Daily Bee: New Hampton Fabric & Blinds Showroom. Plus, Dubious 7-Eleven News. And Lobster Rolls.

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Happy Hump Day! Here’s something to get you through the week…an invite to a design event at Hampton Fabric & Blinds, which is a new showroom, pictured above, at 338 Montauk Highway in Wainscott. The opening cocktail reception is Friday (May 1), 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., with live music and free giveways (fingers crossed for a spring tension curtain rod).

The new digs are an extension of The Carpetman, a second-generation family-owned business in Southampton. You may have noticed The Carpetman’s enormous 16,000-square foot space on County Road 39A, which traditionally features all things on the floor, like carpet, area rugs and linoleum. The new place in Wainscott features all things on the windows, especially a lot of HunterDouglas stuff like shutters, blinds and draperies, which makes perfect sense to us. (Design is really pretty simple, when you break it down.)

The owners encourage folks to “shop local” and support them, not those enormous big-box stores…and explain why on Hampton Fabric’s site: “Buy with us to get quality products and great service, while building a stronger local economy.” That’s cool — we hate driving all the way to Riverhead anyhow.

So this is why people get worked up about 7-Eleven…

Other than sharks, hurricanes and the occasional Jersey Shore resident, nothing engenders shock and horror more in the Hamptons than 7-Eleven, which people elsewhere in the country commonly view as a convenient store to pick up slurpees and hot dogs. However, the latest news coming out of the Long Island federal prosecutor’s office does give one pause: The former owner of the 7-Eleven in Sag Harbor has been sentenced to 87 months in prison for harboring illegal aliens. Awkward. Farrukh Baig, who pleaded guilty in September, “exploited his alien employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses,” said Kelly T. Currie, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in a statement. The folks in Amagansett are probably happy that the permit to build a 7-Eleven there was rescinded last year.

A half-century of lobster rolls

Everybody’s favorite place for “lunch,” the Lobster Roll restaurant in Amagansett, will open Friday (May 1) at 11:30 a.m. sharp for its 50th season. What was once a tiny roadside clam shack on the Napeague stretch has become an iconic summer institution that has survived recessions, hurricanes and Noah and Alison’s torrid affair. We are indeed spoiled that possibly the two best places in the world for lobster-meat sandwiches, Lobster Roll and the Clam Bar, are a stone’s throw away from each other. We live here for a reason, folks.

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