Most-Read Westchester Business Stories Of 2015

From the Property Brothers helping local businesses to the 2015 class of Wunderkinds, here are the business stories that drew the most interest in 2015.

From the Property Brothers helping local businesses to the 2015 class of Wunderkinds, here are the business stories that drew the most interest in 2015.


Bronxville Häagen-Dazs Franchise To Debut New Store Concept

The popular ice cream company is reconceptualizing their shops with hopes of creating a better, easier customer experience.

​For Bronxville residents, and for those of nearby towns, the neighborhood Häagen-Dazs has been a trusty ice cream go-to for three decades. Well, after a top-to-bottom renovation, it’s reopened. So why are you reading about this on our business blog, as opposed to our dining blog? The Bronxville store’s renovation is the test bunny for a complete reconceptualization of the Häagen-Dazs in-store experience. We threw a few questions to Justin Chafe, marketing manager for The Häagen-Dazs Shop Company, to see why they chose Bronxville and what their goals were.

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Local Teen Entrepreneurs Turn Plastic Waste Into Trendy Bathing Suits

Larchmont natives create board short company to fill a niche in men’s swimwear—and help keep beaches clean.

Westchester natives and siblings Jake and Caroline Danehy, of Larchmont, teamed up with family friend, Sam Jacobson, and are making big waves in the men’s bathing suit industry. Their newly launched business, Fair Harbor Clothing, appeals equally to trendy swimwear lovers and the environmentally friendly activist crowd.

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Blue Hill At Stone Barns Named One Of World’s 50 Best Eateries

Awards and recognition in the world of Westchester business this week.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns was ranked 49th in the world’s 50 Best Restaurant list by William Reed Business Media. The restaurant is no stranger to awards recognizing its renowned food; The James Beard Foundation recognized the restaurant for excellence just last month, and it was included in the 100 best in the country list hosted by in December. This latest award was granted to the restaurant due to the unique dining experience it offers.

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Westchester A&P Stores Soon To Close After Chain Files For Bankruptcy

Awards, recognitions, and developments in the world of Westchester business this week.

Westchester A&P shoppers learned last week that their local grocery store will shortly close or be under new management, as the company announced plans to sell its 296 stores as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy agreement. The struggling chain, which has 25 stores in Westchester and four locations in nearby Fairfield County, also executed purchase agreements tallying roughly $600 million for 120 of its locations.

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A Local Restaurateur’s Attempt To Rejuvenate Downtown Peekskill

It won’t be easy, but Louie Lanza thinks he might be up to the task.

There’s a renaissance happening in Peekskill. And Louie Lanza, who owned 12 restaurants in New York City between 1986 and 2008, is at the forefront.

“I’ve seen the potential for Peekskill for years,” says Lanza.

He’s now bringing his talents to the historic city with a mission to keep it unique, artsy, and intimate. Since opening The Hudson Room with partners Cheng Ling and Jose Quinoy last August, Lanza has gobbled up a few other properties. Here, he shares his plans for the city’s future.

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The Property Brothers Film In Westchester, And It’s Not Just Fans Who Are Excited

HGTV hit reality show Property Brothers is coming to Westchester, and it’s picking local firms to assist behind the scenes.

Jonathan and Drew Scott, two of HGTV’s most popular hosts, are bringing their reality show Property Brothers to Westchester. And it’s not just homebuyers and loyal fans of the show who are excited—HGTV is currently casting for Westchester homeowners to appear on the show, and has already tapped several local businesses to work behind the scenes. In addition, the show, which helps homebuyers purchase and renovate homes, will help expose Westchester County to a wide television audience.

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41 All-Westchester Companies

A look at companies whose products—from pharmaceuticals to firearms, and pretty much everything in between—are designed, developed, produced, and/or manufactured in Westchester.

Biotech Boom

Fifteen billion dollars has a nice ring to it, no? That’s the value currently attached to Westchester’s booming biotech/healthcare/medtech industry. Leading the way are biotech giants like Regeneron (shown in top image), a 3,000-plus-employee powerhouse whose Tarrytown headquarters houses the R&D facilities that have spawned its three commercial products: the $1.4 billion blockbuster Eylea, an injection for treating various eye disorders, and its two other marketed drugs, Arcalyst and Zaltrap. Acorda Therapeutics, another big industry player, developed its flagship product, Ampyra, which improves walking in people with multiple sclerosis (and generated roughly $350 million in sales in 2014), along with Zanaflex and Qutenza at its research labs in Ardsley. In Tarrytown, Progenics Pharmaceuticals’ scientists have created dozens of compounds in its labs; many have been in clinical trials, and its drug Relistor, which helps combat the side effects of opioids many cancer patients suffer from, is currently approved in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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Bring The County’s Best Restaurants To You With Westchester Select Delivery

Five 20-somethings tap a new delivery market in Westchester

City dwellers in search of takeout jump immediately to Seamless, which (NYC readers are wincing that we have to spell this out, but sorry, it’s just not as popular here) allows you to easily scan menus at nearby restaurants, order, pay, and tip, all through the Seamless website.

For whatever reason, Seamless hasn’t fully caught on in the ‘burbs. Maybe it will, but in the meantime, there’s Westchester Select Delivery to fill the void.

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How 1 Yonkers Man Took A Liquor Brand From Nowhere To A Million Cases. Twice

Yonkers marketing guru Nick Storm went from small-time marketing to collaborating with this country’s most popular liquors.

Tired of music videos with artists pouring Cristal all over the place? Well, there was a time when that was a new way to market liquor. That was in 2002, when Yonkers’ Nick Storm was launching the premium vodka drink Hpnotiq with its creator Raphael Yakoby. Storm secured a placement for the beverage in a video by hip-hop artist Fabolous, and the blue liquor skyrocketed to the forefront of the urban liquor scene. A few years later, Sean Combs (who you may know as Puff, Puff Daddy, Puffy, or P. Diddy), recruited Storm to do the same thing for his vodka line, Ciroc. We caught up with Storm to find out how he managed such a feat and to get tips for those trying to emulate his success. 

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The 2015 Class Of Westchester Wunderkinds

Think Millennials are a bunch of slackers? These 22 Wunderkinds—Westchester’s most impressive under-30 business professionals—will definitely change your mind.

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