Island Stylin': Lifestyle

Accessorize to Optimize Your Beach Life

By SANDRA WEYANT | Aug 08, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Play all day! If you’re heading to the beach, Haymarket Hobbies and Toys has everything you need for fun in the sun.Among its most popular beach toys are Surfer Dudes, wave-powered figurines that are guaranteed to catch every wave.

Make this your best summer yet with these essentials for the beach, backyard and beyond. (Trust us, you need it all).

Hot Wheels. There is nothing better than riding a bike and exploring the beach blocks while taking in some fresh air. Shore Brake Cyclery has all the bells and whistles (literally) for your bicycle.

Light the way with string tire lights. Think of festive holiday lights, but designed for your bike. You can wrap them around the spokes or decorate the handlebars. They are ideal for night riding or to make your bike stand out from the rest.

“We always try to have the best products in stock to promote safety, but also still be cool,” store owner Chelsea Kulp said.

Shore Brake also carries surfboard racks you can attach to your bike. The Moved By Bikes surfboard holders can be mounted on any bike and used for short, long and stand-up paddle boards to make riding to the beach with your board super easy. All racks are manufactured from aluminum and stainless steel and won’t rust in the salty air. Sounds gnarly, right?

“We have all different types of container holders, baskets, leather wine bottle holders, you name it. We have a lot of different things, from the really small accessory to make your bike look cool or functional, but also items that will help you commute to the beach or to a friend’s house,” Kulp said.

Take a ride on over and see for yourself.

How’s It Hanging? Relaxing in the sand or on a lounge chair is fun, but being suspended in the air is better. Hammocks are all the rage in recent years. They are easy to hang and perfect for taking a nap, admiring a scenic view or immersing yourself in a good book. It is basically a bed you can bring anywhere you go. Set up a cozy corner in your backyard or pack it up and head to the beach (it’s way lighter than a mattress).

Be Comfy. Transform your backyard into an outdoor living room with high-quality cushions for your furniture. Coastal Cushion makes custom orders with fabrics that will stand the test of time.

“There are lots of different fabrics. Sunbrella, that’s a big one. Bella-Dura is another popular line. They are all water-resistant and UV protected, so they don’t fade in the sun. You can order cushion covers to fit your existing furniture, or you can start from scratch and purchase entirely new cushions with us,” owner Angela Thrunk said.

Pick a print, any print. From nautical patterns and ocean themes to beautiful solid colors, Coastal Cushion has every pattern and hue you can imagine.

“We do a lot of solid canvas colors, and around here everyone loves navy and white. Most people pick a solid and then dress it up with cute printed pillows,” Thrunk said. “You can also coordinate everything. You can match your umbrella to your chair cushions or your area rug. Everything we do is really for the custom homeowner.”

Don’t Bug Out. Keep those uninvited guests from ruining the party. Citronella candles or torches are a must for any summer soirée. Plus, they look elegant in your backyard (perfect mood lighting)! Don’t forget to stock up on insect repellent, too.

Shades of Summer. Sunglass Menagerie is the Island hotspot for the trendiest sunglasses. Conveniently located in Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and Surf City, it’s simple to find shades wherever you are. Like its name, Sunglass Menagerie carries a diverse assortment of sunglasses for every fashion sense and face shape. Shop name brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Coach, Sunski, Von Zipper and many more. Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays without sacrificing style.

Drink Up. It’s hot out there, so it’s important to stay hydrated all day long. Sink R’ Swim Men’s Shop sells a variety of Corkcicle bottles, tumblers and wine glasses to keep your beverage exactly how you like it.

Canteens are crafted from stainless steel and are insulated to keep drinks cold or hot for hours. You will appreciate ice-cold water on those sizzling beach days. Some bottles feature a flip top so you can sip with ease; others have a screw-on handle that can be attached to a bag or bicycle.

Float On. Do you prefer oodles of noodles or fun floats? Every year, pool floats get more creative. Whales and dolphins are still common choices, but if you haven’t sunbathed on a slice of pizza or a doughnut, I highly recommend it. Inflatables are fun for all ages, and there are even blow-up games for the water, like volleyball, billiards, basketball or beer pong (for adults).

Relax on a raft with a drink in hand. With floating beverage holders, you don’t even have to get out of the pool to have a cocktail. Plus, is it really summer if you don’t post a photo on Instagram with a cool pool float? People will be blowing up your phone to come over in no time.

Sun & Games. Play all day! If you’re heading to the beach, Haymarket Hobbies and Toys has everything you need for fun in the sun.

Among its most popular beach toys are Surfer Dudes, wave-powered figurines that are guaranteed to catch every wave. Kids and adults will love watching them in action. Waboba balls have recently bounced into the toy market. These baseball-sized waterproof balls bounce on water! You can throw them in the ocean, pool or lake and they will not sink. Try them out… you’ll have a ball.

There is nothing wrong with a classic shovel and pail or sand castle kit to keep the kids occupied for hours. Frisbees, volleyballs or footballs are great to have on hand, too. Make friends and get a game going.

Crank Some Tunes. The ocean waves are music to our ears, but if you’re hanging out with friends, you’ll want to jam out to your favorite bands or artists. Waterproof speakers come in many shapes and sizes, and are a necessity for any pool or beach party. If you are looking for a performance speaker that will last and has a crystal clear sound (these tend to be pricier), check out the latest from Bose or Sony. Read up on your model to determine if it is water resistant or if it can be fully submerged in water.

Have a safe and happy summer!

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