In our last post, we left you sitting with us at the outdoor table at D’Latte, where we watched the world of Greenport walk by. Restored by the excellent coffee, we began to stroll around the town.
Kessie and Dreaming Buddha
Marian likes to begin her holiday shopping early, and is already looking for stocking stuffers and Hanukkah presents for nieces and nephews. With that mission in the back of her mind, we walked into Kessie, located at 8 Front St. Kessie is a labor of shopping love brought to you by proprietor Linda Kessler. With the tag line “A fun place to shop”, Kessie features an eclectic mix of vintage and modern jewelry and other beautiful things, across a range of price points. It is clear that Linda enjoys shopping for the store as much as she likes meeting and engaging shoppers. Marian spied some earrings that she knew her nieces would love and these went home with us.
Not through with gift exploration, we continued our stroll, stopping at 29 Front St., the home of Dreaming Buddha. Want an Asian Objet d’art, some Buddhist statuary, or hand-made silver jewelry? If so, Dreaming Buddha is your kind of store. Ours too, as Marian left with a sliver bangle bracelet that will not become someone else’s stocking stuffer. It is firmly on her wrist, where it will stay. This shop features a small but beautiful garden behind the shop, where you can relax, enjoy a bit of serenity, and see a variety of Asian-inspired garden statuary.
C.J. Gourmet and the Brewery
OK, enough of collecting gifts… Stu steered Marian towards the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company . Harbor Brewing is a neat craft brewery nestled on a side street, right next to the old Greenport jailhouse. On the way over to the brewery, we noticed C.J. Gourmet , where they sell “All things great from New York State”. As native New Yorkers, we like to boost our state. We felt CJ is a kindred spirit to Empire State Cellars located in the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead and the late Vintage New York, once in SoHo.
CJ features a wide variety of products from our beautiful state. We selected a mini-chocolate cheesecake from the North Fork Chocolate Company to enjoy as our evening’s dessert, and headed for the brewery. Yikes, too late. The brewery closes promptly at 5:00 pm, so we will return and report on another occasion.
Ferries Back Home
Greenport NY is located well East on the North Fork of Long Island, just as East Hampton, our home base, is well East on the South Fork. Two ferry services connect Greenport, Shelter Island, and Sag Harbor. We decided to take the ferry route home, rather than driving west to Riverhead and then east again back home. When there is no waiting line, as was the case this day, ferry service is quick and safe. Each ferry ride takes only a few minutes, and lightens the wallet by a few dollars. Ferrying is much easier and faster than driving around, if you are in or near one of the ferry termini.