This past Sunday, May 17th, HomeGoods in Wainscott celebrated their grand opening with a tremendous turnout. On the Friday, May 15th, HomeGoods opened their doors at 4pm to TJX Rewards Credit Card holders for an exclusive shopping experience. Everyone waiting outside for the doors to open were more than eager to “shop till they drop.” The Hamptons, especially the East Hampton township, needed a well organized, reasonably priced one-stop type shop for the home and HomeGoods is the perfect fit to take on the role. Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, shoppers will get to stock up for all of their outdoor necessities, food pantry basics, and interior accents.

HomeGoods is an opportunistic retailer. The company is in the marketplace 365 days a year, where each day they are searching for well-made items to add to their store collection that they know customers will love. HomeGoods will buy from closeouts, during down factory time, and they are always in the know regarding which designers are hot that moment. Designer brands are part of HomeGoods’s DNA. The store also creates a colorful array of well-made international pieces.┬áSo much of what they sell is handcrafted, made in England, Italy or Portugal.

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I have been coming to Levain Bakery in Wainscott for several years now. The bakery just opened this past Friday, May 15th and already, customers were coming in one after the other to buy their famous, gargantuan cookies. Moist, dense, chewy, and fresh, Levain takes these all-American sweet treats to the next level and beyond. For $4 per cookie, you could easily choose to split the cookie amongst three or four people (or not) or nosh on it to your heart’s content.

I purchased each of their four signature flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, in addition to a slice of their Sour Cream Coffee Cake that was heavenly and oh-so moist. I have never before seen a cookie the size of a traditional scone, two inches thick, and oozing with chocolate all over your fingers. I lick that chocolate off my fingers unabashedly. Even after bringing the cookies home after driving around for a couple of hours, they were still gooey and chocolatey. Can you guess which one was my favorite?

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The Phoenix Chinese restaurant located in Wainscott just off of Montauk Highway has been one of my favorite lunch spots for over a decade. I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a young child, when my younger brother and I used to sit on the backs of the lions statues at either side of the entrance and have our pictures taken. I have gathered here many early afternoons on the weekdays in between work and on the weekends after volunteering at ARF or visiting Bridgehampton Commons. The service is consistently excellent and quick. Though I have rarely seen the restaurant crowded or even half full at lunchtime, most people that come here order out, which I have done on a few rare occasions.

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