Written by Alyssa Barker
Shore Thing Rentals has given the Sea Cliff and Glen Cove beach community access to the upcoming and popular water sports for the past three summer seasons.
Located in the Brewer Yacht Yard adjacent to The Boathouse restaurant, Shore Thing Rentals has been a hub for kayaks, paddleboards, peddle boats, bikes and much more.
Michelle Capobianco, owner, started the business when people at local beaches would ask her for kayak rentals.
Capobianco, an Austin, Texas native, wanted to also bring paddle boarding to the town so people could try other water sports.
“I love to be on the water and love to see people have fun,” Capobianco said. “That was motivation to start the business.”
The outside of the rental shop is different than the rest of the external scenery in the yacht yard. Capobianco wanted the shop to stand out, so she hired a young, local artist to paint the outside.
“I saw her stuff at a preserve in the area and then saw the same artwork on a friend’s Facebook,” Capobianco said. “I really wanted it to stand out and what I had in my head is now on the walls.”
Capobianco also does a delivery service to beaches in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
“I’m the ice cream truck for kayak rentals,” Capobianco said.
Shore Thing rentals offers a board membership for people who would like to rent throughout the season. Cappobianco said this popular for all people who love to be out on the water.
The rental shop also offers parties and welcomes groups to come out on the water.
“It’s fun to get a group of people out there because it’s not a traditional outing,” Capobianco said.
In the future, Capobianco said she would like to get more large equipment so more groups can go out on the water. She would also like to start stand-up paddle boarding yoga classes.
Even when Capobianco is not in the shop, she can always get there to let people have access to equipment.
“If we’re not here, call,” Capobianco said. “We’ll be here in 15 minutes or less.”
Aside from owning Shore Thing Rentals, Capobianco is head of the Sea Cliff Beach Committee, which is hosting their fourth annual Palooza on July 5. The event will be $10 admission and include bands of all different genres. The event will be held at Sea Cliff Village Beach.
Capobianco is excited that everyone from age four to 70 wants to get out on the water and try something new.
“Everyone comes back and brings their friends,” Capobianco said. “It’s really fun to be able to do something that everyone’s excited about.”
For more information on Shore Thing Rentals, like their Facebook page or call 516-801-2201.