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