Even though our store in Oyster Bay, selling things made my local artists and craftspeople, closed its doors on December 31st, 2012, after 2 odd years in business, we still believe it is important to buy locally made things for reasons of local sustainability and transparency.

Please enjoy our somewhat irreverent take on it - Shop Long Island - 10 top reasons to buy locally made stuff.

The powers behind Think Long Island First were Jolanta Zamecka and Ewa Rumprecht.

Jolanta Zamecka is a trained psychologist, with a career following many paths, from stock brokerage, museum consulting, preservation advocacy to retail. She currently serves on the boards of Chamber Players International and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County; she also manages a busy medical practice Z Medical Care of her husband Edward. Jolanta is a long time Oyster Bay resident.

Ewa Rumprecht, a musicologist by education, has years of experience as a programmer and an IT and localization manager in technology industry. Her previous, very rewarding involvement was with Smile Train, the charity helping children in poor countries obtain free cleft lip and palate surgery. She lives in Oyster Bay.