Sayville turns down the heat; spice and hot sauce store shutting down


Three years after opening in downtown Sayville’s historic Thornhill’s Pharmacy building, Sayville N Spice is closing.

Owners of the spice and hot sauce shop announced the shutdown on Instagram.

“Dear valued customers and community, It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration and with deep sadness, we have made the tough decision to close our store,” the post reads. “This decision was not made lightly, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your loyalty and support over 3 years.”

On Nov. 21, 2020, Matthew and Lauri LaPiana officially opened Sayville N Spice, after transforming the bottom floor of the building at 2 Main Street into a hip and trendy shopping space. Meanwhile, Matthew LaPiana, who had purchased the two-story building in 2019 and maintained offices with his wife upstairs, tipped his cap to the building’s lore by retaining its historic charm inside and restoring the iconic neon Thornhill’s sign outside above the building entrance.

Sayville N Spice Billed itself as a shop that featured “A thoughtfully curated selection of spices, hot sauces, craft ingredients, and culinary-inspired gifts.

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A pinnacle moment for the shop came in 2021 when it was featured on CBS New York News. The LaPianas showed off their trendy spice and hot sauce store to reporter Elle McLogan during the three-minute-plus segment, “Sayville N Spice: Long Island Couple Gives Historic Building New Life.”

In July 2021, American Cheese, a popular shop that had successfully operated on Railroad Avenue in Sayville for years before the COVID-19 pandemic crushed business and forced its closure, briefly opened in the rear of the first floor of the Thornhill building, sharing space with Sayville N Spice. But the cheese shop had closed again by the end of the summer.

“You, our valued customers, have been an essential part of our journey, and we are truly grateful for the trust you’ve placed in us,” the Sayville N Spice owners concluded in their Instagram post.

Sad good-byes

Sayville N Spice’s customer base was saddened by the closure.

“😢. When? I need some stuff. Good luck and so sorry this didn’t work out. Maybe a different location? We will hope and wait!” Jennifer Cardillo (@maltamom) commented.

Jena Byrne (jena_southquarterny) added, “Thank you for all the goodness!! My Christmas present one stop shop! You’ll be so missed!!”

The LaPianas also announced a store closing sale. Customers can buy two sauces, barbecue rubs or spices and get one free.

Top photo: GLI file photo/Brian Harmon

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