East Hampton Village shop owners and government officials have joined together in an effort to boost local commerce. As part of the "Come Home to Main Street" campaign, which will begin on Nov. 30, businesses will offer discounts to shoppers who can shop 'till they drop without having to worry about parking regulations in municipal lots.
The East Hampton Village Board passed a resolution on Friday to suspend the two-hour time limit on parking in the Reutershan and Schenk lots on Tuesdays from Nov. 30 through April, to encourage visitors to come shop, eat, and take in a free matinee at .
Charline Spektor, a co-owner of , helped create the Shoppers Day Pass as a way for local shop owners to band together and fight against a struggling economy, as well as the growing trend of high-end retail stores taking over. "We're really thinking positive rather than distraught."
Shoppers have been invited to go to Book Hampton and pick up a coupon book that offers 15 percent off their entire purchase at participating shops, including Book Hampton, , , (after 2 p.m.), and . Shoppers are bound to get hungry, so and will offer 15 percent off lunch, and if shoppers really stick around all day, they can have an early supper at .
Customers will present their books to the store and will receive a stamp each time they go to a store or shop. Three stamps per book entitle customers to a free movie pass to see a matinee at Guild Hall on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. No purchase is necessary for the books to be stamped. Matinees at Guild Hall can also be seen in lieu of the stamps by making a small donation that will go directly to the East Hampton Food Pantry.
Mayor Paul F. Rickenbauch, Jr., said he strongly supports this campaign and hopes that other local businesses will join in to encourage shoppers to come to the village. "We are reaching out and accepting what we think is a legitimate mechanism, and we just hope that there are others that will take advantage of it."
Coupon books can be picked up beginning Nov. 30. The first movie shown Guild Hall will be Casablanca. More information is also available at comehometomainstreet.com