05/01/15 11:00am
A bedroom inside the Chequit. (Credit: Julie Lane)

A bedroom inside the Chequit. (Credit: Julie Lane)

“We found the Chequit again after it was lost for 60 years.”

That’s how David Bowd describes the $2 million transition that has quietly taken place inside the Chequit since he and Kevin O’Shea acquired the grand Shelter Island hotel from James and Linda Eklund last fall in a $3.35 million deal.

When the doors open on the first 21 guest rooms and suites in the main building on Friday, May 8 — an opening Mr. Bowd refers to as “trial by fire” — the first thing repeat guests will notice is floors have been redone and hallways painted a subtle grey.  (more…)

01/16/15 9:00am
Chef Tom Ritzler. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter File Photo)

Chef Tom Ritzler. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter File Photo)

Chef Tom Ritzler will helm the restaurant at the Shelter Island Country Club, which will be dubbed “The Vue” and is slated for an Easter weekend opening.

A Shelter Island native, Ritzler has worked at the former restaurant Bon Adventure before opening the Shelter Island Bake Shop with his then wife Kyle (now known as Kyle’s) and most recently cooking at Clark’s Fish House. (more…)

01/05/15 11:45am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Early morning coffee addicts were greeted by a sign in Schmidt’s window announcing that the business is for sale and inviting interested parties to make an offer.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Early morning coffee addicts were greeted by a sign in Schmidt’s window announcing that the business is for sale and inviting interested parties to make an offer.

For the second time in a matter months, there is word that Schmidt’s may not be long for Shelter Island. But this time, the word is coming from owner Dennis Schmidt who wrote a large message on the front window of the store announcing that the business is for sale. He’s inviting interested parties to make him an offer. (more…)

12/20/14 12:56pm
Bounty of the season. A holiday cheese basket on display at Table of Content General Store in the Center. (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Bounty of the season. A holiday cheese basket on display at Table of Content General Store in the Center. (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

There’s plenty of holiday bustle around the Island leading up to Christmas.

Retailers have stocked shelves with gifts to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. But if you’re planning Christmas dinner here, it better be at home or with friends or relatives, because no Island restaurants will be serving on the 25th.

There are, however, places that will cater to your needs and provide hors d’oeuvres, main and side dishes and desserts, so you don’t have to do all your own cooking.

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10/01/14 2:19pm
(Credit: Bev Walz)

Artist Kia Pederson at her new Bridge Street studio. (Credit: Bev Walz)

On a recent visit to Shelter Island you might have noticed a new art studio above Redding’s Market on Bridge Street. That space, known as Bird House Studio, belongs to longtime Island summer resident Kia Pederson.

Here are five interesting facts about Pederson, her studio and the inspiration Shelter Island has provided her: (more…)