The Open Minded Organics farmstand on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton is closed for the winter right now, but that’s okay with Ashley Falkowski. She’s busy preparing to open OMO the Apothecary, a new store in the Promenade on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, slated to open March 1.
According to Ms. Falkowski and her husband and business partner, Dave Falkowski, having a store will relieve them of what they called the “constraints” of simply being a farm and farmstand. Also, they said, the farmstand gets pretty muddy in the winter.
“We decided to open the shop to be able to serve the East End and other people other than doing mail orders and personal deliveries” in the winter, Ms. Falkowski said. “Here at the store I can venture out and do other handcrafted things.”
When the Open Minded Organics (OMO) farmstand opens up again in the spring, Mr. Falkowski will concentrate on that while Ms. Falkowski focuses on the Sag Harbor store. At the store, she will offer OMO’s cannabidiol oils and tinctures, smudges and sage sticks, Jamesport’s Stoic Artisans kombucha on tap, Southampton Soap Company and Montauk Soap Company products and more. There will be books and other merchandise that are a throwback to what customers could once find at Metaphysical Books and Tools — what used to be one of Ms. Falkowski’s favorite stores in Sag Harbor. OMO the Apothecary will also have local art decorating the walls, rotating by artist, which will be available for sale.
“We’re definitely excited,” Ms. Falkowski said. “We’re a little nervous because it’s another venture that is unknown to us. The farmstand is easy because we grow the produce and it gets put out there. Now we’re figuring out other products that are apothecary in nature and sourcing it is kind of difficult.”
Ms. Falkowski joins a community of at least six businesses on Long Wharf’s promenade that are owned or managed by women, including the Waterfront Beauty Salon, Hamptons Tailoring and Alterations and Long Wharf Upholstery and Fabrics.
Linda Pazera, who owns the upholstery and fabric store, said she is happy to have OMO the Apothecary as a new neighbor. She actually leases both her space and the Falkowskis’ space in the promenade, and recently received permission to sublet the space next door.
“They’re nice people,” Ms. Pazera said. “It’s going to bring new people down here when they find out about them. They haven’t even told anybody, and everyone’s already coming down.”
Ms. Falkowski said she feels inspired to be among those female entrepreneurs.
“It’s very empowering,” she said. “In this day and age, women need to be and feel empowered. It’s great to have a community out here that allows that.”
Mr. Falkowski said the apothecary store is really going to belong to his wife.
“I really think this will be more along the lines of a traditional, rootsy Sag Harbor shop,” he said. “This isn’t meant to cater to just the high-end tourists. We’re not here to quit it after three months.”
Ms. Falkowski said she aspires to be like Country Lane, the gift and décor shop that recently closed after 20 years on Main Street.
“They are such wonderful people. When family and friends came from out of town, I’d tell them to go there,” she said. “You could always find something, whether it was for $10 or $100. That’s what I want to do here.”
Asked whether they are concerned about competition, particularly from the upcoming arrival of White’s Apothecary on Main Street, they said they are not.
“Does Sag Harbor have too many restaurants or bars?” Mr. Falkowski said. “There is a fine line between what’s competition and cannibalization, but there’s also the idea of what creates demand. I think they’re different businesses.”
“Just like our farmstand,” Ms. Falkowski added. “We all make it work because we all have different things. Some of the other farmstands even carry our mushrooms. We all make it work.”