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…)

05/04/16 6:02am
Shoppes East Wind

The community /event space in the middle of the Shoppes complex. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Its restaurant, spa, catering halls and hotel have for years made East Wind Long Island an arguable commercial tour de force. The addition of its Shoppes at East Wind, an outdoor complex poised for a July opening, transforms the 27-acre Wading River property into a veritable lifestyle village.

“My vision was to create a destination where the local community and guests of the inn could enjoy shopping at local artisans, boutique shops and eateries,” said Kenn Barra, owner of East Wind Long Island and Shoppes at East Wind. (more…)