08/02/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO The courtyard of the West Neck Guest House.

COURTESY PHOTO
The courtyard of the West Neck Guest House.

How do two sisters with no experience in the hospitality or restaurant business launch a successful hotel and restaurant? And then two years later add a Bed & Breakfast to their growing enterprise?

Meet Suzanne Walsh and Janet Rogler for the answers. (more…)

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08/14/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Trash, and remnants of a fire, on Hay Beach.

COURTESY PHOTO Trash, and remnants of a fire, on Hay Beach.

Too much to ask?
To the Editor:
It saddens me when we go for a walk on Hay Beach to find piles of beer and soda cans, many blackened by fire, and empty bottles, some broken, near an often still- warm campfire.

I appreciate that people of all ages enjoy the camaraderie of friends around an open campfire on a beautiful evening at the beach. Most of us who grew up in the vicinity of a beach have fond memories of such experiences. It just puzzles us that there is a need to leave everything there. (more…)

05/27/16 10:00am
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Nautical-themed tablewear and candles at Dabney Lee.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Nautical-themed tablewear and candles at Dabney Lee.

With Memorial Day weekend typically marking the beginning of the summer season on Shelter Island, 2016 is less about new businesses than returning businesses. (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…)