BELLPORT VILLAGE

A Saturday stroll down Bellport's Main Street

Summer Desantis
Posted 7/30/20

Last Saturday, Bellport Village held a Saturday Stroll event on Main Street. Stores had outdoor sales with extra hours and restaurants had outdoor seating.

One among them was a Bellport …

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BELLPORT VILLAGE

A Saturday stroll down Bellport's Main Street

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Last Saturday, Bellport Village held a Saturday Stroll event on Main Street. Stores had outdoor sales with extra hours and restaurants had outdoor seating.

One among them was a Bellport General, hosting Lateral Objects, a pop-up design store.

“Usually, Saturdays are our good days; there are a lot of people working from home, so Saturdays are the day that they can come out and it feels like a weekend,” said the store manager.

They offer high-fashion clothes, accessories and art, all designed by Stefan Beckman. They also host a small cafe section with the help of a local baking company, Lili’s Baked Goods.

Other business owners like Kate Hanley, of Hue Home Design, try to emphasize the importance of supporting local businesses, especially in times like this.

“In our store, we try to pick rare finds, things that are hard to get... It’s a tremendous hustle that we do; we probably have the freshest inventory, and so do all the other stores around here,” she said. “When people move to a community, they look to their Main Street, and if they don’t support it, we can’t survive. It’s a hand-in-hand kind of thing. During the quarantine, I constantly put new art in the windows, just so it didn’t feel like we went dormant.”

The village had people of all backgrounds supporting local businesses and hanging around the town. The weather was clear and sunny for the whole day, which allowed people to wander around and enjoy the small beach town scenery. This event, and many more like it around Long Island, are trying to bring a sense of normalcy to a time where that doesn’t seem possible.

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