I love walking around Sunday mornings before the farmer’s market watching as the town wakes up. This SundayI noted all the exciting changes to existing businesses as well as the budding shops and restaurants about to open their doors for our busy summer season. Here’s a round up of what you can look forward to the next time you come to shop or eat in our unique village:
Dandelion Boutique, Main Street, Port Jefferson: A trendy women’s clothing and accessories boutique which relocated here from Brooklyn. Owners have fantastic taste and are bringing Port Jefferson style yet another dimension. They are open for business!
YOGO Delish, Main Street, Port Jefferson: No, not more ice cream, this is California style Frozen Yogurt–a healthy satisfying treat! Serve yourself and choose from about a dozen flavors and many toppings. We have been almost every day since they opened–my new addiction!
Toast: Less waiting! This extremely popular breakfast and lunch destination used to have a 15-30 minute wait to get a table (that’s how good it is!). They have expanded in to the old florist spot next door, doubling their space.
C’est Cheese: Hoping to open in July, this exciting eatery has launched a new beautiful website which you should definitely check out: http://www.cestcheesepj.com
Billies 1890 Saloon now serving Breakfast! that’s right, in addition to their famous hamburgers served on english muffins, on Sunday mornings you can start early with pancakes, eggs, and coffee.
The Secret Garden Tea Room, Main Street, Port Jefferson: I haven’t tried it yet myself, but have been told by my most favorite family of girls ages 5,8, and 10 that this is their new most favorite spot in town. They highly recommend the peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches shaped like flowers with a hole cut out in the middle for the purple jelly! Looking forward to meeting them there for tea very soon!
Piada Wraps, Chandler Square, Port Jefferson: I tried the Shrimp Scampi Wrap, and the Roast Beef with Horseradish. Both were delicious! It’s super quick, bright, friendly, easily accessible, and YUMMY! for $8 bucks a wrap, I was very happy feeling like a got a gourmet lunch on the go.
The Port Jefferson Brewing Company, Chandler Square: No, not announcing anything new here, but brewmaster Mike Philbrick is still working diligently to try to open as soon as possible for all of us anxiously waiting. Hang in there folks, it will be very soon I think! In the meantime, you can get the Port Jeff Brewing Company Gear (t-shirts, mugs, hats) in preparation of the big opening directly from his website www.portjeffbrewing.com
Vine2Wine, Wynn Lane, Port Jefferson: Slightly off-the-beaten path located between Pace’s Steakhouse and Ruvo’s Italian Restaurant, this boutique wine store is simply lovely. The single bottle display makes each bottle appear special, yet they offer selections in every price point. Featuring wines from California, France, and Italy, they are now open!
And lastly, though this is not a shop nor a restaurant, I wanted to note the arrival of the solar powered trash and recycling receptacles which are a noticeable addition to the entire downtown area. Not only are these larger receptacles intended to keep more garbage off our streets, each one is designed with space on either side to promote the array of events and activities which our village is known for, giving each visitor even more reason to come back.
Our Village has never looked better! Let’s remember to support our local businesses! There are alot of great new reasons to stay local when you have to shop or go out for your next occasion, and remember, studies show that for every $100 spent in local independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. Get to know Port Jefferson all over again this summer!