Home, James!, nestled in a bright, goody-filled spot at 55 Main Street, is closing its doors after 25 years in business.
“We’re going to focus our energy into our wholesale collection,” said David Cipperman, who owns the business with his partner, Josef Schreick. The shop features tableware, accessories, and linens, along with other personal items, such as Christmas ornaments, and has been a favored destination for shoppers since it first came on the scene in 1986.
Dining collections like Two Mile Hollow — featuring sea creatures daintily set against a blue-and-white background — have given the shop its signature East Hampton feel. But now, according to Mr. Cipperman, even East Hampton Main Street is lacking an East Hampton feel.
Mr. Cipperman blames poor planning for the preponderance of chain stores that now inhabit spaces in the village formerly occupied by mom-and-pop stores. “People are starting to really notice,” he said. “It’s time for people to decide what they really want this village to be. It’s shifting away from a viable community and going toward a strict summer destination.”
The store’s print advertisement running in papers over the past few weeks points out “the drastic changes” East Hampton’s retail landscape has experienced in the last five years.
“Multinational corporations have taken over the shopping district with little regard for our history or year-round communi