Shop ’til You Drop: Flowers and Crafts Heat Up the Winter

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Winter has finally made an appearance, all at once. Now that the world is a mix of snow and slush, you’re probably not too motivated to leave your comfy Hamptons bedroom. Still, we’ve got plenty to do—a holiday has snuck up on us, again. Don’t you worry. I’ve got your Winter Blues shopping guide right here.

The weather being what it is, a warm pick-me-up is now necessary when leaving the house. Head to Crazy Beans, located at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook. Here you can warm up with a customized latte in dozens of flavors including caramel, praline, raspberry, toasted marshmallow, apple pie, and cupcake. Or, grab a simple cup of their local roast, which is always well prepared. Crazy Beans also has some stellar brunch options. Order an egg sandwich your way, or try something different with a Crab Cake Eggs Benedict in a creole hollandaise. For those who love dessert for brunch, the Cannoli French Toast is out of this world, and worth breaking any diet for. For more info, call 631-675-6964.

With the whites and grays of winter slush around you, you might also be considering ways to bring new life to your home. Now’s a great time to start thinking about paint colors, and we’ve got some new ones for you. In celebration of 70 years in business, the paint company Farrow & Ball is introducing nine new paint colors to their collection. Each color has been created over the course of the past three years by a small team of experts, using the same high-quality ingredients and techniques that define the company’s tradition. Designed to effortless fit with Farrow & Ball’s timeless appeal, the colors range from dusky and muted to rich and earthy hues. One of the standout colors from this new collection is No. 288, Vardo. This old-world teal is deep and dramatic, a statement color for any space in need of confidence. Other colors are sampled from around the British Isles. The new line will launch February 1, so keep an eye on their website,

Now, let’s talk about Valentines Day. If you’re uncertain of what to buy your beloved, stop by the pre-Valentines Day craft fair at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, East Hampton on February 6, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Available for purchase are jewelry, prints, paintings, leather and wool bags, home décor and chocolates, as well as small-batch gourmet foods, baked goods, preserves and spices. The Springs Improvement Society will be offering original art, mugs, hats, and other items, the sale of which will benefit the society. Admission is free. Call 631-604-1462.

While you’re thinking of Valentines Day, don’t forget about the bouquet! Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouses delivers their beautiful bouquets throughout the Hamptons. Apart from the traditional dozen red roses, they have a beautiful selection of roses in all colors, including amber and all shades of pink. Their Make Me Blush bouquet includes blushing pink roses in sweet, romantic shades. The Victorian Romance arrangement looks as though it belongs in a painting, featuring pristine cream-colored roses and lavender waxflower on a background of rich ivy. For the minimalist, orchids are a perfect choice. Wittendale’s offers several types of orchids, and you can even choose the number of blooms you’d like to purchase. Visit or call 800-834-7160 to place your order.

And, just in time for the holiday, Wölffer Estate Vineyard has released the 2015 vintage of Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rose Cider and Dry White Cider. The libations have been sold out since fall! Pick up a pack of the pink for Valentine’s Day, and start dreaming of warm summer days. Visit

Agora, the Little Greek Market. Photo credit: Stacy Dermont
Empanadas at Goodfood.
Empanadas at Goodfood. Photo credit: Barbara Lassen

Goodfood. at 535 Pike Street in Mattituck has restocked its supply of the popular organic catnip kitty toys from Handmade in Sag Harbor. Grab these, along with some great teas and spreads. Call 631-298-7599 for more info. If you pop into Goodfood. for a quick, delicious lunch, be sure to stop by Agora, The Little Greek Market, nearby at 610 Pike Street, for your Greek cheeses, olives and pastries. And don’t forget to pick up some goodies for the home. Handmade olive wood kitchenware and evil eye good luck charms are a must. Call 631-315-5070 or visit

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