Updated: Spa Adriana closed its doors for good on Sunday.
Owner John Vater said he and his wife, Adriana, will be retiring to Florida after they finish up the paperwork and accounting needed to close a business. That includes taking the time to accept and pay off unexpired gift cards.
Vater is known around the community for his contributions to business groups, and for his role in providing Christmas music for years during the holiday festival. He said he began using speakers from his photo studio in 1984 and putting them out windows to play holiday music along New York Avenue in Main Street. Eventually he expanded the music to Wall Street after Jack Palladino, owner of Christopher’s, asked to be included. Vater said Palladino will take possession of the equipment so that the music continues.
Vater also was behind a Main Street festival of businesses that eventually expanded, and became the Long Island Fall Festival, run each year by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce.
The spa, at 266 Main St., Huntington, had been in business since 1984.
It billed itself as an “Aveda Lifestyle Salon. Environment-friendly beauty & wellness.”
On Facebook, a user posted, “You two were MAIN STAYS OF MAIN STREET and Wall Street, etc. You’re love and support for Our Town Huntington should be memorialized by the TOH BOARD! Instrumental in supporting our Town and ground level authors of the Wall St Happenings formula the Chamber glommed for the basis of the Fall Festival.”