NOLE Cafe Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 593

We stopped by Nole Cafe this Tuesday January 15th for their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  But this was no ordinary ribbon cutting! Tonight also kicked off the Greater Patchogue Weight Loss Challenge event, with the first official weigh-in occurring during the festivities.  Brought to you by Nole Cafe, the Greater Patchogue Chamber, and their Patchogue Young Professionals group, contestants will embark on an eight week personal fitness challenge with the support of the community and sponsors along the way.  For more of the rules and information, check our previous article on the contest.

Town officials, business owners, and members of the community all came down to pledge their charity of choice and mark their official starting weight for the challenge.  There are approximately 20 people competing, including notable contestants such as Mayor Paul Pontieri, Chamber President David Kennedy, Harbor Crab Owner Mark Miller, Perabell Owner Scottie Campbell, and many others.   Local health-conscious businesses such as Orange Theory Fitness and Cryology were also there to speak with contestants and show off their services, including a portable cryo-therapy display. Nole also provided some of its healthy juices and snacks to sample.  The event was well attended and had several media outlets covering the action.  Verizon Fios TV was on hand to interview cafe owners Makenzie Miller and Bob Venero, as well as Mayor Pontieri for an upcoming show.

During the pre-weigh-in festivities, we caught up with the Mayor as he sipped on some of the complimentary Carrotini Juices. “This is a great thing for the community, we are excited to be a part of it.  But as for the dieting part, not as excited for that!” he joked.  Councilman Foley, who was already a big fan of the cafe, was a last-minute entry.  After his weigh-in he told us “I had to get in on the contest. I come here for lunch all the time, their tuna is off the charts!”  Finally, following a small speech by the Councilman and Mayor, Miss Miller cut the ribbon and made it official!

We were honored to help welcome Nole Cafe to Main Street, be sure to check out our pictures from the event below, or visit Nole’s business profile page here at Patchogue Today.


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Patchogue Welcomes Amulet Arts 394

We were thrilled to be a part of the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration for Amulet Arts on June 8th.  You can tell as soon as you walk through the door that details are important to owners Michael Cappel and Mandolynne Hopkins.  Every inch of the newly opened shop is designed to create an inspiring experience.  It is truly a unique and elegant boutique.  A family owned and operated shop, with more than 30 years in the industry, Amulet Arts offers piercing, jewelry installation services, microblading and fine jewelry.  Proud members of The Association of Professional Piercers, their staff offers the most current, hygienic and professional services to their clients.  They are one of the most highly credentialed and certified piercing/body art studios in New York State.

Although concerned at first about how they might be received, Mr. Cappel got emotional yesterday when asked about their experience opening in Patchogue.  “I have to tell you that Patchogue welcomed us with open arms, and I could not be more grateful to you guys”.

In addition to body art, Amulet Arts also has an amazing gallery where artists are able to showcase their work.  We met two local artists, Mary Searles (@calicoqueen) and Christie Jones (@swellanchor), who both had several pieces of their work on display. and were thrilled with the space and opportunity Amulet provided.  Make sure to check out their instagram accounts for more of their work.

Scroll down to see highlights from yesterdays event, and visit Amulet Arts at their website or Facebook.

Suffolk Strawberry Festivals 94

Early June is strawberry season on Long Island. This weekend and next you can get out and celebrate one of Long Islands sweetest crops.  Grab friends and family and head out to enjoy one (or both) of these great Strawberry Festivals.

Strawberry Fair at Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
THIS WEEKEND:  Saturday, June 8th and Sunday June 9th

Benner’s Farm is a private fifteen-acre family homestead, first farmed in the 1700’s.  Each year the farm provides thousands of people a sense of what it was like to live on a small farm in years past.  The Benner family has been farming organically since the late nineteen seventies and also raise a variety of farm animals for self-sufficient living. This weekend they will celebrate the strawberry by dipping them in chocolate, making them into ice cream, putting them on home-made Strawberry Shortcake, turning them into jam and eating them as they are!  Come out to enjoy wholesome family fun with old-fashioned games and live music.  They also have bunnies and chicks for the kiddies to hold, the big swing, craft and local vendors and a whole Farm to explore and discover!  The farm just announced that they have a new baby calf on the farm and now have three baby goats and a lamb to pet and feed.


Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
1175 Route 48
Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th

On Father’s Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time.  Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors. Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned. Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Much of the Festival fun is free, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. When you do spend, you help the Mattituck Lions advance their year-round community service efforts. Admission is $6 per person 5 and older. Pay-one-price ride tickets are available for purchase online. Dads are admitted FREE on Father’ Day when accompanied by a paid child.


No need to be sour if  you are not able to make any of these festivals,  here you can find a list of Farms and Stands where you can get out and pick your own or purchase local Strawberries throughout the season.  




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