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An East End Gingerbread Village

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 12:01
Jamie Buffalino

Hoping to add some East End flair to the holiday season, Valerie Smith, the owner of the Monogram Shop on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, decided she wanted a window display of gingerbread houses with a classic cedar shingle architectural style. She commissioned Brenda Nibley, a Utah resident and the owner of, a company that makes gingerbread house kits, to bring her vision to life.

Since Ms. Nibley had never been to the area, Ms. Smith sent her photos of landmarks such as the Isaac Osborn house, the Home, Sweet Home museum, and the Dominy woodworking and clockmaking shops. After doing her own research, Ms. Nibley was inspired to add a gingerbread windmill to the mix as well. On Monday, after traveling from Utah and quarantining, she took her creations to the store and added some finishing touches with a bag of royal icing.

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