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Long Island Entrepreneur’s Vision of Wedding, Hotel, Spa and Shopping Destination Becomes Reality

Aerial-closeup-carouselSmCarousel-full-shotSmEntranceSmEast Wind, Long Island’s premiere catering and events venue, announced the opening of its latest expansion, The Shoppes at East Wind, in Wading River, NY. The Shoppes at East Wind is a unique collection of 28 free standing specialty retail and boutique establishments. All of the Shoppes are operated by local business people and entrepreneurs. With a small town square look and charm, The Shoppes at East Wind are Long Island’s newest destination for local residents as well as vacation or weekend travelers.
The Shoppes at East Wind is a quaint walking village of free standing stores connected by brick-paved walkways and featuring a variety of local merchants, including family fashions, jewelers, local artisans, custom artwork, custom clothing, bridal dress shop, yoga instruction, plus an ice cream parlor and a pizza shop.
A stunning, one-of-a-kind carousel with hand-carved horses and other fantasy figures inside a custom-built indoor pavilion is the centerpiece of The Shoppes at East Wind’s courtyard and serves as a focal point for visitors and families.
The drive and determination to create The Shoppes at East Wind came from visionary Long Island entrepreneur Kenn Barra. Barra has made East Wind a welcoming and family friendly destination on the eastern end of Long Island. In addition to catering to a variety of shopping experiences, The Shoppes at East Wind Courtyard will host seasonally-themed programs throughout the year. A Grand Opening Celebration took place the weekend of Oct. 28-31 and included a variety of fall and Halloween fun activities and events. In the months ahead, events such as Christmas tree lighting, Easter Bunny meet-and-greet and egg hunt and many more spring and summer events are planned.
“My roots are in small business like the ones that are opening at the Shoppes at East Wind. My vision was to create a destination where the local community and guests from The Inn will come and enjoy meeting shop owners and exploring and buying what they have to offer. Those who visit can try the different tastes of the region and enjoy several new eateries. Giving local business people the opportunity to develop and grow is rewarding to me and we will be creating jobs and supporting local economic activity,” said Barra.
“I personally selected the tenants for The Shoppes, only bringing in locally owned businesses and fill a need in the market. With shops like The Crushed Olive, Cheese and Spice Market, The Painted Canvas and others we have created a shopping destination and experience that supports small businesses and creates jobs,” Barra added.
Shopping destinations at The Shoppes at East Wind include: The Beginning Apparel, Crushed Olive, The Painted Canvas, North Fork Bridal, shoe store Sole Provisans, The Cheese & Spice Market, American Pie, Tweets Ice Cream Café, Brezza Pizzeria, With All My Heart Floral Design Studio & Purple Peacock Paperie, The Jewelry Box & Gift Shoppe, Little Miss Sew It All and Solntse Hot Yoga.
“We expect our location at The Shoppes to be very busy. Children and young people enjoy sewing and creating. We give them this opportunity through our classes, special programs, Sew U, birthday parties and our project funway fashion program to learn and express themselves,” said Melissa Stasi-Thomas, owner of Miss Sew It All.
“Being part of The Shoppes at East Wind will give us an opportunity to reach more people and customers for our business,” said Lindsay Finter, owner of North Fork Bridal Shoppe. “Brides will be able to come in and see what we have to offer, consult with us; it will be a nice place for them to come in and have a relaxing-shopping experience for their big day.”
The East Wind property covers 26 acres. Barra purchased the property over 25 years ago and began the transformation. Through hard work and perseverance, he grew the business and its reputation for providing quality service and events for families and the community. Originally offering small weddings, christenings and anniversary parties for up to 100 guests, Barra had to repeatedly turn down larger parties. He then bought the adjacent property to expand the hall and also added The Inn at East Wind, a 50 room hotel, to accommodate out-of-town guests. Later, the facility was expanded to accommodate events with up to 1,000 guests – the largest grand ballroom on Long Island, covering over half an acre.
The Inn at East Wind was conceived as a complete destination for wedding parties and getaways and has become a focal point in the community. The facility includes all amenities– the spa to pamper the guests, Desmond’s Restaurant and Pub, an homage to Kenn’s dad, to feed visitors and guests, host engagement parties, after-parties, and more; a hair and makeup salon with top professionals who work on Hamptons celebrities, along with some of the finest culinary trained chefs on Long Island.
Spaces at The Shoppes at East Wind are still available. Interested parties should contact Hudson Real Estate at (631) 846-2326. For additional information about The Shoppes at East Wind, please visit www.eastwindlongisland.com or call (631) 929-3500.

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