Shopping while on vacation is a lot of fun, especially if you’re looking for something in the moment or something pretty for the beach. At Ocean Beach on Fire Island, there are several interesting shops on the main strip.

In Flair House, a smart fashion boutique that carries fashions and accessories for men and women, you can often find everything you need for your stay. For women, their collection includes one-and two-piece swimsuits, cover-ups, sandals, sunglasses, pretty mini-dresses and a variety of skirts, shorts, sweaters and straw hats. Jewelry displays consist of necklaces, earrings and bracelets (for both ankles and wrist). For men, there are shirts, shorts, swimsuits, hats, caps and T-shirts.

Shops such as Flair House are great for today’s travelers. You can just hop on a plane, ferry, ocean liner, train or boat or get in your car and arrive at your destination and pick up what you need. In this case, it’s also about traveling light with easy-to-pack and easy-to-wear gear. Prices start at $6 and go up to $100-plus for an item. What’s interesting is that some women have adapted to wearing black mini-dresses with slip-straps and halter or tank tops on the beach that look very stylish, along with a straw hat and large bag. This swimwear style goes back to the 1920s, yet looks extremely fashionable in summer 2015.

Just across the street from Flair House you can check out the General Store, where you can find everything from gifts to nuts. You can spend a long period of time at the General Store without really knowing what you are looking for, but you will enjoy looking at all of their items. They have the most interesting variety of merchandise, including pottery, dishes, mugs, pillows, dresses, T-shirts, jewelry, lamps, lanterns, sand pails, lamps, soaps and chimes. Every item has a place, and it is properly displayed.

The best T-shirts in town are sold at a place called Kline’s. You can also visit a a local ice cream parlor called Scooter. Good ice cream always makes venturing out with kids and grandchildren after dinner or a trip to the park much more fun.

For fine jewelry, stop in at Kenny Goodman’s shop. Goodman is a world-famous silversmith known for his savvy silver jewelry designs and exceptional wood sculptures. In his Ocean Beach, Fire Island shop, he displays a fabulous collection of silver fantasy designed anklets, bracelets, chains, earrings, and rings. You can find and purchase his designs at

When you’re finished shopping, take a walk or bike around the towns and visit some of the nice restaurants. You will want to just lounge on the beach, patio, or deck and swim in the ocean or pool. A hot tub is also very relaxing. Enjoy the rest of summer!