Pepperheads Hotsauces stockpiles over 800 tongue-searing hot sauces, rubs, and marinades that inject bursts of heat and flavor into savory dishes. A top seller, Black Mamba hot sauce ($32.99/6 oz.) culls chocolate habañero peppers and capsaicin extracts to craft a viscous spice said to approach several million Scoville units, the scale that measures spicy heat by weighing tasters' shed tears. Pure powder of jolokia ghost pepper, reputed by the February 2007 Guinness Book of World Records to be the hottest chili pepper on the planet, cater to pyrotechnic cooks craving to create their own rubs or sauces ($29.95/48 grams).
Karl Ehmer in Patchogue has proffered fine American and traditional European meats for more than 40 years, and current owner Steven Fahner draws on his southern German roots and a lineage of butchering expertise dating back more than five generations. Starving carnivores can curb recurring dreams about running through fields of deli meat with a variety of made-to-order sandwiches ($4.50–$5.50), enjoying fresh-cut turkey, smoked ham, pastrami, or liverwurst piled between two pieces of rye or shoveled in by the fistful. An array of authentic german sausages ($7.99/lb.) such as bratwurst, knockwurst, and weisswurst rest alongside USDA Prime steaks such as filet mignon ($21.99/lb.), porterhouse (12.99/lb.), or rib eye ($12.99/lb.) and Karl Ehmer's famous smoked hams ($5.99/lb. bone-in; $9.99/lb. boneless). The shop's sauerbraten special packs in 3.5 pounds of sauerbraten with marinade, a dozen ready-to-cook dumplings, a 24-ounce jar of red cabbage, instructions for cooking, and proper etiquette for licking one’s chops ($39.99).
Founded in 2001 by two green-thumbed environmental enthusiasts, Garden of Eve shepherds hundreds of varieties of plants and produce from the earth to home gardens and tummies. The garden center raises perennial flowers ($6.99), herbs, and vegetable sprouts ($3.50) from seedlings in a loving environment, instilling each plant with a quiet confidence and the ability to resist the urge to choke out other foliage. Expert staff help greenhorns choose proper plantings for their ecosystem of choice and navigate a rich selection of annual flower flats ($10.99), hanging baskets, and other forms of florification.
Hundreds of frames line Oronoque Eye Care's elegant wooden cases, ready to perfect vision with style. Connecticut native Dr. Kurt Tichy diagnoses blurry vision and helps to fit contact lenses. His crack team of opticians prize warmth and personality as they repair busted specs and help to pick out the perfect frames for each individual's lifestyle, aesthetic, and need to accentuate one-liners with dramatic removal.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.