01/16/17 6:02am
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Alexandra Bussi, store manager at Taste the East End, behind the counter at the Riverhead store. (Credit: Lauren Parker)

What happens when you turn the back half of a 1957 Ford truck into a cash wrap focal point of your boutique? Consumers will take photos, post them on Instagram, and new customers will find their way into your store organically. (more…)

01/12/17 6:00am

For as long as he can remember, Bakithi Kumalo recalled during a recent interview, music has been the center of his life. The 60-year-old South Africa native, who grew up in a family of musicians and is a longtime bassist for Paul Simon, has made a living doing what he loves.

Now he’s sharing his passion with the 16 student musicians enrolled in East End Art’s Music Masters Mentorship Program, helping them hone their techniques for a free concert next month at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

“I’m so honored to come and work with these kids,” said Kumalo, whose concert will feature songs by Simon, whom he’s played alongside for the past three decades. (more…)

12/23/16 5:43pm
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Ken Loo and girlfriend Maryanne Fiducia inside Main Street Heros, which Mr. Loo is planning to open by Jan. 2 in the front of the Hy Ting building. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

One of downtown Riverhead’s longest running businesses is being split in half to make way for a new sandwich store called Main Street Heros.  READ

12/11/16 8:12am

A cold wintery day didn’t stop a cadre of Santas from storming downtown Riverhead for the third annual Santacon Pub Crawl.

The event, which started off slow but picked up steam as the sun set and the night grew colder, was set up in part to support a good cause. Proceeds from bracelet sales at Santacon benefitted RSVP Animal Welfare & Rescue Group, a nonprofit group that works against animal abuse and neglect. (more…)

12/07/16 6:02am
Twin Stills Moonshine Vintage Mattituck

Twin Stills’ flavored moonshines, Apple Pie, Honey and Pumpkin Spice, are available, along with other local spirits, at Vintage Mattituck Wine & Spirits. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Twin Stills Moonshine, the whiskey distillery that opened in Riverhead this year, is now selling its products at several Long Island liquor stores. (more…)

12/03/16 6:01am

Revelers dressed as Santa filled downtown Riverhead at the first SantaCon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Revelers dressed as Santa filled downtown Riverhead at the first SantaCon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s time to get your Santa on.

SantaCon, Riverhead’s annual holiday pub crawl, returns on Saturday, December 10 for a third year. (more…)

12/01/16 6:01am
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A scene from last year’s Spirit of the Holidays weekend. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Santa, the elves and his magical reindeer are back for a second Spirit of the Holidays weekend on the North Fork.

Once again Hilton Garden Inn and Spirits Promise Equine Rescue Program are teaming up to host a magical holiday weekend for children. (more…)