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Top Merrick Business Stories of 2012

It's been an active year for the business landscape of Merrick.

Here's a look at some of the biggest stories of the year as featured on Merrick Patch.

10. Home Instead Senior Care Opens in MerrickWe all have that adored grandma or favorite uncle we enjoy spending time with, but what happens when that loved one can no longer do the simple things, such as shopping, cooking and driving; and you can't be there to help?

9. Maximus Salon to Close Merrick LocationMaximus Spa Salon closed its doors after 42 years. The salon, which was located at 2075 Merrick Road, moved to 399 Old Country Road in Carle Place.

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8. Roe's Casa Dolce Opens Shop in Merrick: Jennifer and George Rivera took over the Rockville Centre location two years ago. George is a self-taught baker, and his treats have been a big hit in RVC.

7. Brooks and Porter Closes Its Doors in Merrick: The blinds of Brooks and Porter are once again drawn and their doors shut for good, or at least, for the time being.

6. Femy Aziz Honored as Small Businessperson of the Year: Aziz, owner of Serengeti Design Studios, was honored at the Nassau Council of Chambers 28th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year Legislative Breakfast. 

5. Aqua Acquisition Affects Bellmore-Merrick Customers: Long Island American Water, the Lynbrook-based water company that already serves portions of southwest Nassau County, became the largest investor-owned water utility in the state after aquiring several water systems from Aqua America.

4. Busy Bee Contamination Clean-Up Ongoing: Owner Robert Bernstein said that he’s been in business for nearly 40 years. However, despite his success, in the mid-1990’s, Bernstein received something of a rude awakening when Nassau County Department of Health workers showed up at his establishment with some bad news. 

3. View Finder: Street Fair Kicks off in Merrick: Despite the less than stellar weather conditions, Merokeans and visitors from other Nassau County towns packed onto Merrick Avenue for the 22nd annual Merrick Street Fair.

2. Merokean Takes Home Second Place on Cupcake Wars: Recently, Merokean Andrew Mincher, co-owner of Massapequa's Dimonda Bakery, was featured on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars.

1. Town Announces Intent for Merrick LIRR Permit ProgramHempstead Town officials announced that they're conferring with the LIRR as they work to unveil a pilot commuter parking permit program at the Merrick Train Station.

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