For those who enjoy indulging in a little country living with a visit to Sylvester Manor’s farm stand, there’s now a Sylvester Manor store where you can pick up a little something special for friends, family or even yourself.
The Sylvester Manor Gatehouse, a new pop-up shop, is now open weekends until November 27. Inside, expect to find farm-centric home and garden gifts, as well as food items made or grown on Shelter Island or the East End.
Last weekend, the Gatehouse began offering fresh pies for sale.
The shop’s buyer and manager is Maria McBride, an event planner and ex-style director at Conde Nast. After planning Sylvester Manor’s Farm to Table Benefit this past June, she was asked to open the pop-up store to test the marketplace waters.
The shop opened its doors in late August.
“We are aware of our unique history with Shelter Island, settled by the Sylvester family in 1652,” she says. “We also feature the works of local artists, bakers, honey gatherers and we’ll continue to add more variety and artisans to our mix as we establish and grow.
“This has been a dream project for me,” adds McBride. “Every event planner and editor has a secret desire to go retail and I can’t have enough reasons to establish firmer roots on the Island — I am a long-time East Ender with half-a-foot in NYC.”
The Sylvester Manor Gatehouse resembles a rustic cottage — complete with old farm equipment out front — and it’s perfectly placed across the road from the entrance to the Manor. The store and chalkboard signage is created by hand by Christine McFall, a local gardener and artist, and the shop will take orders for her custom signage.
“My goal was to bring to life the natural, elegant soul of the Manor, complemented with a farm stand aesthetic,” McBride explained. “We sell a mix of merchandise that is natural, sustainable, farm-friendly or what I call ‘farm-to-cottage’ goods.”
Those goods include stationery, plush animal toys, creamers and plates and hand-made animal collages. The store also stocks a curated collection of gardening books and gardening literature from Black Cat Books, John Pagliano’s Shelter Island “arrow head” necklaces, ceramics from Stephanie Frances Needham — Shelter Island’s long time art teacher — and Meg Hergrueter.
“We have sheepskins processed from sheep raised on the Manor and we even have a rare 1930’s farmhouse kitchen sink for sale that was saved from a local demolition project,” adds Ms. McBride.
So yes, this is a shop where you can literally get it all — even the kitchen sink.
The shop is open weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maria McBride encourages everyone to stop by and say “hello.” She will soon be stocking up for the holidays and is in the process of planning a few events for fall. Follow her efforts on Instagram @stylestermanorgatehouse.
All purchases from the Gatehouse support the nonprofit organization’s cultural events and its work in sustainable agriculture, farmer education, children’s programs, school field trips and historic preservation.
Coming up at Sylvester Manor on Saturday, October 29 from noon to 3 p.m. is “Mysteries of the Manor” kid-friendly haunted hayrides, local ghost stories, and fun fall activities for the entire family. Admission is $5 per person, kids 12 and under are free. For more information, call (631) 749-0626 or visit sylvestermanor.org.