The bourgeoning North Fork wine scene is so buzzworthy, it’s easy to pass over the mom-and-pop shops that bolster the area’s charm. From a quaint café that is heaven-on-earth for chocolate and cheese lovers to boutiques stocked with future wardrobe staples, the North Fork is a shopaholic’s delight.
MINT Boutiques, Mattituck
Nestled on Love Lane, Mint Boutiques’ flagship store stocks everything from trendy jogger pants to the classic sweaters you’ll love for winters to come. For those who are boycotting parking lots until further notice, the boutique launched its website this year. Go
North Fork Chocolate Company, Aquebogue
Candy becomes more than a stocking stuffer at North Fork Chocolate Company. Owners Ann Corley and Steve Amaral have become best friends with sweet tooths since opening the company from Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator in 2013. The pair uses local ingredients like goat’s milk from Goodale Farms, Long Ireland Breakfast Stout and wine from Pellegrini Vineyards to create small-batch chocolates and other swoon-worthy treats. Go
Three generations of Gildersleeves have helped Long Islanders live life stylishly. The men’s, women’s and children’s clothing epitomizes the laid-back vibes of the North Fork. Think printed tees and waxed denim for men, oversized sweaters and lace tunics for women and picture-perfect collared shirts and dresses for kids. Shoppers can add a little bit of North Fork to their homes further West in the form of comfy sand-colored ottomans and rustic wooden tables. Go
Phoebe & Bell, Cutchogue
Consider this lifestyle store a one-stop-shop for holiday splurging. Phoebe & Bell stocks pretty metallic purses for fashionistas, glassware for aspiring at-home bartenders and funky vases and mugs for just about anyone. Go
Village Cheese Shop, Mattituck
’Tis the season for wine, cheese and chocolate. If you’re thinking, “That’s every season,” put a trip to Village Cheese Shop on your holiday shopping list. Pull up a chair at the cozy café and get a much-needed jolt from North Fork Roasting Co. coffee or unwind with a glass of vino. The shop, now owned by Michael Affatato, has a new wine bar with bottles from Long Island and France, which pair perfectly with cheeses from all over the globe. Expect to take a few logs home for your foodie friends (and self). Go
Simply Beautiful, Greenport
What started as a spot for luxurious sleepwear in 2005 has transformed into a place to find pieces for every day and every night. Simply Beautiful’s show-stopping metallic heels and sequined scarves add the right amount of sparkle to a holiday party look and breezy tunics make for special gifts for globe-trotting friends getting set for a tropical getaway. Go
The Shoppes at East Wind, Wading River
Forget the mall. The Shoppes at East Wind boast unique specialty shops which stock everything from wine and cheese to fine jewelry, all within walking distance on the brick-paved sidewalks. The Crushed Olive and Cheese & Spice Market are must-sees for shoppers with foodies on their lists and Sole Provision has shoes made for some serious walking. Pro tip: Book a post-shopping massage for yourself at The East Wind’s spa. You deserve it. Go
For more shopping ideas, be sure to pick up a copy of Pulse’s Holiday Gift Guide out next week.