Byram Hills Grad Kicks Off All-Purpose Delivery System By Rich Monetti
June 15, 2015 All successful businesses begin with a great idea. The impetus to lift the initiative above the inspiration comes next, while actually having the cash to back the idea is usually the most crucial part. 2013 Byram Hills graduate and current University of Maryland student and Entrepreneur major, Jon Berry, definitely fulfilled the first two parts in setting up an all-purpose delivery service for Armonk; its implementation was surprisingly easy.
“That’s the beauty of it,” says Berry of NorthCastle Concierge.
His sole capital investment to kick off and potentially connect all of Armonk to his delivery system was a credit card slide machine worth $120.
NorthCastle Concierge will deliver food from any restaurant, groceries from DeCicco Family Market, and anything else requested from Armonk. With $1000 in a bank account so he could pay his six former classmates at the outset, the money will be used mostly as a placeholder while the food is in transit. “We work for the customers, not the restaurants. So they call us or text us, the driver will pick up the order, pay the bill and then the customer will pay the driver,” he said.
The bank account replenished, but the idea was certainly not to simply break even. Thus, he first sought out the possibility of offering his services to the businesses, but restructured the idea,” he said.
No matter, he believes everyone comes out ahead. “It’s a win-win-win for us, the customer and the business,” he said, and as things pick up, so should the synergy.
“I hope restaurants will allow me to promote the connection we have together on my website,” said Berry.
To date, most of his advertising budget was centered on going on social media to let Armonk know he went live on Sunday June 14, but it was a class he took at college--Social Entrepreneurship--that got him into the game. “That course made me think about what kind of solution might address a need in Armonk,” said Berry, and he realized there had never been a food delivery service.
Obviously, having his hands-on involvement for the summer is important, but if things really pick up, he plans on enlisting a few techies from the University to help him develop an App so he can better manage things from the classroom. “I’ll have restaurant menus listed, and people will be able to order with the tap of the finger,” he said.
He sees no reason to keep his reach clenched only to Armonk either. “I could see us expanding the same business model into more towns in Westchester,” he said.
At the same time, Berry is also aware that Westchester isn’t the world, and there are enough small towns where he can avoid the pitfall of working for others. “Eager to do something on my own,” he concluded. “That’s exactly why I’m trying this.”
White Plains Hospital Medical Care Center Coming to Business Park
January 22, 2015 Late in the summer of 2015, White Plains Hospital intends to open an Armonk medical care center at 99 Business Park Drive. The full operating details are in the planning stage and not yet available, according to Eliza O’Neill, Director of Communications of White Plains Hospital.
The medical facility plans to be open seven days a week, including the evenings, but not 24/7. The specific featured specialties that are listed on a sign hung at the entry door are: urgent care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, primary care, radiology and physical therapy. Orthopedics will be featured as well.
This commercial space was vacant for four years. Property owner Michael Fareri said he waited for the right tenant. The White Plains Hospital negotiated a 10-year lease with an option for another 10 years.
Fareri added, “It’s a perfect thing for the community, a real asset that is clearly needed.”
The 30-year old building is shared by two tenants; the medical facility will occupy 24,000 square feet and is adjacent to Equinox. The site is over 7 acres with ample parking of 450 to 460 spaces. Recent renovations at 99 Business Park included the repaving of the parking lot and the removal of the water tank, which added 40 more spots, according to Fareri.
White Plains Hospital will work with its own designer and contractors who specialize in medical interiors. The facility will be similar to the White Plains Hospital Imaging Center in New Rochelle that opened a year and half ago.
White Plains Hospital has recently announced its approved partnership with Montefiore Health System. Steven M. Safyer, M.D., President and CEO of Montefiore Health System, and Jon B. Schandler, CEO of White Plains Hospital, said, “Our institutions are partnering to bridge the divide between academic medical centers and community hospitals – giving Westchester the best of both worlds.
“Montefiore and White Plains Hospital will work together to manage care by delivering high-quality, efficient tertiary services locally, in a familiar setting, close to our patients’ homes and cared for by physicians in the community. It is a model of care that communities outside of New York City will benefit from, and will help sustain a strong healthcare infrastructure throughout the region.”
Supervisor Michael Schiliro said, "We are excited about all the new business development in the Town of North Castle. We welcome White Plains Hospital and we look forward to having them as a long-term member of our business community."
September 28, 2014 The summer-like weather of the last weekend in September brought out many people to brunch outdoors at the cafe at Mariani Gardens. The cafe will transition into a restaurant that is expected to open in a few weeks. The Spruce Home and Garden shop adjacent to the cafe is closed.
The nursery business is expanding the cafe from 1,000 square feet with 16 seats to 3,500 square feet with 72 seats, including waiter service, carry-out service, and alcohol service of beer and wine. The restaurant will continue to offer outdoor seasonal dining; inside will be a lounge area, a coffee bar, and several dining areas that include a private dining room. The cafe remains open through the construction and is serving daily until 3:00 p.m. The restaurant will have later hours.
CVS Pharmacy Nears Opening Date
September 28, 2014 The CVS Pharmacy Armonk Store is scheduled to open on October 5. The store will have a small section of beer and wine, like more than half of the CVS/Pharmacy stores across the country.