Small business owners 30 and under: Meet LI’s young entrepreneurs

Whether you’re going out to eat at one of Long Island’s many restaurants, or shopping at a hot new boutique, you might be surprised to find out who owns them. These Long Islanders, ages 30 and under, already have successful brick-and-mortar businesses. They include a millennial who now owns a shop she used to work for, a high schooler who opened a record store, a 26-year-old who started a café bakery behind her parents’ antique store, and a young entrepreneur who, with his cousin, took over the family’s Indian eatery.

Carolyn Rios, 29 and Michael Barriga, 29

Owners of Ceci’s Arepa Joint

Jenna Napolitano, 26

Owner of Elise’s Niece’s Cafe

Malik Morris, 27

Owner of Malik Dupri

Carissa Cillis, 29

Owner of What A Girl Wants

Justin Aronoff, 27

Owner of Center Cuts Gourmet Butcher and Catering

Matthew Pesko, 28 and Lexi Balunas, 30

Owners of Cloud Nine Ice Cream and Cereal Bar

Jasmine Richards, 28

Co-owner of Anoz Spa Boutique

Ahmed Khalil, 22, and Mohammed Saleh, 23

Owners of Selected Hype

Jordan Krauss, 23

Owner of Love and Honey

Luca Williams, 16

Owner of Moonshot Emporium

Supy Singh, 24 and Kam Singh, 30

Owners of Tava Fine Indian Cuisine

Michael Napolitano, 28

Co-owner of Nunzi’s

Gabrielle Banschick, 29

Owner of Penelope

Katie Goulding, 24

Owner of AJ Sunflower

Editors: Alison Bernicker and Meghan Giannotta

Reported by: Lisa Irizarry, Joann Vaglica and Scott Vogel

Photo editors: Hillary Raskin and David Trotman-Wilkins

Multimedia by: Debbie Egan-Chin, Elise’s Niece’s Cafe, Johnny Milano, Brittainy Newman, John Paraskevas, Linda Rosier, Supandeep Singh, Barry Sloan, Alejandra Villa Loarca, J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Design: Anthony Carrozzo