11/07/17 6:07am

Joanie LaFemina and Michele Kennelly inside their new boutique Kennelly Kouture, located at The Shoppes at East Wind complex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Massage therapist-turned fashion designer Michele Kennelly thinks searching for stylish, flattering clothes shouldn’t be a chore for women of a certain age.

Yet she recalls looking for tops that could camouflage upper arms and a lower waist that weren’t too dowdy and being disappointed with her findings.

“I turned 50 and my body started to change and I was not happy with what I was finding in apparel for women my own age,” she said.

So she designed her own and contracted a Brooklyn manufacturer to make them. (more…)

11/06/17 6:02am

Victoria Collett and Nick Nicolino inside their store, The ClearingHouse in Greenport. The pair announced that they will soon close the business. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The ClearingHouse consignment store in Greenport is closing, and all Italian Bombay chests and English-style wormwood bookcases must go.

The First Street store, known for its high-end secondhand home furnishings at rock bottom prices, will close sometime by the end of the year, according to its owners, Nick Nicolino and Victoria Collett. The pair announced the closure in September, but have yet to set a final day.

Collett and Nicolino opened a Greenport location, an offshoot of their business which was located in Southampton at the time, on Main Street in 2006. They quickly outgrew that space and soon moved to their current 7,000-square-foot, two-story storefront, garnering a loyal following on the East End along the way.

“We are a very unusual store,” Nicolino said. “It blew people’s minds to come here and see all this stuff.” (more…)