Beachcomber, June 20


I find it astonishing that it is the middle of June and there is still construction work being done on County Road 39A. And then, the other morning, as I was going to the Village Cheese Shop, Main Street was closed so they could re-stripe the parking spaces. I realize there is never a good time to do projects like this, but there are fewer people around in April than in June.When I did finally get to the Cheese Shop, there was no one inside except for the workers. By the way, if you haven’t been in there lately, they have done some redecorating. The high tops and stools have been replaced with proper tables and banquet-style seating, which is rather nice. They also painted and framed out a giant chalkboard with all the menu items, which looks great.

With the grand opening of Pottery Barn this weekend, I decided to take the time to check out some of the new stores that have “popped up” this season. Joe Fresh has opened a store on Jobs Lane with a selection of very reasonably priced clothing, while, farther up the block, Missoni Home has arrived with its usual colorful selection for the house.

I was very excited to see that Souleiado has opened a store on Main Street. I spoke with the manager, Marie Coffre, and found out that this is the first store to open in the United States in 30 years. If you are a lover of everything Provence then you will flip for the amazing selection of clothing for men and women, tablecloths and placemats that they offer. The fabrics feel so soft, and the patterns are truly beautiful.

Isaac Mizrahi has also opened a store on Main Street, which they are thinking of making a year-round destination. We have a plethora of wonderful shopping in town, and I hope everyone gets a chance to visit all of it this summer. Main Street and Jobs Lane have never looked better, so get out and support all the local stores to keep our community strong!

Friday evening was the opening cocktail party for the new Pottery Barn. The company has signed a 10-year lease on the space, which has been completely redone. The stairs have been moved, and an elevator has been added, all of which makes the store more user-friendly. I had the pleasure of speaking with Shanta Pfister, the store manager, as well as design studio specialist Mark Hughes, who are available to help shoppers with their decorating needs.

I was amazed at how much Pottery Barn has changed, with a more sophisticated look and some great gift ideas. Best of luck for a successful season!

It’s funny how people refer to the space as the old Saks location. I wonder how many of you remember when Saks used to be on Main Street, across from the Cheese Shop, in the space where UBS now resides. The shop down the street from them had a big “Red Door” and was the home of Elizabeth Arden. Things have definitely changed over the years.

After the opening, I had the pleasure of joining a friend for dinner at the Meadow Club. We sat on the porch having cocktails, watching two men playing tennis. What a delight—it was like turning back time to a simpler, more genteel way of living. Dinner was delicious, and the macaroons they have on the dessert table just melt in your mouth. A very big thank you to my host for a delightful evening.

I spent the next day finishing several projects in the garden thanks to the nice weather. I didn’t want to overdo it, as I had a very busy night ahead of me.

First stop of the night was 33 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, which is the new home of Gallery Valentine. Owners Ryan Ross and his sister Dara opened up their new space for the kickoff party for Art Southampton, which will take place at the end of July. Ryan also owns Arcature Fine Art on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

This is Art Southampton’s second season, and it is going to be even bigger than last year. They already have almost doubled the number of galleries that will be exhibiting under the air-conditioned pavilion. This year, the director of the event, Nick Korniloff, has been kind enough to donate the pavilion to Southampton Hospital for its annual Summer Party.

Seen admiring the gallery: Pamela Cohen and Mr. Korniloff (the director of Art Miami and Art Southampton), Philip Ilses, Ed Callahan, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Samantha Yanks (editor of Hamptons Magazine), and artist/designer Scott Tucker. Scott will be hosting a Showhouse this August—stay tuned for more details.

I was on a tight schedule, so I didn’t stay too long, as the next event was back in Southampton and I had no idea what to expect the traffic to be like. Surprisingly, I made it back in under 30 minutes, thanks to the help of the back roads.

The Kickoff Party for the hospital’s Summer Party was held at a beautiful private estate in town. Spectacular views, wonderful food and good conversation were the order of the night.

Seen: Brenda Landry, Howard Marton, Cindy and Ladd Willis, Sandra McConnell, Lyn and Warren Hamer, Patty and George Kraus, Melanie and John Wambold, Judy and Denis Dwyer, Debbie Tanger, Jean Fitzsimmons, Ann Grimm, Christine and Jim Gray, Sharon Kerr, Joe Fuchs, Myra and Frank Weiser, and Raya and Cliff Knight.

Southampton Hospital President and CEO Bob Chaloner spoke and introduced this year’s chairperson, Jean Shafiroff. I was very pleased to hear that Consumer Reports has rated Southampton Hospital the second-safest hospital on Long Island. Congrats on that amazing accomplishment!

I looked at the time and realized that if I was going to stay on schedule, I needed to move on to the next party of the evening. It was over to Water Mill and the incredible Villa Maria for the annual Midsummer Night’s Drinks to benefit God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD).

“Spectacular” is the word to describe the view that greeted guests as they entered the iron gates and drove up to the main house. The villa has been completely renovated and restored. Guests gathered on the expansive patio and lawn to enjoy one of the best parties of the summer.

Seen enjoying the breathtaking views: Bob Dowling, Jamie Zimmerman, Haley and Jason Binn, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Esther Newberg, Donna and Chuck Trulinski, Debra and Claudio del Vecchio, Zita Davison, Gary Lawrance, Bob Taft and Phil Moloney, Ryan McNally and Paul Bowden, Bruce Holley, Jackie and Brendan Brew, John Hummel, Jack de Lashmet, Samantha Cooper, and Blake Flumer, the manager of Tamara Comolli jewelers in Southampton.

A very big thank you to the owners of this incredible home, Louise and Vince Camuto, for being so generous to host this year’s party. This was the most successful Midsummer’s Drinks that GLWD has had in its 13 years.

For those of you who don’t know, GLWD is the metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals for people living with life-threatening illnesses. They do not charge for their services and never turn anyone in need away. As a result, they are currently 50,000 meals over budget this year. Please take the time to look at their website and help them continue this amazing and vital service to the New York area.

Afterward, I met friends for a bite at Nammos and enjoyed a cocktail on the front porch. I spent Sunday at home celebrating Father’s Day and relaxing. I hope all the fathers out there enjoyed their day.

This weekend is the ‘Get Wild” party to benefit the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. The event will be held at a private estate on Lake Agawam on Saturday evening.

Sunday evening, the Rogers Memorial Library Foundation will be hosting an “Evening of Cabaret at the Library.” A jazz concert, followed by a cocktail reception, is the perfect way to end your weekend.

I hope to see you there!

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