The history of the Springs General Store dates back to 1844. It was originally a post office and throughout much of the 1900s a service and gas station operated on site. The store was always a gathering place for the Springs community and for artists like Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, who lived just up the street, and continues to be today.
The store now is owned by Kristi Wood and the iconic gas station, which went out of business with a gas rationing program in the 1970s, remains in place, although the pumps are no longer operational. Wood leases out the side building, which in addition to being a service station was also a place of business for antiques, jewelry and produce.
And now it’s being used to rent kayak and paddleboard equipment for those looking to adventure into Accabonac Harbor, one of the East End’s premier areas for touring local waters. Khanh Ngo, an East Hampton native who owns two sports and apparel shops named Khanh Sports, one in East Hampton Village and the other on Montauk Highway between Amagansett and East Hampton, set up shop at the General Store last year and is enjoying his first full season this summer.
“This is one of the best places to tour,” Ngo said about Accabonac. “And this location is established, it’s a destination. You can have your lunch or breakfast and go for a ride.”
In addition to kayaks and stand-up paddleboards — and other summer necessities for sale like skateboards, sunglasses, sunscreen, beach games, toys and goggles — Ngo is excited to rent out the brand new Hobie Eclipse, an SUP with peddles, an advanced rudder system and a stand-up bar that allow riders to cruise more easily through winds and currents and at a healthy clip of six miles per hour.
“This is also a great area for people to rice bicycles, which we rent,” Ngo said. “You go down to see Jackson Pollock, down to Louse Point, and it’s a nice bike ride. You don’t have to come from the village, you’re already here. It’s established.”
And has been since 1844.