Business Briefs, July 11


Quarterly Dividend

Bridge Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Bridgehampton National Bank announced earlier this month the declaration of a quarterly dividend of $.23 per share. The dividend will be payable on July 31, to shareholders of record as of July 17. The reported dividend continues the company’s trend of uninterrupted dividend growth for the year.The bank has also opened its 23rd branch, managed by Tara Fordham, at 21 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island with a ribbon cutting and announcement of a special collaboration with the Shelter Island Historical Society on Tuesday, July 9.

“We are excited to open a branch on Shelter Island, bridging the gap between the North and South Forks,” Bridgehampton National Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin O’Connor said. “Shelter Island is an important market, and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the community.”

As part of its efforts to support the local community, Bridgehampton National Bank will work with the Shelter Island Historical Society to restore 12 historical marker signs across the island. Bridgehampton National Bank’s Shelter Island branch is located at the site of Shelter Island’s first schoolhouse and its refurbished sign was unveiled at the opening.

Shelter Island Historical Society Executive Director Nanette Breiner-Lawrenson said, “The Society has been a customer of Bridgehampton National Bank for several years and the bank has been very generous to us in this new project to restore the historical marker signs on the island. We are thrilled and delighted to be collaborating and partnering with the opening of the bank.”

The Shelter Island Branch is open Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The branch also has ATM service available 24 hours a day.

The Mill Celebrates OpeningOutdoor furniture store, The Mill, located at 58 Jobs Lane in Southampton has re-opened for the season. To celebrate, a reception featuring raffles, prizes, discounts and more will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

To celebrate the re-opening The Mill will offer a 20- to 30-percent discount off of manufacturing prices on teak, wicker, indoor and outdoor luxury furnishings. The store will also become the exclusive home of “Sisal Rugs Wholesale” which carries different types of natural fiber floor covering as well as indoor and outdoor area rugs. For more information call (631) 204-1600.

Jeweler Debuts In Westhampton BeachChicago jewelry designer Meredith Marks has announced a partnership with Westhampton boutique Messina Jewelry.

The boutique located in the heart of Westhampton Beach at 103 Main Street will showcase pieces worn by Marks’s celebrity clientele ranging in price from $100 to $10,000.

Movement Studio OpensPrivate movement training studio PhilosoFit recently opened its doors on Lumber Lane in East Hampton.

PhilosoFit was opened by private fitness trainer Ari Weller, who has been a year-round Hamptons resident for five years. The studio’s methodology is based on a principle, to “build a better body by first building a solid movement base.”

The studio’s techniques can be catered to a wide variety of clientele, from athletes to mature adults dealing with challenges of aging. Before beginning training, PhilosoFit’s movement specialists review the goals and limitations of each client through a series of tests and a thorough interview.

“We measure each client’s movement quality before we instruct them into movement quantity,” says Mr. Weller. “In other words, we’re concerned about your efficiency and what you can withstand. This information allows us to develop safe, customized training programs that help our clients reestablish authentic pain-free movement while changing their bodies.”

For more information or to book a session, contact (631) 537-5070 or visit

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