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The latest addition to the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, a vegan, cruelty-free store named Devoshion, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 1. 

Owners Mor Schwartz and Jason McKee were joined by Barbara Franco, Executive Director of the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Scully of Vegan Home New York, and John and Juliana Di Leonardo of Humane Long Island. 

Devoshion, blending “Devotion” and “Fashion,” advocates compassion through its range of vegan and plant-based products. It serves as an indoor craft fair, showcasing local artists and functioning as a gallery for functional art. It is also a venue for live events like comedy shows, live music, Karaoke Nights, DIY workshops, yoga classes, and more. Customers can  hang out, eat vegan food, try local craft beer, and buy and sell collectibles, comics, action figures and specialized toys. 

All items in Devoshion are vegan and cruelty-free, and the proceeds of select items, including sloth, kangaroo, and capybara plushies, are donated to Humane Long Island. In addition, in celebration of its grand opening, all of the proceeds from select plushies and a portion of all vegan candy sales up until Valentine’s Day will benefit Humane Long Island’s work to help animals on Long Island.  

Located at 313 Smith Haven Mall in the Lifestyle Village across from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Devoshion is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 631-394-8296 or visit www.devoshion.com.

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The Smithtown Chamber of Commerce kicked off the holiday season when it hosted the town’s first Ice Skating Rink on Main Street event Saturday, Dec. 4.

From 2 to 7 p.m., families skated on a temporary 24-by-60-feet rink in The Village of the Branch parking lot. The Smithtown Fire Department escorted Santa Claus to the event, and the day also included food vendors, music by DJ Paul and more.

According to a press release from the chamber, the goal of the ice skating event was “to bring our residents and families back to Main Street and enjoy all that Smithtown offers.” The hope was that families would take advantage of the day out, and eat or shop locally after skating.

Smithtown’s Ice Skating Rink program was partially funded by grants from Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and county legislators, Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) and Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), with sponsorships from Ed Wehrheim (R), town supervisor, and several local businesses, according to the chamber.

The Resurgence exhibit will include 'Luke with Blocks' by Peter Leeds

The Smithtown Chamber of Commerce and the Smithtown Township Arts Council will host an Evening of Art & Music at the Mills Pond House, 660 Route 25A, St. James on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Experience the historic property and view the gallery’s current exhibit, Resurgence, while listening to the soulful sounds of Teri George & The Connection. Appetizers by Elegant Eating will be served. Sponsored by Pure Mammography. Tickets are $30 per person. Advance registration only at www.smithtownchamber.com. Sorry, no payments at the door. For more info, please call 631-979-8069.

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Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, left, at the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce lunch on Sept. 30. Photo from Smithtown Chamber of Commerce

Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim (R) made a special appearance at the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce meeting Sept. 29 to speak about the existing and new improvements the town will be making.

According to Wehrheim, approximately $10 million has been spent in St. James to renovate the business district on Lake Avenue and there are plans to add sewers to the area.

“Once we sewer the business district we can really start to dig in and do some really great downtown revitalization projects, and more importantly it’s going to clean up the environment,” he said.

All three of the business districts, including Nesconset, are currently operating off antiquated septic systems, which can be harmful to the environment.

Lake Avenue has been completely repaved with new curbs, sidewalks and decorative crosswalks, according to the supervisor. The abandoned Irish Viking bar has also been bought out as the town plans to add off-street parking as well as a small park in the newly acquired space.

“It’s going to be a beautiful park when it’s completed,” the supervisor said. “The construction is underway, but I am not sure of a completion date yet. I hope it will be finished by early spring. It will be a great amenity for the St. James community.”

A number of new businesses have made their way into Smithtown over the years including the Blue Bean Cafe, Sweetwaters coffee and tea shop and Douglas Elliman Real Estate. He added before the pandemic Stop & Shop renovated its store at a cost of nearly $11 million.

“The point I want to make is that the efforts we are putting into this business district are bearing fruit,” Wehrheim said. “Throughout COVID, our vacancy rates in the business district of Smithtown were lower than any other municipality in Suffolk County.”

The Hilltop Motel, which the supervisor said was operating untoward activities such as prostitution and drug sales, is now gone, and in its place on Jericho Turnpike are 98 55-and-older apartments which are 100% occupied with 19 people on the waiting list. The complex has plans to expand even further.

“When we first took office, we talked about picking up blighted sites, and that has so far been very successful,” Wehrheim said.

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It may not be Pamplona in Spain, but the Smithtown bulls ran down the streets of the town Sept. 25.

More than 140 runners took off from the Smithtown school district administration building on Main Street and New York Avenue for the 15th annual Running of the Bull. Damianos Realty Group and the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce hosted the 5K run which took runners into Juniper Avenue and down New Mill Road and Cygnet Drive.

The event honored John Damianos, the late principal and legal counsel of the realty group who died unexpectedly in 2019. As in past years, the beneficiary was Angela’s House, the nonprofit which offers families and professionals help with medically frail children.


Before the 5K race, families took part in a 1K fun run, many of whom stayed afterward to cheer on loved ones, including Willis Sommervell, below right, who won the main event in 19 minutes, 3.59 seconds and Maria Marascia, the first female to cross the line with a time of 19:46.43.