07/15/14 9:46am
07/15/2014 9:46 AM
Lombardi's Market at Love Lane is scheduled to open by the fall. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Lombardi’s Market at Love Lane is scheduled to open by the fall. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mouths are watering in anticipation of the opening of Lombardi’s Market at Love Lane —and the good news is you won’t have to wait too long to dig in to their famous Italian specialty foods.

Read all about it on northforker.com

04/26/13 3:42pm
04/26/2013 3:42 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Glitzee Gal Creations owner Linda Stavrinos at her Mattituck shop.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Glitzee Gal Creations owner Linda Stavrinos at her Mattituck shop.

Glitzee Gal Creations, a handmade women’s and children’s jewelry boutique, will celebrate its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Mattituck.

The shop can be found inside the Mo Chuisle Moya Strast School of Dance on Pike Street.

The store specializes in sterling silver personalized pendants, fashion jewelry and girls’ bottle cap necklaces. It also sells tutus and children’s hair bows made by a friend, Melissa King.

Storeowner and Mattituck resident Linda Stavrinos, who served as the director of the Southold Mothers’ Club from 2011 to 2012, began making jewelry after the birth of her daughter Alexis, now 8.

“I needed an outlet,” said Ms. Stavrinos, who also has a son Nikolas, 6.

She attended a beading class held at craft-store chain Michaels and began creating jewelry for friends and family. In 2009, she took a metalsmith class at Suffolk County Community College – a move that inspired the full-time mother to transform her hobby into a full-fledged business.

“At that point I became absolutely hooked,” Ms. Stavrinos said. “I transformed my entire garage into a workshop.”

In 2011, Mo Chuisle dance instructor Cheryl Kiel asked Ms. Stavrinos, whose daughter, Alexis, takes Russian-style ballet at the studio, to make pendants for students featured in a dance recital.

Earlier this year, Ms. Stavrinos asked Ms. Kiel about opening a small boutique in an empty room in the front of the dance studio.

With the help of Southold Mothers’ Club friends Gabriela Samolewski and Vicki Trapani, Glitzee Gal Creations was up and running.

“I’m really excited to be able to reach the locals,” Ms. Stavrinos said. “We’re a tight-knit community out here and I think it’s important that we support each other in business.”

Glitzee Gal Creations is located at 445 Pike Street and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It has extended hours Wednesdays and Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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01/27/13 12:45pm
01/27/2013 12:45 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO Keith Luce demonstrates how he makes sea salt for a previous Suffolk Times article.

Acclaimed local chef Keith Luce is currently heading up a kickstarter page to raise funds for a smokehouse he said will help him develop his cured meats.  But you’ll have to settle for reading between the lines if you want to know exactly where he plans to sell those meats.

“All of the pieces of the puzzle, including a storage and cutting facility are secured and two retail/wholesale outlets will be launched in the spring of 2013 to help sell and market the fabricated end product — Artisan cured meats,” Mr. Luce wrote on the kickstarter page for Love Lane Market Artisinal Curing.

While the name of the page certainly gives a large clue to where one of the two retail outlets might be, Mr. Luce said he isn’t ready to divulge too many details.

“It’s a project I’ve been working on and is an extension of my family farm,” the former White House sous chef told The Suffolk Times. “I’m working on being able to say more.”

The Love Lane Market, which has sold Mr. Luce’s products since it opened in 2011, has been closed following damage from Superstorm Sandy. A message written Dec. 2 on the market’s Facebook page said it would reopen after repairs to the store’s damaged refrigeration units are complete.

Mr. Luce needs to raise $50,000 before March 4 in order to receive his kickstarter donations. So far, 17 backers have donated about $2,000.

The chef has been making moves since stepping down as executive chef of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in December. That month, he consulted on the menu for The All Star, the long-awaited bowling alley and restaurant that opened on Route 58 in Riverhead, near the intersection of Route 105.

Now, he hopes to take the farm-to-table concept to a whole new level on the North Fork.

His cured meat products, which he said includes ham, bacon and sausage, are from a small herd of Mangalitsa pigs he’s been raising on his family’s Sound Avenue farm.

According to his kickstarter page, the pigs are free ranging on five acres of farmland and are fed fresh vegetable scraps from his restaurant kitchen, spent grain from a local micro-brewery and cooked potatoes.

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10/13/12 8:00am
10/13/2012 8:00 AM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A dozen of the 19 businesses on Love Land in Mattituck, and even more on adjacent Pike Street, are now owned or co-owned by women. They say this fact has led to strengthened camaraderie and added to the shopping district’s unique nature.

Mattituck’s iconic downtown shopping area, Love Lane, can boast a unique fact: the majority of its businesses are now owned solely by women. From Cecily’s Love Lane Gallery, which opened its doors 17 years ago, to Love Lane Kitchen, which was recently purchased by Carolyn Iannone, Love Lane presents a unique charm with a woman’s touch.

To read more about Love Lane, read the story at The Suffolk Times.

09/10/12 6:00pm
09/10/2012 6:00 PM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Roanoake Vineyards opened its newest tasting room in Mattituck. The grand opening is Sept. 22.

The newest business on Mattituck’s Love Lane — Roanoke Vineyards’ second tasting room — has been doing “very well,” during its soft opening, employee Robin Epperson McCarthy said Friday, after doors had been open a little more than a week.

Roanoke Vineyards opened in 2004 in Riverhead and is owned by couple Richard and Soraya Pisacano, who crafted their 2010 “Bond” red blend, made from cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a little petit verdot, specifically for the new tasting room.

“It’s Bond, like bonds of love for Love Lane,” said Ms. Epperson. “Not Bond like James Bond!”

The tasting room is open everyday between roughly 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., but Ms. Epperson said last weekend they stayed open till 8 or 9 p.m.

The grand opening is slated for Sept. 22.

Read more about Roanoke’s new tasting room in the Sept. 13 issue of the The Riverhead News-Review.

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GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO |  The 2012 ‘Bond’ red blend was crafted specifically for the new tasting room.

07/13/12 11:00am
07/13/2012 11:00 AM

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | Love Lane in Mattituck is plagued by persistent traffic problems, including speeding and stop sign violations.

Heavy traffic on Love Lane has been the bane of many Mattituck residents’ existence all year.

From big trucks barreling through the narrow sycamore-lined street in the early morning to the constant parade of oversized luxury cars vying for scarce parallel parking spaces on the one-block stretch of business district to frequent u-turns at the short road’s intersection with Pike Street, locals are saying they don’t feel safe when visiting to check their mail, do their banking or grab a bite to eat.

Marie Domenici of Mattituck has spent several months voicing her concerns about the safety of the road to the Southold Town Board. Last Tuesday, board members agreed to look into providing better signage to remind visitors that there are two large parking lots behind Love Lane — to the west and east of the busy shopping district. Those lots are rarely full.

But some board members were skeptical the signs would help.

“How much signage can you put in a hamlet and have people be able to comprehend?” said Councilman Bill Ruland.

Mattituck resident Frank Wills, who visits Love Lane daily to check his mail, told board members he frequently sees trucks speeding down the street and ignoring the stop sign at the corner of Pike Street.

Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said he’s assigned officers to monitor Love Lane for an hour twice each day.

Ms. Domenici recommended that police monitor traffic at 7 a.m. to catch trucks speeding on Love Lane, which is the shortest cut-through on the North Fork between Route 25 and Route 48. Automotive GPS systems routinely direct drivers down Love Lane, adding to the problems there.

Board members considered putting up a sign that says only local delivery by trucks is allowed.

Though there has been talk in the past of making Love Lane a one-way road, U.S. postal regulations prohibit post offices from being located on a one-way streets. The large sycamore trees lining both sides of the street also preclude widening of the road.

Town Board members briefly considered asking the police department to make sure people park closer to the curb, but Supervisor Scott Russell said he doesn’t want to do anything that would hurt business on Love Lane.

“I don’t know what to do. All I know is I get these regular complaints,” said Mr. Russell.

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