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Thornhill’s in Sayville is about to get spicy.
The historic pharmacy building with the beloved throwback neon sign will soon be home to Sayville N Spice. Owners Matthew and Lauri La Piana will open the spice shop on Saturday, Nov. 21.
“In our family, cooking and eating together has always been at the core of our most special memories,” Matthew La Piana said. “Sayville N Spice is a realization of the time we always carve out for ourselves and we want to encourage others to do the same.”
La Piana noted the busy lives he and his wife already have led as independent business owners. He is an architect and owns Building Restoration Consultants Unlimited, while Lauri La Piana operates Lighthouse Court Reporting Inc.
The thoughtfully curated selection of spices, hot sauce, craft ingredients, and culinary-inspired gifts inside Sayville N Spice celebrates perhaps the oldest form of expressing culture and history – cooking and sharing meals.
The La Pianas purchased the two-floor building at 2 Main Street in March 2019, and did a complete renovation that included new electrical work, plumbing and lighting.
Meanwhile, the couple fulfilled their goal to retain its historic charm inside and restored the iconic neon Thornhill’s sign outside above the building entrance.
“The chamber is so excited to have this unique addition to our town,” Sayville Chamber of Commerce President Eileen Tyznar said. “Recently, families have re-discovered the importance of family mealtime, more than ever.
“Sayville N Spice will add the extra ingredients to help us discover our true culinary talents, with a kick,” added Tyznar, who with her chamber colleagues will celebrate the shop’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 21.
Sayville N Spice will offer more than 250 varieties of spices and hot sauces, an assortment of dried peppers, salts, pantry essentials, culinary-inspired gifts and homewares.
The store will complement neighboring specialty shops downtown, with an interior that is a nod to natural ingredients and sustainability within the environment.
Repurposed pallet wood makes up the long center island and cabinetry in the store. The reclaimed wood shelving houses glass containers with sustainable bamboo tops. On one wall, pale wooden herb and produce boxes have been reimagined as shelving for hot sauces and other items.
The white and navy blue tile floor complements the space, along with the exposed 103-year-old wood paneling on the ceiling.
“Having worked for a large regional fashion retail company, I developed a love for merchandising and working with a team of people with varying levels of expertise,” Lauri La Piana said. “The work is a culmination of different ideas coming together, and we’ve done the same in our store with various craftsmen, thinkers and brands bringing this vision to life.”
Sayville N Spice will be open on Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In-store shopping will require a face mask and social distancing. Customers can order items online for pick up at sayvillenspice.com.