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Agora: The Little Greek Market brings islands to Mattituck

There are two kinds of customers who shop at Agora: The Little Greek Market, which opened in June. "We get Greek people who are happy not to have to schlep to Astoria," said co-owner Joanne Cosonas. "And we get non-Greeks who didn't know there were so many kinds of feta cheese."

Cosonas and Tony Medina opened Agora in June, just around the corner from downtown Mattituck's prime shopping district -- the block of Love Lane just north of Route 25. When the couple moved from Syosset to Wading River two years ago, Cosonas, whose family comes from the island of Lesbos, noted that there was a distinct lack of Greek comestibles on the North Fork. So the former fashion-industry buyer and her retired Con Edison analyst husband decided to become grocers.

The bright shop stocks all the basics: Greek olive oil, preserves, beans, spanakopita and tiropita (spinach and cheese pies, $5 each), olives ($8.99 a pound), hefty slabs of baklava ($4.50) and melt-in-your-mouth cookies ($9.99 a pound). There are fine feta cheeses from Greece, Bulgaria and France for $8.99 a pound, or treat yourself to the king of fetas, Dodoni ($12.99) from the town of the same name in northwestern Greece.

The store also sells a small selection of housewares, ceramics and jewelry, most of which are made by craftsmen on Lesbos or in Athens. Also on the shelves: soaps made by the nuns of All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in Calverton.

During the summer, Agora is closed on Tuesday, and otherwise is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Agora: The Little Greek Market
610B Pike St., Mattituck, 631-315-5070

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