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In a few short weeks, a tasting room for olive oils and gourmet vinegars will open its doors on Main Street in Greenport.
Vines & Branches will carry a variety of specialty foods and offer a light cafe menu, in addition to a vast collection of oils and vinegars, according to owner Rita Winkler.
Each oil and vinegar will be placed in a fustis with a card describing the product’s characteristics, region where it came from, and suggested uses. Customers will be able to sample small servings of the oils and vinegars with bread.
Nationwide, the New York City area fared rather poorly in a Consumer Reports survey on hospital safety across the nation, with 75 of 81 area hospitals scoring below the nationwide average in the survey.
But on Friday morning, celebrated its status as second among those 81 hospitals in patient safety - overall, 12 percent above the national average - a status President and CEO Andrew Mitchell said is a testament to the staff's day-to-day devotion to patient care and an institutional commitment to improving facilities and operations to enable that care.
The red ribbon was cut on a new manufacturing business in Westhampton on Friday afternoon. The business, called Head Line Brand Products is selling and manufacturing all-natural sunscreens, lip balms, hand cleaners, deodorizers, and tattoo balm, all with customized labels
Montauk's own Virginia (Ginny) Davis was honored on Monday night as New York State Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year for 2012.
Davis, who works as the conference and banquet administrator at , has also been nominated for a national award, given by the American Hotel & Lodging Association in Washington, D.C.
The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association held its 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards Banquet in Albany. The awards program honors employees of the hotels, motels and tourism-related businesses throughout the state who best represent the quality service and spirit of the hospitality and tourism industry.
The growing pervasiveness of chain stores is something New York State's historic villages and towns have fought to halt in their communities for years, and now state says he has the legislation that will do just that.
A new bill Thiele has drafted, if passed, would give municipalities the express authority to enact restrictions and prohibitions on "formula" retail uses, i.e. chain stores with standardized merchandise, apparel, facades, decor and signage. It should come as welcome news to preservationists who worry that chains replacing independent businesses and mom and pop stores will erode community character.