Sweetie Pies on Main
181 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor, New York 631-367-9500
Judy and Tom Hogan are longtime residents of Cold Spring Harbor and unabashed civic boosters. "It's the most extraordinary community," Tom said. "There's the whaling museum, the fish hatchery, the firehouse museum, the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, the DNA Learning Center."
What Cold Spring Harbor didn't have, he said, was a friendly cafe where locals could hang out.
As the couple started to formulate a business plan, they set two conditions. "We'd only do it if we could sell Youngs Farm pies and really good coffee," Judy said.
Coffee wasn't a problem. Georgio Testani, proprietor of Georgio's Coffee Roasters in Huntington Station was happy to supply not only custom-roasted coffee, but also advice on how to brew and serve it. (Iced coffee is served over coffee-ice cubes -- regular or decaf.)
As for the pies, it took Tom a year to convince Paula Youngs Weir, one of the Glen Head farm's owners, to allow the pies to be sold "off the farm." When the Hogans opened their shop in May, they named it Sweetie Pies in honor of this historic coup.
Although Judy runs the store, Tom picks up the pies every morning at Youngs. Barista Ryane Lokey stops by Azure Chocolat in Greenlawn to get chocolates and toffee.
The rest of Sweetie Pies' wares are just as carefully sourced, among them cookies from Lisa Ann's Desserts in Locust Valley, coffee cake from Hahn's in Farmingdale and Tea from SerendipiTea in Manhasset. Brownies are baked by the store's own Jess Kennaugh.
The locals have, indeed, taken to the sunny cafe -- which also has outdoor seating on a balcony and in the garden -- and so have tourists. -- Erica Marcus
At Sweetie Pies on Main in Cold Spring Harbor, co-owner Judy Hogan is flanked by barrista Ryane Lokey, left, and baker Jess Kennaugh. (Newsday Photo / Erica Marcus / Aug. 12, 2010)