East end stores are getting back into the retail groove. There are wonderful old standbys to visit and some seductive new entries as well.
You likely won’t meet up with the masses because shopkeepers are sharply limiting the number of people who can shop at once. At Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop in Sag Harbor, it’s only four shoppers at a time, likewise at savvy home store, Turpan in East Hampton. And at many stores, there are added services such as curbside pickup, individual appointments and delivery — all of these offered by new East Hampton boutique, Unsubscribed.
And if you’re really thirsting for some hands-on retail therapy but simply not ready to go into a shop, consider hitting up Southampton on Saturday nights for the “Southampton In the Streets” event. Here, Main Street and Jobs Lane are closed to traffic and people can dine, shop and stroll“. It’s definitely a combination of the elements of restaurants, art and retail allowing people to feel a little more free outdoors,” says Mayor Jesse Warren who adds that the concept was inspired in part by other municipalities in places such as New Zealand and Seattle. "It’s not a festival and not a party but more like a 1970s state fair and an opportunity for businesses to be at work after being closed for four months.” Eat, shop, people watch, listen to live music, but there is one caveat: “Don’t forget to wear your mask.”
À Tout Âge, which means “at any age,” is the just-opened boutique owned by designer Denise Johnston who prides herself on fabulous fits and elegant, wardrobe staples. She started designing for the over-40 set but found her collection was coveted by “a cross generational” woman, hence the name. Here, ffind feminine clothes that can dress down for the beach with flip-flops and just as easily dress up for a cocktail party. Her dresses and tops are turned out in high-end cottons with a bit of stretch along with top of the line romantic lace. Prices range from $68 for a camisole to $595 for a long embroidered maxi dress and the inventory includes jewelry and scarves. (60 Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-259-2092; website: a-tout-age.com
Article Written By Anne Bratskeir
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