Kimberly Orlic is on a mission to turn this coffee-drinking populace into tea drinkers, one cup at a time, at A New Leaf, her teashop in Garden City. The shop has been open for less than a year, but the idea started 15 years ago when Orlic was a business student at Hofstra University. She needed to create a business plan and decided on a teashop based on the many places she and her family had enjoyed in their travels through Europe and Croatia, her husband’s homeland.
“Tea brings people together,” she says. “They sit down and engage in conversation.” It gives her pleasure when people make the switch, or at least bring tea drinking into their lives. To help with the transition, she sells a blend called Awaken which combines green tea, oolong tea, coconut, white chocolate and coffee beans. People tend to want an added flavor, she says, and the Awaken blend fools the senses.
With Long Island’s graduation season wrapped up, I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of the newly minted diploma-holders from high schools and colleges around the area.
And, like every adult any graduate encounters this time of year, I am full of advice. Granted, unsolicited advice, but that doesn’t stop official commencement speakers, so it won’t stop me. Here goes…
Let me preface my remarks by asking parents to hold their applause until I finish speaking; and graduates, kindly refrain from tossing your mortarboards into the air for the next few minutes.
“He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
That daring young man on the flying trapeze,”
Thanks to brothers Marco and Anthony Rosamilia, wannabe daredevils get a modern-day taste of that classic 1934 song by way of the siblings’ I.FLY Trapeze school. Well-experienced in the ways of circus acrobatics, the Franklin Square natives cut their teeth over a decade ago working at Club Med, where the all-inclusive vacation resort features circus and flying trapeze as part of its active lifestyle programming.
“We worked for the resort for a couple of years, teaching and performing every day,” said Marco. “We had a lot of guests [at the resort] from New York and on Long Island, people would always ask, ‘Where can I do this back home?’ The pair quickly realized that there weren’t options for flying trapeze on Long Island and they wanted to bring their talents back home and share with enthusiasts back home.
You don’t have to travel to the market in Marrakesh to breath in the aroma of fabulous herbs and spices. In a mini-shopping mall in Carle Place is Penzeys Spices, where Aladdin’s chef could have spent many happy hours.
Primarily a mail-order business located in Wauwatosa, Wis., since 1987, Penzeys opened here in Nassau County last year with the Carle Place store. It’s a bright and airy shop and what makes it especially wonderful is that there are open jar displays of all the spices so you can sniff to your heart’s content before making your choices.
Long Island’s next big venue is finding its home in an unlikely place. With a population of just above 15,000, Westbury is not known for Gold Coast mansions, sandy beaches or fine dining establishments. However, The Space at Westbury is hoping to make the village a cultural destination, attractive to guests from all over the island and New York City.
The Space, which is slated to open later this summer, will be a multipurpose entertainment venue, hosting everything from concerts, to theater productions to art shows. However, many local residents know it as the Westbury Movie Theater, which has been a landmark on Post Avenue since the 1920s. The Westbury Movie Theater first opened its doors on November 10, 1927, as people gathered to watch the silent film Hula starring Clara Bow while the University of Maryland Collegian Band played onstage. The theater flourished as a single screen house, until it was twinned in the late 1970s.
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