Daily Bee: C&W Mercantile Closing. Buckets of Rain. Crêpes!

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Happy Monday! We are happy to report that the Hampton Bee survived what can only be described as an apocalyptic rain storm yesterday. One minute, we were eating our Sunday bagels; the next minute, there were buckets of rain falling from the sky. We’re still not sure what happened. Here’s a video of the sheets coming down. We hear officials closed Dune Road in Quogue after it turned into a swimming pool. Fun times!

Turning out the lights…

*Sigh. We always hate to be the bearer of bad news. But C&W Mercantile, the baby boutique and home goods store that’s been a fixture in Bridgehampton for three decades, is closing at the end of the month. (See photo above.) Owner Barbara Dutton says her lease was expiring, plus she was ready to retire. Dutton bought the shop 26 years ago, jumping at the chance to buy what had always been her favorite Hamptons store. She plans to continue to operate C&W Mercantile’s e-commerce site. “I’m excited about finding pretty and interesting things to sell and not having a brick-and-mortar store hanging over my head all the time,” she says. At the same time, “I feel almost guilty about closing because I’ve been here so long.” (If she or any loyal customers need comfort food, we suggest the pancakes at Candy Kitchen next door.) No word yet on who or what will move into the Main Street space. Meanwhile, if you need a fuschia lobster sweater for your little one, check out Dutton’s website.

We’ll drink to that

Long Island Wine Country, your source of information for all things wine-related, has a new website (run by the non-profit Long Island Wine Council, which is dedicated to establishing the East End as “a world-class destination for premium wine,” a noble cause indeed.) If you desperately need the words to describe Long Island terroir at your next cocktail party, then consult this page. Spoiler alert: It has to do with salt. The LIWC site currently features Wolffer’s Roman Roth as its featured winemaker, and this list of local wines that recently received sparkling reviews from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Is Nutella gluten-free?

If you are saddened by the news of David Bowie’s passing, and perhaps need pancakes to deal with such, then try My Crêperie, the newish eatery a short distance away from the Hamptons in Wading River. It was featured this past weekend on Doug Geed’s “The East End” on News 12. The shop is run by German-born Yasemin Nasta and her husband, Long Island native Robert Nasta, who says crepes are what would happen if a “pancake and a tortilla made love.” That kind of lost us for a sec, but we still want to try My Creperie’s oreo and white chocolate sauce crepe.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“The comfort zone is really nice, but nothing ever grows there.” — Jessica Mendola, a yoga enthusiast who is area manager for Juja Active, the fitness apparel shop in Southampton, in this Facebook video. Read our profile of Juja Active here.

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