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.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2016
When someone steps inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, owner Mike Meola said, it’s like they’re the star of their own horror movie.
“The haunted house was created from a love of Halloween,” said Mr. Meola, whose Route 25 attraction is now in its 19th year.
For Mr. Meola, Halloween starts around June, when he begins to create most of the attraction’s props and sets.
“The attention to detail and everything we put into the show — from the sets to the costumes to how we train our actors — is what really sets us apart,” he said. (more…)
Riverhead Town’s westernmost beach is a great place to swim, launch a boat or catch a sunset.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.”