In this time of corporate megastores and e–commerce giants, there’s a certain charm that comes with walking through shops run by locals with fresh, authentic products. Adjacent to the Inn at East Wind, The Shoppes at East Wind, in Wading River, are a welcoming destination, perfect for a day trip or a weekend get-away.
This summer, Wednesdays feature family fun night at The Shoppes. Live at the Shoppes kicks off July 12 under the gazebo and runs through August 16. The Shoppes will come alive with music and children’s entertainment. From bluegrass to magic, six unique performances will provide a fun atmosphere for families to meet, shop, eat and gain exposure to the arts. Below are some of the highlights at this gateway to the North Fork.
Cheese & Spice Market sells fresh and ripened artisanal and farmstead cheeses, high quality loose herbs, spices, teas and other gourmet products. Visitors exploring the North Fork wine region and farms can find, crackers, baguettes and other goodies to fill their picnic baskets as they start their journey. cheesespicemarket.com, 631-886-1521
The newest addition to The Shoppes, Wines by Nature, features local wines and spirits, hand selected from small family run businesses. They plan to run free tastings daily, and perhaps a wine and cheese pairing with Cheese & Spice Market. winesbynatureny.com
Little Miss Sew It All is Long Island’s premier sewing studio for children and young adults dedicated to teaching the skills and art of sewing in a whimsical atmosphere. Little Miss Sew It All’s summer program, Project Funway, is for all skill levels, ages 6-16, and gives students the opportunity to create their own Boho Chic outfit then model it on Fashion Show Fridays. Choose a weeklong camp or meet once a week for 5 weeks, both going from July 17 to August 18. littlemisssewitall.com, 631-909-3855
The Painted Canvas is an art, entertainment and instruction studio that provides daily art classes for ages 7 and up, as well as weekly summer camps that start July 10. They host Paint and Sip events every week, and Open Paint Days for families nearly every Saturday. thepaintedcanvas.org, 631-886-2444
Bringing original art works to the East End from far away lands, Galerie Des Beaux Arts features a collection of masterpieces by under exposed artists from the Caribbean. From the primitive, to the abstract you are sure to find a gem! 631-886-2929
Unique, creative, distinctive—that’s the selection of hand crafted goods at North Fork Craft Gallery featuring work from local, regional and international artisans. Handicrafts include jewelry, wearable accessories, pottery, gifts, furniture, home accents, wall art and more. The Gallery will feature one of their local artisans at an outdoor experiential activity every Saturday from noon–2 p.m. through August 26. Check out their Facebook page to apply to have your crafts put on display. 631-886-2888
The Beginning Apparel is a new North Fork designer brand where you’ll find ready to wear East End themed apparel and accessories for everyone in the family. Original art and designs at The Beginning Apparel are all inspired by the incredible environment on the North Fork. 631-886-2599
Looking for beautiful footwear that feels amazing all day, every day? Since 1997, Sole Provisions has provided Long Island with expert sit-and-fit service and a selection from the world’s best fashion-comfort brands. Sole will make sure your shoes fit your feet and your lifestyle. soleprovisions.com, 631-886-1768.
North Fork Bridal Shoppe is a full service bridal boutique offering an exquisite collection of bridal attire and accessories from today’s top wedding fashion designers. Whether you want your look to be vintage, modern, simple or glamorous, their collection is bound to have something that suits your taste. You can also get headpieces, veils, jewelry and shoes to make all your dreams come true. northforkbridalshoppe.com, 631-886-2616
Dressing the woman, addressing her real needs. That’s the motto for Kennelly Kouture, a partnership of clothing by Kennelly Kouture and jewelry by Moon Child Creations. kennellykouture.com, 631-987-8822
Visit The Shoppes at East Wind at 5768 Route 25A, Wading River. Go to eastwindlongisland.com/shoppes for more information.