Shopping in the Hamptons Is Hot! Hot! Hot!

Vines and Branches in Southampton
Vines and Branches in Southampton

With the flurry of activity that follows Memorial Day on the East End, it remains crucial as ever to stay calm. Embrace the traffic on Montauk Highway as an opportunity to practice deep inhalation and exhalation or, on the other end of the spectrum, to sing along to Rihanna’s “Stay” at the top of your lungs, windows rolled down, so others can enjoy the free concert at stoplights. Use this time to cut off from the world, go inward, and strategically plan out our shopping route. I’ll let you in on mine for this Saturday!

I’m planning to start off with a visit to that new yoga studio in East Hampton. Wait, rewind, I’m starting off with a dark brewed coffee and croissant from Tate’s Bake Shop, then yoga. I’m all for blueberries and flax-seed cereal with almond milk during the week, but on the weekend, it’s time to pretend we are in France—and as we all know, French Women Don’t Get Fat. Don’t forget your Tate’s Apple Pie! Tate’s Bake Shop, 43 North Sea Road, Southampton. 631-283-9830

Feeling peppy and ready for some power Vinyasa, it’s onward to the brand new POE (Peace on Earth) Yoga studio. Officially opening on June 1, POE uses a unique heating and air purifying system, has a variety of classes from highly trained instructors and extra perks like coconut water, smoothies from Mary’s Marvelous and spring water in reusable glass bottles. This yoga studio is about living a full yoga lifestyle, practicing peace and non-competitiveness not just in class but, say, in the Citarella parking lot at 4 p.m. on Friday. Assisting us in remembering our yogic philosophies are POE’s original products, available for purchase at the studio: Mind Body Mat Spray, Coconut Body Oil, women’s and men’s yogi apparel and Body Om in Eucalyptus and Grapefruit Lavender. POE Yoga is located at 3 Railroad Ave., East Hampton.

My next destination is Clic General Store on Newtown Lane. Christiane Celle’s Clic Gallery, one of my favorite places to visit in SoHo, began in 2008 as a photography gallery, showcasing beautiful and provoking photographs, Antoine Verglas, Antony Nobilo, Lyle Owerko and many others. (Check out for more!) Clic General Store not only offers artwork but accessories, clothing, home goods and handmade toys. It’s fun, unusual stuff you won’t find elsewhere. Clic General Store, 60 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.

Supporting independent artisans not only feels good, but looks good. I’m not going to lie, there’s a bit of vanity involved here. A home filled with all brand-new furniture is less interesting to me than one with a sprinkling of eclectic antiques and finds from travels. The same goes for clothes–mixing up new and vintage makes for outfits that are uniquely your own. For inspiration, the next place on my list is Inja Bazaar in Amagansett. May 31 through June 9, Kenny Mann of Sag Harbor will have her pop-up shop in the inner room at Neoteric Fine Art, the former Balasses House House Antiques, where Mann worked for 13 years. Mann returned from her recent travels in Rajasthan with an incredible collection of handmade shawls, handbags and an assortment of bangles. Inja Bazaar at Neoteric Fine Art, 208 Main St., Amagansett. 646-479-5884.

Have you been to the new Vines & Branches store in Southampton? Step inside, take a mental trip to Tuscany and awaken your senses! Learn about different methods of production while sampling specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars. A bottle of olive oil makes a lovely gift for someone with a passion for cooking. On Refill Thursdays, you can stop by any location with an empty and washed Vines & Branches 200, 375 or 700 ml bottle and receive $5 off your refill! Vines & Branches, 118 Main St., Southampton.

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