Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Think Long Island First store to close at the end of December

Think Long Island First logo
Dear Artists and Supporters,

We regret to inform you that the Think Long Island First store in Oyster Bay will close its doors on December 31st.

More than two years ago we have set up to bring locally made items to the wider public. Having started with 28, we have grown to display works of over 130 Long Island artists - wood turners and carvers, potters, quilters, jewelers, knitters, painters, photographers, writers, chefs, soap and candle makers among others. Our goal was not only to fill the shelves with locally made items, but also to present the artists, their techniques, stories, and inspirations.

This has been an immense experience for both of us - from an incredible learning process in all matters of arts and crafts to the unforgettable chance of forging relationships with the local artists, our loyal customers, and local organizations.

Our deep appreciation goes to artists who trusted us with their artwork, to customers who chose to purchase unique, local wares, and to supporters who participated in various events we have staged at the store and in the local communities. We are vastly indebted to All for this opportunity.

As we close this chapter we are preparing for the next. Jolanta will resume full time management of her husband's medical practice, continue good work with various charities on Long Island, and enjoy time with her two little grandsons. Ewa returns to full time engagement with a New York City based charity helping children in developing countries obtain free, quality cleft lip and palate care. She plans to complete her family tree project and explore poetry translation.

With our thanks and best wishes,

Ewa and Jolanta

1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry to hear this. I have bought many great gifts there. The purpose of your store is why I shop there. Thank you for all you do for the good of others. You are truly an inspiration.
    K Velthaus, Oyster Bay, NY