Keeping Account: 12.06.18

Local Business Notes

News of Harbor Books 

Harbor Books will be leaving its current location at 20 Main Street in Sag Harbor at the end of February, Taylor Rose Berry, the store’s owner, announced via a Facebook post on Nov. 23. She cited rising rent as the reason for the move.

“While we were able to sustain our lease since we opened, it is simply not possible to sustain with the rent increase scheduled for the next lease term,” she wrote. 

Ms. Berry, who opened the store in the fall of 2014, said she was optimistic that she would find a new space in Sag Harbor for her business, which sells Dobra tea as well as books. “A lot of creative options have been presented to us. It’s just a matter of finding something that fits in concept as well as financially,” she said on Monday. 

After the recent closing of the Adornments jewelry store and the imminent departure of the Country Lane gift shop, the move will mean yet another change to the lineup of retailers on Main Street. 

“A lot of people have been expressing their concern and love,” Ms. Berry said of the reaction to the news. 

While she considers alternate locations, she is focused on making the most of the Christmas shopping season and beyond. “We’re still here until February, and we’re going to be doing lots of fun stuff,” she said. “Remember, Sag Harbor is a community that has lots of great places to shop for the holidays.” J.B.


Architecture Firms Shine

Two South Fork architecture firms announced awards this week for recent projects. 

At Interior Design magazine’s annual Best of the Year Awards reception at the Javits Center in Manhattan on Friday, Bates Masi + Architects of East Hampton won in the beach house category for a project in Annapolis, Md. The firm was also given an Award of Merit for a Georgica Close, East Hampton, project at the 2018 Daniel J. Rowen Memorial Design Awards hosted by A.I.A. Peconic at the Ross School on Saturday. 

Also at that program, Blaze Makoid Architecture of Bridgehampton received the People’s Choice Award for a waterfront house on North Haven it calls South Harbor, on Sag Harbor Cove.