10/25/16 6:00am

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…)

10/10/16 6:02am
Genevieve Jones,3, and Kourtney Jones,5, of Wading River, ride the new carousel at the Shoppes at East Wind on opening day (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Genevieve Jones, 3, and Kourtney Jones, 5, of Wading River, ride the new carousel at the Shoppes at East Wind on opening day, (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Painted horses, giant bunnies, blue roosters and more can all be found in Wading River now that the new carousel has opened at The Shoppes at East Wind.

Built in 1992 by Chance Rides, which has been building carousels since 1970, the 28-foot amusement ride first operated in West Palm Beach before being moved to a mall in New Jersey. It is now the centerpiece at the recently opened complex, located next to the East Wind inn and catering hall.

“The carousel was always part of the vision of the owner, Kenn Barra,” said East Wind’s marketing and communications Director Maria DiLeo. “He always wanted to have it as a focal point and destination for the local community.”

The stunning attraction boasts 3,000 lightbulbs and about 30 carousel animals to ride. (more…)

10/06/16 6:04am
Melissa Stasi-Thomas inside her new store, Miss Sew At All, located in the Shoppes at East Wind shopping plaza in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Melissa Stasi-Thomas inside her new store, Little Miss Sew It All, located in the Shoppes at East Wind shopping plaza in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Melissa Stasi-Thomas wants a visit to her new Wading River store to feel like “going to your favorite aunt’s house to sew.”

“And that would be me,” said Stasi-Thomas, a corporate buyer turned sewing instructor who sports professionally colored blue hair and a dangling necklace featuring a sewing machine pendant.

Little Miss Sew It All, an extension of Stasi-Thomas’ East Moriches studio of the same name, recently opened at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. Inside the 1,000-square-foot space — which features a zebra print carpet, candy-pink walls and to-go sewing kits dubbed “chopped sewey” — Stasi-Thomas will offer sewing classes to children ages six to 16. There is also a retail store. (more…)

10/05/16 6:01am
Patricia Kaczmarczk and her husband Gary inside her new store, Cheese and Spice Market, located in The Shoppes at East Wind shopping plaza. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Patricia Kaczmarczyk and her husband Gary inside her new store, Cheese and Spice Market, located in The Shoppes at East Wind shopping plaza. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

There’s a new spot to pick up a wedge of aged Vermont cheddar, creamy French brie, or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Swiss challerhocker, on your trip to the North Fork’s vineyards.

After 25 years in the restaurant industry, including nine years at Wading River’s La Plage, Patty Kaczmarczyk is ready to open her own business. Enter Cheese and Spice Market, which opens Friday at the brand new The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. (more…)

10/03/16 11:54am
Wading River's Hudson Market is under new ownership (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Wading River’s Hudson Market is under new ownership (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Less than six months after opening its doors in Wading River, Hudson Market has already been sold.

Former owner Tony Coates made the announcement on the business’s Facebook page last Thursday, thanking friends and customers for their support.

“It is with a tinge of melancholy but also a wealth of joy that I announce I have decided to sell Hudson Market,” he said. “I feel the community embraced the Market, I feel great about the quality of every muffin, scone, cookie and cup of coffee we’ve served.” (more…)

09/24/16 1:53pm

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On an overcast Tuesday morning, a pair of employees sorted fruit into baskets at Davis Peach Farm in Wading River, waiting for customers to purchase the last of the property’s produce.

“We don’t want to throw out all this stuff,” said Faye Mosquea, who has worked at the Hulse Landing Road farm stand for more than a decade. “We’ll stay open a couple more days until it’s sold.”

Operator Christine Davis announced Sunday that Davis Peach Farm was going out of business. A real estate broker has since confirmed the 62-acre property is under contract. (more…)

08/15/16 10:43am
Christina Ricci on set in Wading River. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Christina Ricci on the set of ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything” in Wading River. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Christina Ricci brought a bit of Jazz Age glam to Wading River this morning while filming scenes for her Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything.”

Ricci stars in the biographical show as Zelda Fitzgerald, the flapper and socialite wife of novelist F. Scott. The couple had Long Island connections, as they had a home in Great Neck and “The Great Gatsby” was, of course, set on the Gold Coast. But Wading River Historical Society and Civic Association president Sid Bail said he was not aware of any Wading River ties.

“[The show’s producers] probably just wanted atmosphere,” he said. “We’ve had famous people in the ’20s, people like Walter Lipmann and such, but [the Fitzgeralds] missed out.”

On Monday morning, Ricci was spotted in costume walking into a beach house on Creek Road (Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously referred to the street as Shore Road). The “Pan Am” star, 36, was seen holding a can of Diet Coke, which she was also spotted carrying while filming in New York City earlier this month. (more…)