06/27/15 3:12pm
Pepe Martinez, who along with his wife Lydia, hosts ‘The Knitting Club’ every morning at Stars Cafe. (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Pepe Martinez, who along with his wife Lydia, hosts ‘The Knitting Club’ every morning at Stars Cafe. (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Many Shelter Island locals may consider themselves regulars at Stars Café in the Heights, starting their day off with a cup of coffee or the classic “Hangover Burrito” on a Saturday morning.

One group of morning regulars, however, are so loyal to this small business that they are described by co-owner Lydia Martinez as “part of the inventory.” The group call themselves “The Knitting Club,” and can be seen sitting and laughing in front of the Heights landmark nearly every morning, bright and early.

“It started with Stars,” said ME Adipietro, the only woman in the group. The original owners of the cafe, Cheryl and Pete Hannabury, brought together the originals of the gang and began the tradition of unconditional loyalty. (more…)