Shop ‘Til You Drop: Gearing Up for the Off-Season

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With Labor Day behind us, it’s a great time to find some inner (and outer!) balance. For me, that means taking some nice long walks, breathing in the slightly cooler air and lots of stretching. On weekends, I like to start off with a yoga class at Ananda Yoga & Wellness Center, now at their new location above La Carezza Salon and Day Spa, at 45 Windmill Lane in Southampton. (You can just imagine where this could lead!) For a complete listing of classes and times, visit

Once my mind is in the right place, it’s off for a cup of coffee at Hampton Coffee Company experience store in Southampton. The West Coast city-style espresso bar has the most delicious coffees so I’ll get a cup for myself and a pound of ground Hampton Classic Blend to take home to use during the week. The third cafe from the local family-owned business is located at 749 County Road, 39A, on the highway next to BMW of Southampton. This location happens to also host seminars, have excellent WiFi for writers, and best of all the roastery is right on premise. Visit for other locations and to shop online, too!

Where would we be, balance-wise, without good, solid shoes? DSW Shoes new selection of fall footwear will keep you stylish and comfortable without breaking the bank. Two recent additions to my closet from DSW are Steve Madden kelly green patent-leather flats, to go with absolutely anything, and a pair of black leather rugged boots, also from Steve Madden. If you weren’t aware, DSW now also carries Prada, Marc Jacobs and Bottega Veneta! Balance a pair of high-couture Jimmy Choo’s with a pair of super-on-sale flip flops and I’d say you’re in business. Pop in next time you’re heading to a wine tasting at Martha Clara Vineyards. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, 1500 Old Country Rd., Riverhead. Call 631-830-4568 or visit

Dr. Hauschka is all about balance. Since 1967, her plant- and mineral-based holistic line supports balanced skin health. My new favorite Hauschka product is the Lips and Lashes Gift Set. In a cute little tin case, it’s a great gift, too. Mine is stashed in my desk at work for last-minute outings. On the East End, we’re fortunate to have a few places where we can find Dr. Hauschka. East Hampton and Southamptonites can browse the selection at Second Nature Markets, at 41 Newtown Lane and 70 Main Street, respectively. Closer to Hampton Bays? Visit Wild By Nature, while picking up your organic veggies, 260 W. Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays.

At the end of the day, regain that sense of calm with Kneipp’s Lavender Balancing Body Lotion, which is formulated with a high concentration of lavender essential oil sourced from Provence, France. Lavender helps combat mental and physical fatigue while almond oil and vitamins A and E moisturize your skin, leaving you completely refreshed.

Just a side note, the Editorial Department of Dan’s Papers was given a Yonanas, The Healthy Dessert Maker, recently. We were skeptical of its promises to deliver “easy, delicious, 100 percent frozen fruit.” Then we were wowed! Just freeze those bananas and other fruits and grind away! It really does ‘look and taste like soft serve ice cream’—but better! (

New Kids on the Block

Strong’s Water Club & Marina is home to a coming-soon restaurant, Pace’s Dockside. Overlooking the Mattituck Inlet, Pace’s will be serving seafood, meat and pasta, and the restaurant also has plans for an outdoor tiki bar and separate raw bar! Strong’s Water Club & Marina is located at 2255 Wickham Ave., Mattituck. For more info, call 631-298-4739.

Creativity in a box! The Happy Trunk is the answer to keeping young minds exploring. This box of surprises is filled with arts & crafts, science experiments and creative play items. You have two trunks to choose from: one for 3–7 year olds and one for 8–11 year olds. Kids will love getting their very own mail each month. The Happy Trunk is conveniently delivered right to your door! Monthly subscriptions start at $19.95. Peak inside The Happy Trunk at

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