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Happy Tuesday! We think we can pretty much officially say this: The season is upon us. This all happened at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, when the sun broke through the clouds after 8 days straight of gloomy overcast and rain. Within about an hour — all the signs of summer were visible. There were cars in the beach parking lots, city types drinking smoothies and a Sunday jam session (see photo above) taking place at Springs General Store. Excuse us for a sec while we pour ourselves a glass of Wolffer rosé and write the rest of this dispatch.
We’ve been working on our headstand…
JuJa Active, the fitness apparel shop in Southampton started by former investment banker Jen Russo, has a new store in East Hampton. This just goes to prove: Former investment bankers (see our profile of Russo here) are really good at running small businesses. Meanwhile, we can’t even figure out our spreadsheet program. But that’s neither here nor there. The new Juja Active, which opened Friday at 66 Newtown Lane, “is similar to Southampton in aesthetic — mainly white and serene to allow the clothes to pop — but it is a larger store and has an expanded assortment,” according to Russo. Inventory includes independent clothing brands, plus gym bags and yoga mat bags. Take that, Lululemon.
Bees! Bees! Bees!
We here at the Hampton Bee are suckers for honey bee news (something to do with our name). Mary Woltz of Bees Needs, who keeps bees at Quail Hill farm, was recently interviewed by the Protect What Is Precious website. She says the pressures on bee health “include pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change, but the major threat continues to be the varroa mites, tiny parasitic insects that suck the bees’ blood.” Bottom line, pesticides make all this worse, so don’t use chemicals, dammit. Woltz, who runs 14 bee yards (!) across the East End, sells her honey at Green Thumb in Water Mill, Balsam Farms in Amagansett and Serene Green in Sag Harbor, not to mention Marders in Bridgehampton and Provisions and Sag Harbor Baking Co. in Sag Harbor.
Estia’s Little Kitchen, the restaurant on the Bridge/Sag Turnpike on the way to Sag Harbor, is featuring paintings by Bridgehampton artist Terry Elkins on its walls, from now through July 11. We think this one is of a boat.
Mon Tiki, everybody’s favorite catamaran out of Montauk Harbor, is gearing up for opening weekend this coming Saturday. Captain David Ryan and his daughter have been busy sewing cushions (we dig the pattern). Fun fact: It’s important that sailors know how to sew. There’s a lot of canvas involved, people.
The East Hampton Farmer’s Market, which operates out of Nick & Toni’s parking lot, which is nicer than it sounds, is opening May 27 (the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend) at 9 a.m. There will be Horman’s pickles, Browder’s fine chickens and Arlotta Food Studio olive oil, among others. Summer resolution: Be a localvore.
Corwin’s Main Street Jewelers in Southampton, which claims to be the oldest family owned and operated jewelry store in New York State (take that, London Jewelers!), is redesigning its website. Its dog Max announced the news on Facebook. Didn’t make sense to us either.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Jakob on his way to court today to fight for us to continue our amazing and fun burlesque shows.” — The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton, posting this photo of manager Jakob Berlin, one of the friendlier-looking defendants we’ve even seen. (We doubt Cyril Fitzsimmons, for instance, is so smiley.) Berlin was charged back in April with three violations, including staging a live performance without a permit. The show in question involved a dancer names Taradise, plus a black thong and feathers. Fight the man, Jakob.
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