By Emily J. Weitz
Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of a long summer of trips to the farm stands, afternoons at the beach, and barbecues under the setting sun. It also marks the beginning of another bustling season on and around Main Street in Sag Harbor. This year there are lots of new names hoping to make a home for themselves in this charming village. From art galleries to wellness spaces, antique stores to technology centers, grand openings abound as some businesses shuffle to new locations and others open their doors for the very first time.
Sag Harbor, an artists’ town, has never been short on galleries featuring local and international art. Nina Frand chose to open Galleria Della Lupa on Main Street (where Gallery B was) with an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by her husband, Giancarlo Impiglia. Longtime residents of Bridgehampton, “We have always been drawn to the charm and vitality of Sag Harbor,” says Frand. “It has been our dream to partake in the future of this historic and wonderful town, and now we finally have the opportunity.” Galleria Della Lupa is located at 150 Main Street. Go to www.galleriadellalupa.com for more information.
The Delaney Cooke Gallery, which used to be at 150 Main Street, has moved to the Haven’s House Art Space at 17 Madison Street in Sag Harbor. The idea behind the space will be more reminiscent of a co-op than a traditional gallery – it’s available to rent for art shows and other events. There will be an opening reception Saturday, May 28th from 5 to 8 p.m.
And art dealer Arthur T Kalaher will now be operating from the bustling corner of Madison and Jermain.
Art isn’t just about what hangs on your walls, though. Dodds & Eder takes the art outside. With their attention on the whole process of transforming your outdoor space, they offer everything from landscape design to outdoor furnishings, so this one company hopes to be your one stop for all your outdoor needs. Dodds & Eder has been in business for over 30 years, but they recently opened in Sag Harbor in the old Megna Glass space. Check out their web site for more information at www.doddsandeder.com.
Each carefully selected antique in a good antique store is a piece of art with a history of its own. La Maisonette, which opens at 34 Bay Street in the new retail building there, focuses on French country and Belgian antiques, European furniture, vintage upholstery, and other treasures.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, modern day artists often utilize the ever-evolving palette of their iPads and Macs. The geniuses at Geekhampton have been saving Mac users across the East End for the past decade from their office in Hampton Bays. But they are “thrilled to be moving to Sag Harbor,” says Sheryl Heller, co-owner. They’ll offer all the newest Apple products including iPads, iPods, and computers. But in addition to that, they will offer vital on-site technical and tutoring services that will keep many an iPhone holder sane this summer.
“Customers with Mac questions or issues can walk up to our GeekBar,” says Heller, “where friendly, knowledgeable GeekTenders will provide personalized care in plain English.”
The grand opening party, Saturday, June 25, will showcase a full line of Apple’s newest products. Visit www.geekhampton.com.
Other local businesses have a heavier focus on self-care and wellness, like D Nails, a sleek looking new salon opening on Division Street next to Marie Eifell, and wellNEST, which has opened on Main Street in a historic building that stretches to Division Street. Richard Ash, MD offers a full line of vitamins as well as cold-pressed organic juices, raw foods, personal care items, and eco-friendly housewares. Together, the offerings at wellNEST focus on bringing a sustainable lifestyle choice to a community already aware of the importance of self-care. www.wellnest.us.
In the American Hotel building at 45 Main Street, Bond No. 9 opens their perfumerie on June 4. Plans for an official opening party are in the works for a little later in the season.
“Sag Harbor is my favorite Hampton,” says Laurice Rahme, founder and president of Bond No. 9 New York. “I would not have my shop in any other town. It reminds me of Brittany in France, quaint, charming and relaxing. I’m working on a Sag Harbor scent [out next year] and it will be woody and marine.” She says it’s inspired by her many walks down Long Wharf, which she looks forward to frequenting this summer. www.bondno9.com.
For those looking to make the most of this seaside town, the Sunseeker Yacht Club, run by John Henry Falk, opens with a line of luxury yachts starting at 48 feet.
“We’re excited to be here because Sag Harbor is a boater‘s haven,” says Falk.
The office space is on the second floor at 50 West Water Street, but they’ll showcase their boats in the harbor by renting a few boat slips. Keep an eye out for the “for sale” signs. www.sunseekerny.com
Of course, no season would be complete without at least one new clothing store, and there are a few new additions right on Main Street. The Corner Closet at 108 Main is a high-end consignment shop that opened in February. Expect only the real deal here: Gucci, Chanel, and Prada. Those wishing to consign their own luxury items can expect a 50/50 split with the store. Up the street at 150 Main Street, Dreaming of You recently opened, selling a full line of lingerie and the softest, sweetest touches to your wardrobe. And for the classic summer gear from bathing suits to t-shirts, sarongs to baseball caps, head across the street to the new Palm Produce at 23 Main Street, where Andrew and Co used to be.
New restaurants on Main Street include the Pomme Café at 16 Main Street, which will open Memorial Day Weekend. Pomme Café’s original location in Astoria has become a hotspot French style brasserie, and their Sag Harbor location will offer the same type of menu. Page, at 63 Main, has overtaken the Blue Sky location, and has been bustling for several weeks now. Their local-inspired menu is sure to be abundant as the late spring and summer crops come in.
And for those who want to get physical, Harbor Martial Arts, which had been located on Division Street for several years, just moved to Main Street, where Harbor Salon used to be.
“We moved to offer more class times and have a dedicated space to martial arts,” says Peter Smith-Johansen, an owner. “There will be more opportunity for people to train, whatever their schedule.” There will be open houses on Memorial Day Weekend and every Saturday in June to encourage people to come in and check out the new space, so be on the lookout.
With all this change and growth on and around Sag Harbor’s main artery, this town is about to get a shot of life, ready or not.