Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00
Family-owned community shops are a rare sight these days with Targets and Costcos dominating shopping centers. But with Foresto Tuxedo on Willis Avenue, you’ll get an experience that’s been available for 74 years in Mineola.
“It’s an honor to be able to compete with the big box stores and do good business,” owner Dominick Foresto said. “We give quality products and services; carry all the latest styles and we carry a lot that’s made in the United States.”
Foresto’s parents, Michael and Nancy, started the business in 1940 and it has remained in Mineola ever since. At one point, the empire had five locations.
Styles change with the times; Foresto flows with the trends, but stays true to its roots, offering top notch men’s wear, including Ralph Lauren, Jean Yves, Ike Behar, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Hart Schaffner & Marx, Hickey Freeman and Jack Victor.
“Everything is a slimmer fit look now with slim fit pants and shirts,” said Foresto. “They all want to look like they just got off the red carpet at the Oscars. Everyone wanted to look like The Great Gatsby for a while.”
With prom season around the corner, Foresto’s recently held a fashion show at Mineola High School, where Dominick fit students with men’s wear. Foresto handles Chaminade High School’s graduation and has supplied tuxedos for proms in Mineola, Jericho, Syosset,
Great Neck, Wheatley, New Hyde Park and Westbury schools.
“When students come rent a tuxedo for their prom from Mineola High School, they get a $25 discount,” Foresto said. “It was great helping out the kids. They had a lot of fun.”
For Foresto, he prides himself on his shop having a variety of styles. If it’s for a wedding, prom, business function, etc., he wants Foresto’s to be the one-stop shop.
“We can provide formal wear, either rental or sale, for any social occasions,” he said. “While the Internet does help me with business, Amazon can’t provide what we do.”
Foresto’s is the preferred vendor for Oheka Castle, Crest Hollow Country Club, Jericho Terrace, Inn at New Hyde Park and Cherry Valley Country Club to name a few.
His biggest source of customers? Weddings. “I had someone come in on a Tuesday and the wedding was on a Friday and we took care of them,” Foresto said. “I did 10 tuxedos. I did them that Thursday and a few were picked up 11 a.m. that Friday morning. Having inventory and man power helps.”
Foresto’s was recently voted “Best Pick 2013” by popular bridal website The Knot and one of LIWeddings.com Best of 2014.
Foresto Tuxedo is at 309 Willis Ave., in Mineola. For more information, call 516-746-1410.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.
It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.