10/10/17 6:03am

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2016

When someone steps inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, owner Mike Meola said, it’s like they’re the star of their own horror movie.

“The haunted house was created from a love of Halloween,” said Mr. Meola, whose Route 25 attraction is now in its 19th year.

For Mr. Meola, Halloween starts around June, when he begins to create most of the attraction’s props and sets.

“The attention to detail and everything we put into the show — from the sets to the costumes to how we train our actors — is what really sets us apart,” he said. (more…)

10/06/17 6:03am

Miguel, Christian and Yanira Vegara inside Sweet Cart Candy Shoppe.
(Credit: Nicole Smith)

When Miguel Vergara was a child in Puerto Rico, he used to sneak Chick-O-Sticks from his grandfather’s grocery store.

Now, the Wading River resident sells Chick-O-Sticks, a honeycombed candy filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut, at his own store, Sweet Cart Candy Shoppe, which recently opened in The Shoppes at East Wind.

“They sent me downstairs to grab a thing of milk and I used to munch on the candies,” he recalled. “That got me hooked and it never went away. I’ve always had a love for sweets.” (more…)

07/03/17 6:59am

Nancy, Nicholas and George Eldi inside the new store Wines By Nature, located at the Shoppes at East Wind complex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A boutique wine shop focused on small sustainable producers from around the globe opened recently at the gateway to the Long Island Wine Trail.

Wines By Nature, owned by wine industry veteran George Eldi, opened July 1 at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. (more…)

06/21/17 6:00am

Martin Accardi inside the new Brekky in Wading River. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

On any given morning, Martin Accardi could be found sitting in the Hudson Market in Wading River for about an hour. When the former owner, Tony Coates, said in passing that he was selling the place, a lightbulb went on in Accardi’s head.

“I was kind of caught up in a nine-to-five world, like a lot of people are, and it’s always been my dream to have a little shop,” he said.

The former Hudson Market primarily sold coffee and a few muffins, but Accardi wanted to transform it into something more extensive. (more…)

05/30/17 6:01am

Michael McPolin inside his new store Birch & Main Candle Co., located at The Shoppes at East Wind complex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It all started when Michael McPolin and his partner, Ken Martin, spotted little black smudges on the ceiling of their former Mastic home.

Thinking it was leaking oil, they had a technician inspect their heating system in hopes of solving the problem.

It turned out to be soot from all the candles McPolin liked to burn. (more…)