04/27/17 6:02am

Art has been a part of Kelly Franké’s life for as long as she can remember.

Her father was an illustrator who worked from their Babylon home and Franké, now a Greenport resident, recalled building a makeshift fort under his desk where she would sketch while he worked.

It inspired her to pursue her own career in art. (more…)

04/13/17 6:00am

For 20-year-old Reese Dunne of Southold, a hobby that began as a stress-relieving activity has made her one of the North Fork’s youngest entrepreneurs.

Dunne, a 2014 Southold High School graduate, recently started selling her handmade soaps — some infused with locally grown ingredients like lavender from Lavender by the Bay in East Marion — under the brand NoFo Sudsations.

The soaps are made with certified organic, vegetable-based glycerin, a natural humectant that moisturizes the skin. Other ingredients, like Egyptian calendula and Indian-grown turmeric, are also organic.

“I was really inspired because I am a vegetarian, so I care a lot about what goes into my body,” said Dunne, who is enrolled in the dietetic technician program at Suffolk County Community College. “And it was important for me, also being a ginger, [to use] something for sensitive skin.” (more…)

02/09/17 6:01am

In a second-floor loft overlooking Main Street in Greenport, Alexa Suess creates magic with a blowtorch and a pair of pliers.

It’s there that the Greenport native, a graphic designer and silversmith, makes jewelry and other wearable pieces that infuse elements of nature with brass, silver and gold. (more…)

08/18/16 6:06am
(Credit: Krysten Massa)

(Credit: Krysten Massa)

The memory of exactly how their working relationship first began has since faded for David Nyce and Kristian Iglesias. But for the past decade, the two Greenport residents have always looked to one another as their “go-to guy.” In fact, the men — Nyce is a woodworker and Iglesias is a metalworker — have even become unofficial business partners.

“It’s like having a business partner without actually having a business partner,” said Nyce, a former Greenport Village mayor. (more…)

04/25/16 6:10am
Lampa, Aquebogue

Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, Lampa owners and artists, inside their Aquebogue studio. (Credit: Emily Greenberg)

From the set of “CBS This Morning” to the public library in Madison, Wisc., the custom light fixtures produced and sold by lighting company Lampa are distinctly North Fork.

Lampa’s owners, artists Cliff Baldwin and Marta Baumiller, have been creating custom light pieces out of their Aquebogue barn turned studio and home since 1997.

The couple discovered the North Fork by accident in 1989 after taking the Long Island Rail Road to the end of the line. They rented and eventually owned a home in Greenport before making the decision to move to the East End full time.

“I was sick of living in the city,” Baumiller said. “I wanted to be closer to nature, but still close to the city. It was the best of both worlds.”  (more…)