For business owner Alison Buck, Saturday’s annual Bellport Day marked her “favorite day of the year.”
Buck’s beach-inspired boutique, TOLA, is filled with Bellport-branded tees, sweatshirts, hats, towels and other merchandise of all colors.
Buck, 45, grew up in the village and opened TOLA there in 2014. Bellport Day, she said, gives her the opportunity to show her appreciation for the customers who support her store.
“It’s just a great way to celebrate community,” she said.
Bellport Day aims to promote local businesses while offering shopping and entertainment along the village’s main street, said Chris Hane, president of the Bellport Chamber of Commerce. Hane, who also owns Bellport’s MVP Automotive, said he hopes the day highlights the variety of “mom and pop shops” the village has to offer.
“We’ve got a lot of nice, unique shops down here — clothing stores, antiques, home decorating, lots of great restaurants — and we want to make sure that [residents and visitors] come back and realize all the cool little stuff that’s down here at Bellport,” Hane said.
Saturday’s event featured performances by Brooklyn-based folk group The New Students, Gateway Playhouse’s children’s theater and Stage Door School of Dance. Kids could also enjoy a bounce house, inflatable slide, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.