Happy days are here again. It is the Fourth of July weekend in the not-so-lazy village of Montauk, the retreat at the easternmost tip of Long Island, where the sound meets the sea! The shops are all dressed and ready to assist all the holiday weekend shoppers. Let’s do some Montauk shopping and have some fun!
Summer Guest, 764 Montauk Highway, (631-238-5680), a boutique that invites a new designer each year to feature their work, has invited Ro’s Market. Designed by Roberta Freymann, Ro’s Market is exclusive, handpicked accessories from around the globe. This eclectic new shop reflects a zest for color and life, targeting cool, edgy, young customers who truly enjoy the laid-back vibe of Montauk while looking for well-priced, unique merchandise. This is a not-to-be-missed retail shop that you will put on top of your list!
At The Shops at Gosman’s Dock, 484 West Lake Drive, (631-668-4174), Homeport has a great selection of furnishings, jewelry, art and clothing for men, women and children. Captain Kid has a wide selection of toys that kids will love! Piergroup and I Love Montauk offer a variety of fine clothing for men and women. I can spend an entire day shopping Gosman’s Dock for great clothing and accessories.
Splash, 54 South Erie Avenue, (631-668-2723), is one of Montauk’s newest stores featuring women’s clothing, gift items and accessories. This is a store where the moms can shop while the kids check out the toy department, which features a giant Thomas the Train. A unique shopping experience, for sure!
Beach MYC, located at the Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star Island Drive, (631-668-3100), is one of the finest shops on the East End. In the mix, Beach MYC is offering jewelry, beachwear, candy, gifts, toys and a large selection of Havaiana sandals for women, men and kids, and Hat Attack, natural raffia crochet fedoras, which are a fun way to keep the sun off your face while you are shopping and beaching. Don’t forget to pick up your favorite “Tocca” Montauk candle while you are there.
Espo’s Surf and Sport Clothing, 805 Main Street, (631-668-SURF), is filled with top-of the line equipment along with great beach gear and accessories for all ages, including surfboards, bicycles, kayaks, scooters, sandals, sunglasses, skateboards and the newest rage, the stand-up paddle board, which sell for $399! On the menu are sales, service, rentals and lessons that include surfing and stand up paddleboarding. Summer surfing packages are also available. Get surfing and paddling this summer and have some fun!
Montauk Clothing Co., 787 Montauk Highway, (631-668-1281), is one of Montauk’s largest and friendliest family resort sportswear shops. You will love the super selection of beachwear and sweatshirts, starting from infant sizes to extra large, including 4X. This store is open for everyone, all the time, year ‘round.
If you are looking for a fitness center, Body Tech, a fully-equipped fitness center has a huge selection of classes (www.bodytechclub.com). Conveniently located in the Montauk Playhouse Community Center, 240 Edgemere Street, (631-238-5311), it is a complete training center that includes a cardio center, a total free-weight room, a stretching and core room and a strength training circuit. Body Tech-weekend passes are $35, three-day passes $45, with $20 daily rates and $239 membership, now through Labor Day. All new members will receive a free personal training session.
Montauk Bookshop, 37A The Plaza, (631-668-4599) is family-run bookshop offering new releases, special orders, out-of-print searches, author events, delivery and worldwide shipping. Love On The Docks, a novel about Montauk written by Kristall Jarrett, is now available at the Montauk Bookshop. Visit www.montaukbookshop.com and www.loveonthedocks.com.
Montauk Marine Basin Ship Store, 426 West Lake Drive, (631-668-5900), features a wide range of lures for sportfishing, tackle, rigs, bait, hooks, marine supplies, commercial boots, along with sportfishing and commercial clothing. Look for a full line of Grunden All-Weather Gear, XtraTuf boots, fishing supplies and so much more!
Paulie’s Tackle, 131 South Edgemere Street, (631-668-5520), is a fun tackle shop catering to the surfcaster and in-shore fisherman featuring a large selection of rods, reels and much more! Sail Montauk Charters, (631-522-5183). Call for information on lessons and sunset sails. Step off the dock and on to one of their Catalina 22s for an exhilarating sail on the waters of Montauk. Take the tiller or just sit back and relax, they promise to make your sailing a one-of-a-kind experience that you will not forget. The Charters also offer sailing trips, lessons, bareboat rentals and sunset sails. This has got to be a beautiful way to spend the day in Montauk!
Star Island Yacht Club on Star Island Road, next to the Coast Guard Station (631-668-5052), has a new surfcasting department in their Ship Store (Montauk’s Fishing Headquarters). Look for a large selection of reels, lines, lures, rods, clothing, footwear, gear and sunglasses. Open daily, from 6 a.m.
Uihlein’s, 444 West Lake Drive, (631-668-3799), features jet ski and boat rentals, kayaks, tubing, fishing and so much more! The store has accessories for your fun water activities as well as light jackets, Body Glove attire and shirts. There’s something fun for everyone here, so get jetting, get shopping!
Everyone loves T-shirts…Local Knit tees featuring Montauk’s best local spots can be purchased online only www.localknit.com. There’s a holiday special – buy any three Montauk Local Knit T-shirts and get a fourth free! Start your collection today! Can’t beat that summer sale deal Ciao and Happy Montauk Fourth of July Shopping! If you have any questions or your shop is having sales, new inventory, re-opening or a brand new business, e-mail me at: Shoptil@danspapers.com. [/expand]