Exploring LI: A Taste of the East End

This past weekend I had the chance to further explore my home–Long Island, New York. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the geography of the Northeast region of the US, Long Island is just east of New York City. It’s a place that’s rich with culture and history and there is no shortage of things to do or places to explore. On Sunday, I made the trek to the island’s east end to visit with family, as I do often. It was there I stumbled across a treasure trove.

In a town called Riverhead, on a busy main street, lies a quaint little boutique. From its exterior it looks like most other boutiques in the area but upon entering Taste the East End, it’s evident that this place is unique.

As I open the door, the first thing I see is what looks like the bed of a Ford pickup truck. Wait…what?! I look again and confirm that it is, indeed, a truck and it’s actually the store’s cash wrap. I’m impressed and, as a girl who’s spent most of her adult life working in retail, a bit jealous.

I slowly start to make my way around the shop and I am surprised at every corner. Taste the East End features a variety of products including food, home decor, jewelry and clothing. All of the products that they carry are sourced from local vendors, farmers and artisans. It gives tourists and locals alike an opportunity to buy products that are “uniquely Long Island” while also supporting small businesses. This is something I am a huge fan of!

Obviously I had to buy myself a few goodies while I was here. The first thing I picked up was a jar of pickles. I love to buy locally produced foods and these literally give you a taste of the region. I’ve already had about half the jar and, let me tell you, they are soooo good. I also bought an adorable yet simple ankle bracelet made from sea glass found on local beaches. It’s nice to have a piece of the beach with me even when I can’t be there. The third and final item I bought was most definitely an impulse buy. The moment I sampled the bergamot and patchouli hand and body lotion, I just knew I had to have it. The smell is musky and relaxing all at once; it kind of reminds me of incense. All of the ingredients are all natural and are gentle on sensitive skin, like mine.

I will definitely be going back to Taste the East End. It has a unique mix of country charm and city chic that is irresistible and undeniably Long Island! Follow them on Instagram @tastetheeastend

Thank you all so much for reading! Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss a post! Have a great weekend!!

***Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post. I just really like this store!!***

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