08/03/12 4:36pm
08/03/2012 4:36 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters rushed to the scene at Tanger Outlets after getting a report of a structure fire. The call was determined to be a false alarm.

A Tanger Outlet store was briefly evacuated Friday afternoon after employees smelled smoke in the building, fire officials said. Riverhead firefighters later determined it was a false alarm.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m., when the Riverhead Fire Department received a call of a structure fire at the Claire’s store in Tanger 2. Firefighters were told there was a “strong smell of smoke,” second assistant chief Kevin Brooks said at the scene. The building was evacuated as a precaution while firefighters inspected the building. Several fire engines were called to the scene to assist.

Firefighters determined the report of a fire was “unfounded,” Mr. Brooks said and by 4:15 p.m. the volunteers had left the scene and the store reopened.

11/04/11 7:00pm
11/04/2011 7:00 PM

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Empire State Cellars tasting bar server Lucinda Bonilla serves a tasting glass of 2010 Vignoles from Hunt Country Vineyards to Lenn Thompson, executive editor of the popular wine blog, New York Cork Report.

After months of pouring, swirling and spitting wines from across the state to select bottles they consider the best, Peconic Bay Winery manager Jim Silver and his staff opened Empire State Cellars at Tanger Outlet in Riverhead on Friday.

The store is stocked with 400 different wines and spirits from New York vineyards, and Mr. Silver hopes to grow that number to 600.

“We really tasted everything we could get our hands on and selected what we thought were the best wines in the state,” he said.

Check out our Wine Press blog to read the complete story

10/01/11 11:00am
10/01/2011 11:00 AM

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Peconic Bay Winery general manager James Silver gets ready to move bottles of the vineyard's wine into Empire State Cellars, a new wine merchant store and tasting room opening in Tanger One in Riverhead later this month.

Peconic Bay Winery’s general manager James Silver knows that most people who come from afar to shop at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead wouldn’t make the trek for his vineyard’s wine alone.

But many tourist shoppers would make the schlep, he supposes, to choose bottles of wine from the majority of vineyards from around the state.

That’s why he and vineyard officials decided to open Empire State Cellars, a 3,000-square-foot wine merchant store and tasting room in Tanger One, filled only with bottles made in the state. The store is slated to open Oct. 21.

“The interest in New York wine has never been greater,” Mr. Silver said, explaining the decision to open up shop in another place. “The interest in local products has never been greater.”

Peconic Bay Winery is one of the only North Fork vineyards to open a second location, a move in accordance with a New York State agricultural law allowing wineries to have up to five satellite locations. Pindar Vineyards opened a second tasting room and retail store in Port Jefferson called Pindar Wine Shop about 25 years ago.

Of the approximately 300 wineries throughout the state, 200 of them will sell their wines in Empire State Cellars. About 15,000 bottles of wine, all made from grapes grown on New York soil, will soon line the shelves of the store.

“It’s a way of uniting New York’s wine region in a way that’s never really been done before,” Mr. Silver said.

Tastings will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Read more in the Oct. 6 edition of the News-Review

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07/05/11 9:39am
07/05/2011 9:39 AM

Want two free Mets tickets? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves for them?

Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine is hosting a blood drive at the Tanger II Food Court in Riverhead Receive two free Mets tickets for donating blood from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Those who donate will be given two Mets tickets, according to a release from the legislator’s office.

In order to donate you must be between 16 and 75 years old (or have a doctor’s note if above 75), weigh more than 110 pounds, and have not gotten a new tattoo in the past 12 months. You must also bring valid i.d. and make sure you’ve eaten well and filled up on fluids.

05/13/11 11:09am
05/13/2011 11:09 AM

History was made in Riverhead Thursday, as people at Tanger Outlet Centers across the U.S. — and 487 at the local mall — took part in the world’s largest dessert party. Exact numbers are not yet known but the 487 people in Riverhead were enough to break the previous record of 300.

Students in Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts Department made 2,000 brownies, cupcakes and cookies for the event.

Thursday’s event will be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Read the story in the May 19 edition of the Riverhead News-Review

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VERA CHINESE PHOTO | Part of the world's largest dessert party was held in Riverhead Thursday. People at Tanger Outlet Centers all over the country and 487 locally took part in the event which will be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records.