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10 big sales going on now

Where to save on fall fashion, HDTVs, toys for the kids and more.

Save 20 percent off all purchases up to $150, 25 percent off purchases of $150 or more and 30 percent off purchases of $250 or more with promo code PINECONE.
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Save up to 25 percent off select HDTVs.
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Buy one, get one 50 percent off all Maybelline and Revlon cosmetics.
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Save 30 percent off your purchase online and in stores with promo code GAPFRIENDS.
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Save 30 to 40 percent off appliances.
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Save 20 percent off select dinnerware, flatware, wine glasses and more. Plus, get free shipping.
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Save 30 to 50 percent off shoes and boots for the family.
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TOYS R US Receive a $10 gift card with your purchase of $50 or more.
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Save up to 75 percent off women's fall fashion.
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Peconic Bay scallop season opens

By Erica Marcus

Peconic Bay scallops,  Long Island's own sweet, nutty, briny mollusks, are here. According to Ken Homan, owner of Braun Seafood in Cutchogue, "the season opened on Monday and we're starting to see the first harvests."

In the coming weeks, restaurants and fish markets all over Long Island will be offering this delicacy. If you’re heading east for this weekend’sTaste North Fork festival, you can get a jump start.

At 18 Bay (23 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, 631-749-0053), Adam Kopels and Elizabeth Ronzetti are making a crudo with sliced scallops and pickled pumpkin with rice wine vinegar, coriander and juniper, among other aromatic seasonings.

At Main (300 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-6840), Greg Ling, who came on board as executive chef in October, is heading in an Asian direction with a Lao-style larb salad of scallops tossed with lime, fish sauce, bean sprouts, tomato, cucumber, chili peppers, Thai basil and cilantro. For the Taste North Fork street festival on Sunday, Ling and Main’s owner Keith Luce will be making Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with Crescent duck pate and cold-smoked scallops with lots of pickled local vegetables.

Lucharito's (119 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-6666) is serving a “PB scallop taco.” The scallops are sauteed then served on a tortilla (soft corn, hard corn or flour) with lettuce and corn-pepper salsa.

Braun Seafood (30840 Main Rd., Cutchogue, 631-734-6700) is selling Peconic Bay scallops; the price varies daily. You can also get home delivery through the web-based farmers where they are selling for $27.99 a pound.

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5 Veterans Day events for kids

By Alison Bernicker

Monday is Veterans Day, and that means that the kids are off from school. Here are five fun events to keep your family entertained all day long:

1. A Letter to My Hero at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can help honor America's heroes by sending them letters of thanks. Appropriate for all ages. Price: Free with museum admission.

2. School's Out! Veterans Day at Center for Science Teaching and Learning (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre) from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Children ages 5 to 12 can explore nature and science with hands-on activities. Price: $50

3. Archaeological Dig at Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) from 1 to 5 p.m. Kids can learn how to use transects and quadrats to go on an archaeological dig right at the museum. Price: $5

4. Extreme Rec Day at Southampton Town Recreation Center (1370A Majors Path, Southampton) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can enjoy a day of arts and crafts, inflatable fun, kickball, board games, basketball and more. Admission includes lunch, snacks and refreshments. Price: $10

5. Pioneering Spirit at Science Museum of Long Island (1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can spend the day living like an early American. Under the supervision of the museum's teachers, children can dip candles, churn butter, make soap and more. Price: $60

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Wanted: ExploreLI's Black Friday Super Shoppers

By Nina Ruggiero

Are you a Black Friday shopping expert? This is your time to shine! We're looking for Long Island's fiercest deal hunters to become ExploreLI Super Shoppers.

You'll get to show off your skills and share your tips while competing against other shoppers in a bargain-finding face-off.

Think you have what it takes to lead less experienced Long Islanders on the biggest shopping day of the year? Then we want you on our team.

Apply at by Nov. 12 and let us know why you're ExploreLI Super Shopper material.

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'America's Got Talent' to perform in Westbury

By David J. Criblez

The voting is over and the results are in. Next Sunday night, Nov. 17, "America's Got Talent" comes to Long Island, home of "AGT" judge Howard Stern. Although the King of All Media won't be there, the top finalists and season 8 winner will be on hand to entertain the crowd at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury with music, magic, muscles and more.

Here's who will take the stage:

KENICHI EBINA Japanese wonder Kenichi Ebina will dazzle the crowd with the stunt dancing that helped him capture the crown during season 8. Standing 5-foot-3 and weighing 115 pounds, Ebina uses his entire body when performing.

"It just looks like I have body control. I'm actually not that strong," says Ebina, 39, who lives in Manhattan and Tokyo. "I don't work out, stretch or even practice. I'm good at tricking people."

During the show, Ebina will break out his famous "robomatrix" routine as well as a nod to Michael Jackson, one of his inspirations.

TAYLOR WILLIAMSON The quirky, awkward comedy of Taylor Williamson landed him the No. 2 spot on the show. His nerdy energy and low-key style endeared him to viewers.

"My comedy is kind of polarizing -- people either love it or hate it," says Williamson, 27, of San Diego. "I've been rejected in this business so much for not being appealing, so it's kind of cool to prove all those people wrong."

For the live show, Williamson will serve up new material for hard-core "AGT" fans.

JIMMY ROSE Marine veteran and coal miner Jimmy Rose of Pineville, Ky., had one of season 8's most memorable moments when he surprised everyone with his original country song, "Coal Keeps the Lights On."

"They advised us not to sing original music, but I went out there and gambled with my career," says Rose, 33, who came in third. "It was an honor to get the reaction I got."

At the live show, Rose will play his own hit along with a cover of "Wagon Wheel," a recent single by Darius Rucker, plus a duet of Adele's "Rollin' in the Deep" with fellow finalist Cami Bradley.

COLLINS KEY At 17, Collins Key is the baby of the group who brought his own brand of magic, incorporating social media, to "AGT" this season.

"What intrigues me about magic is that everyone can be part of it," says Key, of Los Angeles, who took fifth place. "It's a very inclusive art form."

During the live show, he brings people onstage to help him with his tricks.

"Typically the people who go onstage somehow always happen to be the most skeptical," he says. "Then they are like, 'How did you do that?' "

CAMI BRADLEY Coming in sixth is just fine for Bradley, 25, of Spokane, Wash. Surprisingly, this pop-folk singer-songwriter doesn't like being in the spotlight.

"Since doing the show, I have gained a love of performing, which is something I didn't have before," says Bradley, who works as a musical director at her church. "I've learned to hide my shyness."

In addition to her duet with Rose, Bradley will perform a reworked version of Cher's "Believe," along with an original tune, "Loving You," off her self-released debut album, "Seas."

KRISTEF BROTHERS The KriStef Brothers -- Kristofer Saly and Stefan Liden -- are the dynamic duo from Las Vegas who have dubbed themselves "acro-medians" combining acrobatics with comedy.

These hulking, unrelated males grew up in circus families and have worked together for more than 20 years. While pulling off hand-

balancing stunts, they keep the crowd laughing with their outrageous outfits and attitudes.

"We put a twist on acrobatics by making fun of the whole thing," says Saly, 25. "We want people to see something different."

Live onstage, the brothers will deliver "new tricks with new themes and new music."


WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m. Nov. 17, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

INFO $49.50-$79.50, 800-745-3000,


Auditions for season 9 of "America's Got Talent" will be held 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at  536 W. 41st St., the former location of Mercedes-Benz of Manhattan.

If you still want to try out but can't make it into the city, you can submit a 2- to 3-minute video online. Deadline for videos is March 15. For more information, go to

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Thanksgiving Day meals on Long Island: 6 picks

By Peter M. Gianotti and Joan Reminick

Thanksgiving is a big holiday at restaurants, so it's advisable to reserve early if you're planning to dine out on Nov. 28. Here are spots where you won't have to do the cooking.

BISCUITS & BARBEQUE, 104 E. Second St., Mineola, 516-493-9797

There's limited seating at this Southern-Cajun-BBQ restaurant housed in a vintage Mineola diner, so reserve early if it's a down-home Louisiana-style meal you crave. The three-course meal, at $44.95, includes such appetizer choices as butternut squash soup and andouille sausage gumbo. Among main course options: deep-fried turkey with all the trimmings, turducken (deboned turkey, duck and chicken, each layer separated by a different kind of stuffing), as well as BBQ baby back ribs or shrimp and grits. Finish, perhaps, with pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake. You also get coffee or tea. For the 12-and-younger set, $20.95 buys a deep-fried turkey entree with dessert and beverage. Dinner is served from noon to 8 p.m. Note: The restaurant accepts cash only.

SEASONS 52, Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd. (Suite LI02), Garden City, 516-248-5252

This seasonally driven chain, geared to mindful eating, breaks its own rule (no dish more than 475 calories) with a 1,270-calorie Thanksgiving entree. At $25.95, it features sliced roasted turkey breast with gravy, herb stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, French-style green beans and cranberry relish; a children's portion of the same entree is $12.95. For those who want to limit their calories, though, the regular menu is available, as is the regular children's menu. Reservations from noon to 8 p.m.

21 MAIN, 21 Main St., Sayville, 631-567-0900

At this South Suffolk steakhouse, a three-course price-fixed dinner goes for $34.99 (half price for children younger than 12). Start with apple- butternut squash soup or roasted red beet-and-arugula salad. Next comes sliced turkey breast with cranberry- orange-mint chutney, brioche bread crumb sausage stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes and green beans. Conclude with pumpkin, apple or coconut custard pie. The restaurant's regular a la carte menu is available, as well. Thanksgiving dinner is served from 1 to 6 p.m.

THYME8 Tower Pl., Roslyn; 516-625-2566

The Roslyn restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The three-course, fixed-price menu is $52 for adults; $22 for children 10 or younger. Reservations required. First-course choices include roasted butternut squash soup; Fuji apple-and-endive salad with shaved Stilton cheese, cranberries and candied walnuts; baked Brie cheese; and short-rib ravioli with wild mushrooms, Piave cheese and a Marsala reduction. Main dishes include roasted turkey with herb stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry-pecan chutney; pan-roasted halibut with sliced potatoes Anna; Long Island duck breast with caramelized pear and sauteed spinach; and prime rib with a potato cake and grilled asparagus in a pinot noir reduction. Dessert options: apple cobbler, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate torte.

THREE VILLAGE INN150 Main St., Stony Brook; 631-751-0555

The Stony Brook landmark has reservations starting at noon. The Mirabelle buffet is $50 per person; children 12 or younger, $25. The buffet includes smoked fish and shellfish, charcuterie and cheeses; jumbo shrimp cocktail; creamy pumpkin bisque; lobster-and-potato salad; turkey with pan gravy; prime rib au jus; herb-stuffed leg of lamb; puff-pastry wrapped organic salmon; rack of pork in cider-reduction sauce; wild mushroom-and-chicken in puff pastry; oysters Rockefeller; candied yams; cornbread-chestnut stuffing; mashed creamer potatoes; house-made cranberry sauce; baked macaroni and cheese; a mini-hotdog cart; chicken fingers and fries; a sliced fruit platter; and holiday pies, cakes and cookies.

THE WOODLANDS1 Southwoods Rd., Woodbury; 516-921-5707

The Woodbury establishment has seatings at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. It's $75 per adult, $25, children 4 to 12. Reservations must be paid in full in advance. The buffet includes candied pumpkin bisque, spiced hot apple cider, roast turkey with pan gravy, apple-stuffed pork loin, crab risotto, butternut-squash ravioli, penne Bolognese, artichoke-crusted salmon, veal Marsala, Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, candied mashed sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, string beans amandine; pumpkin pie, warm pumpkin bread pudding, warm apple crisp, cheesecake, Italian pastries and an ice cream bar.

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Free (or cheap!) for kids on Long Island in November

By Alison Bernicker


Gingerbread Competition at The Chocolate Duck (310 Main St., Farmingdale) on Saturday, Nov. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. See and vote for your favorite edible gingerbread house inspired by Long Island.

Holiday Shopping Fair and Fundraiser at Knights of Columbus (2333 Bellmore Ave, Bellmore) on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features face painting, character appearances and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit the John Theissen Children's Foundation.

Craft Fair at William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post (320 S. Broadway, Hicksville) on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features pictures with Santa, gingerbread house decorating and more.

Tree Lighting at Vanderbuilt Museum and Planetarium (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport) on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. Features carols, cookies, hot chocolate and more.


Native American Feast at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove) on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about Native American traditions through hands-on activities appropriate for all ages. Price: $5

Menorah Workshop at Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Children learn about nature's best oil sources, then build their own menorah. Price: Free with $20 admission per family.

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Parrish museum marks one year in new space

By Steve Parks

"If you think you've seen the Parrish, you haven't," says Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan.

Or, put another way, the Parrish, celebrating the first anniversary in its Water Mill home, is new all over again.

Opening Veterans Day weekend last year, the new space gave the Parrish -- located for more than a century in Southampton village -- the freedom to show off significant portions of the nearly 3,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper in its permanent collection while also hosting exhibits from outside sources.

Starting with Friday night's members' preview -- membership doubled to 4,000 in a year -- and running through Monday, the museum throws a birthday party to itself with cello solos, art tours, artist receptions, videos, family art projects and more.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ART But the focus, of course, is on the art. For the occasion, Sultan and her staff, led by curator Alicia Longwell, completely overhauled the exhibition space with works not previously seen at the new Parrish, with few exceptions. Serving as a gateway to the permanent collection are large-scale artworks by Jennifer Bartlett ("Amagansett Diptych #1"); Ross Bleckner ("Architecture of the Sky"); Donald Sultan, the director's brother ("Lemon Nov. 28 1983"), and the late Roy Lichtenstein ("Treetops Through the Fog"). These and other pieces are gathered under the theme "Look and Look Again: Contemporary Observation."

Galleries are reconfigured with new titles, such as "Changing Views: Expanding the Horizon." Paintings by John Sloan, John Marin and Fairfield Porter broaden our traditional notion of landscapes to include urban scenes; whereas, the previously landscape-dominated gallery of William Merritt Chase is refocused on portraits by Chase and his contemporaries. Similarly, the adjoining Esteban Vicente gallery offers his works and those of students and friends, among them Chuck Close, Robert Motherwell and Dorothea Rockburne.

Across the hall, which displays "Poets and Painters" (pieces that incorporate both verse and visuals), are promised new acquisitions of giant sculptures by Dennis Oppenheim illustrating the impact of a single drop of water splashing upward. "House and Studio: The Spaces Between" features paintings by Porter and Robert Dash, who died recently, of workspace and home life of East End artists.

BIENNIAL TIMES THREE Meanwhile, in the special exhibit galleries, the Parrish presents the third iteration of its "Artists Choose Artists" biennial. Seven established Hamptons artists choose two emerging artists to display works next to theirs: Laurie Anderson with Elizabeth Dow and Mary McCormick, Judith Hudson with Don Christensen and Christine Sciulli, Mel Kendrick with Elise Ansel and Eva Faye, David Salle with Carol Hayes and Virva Hinnemo, Ned Smyth with Koichiro Kurita and Rick Liss, Keith Sonnier with Rossa Cole and Brian Gaman, and Robert Wilson with Tucker Marder and Ezra Thompson.

"This place is our field of dreams," says Terrie Sultan, "both for artists and people who love art. All-new exhibits are our way of celebrating our first birthday."

WHAT First anniversary of the new Parrish

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill

INFO All events (see for times) are free with museum admission ($8-$10); 631-283-2118


WHAT The Art League of Long Island presents its annual members juried exhibition, which is so large that it's put on in two parts. The first show begins this weekend with a reception for member artists whose names begin with A through L. Part II, M through Z, opens Dec. 15. Awards for excellence and honorable mentions are determined by Robert Carter, a Nassau Community College professor of art and a painter-illustrator whose works are in the permanent collections of several museums. The members' shows include paintings, drawings, collage, photography, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and fiber art.

WHEN | WHERE Part I: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 1. Opening reception: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, 107 Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills

ADMISSION Free;, 631-462-5400

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Best spots for fall foliage on Long Island

By Sylvia E. King-Cohen

Whether you're looking for a new place to go, or just want to revisit a favorite, here are some great spots to catch fall color.


Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

WHEN | WHERE Sunrise to sunset, 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington

INFO 631-423-1770,

ADMISSION $8 a car weekends and holidays through Nov. 24.

With 1,600 acres of woods, meadows and freshwater areas, Caumsett is lush and varied. Maples, tulips, hickorys, sassafras and dogwoods are among the trees along the park's 27 miles of trails.

Stroll along paved walkways and wide dirt paths through the woods. And, the views are spectacular, even though the trees have only a touch of color.

"With all the different trees and vegetation, you'll always see something different when you come to the park," says park manager Len Krauss.

Be sure to visit the Marshall Field III mansion. Walk around back, grab a seat and enjoy the reflections in the freshwater pond at the bottom of a sloping hill. Indeed, it's a magnificent vista, with vibrant colors reflected on the pond. The 1 1 / 2-mile walk to that view also is worth lingering over. With benches all along the path, taking a break to admire the scenery is almost mandatory.


Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown has 40 acres of woods, ponds and gardens. "We have two humongous ponds on the property, and the woodland hiking trails are phenomenal for photos," says Michael Maron, Bailey's superintendent. Dogs on leash are welcome on the trails (free admission, 516-801-1458,


Massapequa Preserve

WHEN | WHERE Dawn to dusk, begins at Merrick Road and Ocean Avenue, Massapequa Park

INFO 516-571-7443


An excellent place to experience fall foliage is along the well-maintained paths of the Massapequa Preserve, which includes part of the Bethpage Multiuse Path. Its 2.5 miles of paved pathway is complemented by dirt trails. If you want a longer trip, the Bethpage Multiuse Path extends from Massapequa Preserve to Woodbury, covering about 7 miles.

"Whenever I'm stressed, I come in here and take a break," says Maryann Lapolla, 60, of Massapequa, who just received a bike as a gift. "You see wildlife like chipmunks, squirrels, birds, ducks. There are benches where you can stop and take a break or just look at the scenery."


If you're on the North Fork, a particularly scenic route can be found along Peconic Bay Boulevard from Riverhead to Mattituck. It's about 12 1/2 miles along a two-lane back road. In addition to being less traveled, this route meanders past the Peconic River and a couple of parks, where you can take a pit stop and appreciate the views.


If you're using four wheels, definitely put Route 25A heading east from Route 107 on your itinerary. This heavily wooded drive passes through Cold Spring Harbor, where there's ample parking to allow a nice view of the harbor and its surrounding trees -- plus shops and restaurants. If you continue along Route 25A to Stony Brook, a payoff awaits at Avalon Park (631-689-0619,, where you can stroll, bike and otherwise explore the terrain. "We have a great variety of trees here, native and nonnative," says staffer Rebecca Kassay. "Our fall colors range from yellow to deep reds and oranges."

In the park are boardwalks, stone steps and gravel and paved paths. Although the adjoining preserve is all dirt paths, they are well maintained. Go to the Shep Jones Lane entrance off Harbor Road, where there is ample parking.

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Thankgivukkah recipe contest

It won't happen again for 70,000 years, but this year the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. What will you be cooking for Thanksgivukkah? Latkes with cranberry sauce? Mandelbrodt stuffing? Candied yam kugel? 

Share your best recipe for a dish that honors both holidays and win a 16-18 pound turkey from the Whole Foods nearest you. We'll also publish the top three recipes chosen by the food staff in our Thanksgiving issue on Nov. 21.

Submit your recipe one of two ways:

1) Email your recipe to, with "recipe contest" in the subject line. OR

2) Mail your recipe to Explore LI c/o Food Editor / 235 Pinelawn Road / Melville NY 11747.

All recipes must be received by Nov. 11. One entry per person.


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'Greatest LI Duck ever' turns to fashion

One door closes, another opens. The cliché works for Ray “Digmi” Navarrete, 35, who Sports Illustrated called, “the greatest Long Island Duck ever.” The second baseman, who played for eight seasons with the team and is the all-time franchise leader in games played, hits, home runs, RBIs, runs and doubles, retired this season. Next playing field?

Fashion. That’s where the “Digmi” comes in. Back in the day when Navarrete was with the Pittsburgh Pirates farm club, he was such a dapper dresser that his teammates dubbed him, “Dig me,” which ultimately morphed into “Digmi.” (It’s pronounced the same way.)

“It was like a million-dollar nickname,” says Navarrete who started to dabble in fashion in 2004. He recalls a day that he was close to “getting up to the major leagues,” with scouts watching him and he struck out four times.” “I felt so bad but someone said, ‘sometimes you just got to tip your hat.’” His now signature logo is just that … a man tipping his hat. “Tipping your hat is super positive, it’s an acknowledgement,” says Navarrete who pegs the gesture and logo as old school polite with a modern twist.

Last year, he opened a retail shop in Port Washington, (he lives in town, too) that sells Digmi goods including tees, hats, polos, sweatshirts and hoodies ranging in price from $20 -$50, most emblazoned with “the hat tipping guy in the tie,” or his life motto, “Live. Dream. Be.” The space, an old furriers’ shop, has a hip-meets-athletic vibe, with its cement floors and locker displays. Down the road, he hopes to expand into sneakers and denim.

Some big names have already sported the Digmi brand including Red Sox slugger Big Papi (as in David Ortiz), Toronto Blue Jay right fielder Jose Bautista, and Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice. Actor Kevin James of CBS hit, “King of Queens,” donned a Digmi cap last summer while out promoting his movie “Grown Ups.

Last week, Navarrete, celebrated the store’s one-year anniversary with a big party. “I knew baseball was going to end sometime,” he says. “Before this, I had one foot on the playing field and one foot in fashion, but now this is fulltime, everyday, 100%. I am excited. And I am focused.” We dig it. We do.

You can visit Digmi at 114 Main Street, Port Washington or shop online at  


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