Mondays on Main: Checking out businesses in Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor is home to many great shops and restaurants that Long Islanders can enjoy.
News 12’s Caroline Flynn stopped by to see what they are offering.
Sag Harbor's Main Street is one of the most charming in the Hamptons. It's located right on the water – a perfect spot for an evening stroll.
There's a small-town feeling, and most of the small business owners who fill the storefronts are local.
When you drive down Main Street, you can't miss the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema sign. There's a schedule up because movies are back on the big screen after the theater had to close due to the pandemic.
“We have special programs, like the one we do Saturdays and Sundays for kids and families,” says Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, of Sag Harbor Cinema. “One thing we love is having guests introduce the film, coming in for a Q&A. It just creates more of an interactive experience."
Many Sag Harbor businesses are proceeding with caution as coronavirus cases rise in New York.
Sagtown Coffee is sticking to its pandemic plan and not allowing customers inside yet. Customers can still go up to the window to order and then enjoy it on the patio outdoors.
“It seemed to work really well for my business, and I was able to keep it going this way so I didn't have the large crowds inside, everyone bunched up together trying to order,” says Shane Dyckman, of Sagtown Coffee.
The Sag Harbor Variety Store is a part of what makes Main Street so special. The family business has been around for over 50 years.
They've still got pandemic essentials inside – like wipes and sanitizer – but are much happier to sell mementos to remember your trip.
“During the pandemic, I feel we were rediscovered as the general store,” says Lisa Field, of Sag Harbor Variety. “We are a 5/10, we carry everything — all general items across the board, but for different people we've been different things. For some we were crafts, others toys - but during the pandemic, people were, ‘Oh you have toilet paper! Cleaning supplies!’"
Gavin Menu, the president of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, says the village provides residents plenty of locally run businesses to eat and shop.
"Sag Harbor really is a special community,” he says. “We have businesses that have been here over give decades, mom and pop stores mixed with high-end designers. We have two hardware stores, toy stores."
The village has an impressive lineup of events this summer and into the fall.
A farmers market is held every Saturday. There will also be the Arts and Crafts Fair in September where patrons can support local farmers and makers.