Shop ‘Til You Drop: Treat Your Body, Mind and Home

Inside North Fork Natural
Inside North Fork Natural, Photo: Courtesy NFN

My horoscope tells me that I need to pamper myself this month, and who am I to argue with the stars? If you’re searching for a way to refresh this week, we’ve got some fabulous ways for you to treat yourself, your mind, your body and your home.

There’s a great little shop out in Cutchogue that’s calling my name—North Fork Natural. They’ve got a stellar selection of handmade skincare and wellness products, including some hand-poured, 100% natural soaps. Right now I’m torn between a bar of the Rosemary Mint and French Clay Soap, or the Cocoa Butter Vanilla Bean. And this place isn’t just for soaps and skincare. The shop is owned and operated by Fernanda Menegassi-Lojac, a certified clinical aromatherapist. She offers aromatherapy consultations as well as custom blends for your own special needs. These scents soothe the mind and can help you sleep and relax. All products are organic and designed for the most sensitive skin types. They even offer aromatherapy and wellness workshops, so keep an eye on their website for upcoming events. Visit the shop at 28080 Main Road in Cutchogue. The shop is open Thursday through Saturday, or you can find them online at

Looking for a way to amp up your culinary endeavors? Visit The Crushed Olive in Stony Brook and Port Jefferson and pick up a fresh bottle of specialty olive oil or vinegar. Aside from their wonderful selection of ultra premium extra virgin olive oil, they’ve also got a number of infused oils, ranging from Wild Mushroom and Sage to Blood Orange. Or have your pick of a delicious selection of balsamic vinegars, in flavors such as Strawberry, Maple, Lavender, Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Ginger. The rich and complex flavors will bring your to a whole new level. Their sampler boxes make great gifts for anyone wishing to explore the kitchen. The Crushed Olive can be found at 133 Main Street in Stony Brook and at 25 Chandler Square in Port Jefferson. Visit to place your order or for store hours and information.

The Friends of Rogers Memorial Library Bookshop is open again this Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Take a trip over with the family to snag some of your favorite titles, some for as little as $1. Treat yourself to a guilty-pleasure read! The bookshop has a great selection, from cookbooks to bestsellers. They also have a special collection of children’s books. All sales benefit the Rogers Memorial Library, and you get a free book from their special shelf with every purchase! The bookshop is located on the lower level of Cooper Hall at 91 Coopers Farm Road in Southampton.

The folks down at Invincible Summer Farms are releasing a new Weekly Tomato Subscription (WTS). For two to eight weeks, you’ll receive a supply of heirloom tomatoes and rare seasonable vegetables delivered to your door. The subscription is a perfect introduction to the Southold farm’s 350 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Apply for 4 weeks or more of WTS, and you’ll receive an invitation to visit the farm for their summer soirée. Visit for more information.

Now for a tip: the staff over at Salon Xavier in Sag Harbor give fabulous head massages as they shampoo. Head over there and see for yourself. It’s a miniature spa day. Salon Xavier, 1A Bay Street, Sag Harbor 631-725-6400.

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