Shop ’til You Drop: Shopping Close to Home

Hildreth's Department Store
Hildreth's Department Store. Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly

Unable to expend my abounding energy outdoors, this month I’ve taken to redecorating.

In keeping with the spirit of making a fresh start in the new year, which began with a commitment to health and wellness, I was sipping my Sencha and glancing around my apartment in dismay. A rather humble abode, the lightest amount of clutter shifts it from cozy to cramped. Craving a sense of Zen, perhaps fueled by the Japanese tea, I decided to take action.

After three solid hours of reorganizing and bagging donations, my next stop was Hildreth’s Home Goods where I was delighted to find a gigantic store-wide sale taking place. Everything is 20-75% off and the clearance section is chock-full of goodies like John Robshaw bedding, lanterns and napkin rings. Festive holiday decorations are marked as low as 50% off, for those of you with storage space. It’s a dream of mine to have a guest bedroom ala Hildreth’s—with Yves Delorme sheets and Crabtree and Evelyn products in the bathroom—just so perfectly Southampton! No guest room yet, but I was still able to score a bedside lamp, a new laundry basket, a new shower curtain rod and some seat cushions for my wooden chairs. Just a little sprucing up made such a difference! I highly suggest you scurry on over to Hildreth’s, at 51 Main Street in Southampton or Hildreth’s Home East at 109 Pantigo Road in East Hampton. Give them a ring at 631-283-2300 or visit

Once your home is in order, you’ll want nothing more than to curl up with a good book. These days you can order everything on Amazon, but there’s still something to be said for going to a good bookstore and spending a little time browsing the new hardcovers and paperbacks. After spending a weekend with a few literary pals, I’m headed to BookHampton to pick up suggested reading material: Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers. While at BookHampton, take time to scope out the latest in cookbooks, biographies and magazines, too. BookHampton is located at 16 Hampton Road in Southampton and at 41 Main Street in East Hampton. Call them at 631-725-8425 or 631-324-4939, respectively, or visit Closer to Sag Harbor? Stop by Canio’s Books and be prepared to fall in love, if you haven’t already. Located at 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor, Canio’s also hosts community events, including one this Saturday, January 25, at 5 p.m., whereby Rivvy Neshema will read from her new book Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories & a Few Miracles, which draws from Eastern, Western, Native American, Sufi and her own mother’s traditions. There will be cider and wine, too. Call Canio’s Books at 631-725-4926 or visit

New Kids: 

Great news for East End foodies—a new indoor farmers’ market is coming to downtown Riverhead and will be open for business on February 1. Local favorites will include eggs from Browder’s Birds, wine from Borghese Vineyards, baked goods from Ginger Goods, cheese from Goodale Farms, cheese and pork from Mecox Bay Dairy, Amy’s Ark Hummus, Kalypso Greek Yogurt and so much more. The Riverhead Farmer’s Market is located at 117 East Main Street, across the street from Suffolk Theater, and will be open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 17.

East Hamptonites can now put their feet up thanks to the new reflexology spa, K & G Enjoy Feet Spa located at 61 The Circle, right near Chase Bank, off Main Street. Enjoy relaxing music and tea while your feet are massaged for 35 minutes. K & G Enjoy Feet Spa is open seven days a week from 10:30 to 8 p.m. Next time you’re feeling weary from a long day at work, skip happy hour and get some happy feet! Call to schedule an appointment, 631-527-5257.

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