May 24, 2006
What's New In East Hampton
A new summer season means a new crop of stores in East Hampton. From restaurants with a Cajun flair to gyms with a personal touch, business owners are offering up an array of new services sure to delight the palates and the purses. Here's a sampling:
|Independent / James J. Mackin
The Meeting House in Amagansett Square offers comfort food in a venue that reflects "French Bistro meets The Hamptons." (click for larger version)|
Amagansett Square has transformed to host what promises to be the latest local hot spot. General manager Doug Petkovic describes the ambiance at Meeting House (267-8227) as "French bistro meets the Hamptons." A cozy setting boasts a luxurious marble bar, nine beers on tap, and an eclectic wine list. Long for the suppers of days past? Try their American comfort food — meatloaf and mashed potatoes, plus great burgers, all at affordable prices.
Also new in the square are two shops bringing buyers art, upholstery, and pretty much "everything essential to daily life," according to owner Elizabeth Dow. Sylvester & Company Essentials (267-7707) carries a panoply of products, from personal care items to kids accoutrement. Sylvester at Home (267-9777) offers home furnishings as well as an extensive collection of art books, with art exhibits planned for the future.
Finally, the Mandala Yoga and Dance Center has expanded its services to include a new freestanding boutique, complete with yoga accessories (267-6144).
Heading out of the business district, East Hampton Electrolysis will be opening its doors for the first time on Montauk Highway, across from the IGA, offering LaserDermology, a new cellulite treatment (267-9800).
Foodies may take pleasure in trying out the Lobster and Surf Shack on the Napeague Stretch, a laid back restaurant with casual seafood with a Cajun flare (267-6980).
"We've moved; the cats are fine," said the clerk at Bookhampton (324-4939). The beloved booksellers have relocated, after many years on the south side of Main Street, across the way next to Starbuck's.
Moving from homey to tony, Gucci (907-9290) joins the handful of Rodeo Drive-type upscale boutiques on Main Street. Their internationally renown designer line of handbags, accessories, shoes, and ladies ready to wear and high end jewelry debuted in East Hampton on May 19.
Sleepy's, that purveyor of fine mattresses, has opened a new showroom. Boasting almost 400 locations in seven states and next day delivery, the chain's newest store and its wide assortment of mattresses can be found just east of East Hampton Bowl. Call 329-0786 for news on their latest sale.
And before you buy the bed, you need to purchase that pied a terre. Need a mortgage broker? Hamptons Mortgage (267-8227) has consolidated its Amagan-sett and Sag Harbor offices into a centralized hub on Pantigo Road, just down the pike from Town Hall. Veteran realtor Judy Desiderio can help you find your new abode. This year she started Town & Country Real Estate (324-8080), which has locations on Main Street in East Hampton, as well as Westhampton Beach and on the North Fork.
The Laundry Restaurant has the same menu but a new location, taking over the spot that The Farmhouse restaurant once filled on Pantigo Road (324-3199). Leif Hope's Restaurant is now occupying Laundry's former home on Race Lane, complete with red brick walls, a blazing fire, and a classic American bistro menu to boot (324-5022).
On Squires Path, GreenLogic Energy LLC is a new alternate energy distributor for the environmentally conscious, offering a choice between solar panels, biodiesel, and geothermal solutions among other energy products (907-4253).
For the exercise enthusiast, Railroad Avenue Fitness is a new gym built by personal trainers specifically for personal trainers and their clients (907-4221). Also, East Hampton Gym, near Citarella on Fithian Lane, has been renovated (324-4499). Zone Hampton, across the street from the Red Horse Plaza is celebrating its second year in that location with expanded space and service. It has also added a boutique that features workout and after workout wear, which is also available on the website. Call 329-8622.
If you're fond of The Fairway restaurant at Poxabogue in Wainscott, check out its new subsidiary Fairway East (238-5260) at the Montauk Downs. The new eatery offers the same breakfast and lunch menu as its western counterpart. According to beverage manager Jim Hansen, Fairway East offers a full service bar, and "service with a smile."
Fans of the Calypso chain will be pleased to find a new branch in Montauk, right on The Plaza. It offers a mix of beach essentials, its private line, plus a variety of vividly hued line and cotton dresses for women and girls. Call 668-4999
So you've got your mortgage, you've got your home furnishings, your bed and cool new clothes. What's next? Turn the eye outdoors and stop by SRK Pools at its new location on Montauk Highway in Wainscott just west of Plitt Ford. They were still poised to move from their Route 114 digs at press time, so call first (324-3679) to make sure they're in the house! ETA the second week of June. SRK can make repairs to gunite pools and pool equipment, plus install expert masonry. They build and sell outdoor barbecues and California fire pits.