Every now and then it’s good to mix up the routine. Go a different direction on your walk, try a new dance class, watch a movie outside of your go-to genre or simply order a chai instead of a latte. You’ll feel your senses awakened and invigorated. This Sunday, I went west instead of east and found myself on lovely Main Street, Westhampton Beach. After a delicious and easy Mexican lunch at Funcho’s, I set about cruising the sales.
After picking up a birthday present for my sister at GOOD, a fantastic little shop with great taste that carries all kinds of great gift items and old-fashioned candy by the pound, I stopped in at Lynn’s card shop. I found a card and ended up picking up a picture frame for myself, too. A prefect place to shop for a kid’s gift or for any of your stationary needs, you’ll love this charming mom and pop. 137 Main Street, call them at 631-288-1312 or visit lynnescardsandgifts.com
Next it was on to Mixology, where they’re having a blowout sale through the end of September. Heaven for girls from teens through early 20s, Mixology has great trendy pieces for going out dancing or to parties. Prices start as low as $10, so hurry before everything is gone! Pop in at 148 Main Street or visit shopmixology.com.
Passing by Vines & Branches, I remembered that I was out of olive oil. After a few delightful samples, I opted for a bottle of Early Harvest Ultra Frantolo, a Northern Tuscan style oil with big flavor, and a bottle of Wild Mushroom and Sage Infused Olive Oil to experiment with a risotto recipe. Yum! 118 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. Call 631-288-2100 or visit vinesandbranches.net.
From there I took a peek in Lynn Stoller Collection—a great little designer consignment boutique filled with barely-worn Escada and Chanel suits, untouched Prada shoes, Bottega Veneteta handbags and so much more. Located at 96 Main Street. Call 631-998-0666 or visit Lynnstollercollection.com (and check out those super hot Balenciaga Booties).
After a stop into my all-time favorite bookstore, Books & Books, it was definitely time to refuel with a soy latte at the newly revamped Beach Bakery Cafe. The new bakery still has all those wonderful baked breads, croissants and pastries, but now also has a larger section in the back that serves made-to-order salads, gourmet sandwiches and soups. Oh, and Italian gelato! I brought my hot latte outside and sat on one of the many benches outside the café, taking in the view of Westhampton on a beautiful September day. The bakery is located at 112 Main Street. Call 631-288-6552 or visit beachbakerycafe.com.
Recharged, my last stop for the day was at Mint, where I ended up finding exactly what I’d been looking for—cozy fall sweaters that pair perfectly with skinny jeans. I ended up also finding a perfect little black dress with beige polka dots, super cute and equally perfect for work and social events. Mint’s clothes are trendy yet classic, and the prices are delightfully reasonable. Located at 83 Main Street. Call 631-288-0743 or visit shopmint.com.
On your way out of town, get the sand and salt off your car at Beach Hand Wash. With fun package names like “Big Kahuna,” “Hang Ten” and “Wipeout,” you’re really entering the surf world of car washes. Just go online to compare their fantastic prices and options: beachhandwash.com or call 631-998-4004. 114 Old Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach.
Beyond the Beaten Path in Eastport has wonderfully eclectic gifts, antiques, vintage clothes, accessories, costume rentals, vintage jewelry and unusual vintage lighting. Let them prepare a custom gift basket! 495 Montauk Highway, Eastport. 631-325-2105 beyondthebeatenpath.net
Hildreth’s Home Goods, established in 1842, is a charming home goods store that carries not only beautiful gift items and linens but also all the practical items you need for your kitchen. You won’t believe the furniture showroom upstairs and the outdoor patio furniture store out back. Through the month of October, take 10% off custom window treatments, re-upholstery, pillows, cushions, slipcovers, custom headboards, bedding and more. Hildreth’s, 51-55 Main Street, Southampton. 631-283-2300 hildreths.com