The new series kicks off today with Greenport shop owner Rena Casey-Wilhelm, who said she has found artistic inspiration on the North Fork. Working side by side with her husband Jason, Casey-Wilhelm said opening their business, The White Weathered Barn, in Greenport has infused her life with creativity and the joys of the area.
Patch: What's your morning routine?
Rena: The routine starts at 4 a.m. when my eldest cat wakes me for food, then again at 5 and 6 a.m. (He's old). I try to get back to sleep, only to oversleep and then make a mad dash to open my shop on time.
P: What do you do for a living? And what's the best thing about your job?
R: My husband and I own an home décor and gift boutique in Greenport. He and I make over 50 percent of the merchandise. The best thing about my job is being creative all day with my best friend, my husband.
P: What's the hardest?
R: Trying to focus on a few things when I do over 50, at least.
P: How long have you lived here?
R: Three years.
P: What's your favorite thing about living here?
R: The landscape, the simplicity and the entrepreneurial spirit.
P: If you had to arrange a secret meeting here, where would you have it?
R: Um, that would be giving away the secret, no?
P: When you want a really indulgent snack here, where do you go and what do you get?
R: Frisky Oyster's Pecan Pie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream or Noah's Flourless Chocolate Cake!
P: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
R: Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
P: What are you doing after this interview?
R: Having dinner with my husband.
P: What's the single word that describes you?