News recently broke that the Hamptons will finally be getting their own design and décor fair. The Hamptons Contemporary pavilion will be at the Elks fairground on County Road 39 from June 3–5. There will be 40,000 square feet stocked with high0end furniture including home theaters, lighting, wine cellars, wall coverings, custom cabinetry, kitchen and bath design, upholstery, architectural hardware, smart home technology, rugs, awnings, pools and spas, sunrooms, tile and marble, fireplaces, and home fitness. The opening night preview is on June 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. VIP admission is $100, which includes the preview and weekend access. General admission is $20 per person per day; weekend pass is $30.
Also going on now are Hampton Coffee Company’s (hamptoncoffeecompany.com) special holiday cafés and gift stores. All month, the locally owned and operated espresso bars & cafés offer a variety of holiday beverages, warm seasonal muffins, freshly baked pies, and local holiday gifts in every price range. There are also gift cards and made-to-order Hampton Gift Baskets, as well as Holiday Teas, Bodum French Presses, Hamptons Handpoured coffee-scented local candles, local handmade Simply Made ceramic mugs, and their freshly roasted estate-grown coffee beans in holiday gift bags.
No matter where the season takes you get there in comfort while showcasing a unique style with the limited edition Jason Polan and Lemlem collections just launched by Soludos (soludos.com). There are many styles available for under $100 including ones with quirky donut and pizza themed designs—perfect for the holidays.
Speaking of holidays, every year Nespresso launches eagerly anticipated holiday-inspired limited edition coffee capsules (the only time of year that Nespresso stocks flavored varieties). This season, the lineup includes Vanilla Amaretti, Ciocco Ginger, and Vanilla Cardamom (nespresso.com).
If you’ll be traveling, stock up on Lipault (lipault-us.com), a brand that puts your standard Samsonite to shame. Not only does the Parisian luggage label make foldable, incredibly light luggage, but the pieces are offered in a slew of vibrant colors so you’ll never waste time figuring out what piece of luggage is yours again.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday party without a little booze. Whether you’re staying put or traveling checkout Montauk Rum Runners (White’s Liquor Store, 771 Montauk Highway), a family owned and operated Montauk liquor company making artisanal (and beautifully packaged!), rum, whisky, and gin.
Help Maureen’s Haven this holiday season. Maureen’s Haven partners with houses of worship throughout the East End to ensure that the homeless are sheltered during the coldest months of the year. Support their efforts by dropping off new and gently used clothing, as well as any toiletries, to J. McLaughlin at 2 Jobs Lane, Southampton by Saturday, December 19, and all items will be taken to someone in need. For more information on Maureen’s Haven, visit maureenshaven.org.
Head to c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton for their open house holiday fair on December 12 and 19. The hotel turns into a whimsical gingerbread house with local vendors, Christmas knickknacks, homemade goodies, hot cocoa and mulled wine. c/o The Maidstone is located at 207 Main Street, East Hampton. For more information, visit themaidstone.com or call 631-324-5006.
On the North Fork, wine enthusiasts have long popped into The Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck for artisan cheeses to pair with their newly purchased local pours. The beloved fixture changed hands this past September, as longtime owner Rosemary Batcheller passed the store onto friend Michael Affatato. The shop maintains the same European feel, with a number of fondues and cheeses on offer. Step inside and enjoy a pot of made-to-order fondue on a chilly winter day, which comes with bread and apples for dipping. The Village Cheese Shop is located at 105 Love Lane, Mattituck. For more information, visit thevillagecheeseshop.com or call 631-298-8556.
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