Mattituck’s Tony and Joanne Medina of Agora Market on Mattituck’s Pike Street are beginning their fifth year of operation starting July 3, the four-year anniversary of opening a specialty shop to satisfy their own desires, as well as the strong local Greek community into which the couple retired after careers in New York City.
Joanne procured color palettes for Eileen Fisher and her collections while Tony was a 42-year accountant for Con Edison, but these days the couple is happily keeping shop next door to Love Lane. Joanne carefully curates gift items like wooden spoons and other items made from olive wood found on the island of Lesvos, from which both her parents’ families hail, along with tunics, onesies, and wall hangings bearing the “evil eye.”
“People call it the ‘evil eye,’ but it actually wards off evil,” Joanne explained as she showed off items for sale at the shop. “I have that in my logo. It’s important to have. Everyone could use it right now.”
There are five types of feta cheese and five types of olives found at Agora, not to mention Greek-imported olive oils and a case filled with cookies and other dessert items shipped out from Astoria because, “There’s nothing more Greek than that,” according to Joanne, as well as hot meal items for lunch-seekers like spanakopita (pastry with spinach and cheese) and tiropita (cheese pie).
Visit littlegreekmarket.com for more on Agora Market, including hours of operation.