Quogue’s Bustling Business District

As noted a few weeks ago, things are heating up in what Quogue residents (with tongue firmly in cheek) like to call the downtown business district.

What’s old is new again at the deli, grocery and fine foods purveyor variously known as Q Foods, the Q Market and the more traditional Quogue Market, which has managed to retain the original, historic phone number, 631-653-4191. If you haven’t tried it yet, or haven’t been in our fair village for a while, go have a look, and sample some of their tasty offerings while you are there.

After the sad seasons of the store sitting vacant and residents combing nearby hamlets and villages for an adequate breakfast special sandwich or other necessary comestibles, the newly renovated, fully stocked market and the friendly and helpful staff have brought new life to Jessup Avenue, not a moment too soon.

Speaking of new life in established and well-loved businesses on Jessup Avenue, Double Rainbow, just a few doors north of the market, will still be serving 16 flavors of scooped ice-cream and sorbet along with milkshakes and malteds, but Grace and Bruce will also be focusing on some new lines of exciting and super fun toys.

Among the celebrated brands and cool products at the store this year will be KanJam, Spikeball, Kettler Tricycles, Spalding basketballs, boogie boards, skim boards Giant Swan, Flamingo and Pizza pool floats, Swimways, and many more items for outdoor fun. For rainy days or kicking back in the shade, indoor toys will include board games, Ravensburger puzzles, Lego, Melissa & Doug, Playmobil, Fidget spinners and the newest addition, eeBoo active toys and games.

New to the village this year is Big Buddha Yoga, a yoga/barre studio at 130 Jessup Avenue, a few steps down the driveway just north of Quogue Liquor Store. IMG_2163According to co-founders (and mother/daughter BFFs) Tina and Nina, the motivating principle of the new studio is to “bring balance and harmony to mind and spirit while increasing strength, flexibility and endurance.

A list of classes from the very positive energy brochure offers an idea of what’s on offer: Iron Yoga (all levels), Big Buddha Bliss Vinyasa (all levels), Big Buddha Beginner Yoga, Free Flow Vinyasa (all levels), Big Buddha Barre (all levels), and Big Buddha Beginner Barre. Private and semi-private classes are available, and classes can be held “off campus” in your home.

There are also special packages that seem, at least so far, a bit female-centric, not that there’s anything wrong with that: Bachelorette Parties with “hangovers welcome”; Girls Night Out aka Meet Us at the Barre with cocktails included (would Buddha approve?); Circle of Friends Private Class at the studio or location of your choice; Corporate Gatherings; and Yoga on the Beach. For class schedules, rates and more details, email info@bigbuddhayogaandbarre.com.

Writing, Defensive Driving, Butchering and BBQ at Quogue Library

“Letters, Journals and More” is the title of an informal writing workshop facilitated by Kathy Lomas at the Quogue Library tonight, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will get some guidance in using their words to tell a story, write a letter, capture a memory, or leave a legacy in words to children or grandchildren in what is being described as a stress-free writing group.

All are invited to bring along a favorite writing utensil (laptop, notebook, paper, pen) and take the first step, which almost any writer will tell you is typically the most challenging one. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to see if there’s still room.

There may not be any seats left in the Defensive Driving Course being offered at the library on Saturday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The reason for the popularity of this day-long program is likely not the burning desire to be a better, safer driver. It’s probably the fact that those who complete the course are entitled to a 10 percent discount on their auto liability insurance for the next three years. Call the library to see if you can still sign up.

Very interesting program coming up at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the library: “From Murder to Museums: Current Controversies over Nazi-Looted Art,” offered by Ray Dowd, the attorney who brought  the only Nazi-looted art case to trial in a U.S. court since the Allied victory in 1945. Mr. Dowd’s riveting tale will help to explain why the world’s fine art museums and private collectors are still fighting to hold on to the spoils of war more than 70 years later.

Great food and useful information will be provided at the library on Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in “Summer BBQ Meats: Preparation and Tasting with Justin of Justin’s Chop Shop.” For the modest fee of $10 per person (due upon registration; 631-653-4224), participants will learn all about butchering and which cuts of meat are used for certain dishes, as well as what smart shoppers should look for in poultry. Justin of Justin’s Chop Shop, has worked with celebrities and his meats have won first place in the Long Island BBQ Championships. Samples will be provided; bring your own beverage.

Speaking of tasty food, the Inn Spot on the Bay will continue its practice of offering international dinners from now until Memorial Day with a “best from around the world selection.” A different menu will be offered each weekend with an assortment of patrons’ selected favorites.

This week’s menu is a collection from Sweden, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Tahiti, France, Italy and Japan. Now that’s a whirlwind gastronomic tour, all in one meal.

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