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Thursday night ‘meet & greet’ with another of the supremely talented makers on our beautiful Island: “Birch and Main” - living proof that dirt and grime can sometimes sprout something beautiful.
Meet: The genesis of Birch and Main is black soot… not exactly the glamorous origin you might expect from such a beautifully designed and inspired line of products, but black soot it was.
Founder and Owner Michael McPolin began the company in 2012 after he and his partner, Ken Marin, noticed that the ceiling of their home was dotted with that hideous charcoal colored filth. After realizing that the grime came from the candles Michael liked to burn, he was determined to make his own candles from 100% soy and without the dyes and additives found in those commercially manufactured.
What began as a hobby hand pouring candles in the kitchen of his home officially blossomed into a business as friends and family started buying them. He termed the company Birch and Main, the name deriving from the street names of two of Michael’s former residences - Birch is the street he grew up on, and Main was the street of his first adult abode.
After expanding his product line from soy candles to include luxurious soaps, bath bombs, essential oils, lotions and sprays, Michael opened his first brick and mortar store in Wading River in 2016. Within a year Birch far outgrew that location and re-settled into a larger space and its current home in downtown Port Jefferson. This beautiful lifestyle boutique showcases Michael’s signature soy candles and product lines in addition to high end home decor items and other local goods. All of Birch’s luxurious products are locally made, vegan and animal cruelty free and of the highest quality. And who would have thunk that it all blossomed out of black soot
Greet: You can say hello @birchmaincandle and at their immaculate location in Port Jefferson. You can also find their fabulous products in our boxes (we dare you not to like them!) tagged in subsequent photos. To learn more about other makers in our neighborhood visit www.localibred.com
Loved celebrating @discoverlongisland and seeing @elisadistefanotv last night!
Also, thanks so much to @news12li @elisadistefanotv and @elizabethnews12 for showcasing our Holiday box this morning along with some other fantastic Long Island gift ideas! “Let’s keep it as Local as Local gets this Holiday Season” 😄
PS - Clearly we are not as proficient at transferring video as some of the other awesome local makers on the Island. 😂
Thanks @ediblelongisland and @miafrangram for the AWESOME feature!
We included a snippet but check out the link and give it a read for yourselves (link also in Bio)
“When Halie Geller and Theresa Pinelli moved to Long Island with their families, they immediately noticed that Long Island had a lot to be proud of. The friends, who met through their young children, got to know the best of Long Island. They frequented farms and vineyards, ate at the best eateries, and purchased locally made goods.
But according to the pair, despite all that it has to offer, the island still has misconceptions about it. “We noticed Long Island had an undeserved reputation of being the land of pizza, bagels, and strip malls,” Pinelli said. Geller, a former international trade lawyer, and Pinelli who has a background in marketing for companies like Estee Lauder and American Express, were searching for a way to give Long Island the re-branding it needed. “We thought about the best ways to showcase what Long Island has to offer and bring it to the masses,” Pinelli said. “We went on a journey meeting with different makers and sourcing different products and hearing their stories. We were in farmer’s backyards, at markets, and in maker’s home studios.”
And then: Light bulb! They landed on an idea. Meet locaLI Bred, Halie and Theresa’s brand new business venture.
“LocaLI Bred is simply Long Island in a box. It’s a showcase of Long Island makers and artisans delivered to your doorstep in curated gift boxes,” said Geller...
Check out the rest!
We’re driving through the final two weeks to wrap up your Holiday Shopping. Have you wrapped up Long Island in a Box to put under the tree 🎁🎄
If you answered ‘no,’ this license plate just might be speaking to you come Christmas. 😂
To make it easier we’re offering $5 OFF our Happy Holiday Box through Sunday. Use code: Holiday5 at checkout and let yourself cruise your way through these final days. .
🎼 Reach out your hand if your cup be empty. If your cup is full may it be again. Let it be known there is a fountain that was not made by the hands of men.
There is a road, no simple highway. Between the dawn and the dark of night. And if you go no one may follow. That path is for your steps alone.
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow. 🎼
📷: @mikeygoodtimes79 (h/t @lislandstrong )
With all due respect Billy, we have a new favorite Long Islander 😎 A reporter/crime-fighter, comedian and a true champion of LOCAL Long Island business! 🙌🙌
# Repost @erincolton
Long Island in a box, shipped anywhere you want. I love @locali_bred for so many reasons. They have pride in their product, they’re from LI, and well... they get Sue and I’s humor on stories. (That’s the #☝🏻reason.) Anyway, they have a new box out for the holiday and it’s filled with LI goodies. (The chocolate’s my favorite, duh.🍫) So check ‘em out and continue to spread some Long Island love. ❤️✌🏻 #longislandneedsanemoji #andmaybeoneofmeandsuetoo
At the end of another busy/amazing week we’re feeling nostalgic to just veg out with some juice boxes and Lunchables. But ya know... we also kind of like Tequila and Tacos 😃, so tonight we’re Adulting! So Lunch Lady, line those tequila juice boxes up on our tray, pretty please🙏
# thehappiesthour .
We’re now front and center at the newly opened and gorgeous New York Marketplace at Total Wines in Westbury!!!! (@nymwestbury @twswestbury if we’re talking in Instagram speak 😀).
We even included a video in this post in case you think we are experts at photoshop... which I think we’ve effectively proven by now that we are not 😄 (although as you’ll see we are indeed experts at bottling up excitement 😂)
Come check us out if you’re in the area! The only thing better than gifting the best of Long Island in a Box is pairing it with some alcohol for yourself 🎉🍻🍷🥂
Been so busy we forgot to give the week a proper “Hello.” So here’s hoping this beauty will suffice 😉
Extra tidbit - this gorgeous shot was taken on a cold November day 🌬❄️❄️Just in case you think you can’t embrace 30 degree temps 😀
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You know what makes a great gift A gift that keeps on giving throughout the year! When you buy a @locali_bred Seasonal Subscription, the lucky gift recipient gets a quarterly reminder that you were on top of your game... even during those months when you might not be😀
We curate a limited edition collection of fantastic Long Island goodies and deliver them right to your recipient’s (or your) doorstep every season. Full year (4 boxes) and half year (2 boxes) available.
🎼The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands saying ‘how do you do.’ They're really saying ‘I love you.’ I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than I'll ever know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world🎼
Boxing all these Holiday gifts has got us feeling all festive and Mariah Carey’ish 🤶🎄... although feasting our eyes on this magical tree of Long Island beer bliss didn’t hurt the cause either. 😍
# thehappiesthour .