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Bon Bons Chocolatier

Bon Bons Chocolatier

Bon Bons has been located in Huntington Village since 1979, but the Meinersman family had no part in the business until Alice Meinersman (Susannah's mother) saw a Bon Bons newspaper ad in 1984 searching for a chocolate dipper. "My mother always loved to cook and bake and garden, all those things. She took a couple flower arranging courses, but nobody would hire her because she didn't have any experience. One of those Catch-22's," says Susannah. "The first time my mother tried dipping she was so nervous her hand was shaking. But the woman there said she reminded her of a...

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Hamptons Handpoured

Hamptons Handpoured

"I want customers who visit the area to be able to take a piece of the Hamptons home with them," says Brittany. "Or like myself who has lived here my whole life, I want a candle that smells like home."  . Four years ago, Brittany began to feel the effects of an autoimmune disease while working at a clothing boutique, Therapy Life & Style. An insufficient absorption of B-12 forced her to struggle with frequent bouts of passing out and an overall lack of energy. In an effort to boost her mood, calm her anxiety and to "feel grounded" while...

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Steiner's Coffee Cake of New York

Steiner's Coffee Cake of New York

"For my mother (Nanci Steiner), this has been so surreal. Every time we have an interview she cries," says Jennifer Steiner Pool, President of Steiner's Coffee Cake. "It's still not real to her. We'll go to a grocery store, she sees the product, she's crying. She can't believe it." . For Nanci and Jennifer, the story of Steiner's Coffee Cake is deeply personal. It is the fabric that weaves together the generations of the Steiner family. A tie that was woven by an old school tin box that once belonged to Jennifer's Grandfather (Malcolm Steiner) and was passed down to...

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Stick & Stone

Stick & Stone

"Wood is so beautiful with the different grain patterns that it produces - like the way that cherry wood kind of looks like the flesh of a salmon," says Aynsley Schopfer. "Once you start working with wood you really fall in love with it. The limitation is really only your imagination." . As former caretakers of a working vineyard, Brian and Aynsley Schopfer have always been connected to the earth. But the answer for where their lives would soon be headed came from a literal shake of the earth. "There were these tremendous heritage oak trees that would sometimes come...

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