Laura Alison Design

Small steps, all good, for girls in the hood

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Big Picture file comes Laura Alison Design, the functionally fashionable Huntington startup boasting the trendy “Infinity Collection” and an infinite amount of patience. Well, perhaps not infinite patience. But founder Laurie Russo – a professional hairdresser who cut into entrepreneurism when the unique hooded scarves she handcrafted for her daughters generated sudden and significant interest – is certainly a champion of the long view. Now seven years since she…


Pitch Night heralds latest LI LaunchPad

By GREGORY ZELLER // The newest member of the LaunchPad Long Island family will celebrate its grand opening with a showcase of regional innovation. LaunchPad Westbury, an 8,000-square-foot co-working space carved out of the 180,000-square-foot office complex at 1025 Old Country Road, officially opens for business Monday. The sixth Long Island facility to wave the LaunchPad flag will mark its debut Monday evening with its first Pitch Night, a “Shark Tank”-like event placing four early-stage…


A new LI manufacturing era … by Royal decree?

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new era for an old Long Island sector? Some serious people are at least trying it on. Innovative manufacturer Royal Apparel, a 2007 fashion firm spun out of circa-1993 wholesaler Summit Apparel Inc., is hoping to complete an intra-Hauppauge space grab this year, moving into a 25,000-square-foot location with high ceilings ideal for extra warehousing, according to cofounder and CEO Morey Mayeri. The property could also accommodate a 12,000- to…