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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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…)