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With the New Year Comes New Sales for Sag Harbor Shoppers

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Veteran shopper Mara Certic checks out the wares at Urban Zen Monday morning. (Tessa Raebeck photo).

Veteran shopper Mara Certic checks out the wares at Urban Zen Monday morning. (Tessa Raebeck photo).

By Tessa Raebeck

While most retail stores in East Hampton and Southampton board up their windows for the winter, leaving a desolate Main Street for the local population, in Sag Harbor many stores are not only staying open, they’re also offering great deals for the year round community.

The sale signs are popping up across Bay Street and Main Street, with some stores offering as much as 75 percent off select items.

“It’s just a nice way to give back to locals,” says Kim Keller, the manager at Urban Zen on Bay Street, which is offering 50 to 75 percent off select items through March.

Giving back is at the foundation of the Urban Zen business model, which is centered around a “soulful economy,” as Keller calls it.

Haitian crafted goods are for sale at the store through the Haiti Artisan Project. Started by owner Donna Karan following the earthquake that shook Haiti four years ago, the project returns 100 percent of the proceeds from the items to Haiti.

The luxury items at Urban Zen range in price from $20 for “Haiti hearts,” or handmade heart-shaped rocks, to $7,000 for a crystal chandelier handcrafted in Haiti.

In addition to the Haiti Artisan Project samplings, Urban Zen has a variety of pieces from across the world, ranging from handcrafted belts made in Brooklyn by designer Jason Ross to leather jackets made by hand using the best materials in Italy.

“Obviously,” said Keller, “this store could not survive if it weren’t for our summer clientele. Like everyone around here, that is our business.”

Keller added that about two-thirds of the store’s business is conducted from June to Labor Day, but staying open in the winter – and having sales – is Urban Zen’s way to support the local community.

Although most locals may not be stopping into Urban Zen for a $895 cashmere dress from Italy, sales make it tangible to “collect” items by buying one or two pieces a season.

“They’re beautiful,” said Keller, wearing a cashmere sweater, scarf and hat, of the clothes at Urban Zen, “they last forever and go with everything.”

The men’s and women’s stores of Flying Point Surf Boutique on Main Street are similarly thinking of Sag Harbor’s year round community this winter, with sales of 15 to 50 percent off on all summer items.

“It’s basically to bring people in during the winter and help the locals out,” said Loreto Vignapiano, manager at the Flying Point Women’s store in Sag Harbor.

Vignapiano said after realizing last season that a lot of customers were coming into the store looking for summer clothes to wear on tropical vacations this time of year, they decided to put on a winter sale.

Until the new spring gear comes in in March, all swimwear and summer clothing in the women’s store is half off and flip-flops are buy one, get one free.

At the men’s store, board shorts, Reef sandals, and “pretty much all summer clothing” is half off, according to manager Bethany Semlear. Rashguards and tee shirts are buy one, get one free. The store is also offering 25 percent off wetsuit tips, 20 percent off body and boogie boards and 15 to 20 percent off sunglasses.

A few blocks down Main Street at Satori, a women’s boutique, owner Jessica Kenny is offering 30 percent off all clothing, excluding accessories, bras, hats, scarves, gloves, jewelry and some leggings, as part of its end of the season sale.

Kris Kim, a Satori employee, said there is also an ongoing selection of items for 50 percent off in the back of the store.

Traditionally less expensive than its luxury counterparts, Flashbacks is, as usual, offering items for $10 on a sale rack displayed outside the storefront.

An end of season sale of up to 75 percent off items at luxury boutique Life’Style ended last weekend.

A winter promotion at Calypso for 60 percent off of all sale merchandise also ended Monday. With the new collection having just arrived in store, however, manager Jennifer Lucey expects another deal is just around the corner.

Flying Point Opens a Location for Women and Kids

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by Emily J. Weitz

Surf. Skate. Snow. Flying Point has taken care of all things boarding since Mark Zucchero first opened his doors in 1996 in Southampton. In 2007, he and his wife Shannon took the business to Main Street in Sag Harbor. Last year, they opened a second location in Southampton, and now they’re following suit with a spacious new Sag Harbor store devoted to the boarding needs of women and children.

It was always on Shannon’s mind to open a women’s store, says Kelly Flaherty, manager of the new space and Shannon’s sister.

“My brother-in-law focused more on menswear, and when Shannon came on board she always dreamt of having a women’s store,” said Flaherty. “In Southampton, she opened the women’s and kids’ store, and it was really successful. Now the merchandise gets the proper attention and space. This is a much larger space, but we’re following the same model.”

The lessons and outings and boards that Flying Point has always offered are still available through either location. But this new space will sell everything that goes with them, specifically for women and kids.

Flaherty says that her brother in law “always says you’re selling the lifestyle. Everybody wants the clothes that go along with it. You sell a handful of boards but a ton of apparel and footwear and stuff like that.”

It’s the apparel and footwear and stuff like that that has taken over the bright new space a few stores up from the original Flying Point. With the edge of the adventurer’s lifestyle at its roots, it’s more of a boutique than anything else. But it’s one of the biggest boutiques in Sag Harbor, with a massive range of offerings.

“We carry everything from Roxy all the way up to Melissa Odabash,” says Flaherty. “We sell everything from a $16 T-shirt  to a $350 cover-up.”

The merchandise also ranges from infant onesies to yoga clothes and apparel with cuts for mature women.

“A lot of surf companies only offer junior cuts,” explains Flaherty. “Now we’ve been filling in the gaps for women’s cuts. It’s not so junior: real women can wear the clothes. We have Hardtail, Free People, Super Dry and lots of other brands that women are looking for.”

One of the brands Flying Point has carried from the start, which has exploded into a hugely successful company, is Tom’s Shoes. Designed to be super simple and comfortable, Tom’s has always operated under a one-for-one philosophy: For every pair of Tom’s you buy, the company gives a pair of shoes to a child in need.

“We are one of the biggest retailers on the East Coast for Tom’s,” says Flaherty. “We got involved with the company early, and this is one of the only places you can get them out here. Now Tom’s has expanded to offer different styles, like wedges, and they’ll be coming out with ballet flats in the spring.”

They’ve also expanded to sell sunglasses, and for every pair you buy, a pair of glasses or an eye exam is given to a person in need.

“Any time we see something that is socially conscious we get more excited about it,” says Flaherty. “In Sag Harbor a lot of people support that kind of business.”

Other socially conscious brands they’ll be carrying in the store include Histoire, whose baby onesies say things like “I Will Make a Difference” and “Read to Me.” When you buy one, a book is donated to a child.

“We also have Bobbles,” says Flaherty, “which are BPA free and help reduce plastics.”

A lot of what Flaherty and her sister and brother-in-law hope to do is fill a void on Main Street.

“There isn’t a lot of kids’ clothing or footwear available in Sag Harbor,” says Flaherty. “Whatever we see that the customer needs or what’s lacking, we’re investing there.”

Flaherty got involved with the family business about four years ago, working as a manager. She believes that the family-oriented mentality of the owners is at the heart of the business.

“Everybody who works here feels like family,” she says. “We fly everybody including the high school kids who work here down to Florida for the trade show. We want to keep it a family business.”

Boarding Up Main Street

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Our Gig Too, Taping Inside adjusted

From miter saws and plywood planks to veritable starbursts of masking tape, Sag Harbor Village storefronts are a garish indication of what the village might have in store for it tomorrow.  Anticipating winds up to 60 miles per hour and rains that could bring up to 10 inches, many Main Street business owners are making efforts to secure fragile window panes, taking few chances with Hurricane Irene.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the most fortress-like preparations could be seen at Sylvester & Co. on the south side of Main Street, where three workers used a miter saw to cut rectangles of wood to fully mask the high-end shop.  (So as not to deter customers, signs atop the wooden covering notified passersby that the store was, in fact, still open for business.)

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With an electric saw of his own, Skip Nolan was in the process of boarding up Country Lane Studios—owned by his wife, Vickie—on Saturday afternoon when asked his opinion of the approaching storm.  He admitted he didn’t think the storm would be as powerful as many suspect; but, after drilling a nail into the window frame of the shop, he said it was best to err on the side of caution.

Country Lane adjusted

Sen Restaurant was one of the first to cover-up with plywood, nailing perfectly measured rectangles over windows on both the north and western walls of the corner building (leaving customers to dine outdoors against a setting of plywood).  Flying Point Surf Shop followed suit across the street, but its windowpanes were shroud in a less obtrusive grey-colored board.

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Some shops wishing to protect their windows chose, instead of wood, tape to keep glass intact in the face of high winds.   As she stretched beige-colored masking tape the full length of her store’s front window Denise O’Maley of Our Gig Too said she was worried about the destruction potentially caused by Irene.  After completing the asterisk-like window design, she said she was headed to the store’s basement to move all merchandise—including doll-house sized models of wooden boats, likely to be ruined if caught in high waters—to higher ground, in anticipation of flooding.

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By mid-afternoon more than half of Main Street storefronts had yet to treat windows for stormy conditions.  And while some will have done so by day’s end, others are still waiting to see what Irene’s status will be by the end of the day before taking further precautions.