to discuss the business culture and I plan on also stopping in at family-owned Star Confectionery, an old-fashioned eatery that dates back to the early 1920s.

If you missed what I was up to on Monday, I’ll fill you in.

I kicked off my week, taking a stroll down Main Street and along the Peconic Riverfront with town councilman James Wooten, 54, a fifth generation Riverhead resident. He said the area has not lost its quaintness and grows more diverse. His main concerns are the revitalization of Main Street, and the importance of preserving views of the river.

While on the tour, we stopped in at Griffing Hardware, one of the oldest businesses in Riverhead. Tim Griffing, 74, of Jamesport, said his ancestor John Griffin was a founding father of Riverhead, which was incorporated in 1792. His father Timothy C. Griffing and uncle Burton Griffing opened the hardware store in 1931, he said.

“We’re known for our product knowledge and assortment of tools,” Griffing said. “We provide a personal touch. We’re problem-solvers here in Riverhead.”

Later on, I stopped in at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, which locals still call by its former name, “Atlantis,” to get a behind-the-scenes tour with director of education Robert Carasiti. See all the photos on Instagram (brittanyhwait).

Lincoln’s tank was admired by “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan in early October when Animal Planet’s “Tanked” filmed Morgan at the aquarium getting inspiration on how to build a better home for his pet octopus Bwyadette. The episode aired last Friday. I’ll have more details on Morgan’s trip and what he took away from the experience soon.

I ended Monday by stopping in at The Suffolk Theater to catch one of its many attractions. The theater first opened in 1933 but was closed for 18 years before reopening in March. I wanted to see what the public had to say about its reopening.

Throughout the rest of the week, I’ll need your help discovering places to eat and local hot spots. If there’s something you want me to look into, don’t be shy, reach out to me via Twitter (@BrittanyWait), email, Instagram (Brittanyhwait) or the comments on this post.  

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