Nearly two dozen Southampton Village businesses have agreed to keep their lights on a little later for at least one evening next week as part of a special nighttime shopping event that’s intended to attract more customers to the area and also encourage more shop owners to remain open during the off-season.
The initiative, started by Town Councilman Stan Glinka, encourages residents and visitors to shop locally by enlisting local businesses to stay open later, until at least 8 p.m. The first trial “Stay Out Late—Starry Night” event, as the event is being called, is scheduled for next Thursday, March 30, throughout Southampton Village.
According to Mr. Glinka, a former president of the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce, more than 20 Southampton Village businesses have pledged to stay open until at least 8 p.m. that night while also offering sales and other specials. The councilman explained that he would like to see the event grow by holding similar events in every village and hamlet in the municipality—which is part of a bigger plan to encourage shop owners to stay open later and during the winter.
“It brings awareness to everybody,” Mr. Glinka said about the inaugural event. “We have to support everyone in our community in the town. Yes, we have a great tourism industry, but in the same token we need this in the off-season. It would help stimulate the economy and bring camaraderie among businesses.”
If next week’s event goes well, Mr. Glinka said he expects the next one to be held in the late spring—though he did not specify in which community.
To make the first event a reality, Mr. Glinka has enlisted help from the town’s Business Advisory Council, the Southampton Village Chamber of Commerce, the Southampton Arts Center and Union Cantina. The first event was purposely held at the same time as East End Restaurant Week, which runs from Sunday, March 26, through Sunday, April 2. Formerly known as Hamptons Restaurant Week, the event typically features a slew of local restaurants that will be offering three-course prix fixe dinners for $28.95 each.
Also on March 30, the Southampton Arts Center will screen “Exhibitions on Screen: Vincent Van Gogh A New Way of Seeing,” at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Additionally, White’s Apothecary shop will be offering refreshments, travel-size products and mini-facials from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening.
For more details on this event, or to have a business included, call Mr. Glinka at 631-287-5745.