As one pet store closes, another set to begin

04/13/2014 10:00 AM |
Pet groomer Katie Capichana will continue to operate in back of the former Feed Bag location in Cutchogue. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Pet groomer Katie Capichana will continue to operate in back of the former Feed Bag location in Cutchogue. (Cyndi Murray photo)

The end of an era for one local business owner is the just the beginning for another.

After nine years, Amy Cirincione, the owner of Feed Bag in Cutchogue, has decided close up shop. But now her longtime employee, pet groomer Katie Capichana, is getting her shot at business ownership just a few steps back of the Main Road location.

In 2006, Ms. Cirincione first opened Feed Bag in Mattituck before switching to the Cutchogue location in 2010.  Ms. Cirinocione grew her small business, known for its stock of organic and pet holistic products, on customer loyalty, she said. After nearly 10 years in business she decided to close Feed Bag for “personal reasons,” but will still remain a part of Ms. Capichana’s business, assisting with pet grooming.

A graduate of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, Ms. Capichana has been a groomer at Feed Bag for the better part of a decade. The grooming shop will specialize in dog bathing, nail clipping and hair cutting and even welcomes cats, too.

“Amy gave me my opportunity seven years ago and I flourished,” Ms. Capichana said. “Without her I wouldn’t be were I am today.”

The new shop, which does not yet have an official name, is located in the rear of the former Feed Bag location at 28145 Main Road, Cutchogue.

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