May 7, 2013 5:32 PMBy Virginia Garrison
Encore Sports opened recently on Amagansett’s Main Street where Outdoors used to be. At the helm is Steve Schneider, who said the store will sell brand-name footwear and clothing, as well as beach gear, toys, candy and, in a new twist, sporting goods.
“It really is going to be a store for the whole family to come in and have a little bit of something for everybody, from an Amagansett T-shirt to a glow stick to yo-yos to a yoga mat,” Mr. Schneider said. He said it would be something like “a general store.”
The interior’s been fixed up, with a new floor and ceiling, and about 700 square feet of floor space was added by opening up the back. The store will continue to rent tuxedos, as it did as LaCarrubba’s, which was the name of the place before Joe and Sal LaCarrubba, who own the building, retired.
Mr. Schneider said Joe LaCarrubba will return to train the staff. Mr. Schneider and a partner, Barry Adelman, took over the space after the LaCarrubbas had their store there, and Mr. Schneider subsequently sold his share in the business, by then called Outdoors, to Mr. Adelman, who moved the Outdoors store to East Hampton Village this March.
Plaza Sports, which has a store in Montauk, will be a partner in Encore Sports, which probably explains the addition of sporting goods like lacrosse sticks, baseballs, bats and gloves, inline skates and workout gear. The new store is named for a boat Mr. Schneider’s wife’s grandfather used to own. “It was funny—we kicked around a lot of names, and that seemed to be ... a fun name,” he said.
Encore Sports will also sell beach chairs, towels and pool noodles, skimboards and boogie boards, skateboards, “and we’re going to have a surf school,” Mr. Schneider said. In addition, “we want to have a good selection of toys … if you need a birthday present for somebody,” as well as a candy section with both “nostalgic” and “modern” offerings.
Work and sports clothing and shoe and sneaker brands will include Carhartt, Timberland, Patagonia, North Face, Billabong, Speedo, O’Neill, Merrell, Converse, Adidas, Uggs, and Asics.
Merchandise is still coming in, and a counter just arrived, “but we should have everything in the next two weeks, everything done,” according to Mr. Schneider, who lives in Westchester.
“Sal’s kids were in the store yesterday. Joe brought his grandson in,” Mr. Schneider said on Thursday after spending the previous day in Amagansett. “It’s really something—they’re really happy with how the store has come out. They want the store to serve the community.”