Shop ’til You Drop: Spring Beers, Summer Hours in Southampton

Spring has…sprung? Well, no sense in sitting around waiting for it. We all know that warm weather will eventually arrive, and right now we’ve been handed some extra time to get ready for it. If this ongoing winter has taken a toll on your hair, skin and nails, I’ve got some great suggestions for getting everything back under control.

Hair troubles can be fixed in a matter of minutes (10–20 to be exact) with Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner. It really does smell like vanilla beans, evoking the tropics, and it left my hair shinier and smoother than it has ever been. As someone with thin hair, I was hesitant to use a deep conditioner, but this didn’t weigh my hair down at all. In fact, after using it last night, my hair today feels surprisingly lightweight. Find this and oh-so-much-more at Ricky’s, 50 Main Street in East Hampton. Call 631-329-7588 or visit rickysnyc.com.

Are you stubbornly against wearing gloves in spring? I’m with you on that, but have you noticed what it does to your hands? You can also revive those poor, weathered hands by using a nice, effective hand lotion. But be careful—some of the fragranced ones are actually drying! I found “The Manicure Multi-Tasker:” Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm to be very effective—unscented, free of parabens and the moisture actually lasts for a few hours. Available in local drugstores and at SebamedUSA.com.

Maybe you’re lucky enough to be getting ready for Spring Break! If you are, replace liquid cleanser, exfoliator and toner (likely to spill or be confiscated before boarding) with Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder. It turns to liquid when activated by water and gently removes dry, dull skin as it cleanses, brightens and tones. The advanced Korean formula uses botanicals and gentle natural exfoliants, making it suitable for everyday use. I loved watching the powder turn into a rich, creamy lather almost as much as the squeaky-clean feeling it left me with. Available at AmarteSkinCare.com.

If you’re sticking around town, Southampton Publick House’s beer has sprung! Biere de Mars, French for “March Beer,” is the Publick House’s spin on an authentic French farmhouse-style Biere de Mars. “Brewed with a blend of wheat and barley malts and a generous amount of continental hops,” the beer is “cool fermented and aged to give it a clean, smooth, lager-like character.” Stop by and grab a pint on tap now and some bottles or growlers to take home! Southampton Publick House is located at 40 Bowden Square, Southampton. Call 631-283-2800 or visit publick.com.

The editorial staff at Dan’s Papers was given a selection of the new Wheat Thins Popped. Spicy Cheddar was our top flavor choice, Sour Cream & Onion came in second and, though everyone found the Sea Salt kind of soft on flavor, there was general agreement that this flavor could be good with hummus. This new product has just been released to retailers nationwide. Take note that they’re really crunchy!

Southampton Shop Hop is here! Mark your calendar for April 4, the first of many 2014 First Fridays as participating Southampton merchants will be staying open from 6 to 8 p.m., giving 5 to 10% of proceeds to a local charity. There will also be discounts and specials at restaurants and accommodations with a receipt from purchases made during the Shop Hop. Look for the Shop Hop logo in windows on Main Street, Jobs Lane and Hill Street and check out Southampton Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.

New Kid on the Block: 

Whimsical Gallery kicked off last weekend with three openings of artwork by contemporary artists. Check them out at 89 Jobs Lane, Southampton. Call 631-287-3528 for details.

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