01/19/17 6:00am

Elizabeth Sweigart spends her days surrounded by hundreds of items, each with its own story to tell. The 26-year-old said she’s always been drawn to old things, whether it be a vinyl record or antique piece of clothing.

It still shocks her, she said, that nearly four years ago she opened her own vintage shop in Greenport selling many of those items.

“It was pretty spontaneous,” Sweigart said. (more…)

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…)

01/04/17 10:43am
The Pitted Olive in Jamesport has closed shop. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Pitted Olive in Jamesport has closed. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Pitted Olive in Jamesport is no more.

The specialty olive oil and vinegar shop opened on Main Road in Jamesport in summer 2014 and closed its doors Dec. 31, 2016. There, owner and Jamesport resident Linda Durgan offered olive oil tastings, olive-themed gifts, drinkable vinegars and even an olive oil refill program. (more…)

12/20/16 6:02am
Browder's Birds whaler sweaters are now available. (Credit: Holly Browder, courtesy)

Browder’s Birds whaler sweaters are now available. (Credit: Holly Browder, courtesy)

Browder’s Birds in Mattituck is now offering 100 percent wool heirloom whaler sweaters made from its flock of heritage Cotswold sheep.

Similar to fishermen’s sweaters but woven in different patterns, they’re available in royal navy, wolf gray and natural in men’s sizes extra small to extra large. (more…)

12/16/16 6:01am

Given his background in film and graphic design, Jon Demo never envisioned spending his days making candles in his basement. Now, however, the Mattituck resident hopes to make a name for his business, Wick and Wine Candle Company, at shops and boutiques across the country.

Since last year, Demo, 31, has been creating soy wax candles contained in repurposed wine bottles. He currently offers 10 wine-scented varieties, which are sold wholesale to local stores and vineyards.

“I wanted to make a candle that was special,” he said. (more…)

12/16/16 5:59am
There are so many vintage finds waiting to be discovered on the North Fork. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

There are many vintage finds waiting to be discovered on the North Fork. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Here are a few scheduled North Fork yard and tag sales for Friday, December 16, Saturday, December 17, Sunday, December 18, and Monday, December 19.

Find a sale nearby as listed in the classifieds section of the December 15 edition of the Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times.

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