Celebrate Your Freedom to Shop!

Call me biased, but there’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day weekend than the Hamptons. It’s about freedom. Watching fireworks from a picnic blanket on one of the ocean beaches, with your nearest and dearest and a bottle of Wolffer Rosé, will undoubtedly spoil you for life.

I recently discovered the joys of RW Garcia tortilla chips. Surprisingly, they’ve been doing their organic/non-GMO/stone-ground thing since 1982, long before most people had heard of Genetically Modified Organisms. But taste and texture are the bottom line. In a word: yum! I heart these things, even naked (the chips). I’m hooked on their “Mixtbags.” They come in Yellow & Blue and Red & Yellow. When I mix one bag of each in a big bowl it’s kinda red, white and blue. Available at Stop & Shops across Long Island.

What’s a BBQ without meat? Stellar Meats, Long Island’s leading provider of prime and dry aged quality meats has begun delivery service to doorsteps across Long Island! Founder Adam Feldman created the idea and partnered up with top purveyors who service some pretty impressive steakhouses, including Peter Luger, New York’s top. Now Long Islanders can have the same access to a wide array of prime meats just by visiting stellarmeats.com or calling 516-359-1964. Fire up the grill!

With your groceries under way, now it’s time to enjoy some real shopping. And by that I mean the fun stuff—clothes, accessories and home decor.

Jill Lynn & Company will host “Luminous Jewelry & Sculpted Glass Wall Hangings.” Meet Jewelry designers Catherine Angeil & Jill Lynn and Glass Artist Isabella Rupp, Saturday, July 6, 4–8 pm. NYC based Catherine Angeil is a drummer turned jewelry designer. Jill Lynn, whose one-of-a-kind Colored Stone & Limited Edition Fine Jewelry and Custom Designs, has been in business in Southampton village for six years. Isabella Rupp’s bas-relief glass collages compliment Angeli’s & Lynns creations with art that’s been described by reviewers as “cutting edge, innovative and never-before-been-seen.” Enjoy refreshments and receive a complimentary goodie bag with every purchase. Located at 81 Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information please contact 631-287-1001 or visit jilllynnandco.com.

The Gift Shop at the Southampton Historical Museum in Southampton has just received a new shipment of tote bags from Handmade in Sag Harbor. Fashioned from vintage fabrics, laces and trims, these sturdy bags come in a variety of sizes—perfect for trips to the beach or the farmers market. The gift shop also offers a wide variety of handmade jewelry, hand-knit items, books, toys and memorable gift items. Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, 631-283-2494, southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.

Next time you’re in Eastport, be sure to check out Beyond the Beaten Path. The designer’s resource is now offering an eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage furnishings, gifts, and jewelry. The new store, which has undergone dramatic changes, has been referred to as “beyond Anthropologie”. Emily, the owner, continues to create her original pieces including custom-designed jewelry. Now featuring a Designer Collection of Couture eveningwear from Dubai, being shown exclusively at Beyond the Beaten Path. 495 Main St., Eastport. Call 631-325-2105 or visit beyondthebeatenpath.net.

Last but not least, be sure to visit Joey Wölffer’s The Styleliner and enter the world of mobile accessories, from funky, unique necklaces to bohemian, beaded bags at the Wölffer Wine Stand in Sagaponack, 3312 Montauk Highway. Open Wednesday through Sunday in July and Wednesday through Monday in August. For inspiration, visit thestyleliner.com.

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