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…)

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…)

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…)

03/15/17 6:01am
Turned wood pieces by artisan Robert Smol are available at North Fork Craft Gallery. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Turned wood pieces by artisan Robert Smol are available at North Fork Craft Gallery. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

North Fork Craft Gallery, a new Wading River store carrying the work of Long Island artisans, does not have an online store — and that’s for a few reasons.

One, many of the items are one-of-a-kind and the inventory frequently rotates.

But also, the shop’s owner feels customers will gain a better appreciation of the work by seeing them in person.

“To me, it’s really about the experience,” said owner Lyn Cooperman of Riverhead. “I really want people to come in and learn about the artists and hear about the process.” (more…)

10/28/16 6:00am
Celebrate Halloween on the North Fork. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Celebrate Halloween on the North Fork. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

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