12/08/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Bella Vita on North Ferry Road has been closed for two weeks.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Bella Vita restaurant on North Ferry Road is closed for business.

BY CHARITY ROBEY and AMBROSE CLANCY

Bella Vita, the pizzeria on North Ferry Road in the Center, closed because the tenants didn’t renew their lease.

That’s one of the few facts the landlord and tenant agreed on in interviews this week with the Reporter. (more…)

11/20/15 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A typical holiday gift basket fromTable of Content where two local women will now be managing the shop.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A typical holiday gift basket fromTable of Content where two local women will now be managing the shop.

It has been more than two years since the specialty store Table of Content opened its door on North Ferry Road in the Center. Now, it’s adding a couple of local flavors to its bill of fare.

The store, still owned by Kimberly Auth, will be managed by two long-time Islanders well known to their neighbors — Mary Boeklen and Laurie Eckhardt. (more…)

10/01/15 8:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK Island’s bounce-back following national trends

ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK The local bounce-back is  following national trends

If anyone doubts that the economy has improved considerably, just speak with Shelter Island business owners.

With almost no exceptions, Island businesses followed national trends in recovering handsomely from a brutal winter. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 192,000 new jobs were created nationally in March, a sign of optimism kicking off a solid spring and summer.

In an informal survey, the Reporter found that Island business owners had their own way of measuring summer success: Many were so busy they’re relieved to be able to take a breather this fall. (more…)