Coffee & Art


On Friday, I ventured out to Montauk to visit Coffee + Flowers, a stand that serves — you guessed it — coffee and flowers. Located on the side of Cynthia Rowley, this adorable stop is perfect for a cup of joe and a fresh bouquet.

Claire Chan, owner of The Elk and Bar Beau in Brooklyn, has partnered with Kelsie Hayes, founder of Popup Florist, and Cynthia Rowley to open the location.

Enjoy coffee as well as a selection of plants, local flowers, and dried flowers sourced from local farms, as well as local pastries, snacks, lifestyle items, and other beach essentials.

Lizzie Gill. Photo by Wil Weiss

After a coffee fix, we headed over to the Montauk Beach House for an early dinner (look for my dining write-up in the coming weeks). Following dinner, we stayed for Roman Fine Art’s pop-up exhibit “Summer Solstice,” with work by artist Lizzie Gill. The show is retro-yet-futuristic and exhibits the artist’s mixed-media pieces, created with vintage-style imagery. You can see photos on our website from the opening and visit the show through July 1.

Independent/Jan Mackin

On Saturday, June 22, The Independent hosted a book signing and presentation at Southampton Inn for Rachel Nuwer’s book “Poached,” as part of our IndyLit series. Nuwer, a journalist for The New York Times and National Geographic, among others, has visited 72 countries to learn about illegal poaching of animals. An informative discussion on the topic was led by The Independent’s managing editor Bridget LeRoy. Southampton Books was also on hand for the book signing that followed.

The opening party for Holiday House Hamptons was held on Saturday, June 22. The house, located at 90 Wild Goose Lane in Water Mill, boasts nine bedrooms, a free-floating staircase, cathedral ceilings, and an oversized eat-in kitchen, all within 12,500 square feet.

Hosted by interior designer and breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner, the designer showhouse features over 20 top interior designers. The house is open to the public through August 4 and proceeds from ticket sales benefit BCRF, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

On Sunday, I stopped by the opening of Hamptons Standard in Hampton Bays, brought to you by the team behind Centro Trattoria & Bar. The new market/restaurant/bar/coffee shop is located in the previous Friendly’s location, and it’s beautiful. The restaurant offers a variety of snacks, salads, flatbreads, and entrees.

Being the part-time Hampton Bays resident that I am, I can’t even describe you how excited I am to have a year-round coffee spot that lives up to this coffee snob’s expectations. (I usually drive to Southampton to go to Golden Pear, Hampton Coffee, or Sant Ambroeus.) For Five Coffee Roasters, which also has locations in Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhasset, and Astoria has opened within Hamptons Standard for all of your espresso and cappuccino needs. And yes, they have oat milk — I checked!


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