03/14/19 5:00am

Katie Peters photographed at The Orient Country Store by David Benthal.

Katie Peters has always led an active lifestyle. Growing up in Orient, she said, it sometimes felt like being outside was the only thing to do. 

“We felt like we were locked at the end of the world, but looking back it was pretty good,” she recalled.

She loved to run, jump and climb with her two brothers and two sisters — she’s the middle child — and she fell in love with soccer at an early age.  (more…)

10/16/17 6:02am
Katie Peters

Katie Peters inside her new Southold fitness studio Underground Training. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork may be lacking in large, multi-amenity sports membership clubs, but boutique fitness operations abound.

The newest is located in the Feather Hill complex in Southold, where Katie Peters has launched Underground Fitness, a 1,200-square-foot space which opened on Oct. 1.

Peters, who has worked as a trainer for the past four years, decided to undertake the venture after a brief stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also holds a master’s degree in education and is a certified secondary school science teacher, but noted the difficulty in finding a full-time position on the East End.

So like many of her local peers, the Orient native found that entrepreneurship was a more viable path for making a living on the North Fork.

“I decided I was going to do what I love instead of a job that pays the bills,” said Peters, who is 31 and lives in Southold. (more…)