STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A new health and wellness center — offering everything from massage therapy to indoor cycling classes — is the last retailer to sign a lease to open in Minthorne Street, which has been dubbed “Staten Island’s newest hot spot” by its developers.
The father-and-son team of Gary C. and Sam Angiuli said Minthorne Street — touted as a trendy, hip, urban 33,000-square-foot building that spans a block — is now fully leased.
Owned by Rachel Rusi, Goal Mine will be a nearly 5,000-square-foot wellness center. Formerly an occupational therapist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, this will be the first business venture for Rusi.
“I had a bout with kidney cancer so I had to take a step back. With all the time I needed for recovery, I chose a route of starting my own business,” she said.
The new facility, scheduled to open in September, will include a juice bar, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional counseling services, infra-red sauna, cycling, cardio machines and group classes.
“Most people just go to a gym. They work out and can go home to binge eat. I’m hoping that they go to the gym and then they follow up with the sports masseuse and nutritionist. It’s something that’s life changing,” she said.
“I took everything that I love and I do, and I put it into Goal Mine,” added Rusi.
Rob Nixon, of the St. George-based Casandra Properties — who is a leasing agent for Minthorne Street with Brian J McGowan — said he steered Rusi to the location.
“This raises the bar on the gym level, because all the things she is going to have in the facility is state-of-the-art,” he said, noting he and
OTHER BUSINESSES OPENING
Those businesses that have already forged agreements with the Angiulis include: O’Henry’s Publick House, a 2,200-square-foot pub that will serve authentic British comfort food; a yet-to-be-named 900-degree brick oven pizzeria of about 2,500 square feet, and a soon-to-open DaddyO’s BBQ and Sports Bar. Already open in the 33,000-square-foot building is Flagship Brewery.
“All these businesses are born and raised Staten Island businesses. There are no franchises or chain restaurants here,” said Gary Angiuli, whose family’s car dealerships were housed in the warehouse from the 1970s until 2006.
“They are all independently owned and operated Staten Island businesses. I think that is what makes this one of the most unique streets on Staten Island,” he added.
The Anguilis said they hope all the restaurants will be open by the summer.