We asked. Here's what you told us! We warmly encourage you to join us in celebration of Small Business Saturday by going on out and supporting Long Island local businesses. This list barely scratches the surface of favorite local places that only exist because people like us spend money there. We encourage folks to keep adding to it when we post this newsletter on Facebook. We're thankful for every one!
Bixby – 94 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor A women’s clothing boutique. We are told that the folks who own this place are lovely.
Book Revue – 313 New York Avenue, Huntington Family owned since 1977, Book Revue is Long Island's largest independent bookstore selling new, used, and discounted books. They host all sorts of events featuring local authors and international sensations. Their website is really useful, too.
Cameraland – 720 Old Bethpage Rd, Old Bethpage An amazing local photographer told us that this is one of her very favorite places. From their website, “What started out in 1957 as a small local photo shop has grown into one of the oldest & most knowledgeable Photo Specialty & Sports Optics stores in New York. Stop by, say hi, pick our brains, see why so many New Yorkers make Camera Land their first and only stop for their photographic equipment and sports optics needs.”
Cow Over the Moon – 282 Main St, Huntington Lots of great toys, stocking stuffers and and some really interesting sports collectibles.
Einstein’s Attic: – 79 Main Street, Northport “A specialty toy store where imagination can take you anywhere.”
The Firefly Artists: 162 Main Street, Northport As a Managing Partner, Katie has to admit she’s a bit biased, but she can also say someone else suggested this place and that Northforker LI chose it as part of a "Perfect Day in Northport.". (Check out the rest of their top 5!) The artists who fill this local gallery are talented, wonderful people that we're grateful to have met. There are paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, felted wool, knitting, air plants, holiday cards, more!
Island Silkscreen – 328 Larkfield Road, East Northport. For 40 years now, they’ve been offering custom apparel for teams, businesses and events. Our friend, Brandon, said this, “They are a family run custom apparel & embroidery printing shop. They certainly went above and beyond for us with this order. It may just be on my mind since it's a recent and very positive experience.”
John’s Crazy Socks You buy them online, but they’re based in Melville. The selection is incredible and their deep dedication to celebrating individuals with disabilities, and generally endeavoring to spread an ethos of happiness, is really, really helpful.
Land of Oohs and Oz – 155 Main St, Ste A, Farmingdale It’s like a time machine of toys and collectibles. Really neat stuff.
Little Vincent’s – 329 New York Ave, Huntington. A longtime Long Island staple of a pizza place. We know people who moved away YEARS ago and still can’t stop thinking about their slices. While there is no shortage of great pizza on LI, if you get to bar hopping after shopping, you can rest assured that Little V’s is open ‘til 2am. 4am on the weekends!
MJ Beanz – 534 S. Oyster Bay Road, Plainview “We specialize in providing personalized service in picking toys and gift items for children of all ages.” Wonderful selection of toys. Really friendly people.
Nassau County Museum of Art Gift Shop -- One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor A trip to the beautiful Nassau County Museum of Art, alone, is a wonderful gift. Still, we think it’s worthwhile to go shopping there, too. Unique, wonderful, educational things are there, and proceeds support a local treasure. (BTW...they host Art Classes, too!.)
In fact, come to think of it, there are LOTS of great ways to mix gifting with giving to your favorite local treasure. Gift shops at The Vanderbilt, the Walt Whitman Birthplace come to mind immediately, as well as the Antiques and Collectibles Shop of the Huntington Historical Society, and gift from the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. We’re sure you can think of more. So, there’s your perfect excuse for a holiday season field trip. Go!!
Record Reserve -- 243 Main Street, Northport: You can sell your old LPs or buy some new vinyl. It’s a small space, but it’s not just records. Katie’s daughter got the whole Harry Potter series in hardcover for a song! Frankly, she can’t get her kids out of the place. They recommend it heartily.
Rosie’s Vintage -- 101 Woodbury Road, Huntington, An artist who loves antiques was raving about this place. The website says “we specialize in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and our inventory is a mix of Vintage Kitsch & Collectibles with a bit of Antiques thrown in. Our customers range from young vintage lovers starting out, all the way to the Mid Century generation who are looking to reminiscence. The store is comprised of multiple dealers and there is something for everyone... literally. We have dealers who specialize in industrial and masculine decor and collectibles, Mid Century Furniture and Decor, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Man Cave & Kitchen Decor... and so much more!
Restoration Kitchen and Cocktails – 49 East Hoffman Ave, Lindenhurst. We first heard about this place from our friend, Catie, who knew we'd appreciate it! As per their website, "When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.
This has always been our motto. At Restoration, we donate 100% of our net profits to local charities, foundations and families in need. The goal behind our family owned restaurant is to remind people to 'Be The Good' they want to see in the world."
Suite Pieces – 1038 New York Avenue, Huntington Station – Our friend Elissa has been talking about this vintage furniture and decorative paint boutique since it opened! Beautiful stuff, plus they have workshops, events, and all sorts of supplies to make all that’s old new again
Willy Nilly Trading Company – 153 West Main Street, Bay Shore According to their site, "The goal of Willy Nilly Trading Company is to create a relaxing, inviting environment where you can find exactly what you need and enjoy the shopping experience.”
Willis Hobbies – 300 Willis Ave., Mineola – Serving enthusiasts since 1949, Willis is proud to offer "low prices with friendly expert service and personable hands on help before and after the sale.”
This is just a little sampling. We're happy to keep taking suggestions as we think shopping local is really important for these and many other reasons. Tell us about your favorite local business! We love to share!