11/20/17 6:01am

Selections from the 2017 northforker holiday gift guide.

We had lots of fun scouring the North Fork and Shelter Island for the most inspired, practical, and/or can’t-live-without items to fulfill your gift-giving desires. From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind instant heirlooms, here are our favorites. (Note: Do call sources or check their websites for hours.) And don’t forget to visit our local historical societies and museums—their gift shops are brimming with great finds. (more…)

11/15/17 6:37am

The North Fork Box will arrive in a white box featuring the subscription service’s logo. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Now you can have a piece of the North Fork delivered to your doorstep, wherever you are in the world.

The North Fork Box, a new subscription service offering North Fork-produced goods, recently began taking pre-orders through its website, thenorthforkbox.com. The service, which will ship four times per year, expects to send out its first box in December in time for the holidays. The inaugural package will feature products from Lavender By The Bay in East Marion, dog treats from The Harbor Pet in Greenport, a copy of N is For North Fork by local photographer Katelyn Knapp and more.

The service is aimed at people who have a connection to the North Fork — whether they own a second home, once lived here or have only visited— but live elsewhere, said business co-founder Maria Vizzi.

“People want to keep the North Fork in their experience way after they’ve left it,” Vizzi said. (more…)

11/11/17 6:00am

Editor’s note: Sunday Records is expected to open this Sunday, November 12. This story was originally published in the Riverhead News-Review in August.

An East Moriches couple’s love of records is culminating in a plan to bring a new record store to downtown Riverhead.

“A good old fashioned record store like you used to walk into back in the ’70s and early ’80s,” said Brian Volkman of his plans. “Just records. There aren’t any CDs or anything else.” (more…)

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…)

11/06/17 6:02am

Victoria Collett and Nick Nicolino inside their store, The ClearingHouse in Greenport. The pair announced that they will soon close the business. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The ClearingHouse consignment store in Greenport is closing, and all Italian Bombay chests and English-style wormwood bookcases must go.

The First Street store, known for its high-end secondhand home furnishings at rock bottom prices, will close sometime by the end of the year, according to its owners, Nick Nicolino and Victoria Collett. The pair announced the closure in September, but have yet to set a final day.

Collett and Nicolino opened a Greenport location, an offshoot of their business which was located in Southampton at the time, on Main Street in 2006. They quickly outgrew that space and soon moved to their current 7,000-square-foot, two-story storefront, garnering a loyal following on the East End along the way.

“We are a very unusual store,” Nicolino said. “It blew people’s minds to come here and see all this stuff.” (more…)