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Summer shopping scene flexing muscle in the Hamptons

By Faith Hope Consolo, chairman, Retail Leasing and Sales Division, Douglas Elliman

More than ever, and particularly during this summer season, the Hamptons is the place to be for the newest and best in shopping and dining.

With a fantastic selection of new stores, shoppers will have their choice in the latest in fitness fashion, stylish clothes, housewares and more.

Photo by Deveion Acker/ Flickr
Photo by Deveion Acker/ Flickr

Plus new restaurants will keep even the pickiest palettes satisfied, from classic American dishes to Italian, Asian and other delectable cuisines.

Of course there’s no better way to explore each and every fabulous new store than with frequent breaks at any of the Hampton’s array of new restaurants and eateries.

After all, who can resist a treasure hunt around this summertime hot spot when the prizes are the newest, trendiest and most chic places to shop and dine?

A stroll through East Hampton wouldn’t be complete without a stop at 30 Park Place where celebrity fitness expert, Tracy Anderson, established a two-story location with a fitness center and retail shop outfitted with active, leisure and swimwear.

More fitness attire is offered at Elements Fitness at 66 Newtown Lane, where performance fitness clothes can be found along with studio classes and workshops.

Don’t stray from the street without stopping by Tina Stephens women’s wear shop also at 66 Newtown Lane (as well as 89 Main Street in Southampton).

Other new-to-town fashion shops are: Planet Blue at 50 Newtown Lane with its Southern California bohemian looks, What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) at 48 East Main Street for the finest in vintage and collectable clothing, Figue at 55 Main for stylish luxury clothes with a carefree spirit and Oliver Peoples at 53 Newtown Lane, where the choicest eyewear is featured for men and women.

Home furnishing fanatics will want to visit HomeGoods at 368 Montauk Highway for unusual options and designer pieces galore.

While you’re in town, dine on contemporary American cuisine, like roasted organic chicken, salmon risotto or sautéed halibut from executive chef Anand Sastry, at the Highway Restaurant, 290 Montauk Highway.

Or head to Philippe for chef Philippe Chow’s Beijing-style fare at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, perhaps for the restaurant’s signature salt-and-pepper lobster or Peking duck with house-made pancakes.

Then again, why not dip into a delicious bowl of freshly made ramen noodles with a rich broth and divine dipping sauce, at Momi Ramen, 221 Pantigo Road.

When shopping in Southampton, choose from the opulent selection of wardrobe staples at Velvet by Graham & Spencer, at 56 Jobs Lane.

There’s also Country Club Prep, at 64 Jobs Lane, for preppy looks and a terrific offering of denim designs at 3×1, 44A Main Street.

See a whole store full of clothes that recall blasts from the past at Unk & Will Vintage, 10 Jagger Lane, and a wide selection of versatile, luxury women’s fashions at the Tamara Mellon pop-up shop, 16 Hill Street.

For custom fine jewelry, visit the PLUKKA pop-up shop at 42B Jobs Lane.

To outfit your home in style, make a stop at 94 Main Street, where home furnishings store and interior design firm Pomme New York has expanded its offerings of Missoni and other brands.

As well, the L’Objet a la Plage boutique at 9 Main Street features an international collection of luxury home décor items.

Don’t leave town before dining, perhaps on modern American dishes, such as black sea bass or steamed lobster, at Beautique Southampton at the Capri Hotel, 281 County Road 39A.

Another option is Circo of Southampton, at 268 Elm Street, for upscale Italian cuisine from the heart of Tuscany.

Sag Harbor is the new home of The Styleliner, a showcase of bohemian fashions and accessories located at 25 Madison Street.

For the younger crowd, there’s Stella & Ruby children’s boutique at 144 Main Street, and for the best in men’s clothing, accessories, home fashions, grooming essentials and gifts, visit Copious Row at 27 Washington Street.

New in town is the restaurant at Baron’s Cove, 31 West Water Street, where classic American dishes are served in the dining room, lounge and bar or deck side, complete with harbor views.

The Wölffer Kitchen, at 29 Main Street, also is new and features American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare, thanks to co-owner brothers Marc and Joey Wölffer.

In Wainscott take time for Serena & Lily, at 332 Montauk Highway, for a California take on home furnishings and post-shopping stop at Osteria Salina (at 108 Wainscott Stone Road) for a sumptuous Sicilian supper.

Montauk is the home of four new eateries, including Scarpetta Beach at Gurney’s Resort, 290 Old Montauk Highway. Brunch and dinner are offered at Muse at the End, 41 South Euclid Avenue. For casual beer-and-burger dining visit the Saltbox at 99 Edgemere Street or stop by O’Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub, a family-friendly restaurant with a broad menu of burgers and sandwiches, steaks and seafood and traditional Irish country fare.

Remember, as well, to visit home goods retailer Garnet Hill, at its summer location, 2424 Main Street (Montauk Highway 27) in Bridgehampton; the Red Maple American fare restaurant at the Chequit hotel, 23 Grand Avenue in Shelter Island; and @ Bernie’s, 2095 Montauk Highway in Amagansett, where Tennessee BBQ, farm-to-table dishes and fresh seafood are on the menu.

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