04/13/17 6:00am

For 20-year-old Reese Dunne of Southold, a hobby that began as a stress-relieving activity has made her one of the North Fork’s youngest entrepreneurs.

Dunne, a 2014 Southold High School graduate, recently started selling her handmade soaps — some infused with locally grown ingredients like lavender from Lavender by the Bay in East Marion — under the brand NoFo Sudsations.

The soaps are made with certified organic, vegetable-based glycerin, a natural humectant that moisturizes the skin. Other ingredients, like Egyptian calendula and Indian-grown turmeric, are also organic.

“I was really inspired because I am a vegetarian, so I care a lot about what goes into my body,” said Dunne, who is enrolled in the dietetic technician program at Suffolk County Community College. “And it was important for me, also being a ginger, [to use] something for sensitive skin.” (more…)

03/02/17 10:09am
Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne jumped in her car on an autumn morning in 2015 and raced nearly 100 miles to Brooklyn to save a dog’s life. The animal was scheduled to be euthanized that afternoon and Dunne — who co-owns North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold — felt compelled to act after reading a call for help online.

After she arrived at the animal shelter, two workers there started to cry; Lazarus, a pit bull-boxer mix with a dark patch of fur over his eye, was about to be put down.

Dunne and the 1-year-old dog met in a back room; he licked her cheek and crawled into her arms, she recalled. Through tears, she agreed to adopt him.

What followed was a year and a half of “stressful days,” “loving moments” and tension, Dunne said in an interview last week.

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01/06/17 6:00am
The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

Have you heard of Hygge?

It’s the Danish word for cozy and for the Danes it’s a way of life. Now you can seek out your own hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) — a lifestyle that includes the pursuit of fuzzy socks, hot tea and good company — on the North Fork.

So while the NoFo winter might be bad for sunbathing and water sports, there are other ways of seeking bliss.

Here are eight places to get cozy on the North Fork. (more…)

07/05/16 6:15am
Jennilee Morris (l), Julio (c), a farmer at San Miguel Escobar and Jess Dunne (r) picking coffee beans in Guatemala (Courtesy North Fork Roasting Company)

North Fork Roasting Co. owners Jennilee Morris (left) and Jess Dunne pick coffee beans in Guatemala in March. (Credit: North Fork Roasting Co.)

A desire to take a more hands-on approach with the beans they roast led North Fork Roasting Co. owners Jennilee Morris and Jess Dunne to create a working relationship with a coffee farm in Guatemala this year.

This past March the two traveled the San Miguel Escobar Cooperative, which is located just outside of Antigua Guatemala, to help with the harvest.

And now coffee brewed from the beans they helped pick is ready to be served at their business.  (more…)