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…)

06/21/17 6:00am

Martin Accardi inside the new Brekky in Wading River. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

On any given morning, Martin Accardi could be found sitting in the Hudson Market in Wading River for about an hour. When the former owner, Tony Coates, said in passing that he was selling the place, a lightbulb went on in Accardi’s head.

“I was kind of caught up in a nine-to-five world, like a lot of people are, and it’s always been my dream to have a little shop,” he said.

The former Hudson Market primarily sold coffee and a few muffins, but Accardi wanted to transform it into something more extensive. (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…)

01/17/17 6:01am
Ina Visich Baiting Hollow

Ina Pollifrone-Visich strikes a tree pose inside the new Solntse Hot Yoga in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Ina Pollifrone-Visich discovered hot yoga while researching treatments for fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder she was diagnosed with more than a year ago. The 27-year-old native of Belarus found that stretching under steamy conditions alleviated her symptoms, including headaches and fatigue.

The only problem? It was tiring to make the trek from Baiting Hollow, where she resides, to her favorite studio, Buddha Beach Yoga in East Moriches.

So Pollifrone-Visich decided to open a hot vinyasa studio closer to home. (more…)

12/30/16 6:01am
Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill never re-opened in 2016 (Credit: Vera Chinese)

While the North Fork said ‘hello’ to a number of brand new businesses this year, it also said ‘goodbye’ to some popular old favorites.

Here are ten North Fork businesses that closed in 2016: (more…)

12/20/16 6:00am

68 Crescent Ct

Long Island Sound is the stunning backdrop to this four-bedroom, three and a half bath house set on the dramatic bluffs of Wading River.

At just under two acres, this Crescent Court home offers a peaceful retreat.

“The property is particularly beautiful,” said Valerie Goode, the listing agent and owner of Colony Realty in Jamesport. “It has 150 feet of beachfront with a private beach. That’s a fantastic lot.” (more…)