Shop ’til You Drop: January Shopping Is ‘Hot’ on the East End

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East Hampton yoga instructor Susan Verde has written a picture book for children titled I Am Yoga. The book explains the benefits of practicing yoga to young readers. It provides instructions for 16 yoga poses, illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter Reynolds. The book encourages children to open their minds and imaginations to the practice of yoga. Adults and children alike will enjoy I Am Yoga’s calm and playful encouragement. The easy-to-understand directions will help create a firm foundation for a child’s future yoga practice. Visit for more information.

If you haven’t had your fill of Star Wars mania, the market is packed with great new fan products. Innovative toy tech company Sphero released its app-enabled BB-8 droid last month. Even the most hardened Sith Lord will fall in love with BB-8’s adorable expressions. BB-8 rolls on its own, mapping the room and interacting with objects. It can also be guided by a remote control app. Buyers were initially skeptical about the toy’s durability, but BB-8 has proven itself to be both enduring and endearing. Part gadget and part pet, Sphero’s BB-8 droid is lauded as a new essential for any true Star Wars fan. Pick one up at your local BestBuy, the Disney Store at the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead, or order online from Amazon, ThinkGeek or Also available from the Disney Store is a Princess Leia Hoodie complete with hair buns, a perfect addition to your wardrobe when the weather gets dreary. Pick up a child-sized Finn’s Pilot Jacket, for the little Resistance Fighter in your life. And, available at CVS, Covergirl’s limited edition Star Wars line is still going strong. Try any of their six cosmic lipstick shades, from deep moody red to a celestial lilac, and sophisticated nail polish shades in nude, red and dark purple. (

The Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club of Long Island is hosting its 40th annual Doll, Bear and Toy Show and Sale this Sunday, January 10, at the UPSKY Hotel in Hauppauge. All ages are welcome. On display and for sale are a massive variety of antique and collectible dolls, bears and toys. Owners of displayed pieces will partake in competitions throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to children’s charities. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to support a great cause, and leave with some nostalgic treasures. (110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge.)

Southampton-based jewelry maker Van Der Muffin’s Jewels will have its gemstone fringe bracelets featured in the Artisan Group’s celebrity gift lounge for this year’s Golden Globes. Now is your chance to snatch up your own bracelets and necklaces, before they’re gone. The Pearly Fringe Bracelet features natural freshwater pearls accented with gold chain fringe. It’s nautical and decadent, a true reflection of Hamptons style. If you’re looking for a bold, whimsical piece, Van Der Muffin’s has what you need. The cluster bracelets are playful showpieces of quality stones and quirky charms. Prices range from $95–$195. Visit them on, or check out, for a wider selection.

The East End was shocked to learn that the beloved BookHampton would be closing its doors at the end of 2015. But, hope is not lost. The BookHampton location at 41 Main Street in East Hampton Village has been purchased. Owner Charline Spektor will keep the shop open until the end of January, when she will transfer the keys to a new proprietor. No word yet on who the mysterious prospective owner is, but Spektor seems optimistic. Bookhampton’s Southampton location at 16 Hampton Road has been purchased by two of the store’s employees, Daniel Hirsch and Gregory Harris. The loyal bookworms have rebranded the store as Southampton Books. Fans of BookHampton are thrilled that both locations will remain open, and are happy to support Southampton Books and its new owners. Stay tuned to for new and exciting changes as the two bookstores settle in, including the latest news about the East Hampton Village location.

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