Business Briefs, June 12


Store Gains New Addition

Interior Design Institute graduate Katie Catena has joined The Design Studio team. She will work under designer Eugenia Au Kim, IIDA, as showroom manager and assistant in both interior- and architectural-design projects.

The Design Studio is located in Bridgehampton at 2393 Main Street. Visit for more information

New Amagansett Boutique

Pink Chicken Hamptons recently partnered with RUBE boutique in Amagansett for the summer. RUBE will offer Pink Chicken’s vintage-inspired, bohemian-chic pieces for women, children and teens. Pink Chicken, located at 156 Main Street in Amagansett, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for more information.

New Fitness Studio

((305)) Fitness will offer weekend classes at its East Hampton location, as well as a series of pop-up classes at Montauk Beach House, throughout the summer.

((305)) Fitness specializes in a dance cardio workout that combines dance moves, sports drills and high-intensity interval training. Each class features a live DJ as well as instructors. An “at home experience” for private group sessions is also offered.

For more information or to book a session, call (646) 480-2459 or visit

Store Relocates For Summer

LURK has relocated from SoHo to Sag Harbor for the summer, and has expanded into retail with LURKShop. LURKShop is an extension of LURK, which focuses on organic beauty and pure ingredients.

LURKShop carries organic and small batch beauty and personal care items. In addition the store offers unique lifestyle and design brands, including jewelry from Kerry Starker Designs and Takara, bags for women and men, prints by Jen Altman of Cisthene, California Tailor clothing for women and more.

LURKShop is located at 28 West Water Street in Sag Harbor and is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit or call (917) 767-4297 for more information.

Promotion at Suffolk Bancorp

Suffolk Bancorp, the parent company of Suffolk County National Bank, recently announced the promotion of James. R. Whitehouse to executive vice president of both the company and the bank. Mr. Whitehouse serves as head of the bank’s residential, multi-family and mixed-use lending groups.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be recognizing the significant contributions that Jim has made in getting our company to where we are today,” said President and CEO Howard Bluver. “I am very happy to recognize Jim and I look forward to working closely with him as we move forward,” Mr. Bluver continued.

Suffolk Bancorp is a one-bank holding company engaged in the commercial banking business through the Suffolk County National Bank.

New Store Location

Old Town Crossing, which specializes in interior design and home furnishings, recently announced a new location, at 134 Mariner Drive, in Southampton.

Old Town Crossing offers upholstery, a large in-house fabric selection, furniture restoration, blinds, drapes and shades, carpets and fine rugs and more.

Call (631) 283-7740 or visit for more information.

New East Hampton Boutique

La Perla recently announced the opening of the La Perla boutique on Newtown Lane in East Hampton for the summer. La Perla features beachwear, lingerie and a men’s collection.

“We’re thrilled to bring La Perla to East Hampton this summer, particularly since it coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary,” said CEO of LA Perla North America Suzy Biszantz.

The East Hampton La Perla location features bathing suits, silk robes, nightgowns and more.

Retail Pop-Up Opens

Lane Life, a retail pop-up store that features beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands, launched in Wainscott over Memorial Day weekend. All of the clothing brands plus a smoothie bar are expected by the first week of June.

Lane life will provide cold pressed juice, healthy food options, active and beach wear, high-end skincare and more.

Owners and twin brothers Ian and Justin Browne launched Juice Lane last summer and from that realized the need to create a concept that provided a fun and cool way for Hamptons consumers to discover new health and wellness brands. The brands are carefully selected because of their focus on healthy ingredients or sustainable products.

Local Business Goes Green

East End Tick and Mosquito recently went “green” by installing solar roofing at their headquarters in Southampton in order to create a healthier environment for employees, reduce unnecessary waste and recognize the role small businesses play in leading ways for social change.

“We’re eliminating 194 tons of carbon emissions released in the Southampton community, where not only my business, but also my family resides,” said tick and mosquito expert and owner of East End Tick and Mosquito Brian Kelly.

The 12-kilowatt electric system, or photogvoltaic system as it is more commonly called, is made up of 48 solar panels, which produce 14,000 kilowatts per year. Owner of BGT Consulting, LLC, Brian Tymann headed up the installation project and discussed the sensibility of solar panels, saying, “Whether you want independence from electric bills and rate increases, or are motivated by sustainability, it’s a return on your investment.”

New Coffee Shop

Birch Coffee recently opened an outpost in Sag Harbor at Harlow East restaurant, formerly known as B. Smith’s. The outpost will be open from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday through Sunday until July 3. Beginning July 4 weekend, the Birch Coffee outpost at Harlow East will be open daily.

Birch Coffee is known for its iced coffee and single origin roasts. New at the Birch Coffee outpost is Growlers To Go, a canvas tote filled with a 64-ounce glass growler of cold-brewed Birch Coffee iced coffee, 10 cups and straws, sweetener, a jar of milk and a bucket of ice. Each growler serves 10 to 12 iced coffees and will be available for purchase for $6 initially. Growler To Go refills are $30 when customers bring back the growler, milk jar, ice bucket and tote.

New Pilates Studio

Norma Jean Pilates recently opened a studio on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

The studio will offer group, semi-private and private sessions to all levels of fitness with state-of-the-art equipment.

A grand opening soirée will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Lee Ann Bulgin at (631) 804-2124 or email lady.godiva!

Peloton Opens Store

Peloton, an at-home fitness solution for live and on-demand indoor cycling classes, recently opened a retail location on Main Street in East Hampton. The store will offer Peloton bikes for purchase and also feature Peloton’s own line of custom made active wear.

The store will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The 3,000-square-foot space will include seven demo bikes for store guests. The store also will carry clothing by VPL, Splits 59, Beyond Yoga, Pret-a-Surf, and ALO.

Peloton also owns retail locations throughout the tri-state area. Visit for more information.

Chemical-Free Beach Products

The company babyhampton was created in 2012 by East End mom Kristen Peterson, as a solution to chemical-filled sunscreen and beach products. Currently, the babyhampton line includes beach*bum sunscreen, beach*bum sunstick, and birthday*suit shampoo and body wash.

babyhampton was created out of the need for skincare products without potentially harmful chemicals. “I read a lot of labels!” Ms. Peterson said on her website. “I recommend parents educate themselves about the different ingredients that go into the products we use on our children.”

For more information, visit, or email

Cafe To Reopen Friday

Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, owned by Erin Finley and her husband, Chef David Blydenburgh, reopened at its new location on 32 Mill Road, north of the Westhampton Beach Village Green, on Friday, May 23. The new location is a refurbished 1860s farmhouse, featuring a 16-seat cafe, which will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Prepared foods and take-out counter service will still be available.

Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine is still available for catering and event planning needs. Chef Blydenburgh also will be offering cooking classes. Space is limited.

Summer hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (631) 288-4722, or visit

Farm Delivery Expands

The Good Farm Delivery, a company that delivers fresh, local food and products to customers, began the 2014 season with an expanded radius, to include Montauk and Napeague.

The Good Farm Delivery is an online farmers market that offers weekly delivery of local products grown by more than 20 of the East End’s farms and artisans. Each week, clients search local products and place orders for delivery online by Tuesday, for delivery the following Friday. There are morning and afternoon delivery windows. Delivery is $10.95 per order within the “standard area”—Southampton to Amagansett—and $14.95 per order for deliveries to Napeague and Montauk.

For more information, contact owner Megan Schmidt at (631) 848-9472, or visit

Shop Opens

ENCHANTED WORLD Emporium, owned by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, opened up shop on Newtown Lane in East Hampton on Memorial Day weekend.

The new shop boasts a store full of unique creations. Ms. Zerner prides herself on one-of-a-kind creations, such as jewelry, jackets and caftans.

The store will also offer custom pieces with styles specific to what the client wants. The store will also host “Tea and Tarot Sundays,” as well as astrology and ESP readings.

Special Offer

Balsam Farms in Amagansett is offering a free hat or T-shirt if individuals sign up for their Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA. Memberships are still available for the 2014 CSA season; members have the option of a 14-, 18-, 22- or 26-week membership. The CSA membership fee covers production costs of planting and harvesting. In return, members receive a weekly share of the freshly grown vegetables, greens, herbs and fruit at a discounted rate.

Visit for more information.

Barry’s Bootcamp To Open

Barry’s Bootcamp, known for its high-energy cardio and strength training workouts, opened its second East Hampton location in Amagansett over Memorial Day weekend. The company already operated a facility in Wainscott.

The new location will provide “even more accessibility to our effective signature workouts this summer,” said celebrity trainer Joey Gonzalez, the COO and partner at Barry’s Bootcamp. The new, 2,500-square-foot studio, located at 199B Main Road in Amagansett, will offer 20 customized Woodway treadmills and 20 benches for specialized floor workouts.

Each Barry’s Bootcamp class combines 25 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular routines on treadmills with equal amounts of time focusing on strength training that includes the use of free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and more.

Visit for additional information.

Service Earns Award

Red Tie Limousine Service, based in Westhampton, has received the Lancer Insurance Company’s Safety Excellence Award for the 2013 policy year. Lancer Insurance Company, which provides coverage to limousine companies in all 50 states, instituted the Safety Excellence Award program 20 years ago to recognize companies that demonstrated the highest commitment to safety of their customers and employees.

“We’re extremely pleased to recognize Red Tie Limousine Service for its achievement,” said Bob Crescenzo, Lancer vice president and director of safety and loss prevention. Mr. Crescenzo went on to emphasize how important public recognition was for these companies who performed their job above the expected level and exceeded industry standards.

New Location For Studio

Elements Fitness Studio opened a new location in East Hampton last month. Elements Fitness specializes in barre fitness, dance cardio and cardio boxing classes. In addition, Elements Fitness is known for its unique fusion of ballet conditioning classes, cardio sculpt, which combines dance cardio with strength training, and much more. The East Hampton location will offer a new, innovative cycle class featuring core stabilization and cardio conditioning exercises.

Elements Fitness Studio was founded by Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, a professionally trained dancer and master fitness instructor. She has worked with many celebrities in New York and holds multiple nationally recognized fitness certifications.

Visit or call (917) 589-7319 for more information and to book classes.

Burkhardt Named Chairman

Ron Burkhardt of Quogue has been named executive chairman of XA Inc., an event planning company with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In his new position, Mr. Burkhardt also will sit on the board of CMG Holdings, XA’s parent company, with the goal of increasing XA’s list of clients and acquisitions. Mr. Burkhardt has worked with clients including Merrill Lynch, BellSouth, Kodak, Minolta, Coke, Philips, and Olympus. He served as the branding and TV chair on the board of directors for the Miss America Organization, where he was key in implementing changes that increased the pageant’s TV ratings. Jeff Devlin, CEO of CMG Holdings, called Mr. Burkhardt “a high-powered, creative superstar and visionary with a rich history of making big things happen for his clients” and added that “the fusion of Burkhardt’s brilliant brand and business-building expertise with this cutting-edge experiential branding agency will be a potent force indeed.” XA has been ranked one of the “Top 50 Powerhouse Event Companies in the World” by Special Events Magazine.

MARVILfit Opens In Hamptons

High-end indoor cycling and fitness company MARVILfit cycling and fitness opened in February at 101-3 West Montauk Highway in the Hamlet Green shopping center in Hampton Bays. The company’s founder and president, Marisella Villano BS, MPS, CFT, brings more than 15 years of experience in personal training, spinning and group fitness to the new location, which boasts a club-like atmosphere and personalized services.

MARVILfit will be the first studio on Long Island to use Spinner Blade Ion bikes. The specialty bike has a generator built into its flywheel to power the computer console on the bike. The rider’s pedaling powers the bike and a computer system built in to the bikes are ANT+ compatible which allows the rider to download performance data to a smart phone.

The studio will also feature biodegradable equipment wipes, recycled rubber flooring (both made in the USA), LED lighting and energy star flat screens.

Visit or call (631) 697-3823 to book classes and bike times.

Promotions At KFP

Premier certified public accounting and consulting firm Kandell, Farnworth & Pubins, CPA’s, P.C., with offices in East Hampton and Aquebogue, have announced that Peter B. McFarland of Stony Brook and Robert J. Skozlas of Mastic have been promoted to partners at the firm’s Aquebogue branch.

Mr. McFarland is a member of the firm’s small business practice, assisting his clients with accounting systems and controls, budgeting and planning, and guiding them through the compliance requirements of federal, state and other regulatory agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Long Island University at Southampton.

Mr. Skozlas specializes in the preparation of estate and trust returns and trust administration in addition to profitability consulting with small-business owners. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Long Island University at C.W. Post College.

Both are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

“We are pleased to welcome Peter and Robert as members of the firm. Their dedication to their clients’ needs has contributed to successful growth of the firm,” said KFP’s managing partner David A. Kandell.

“We congratulate them on their new roles in our company and look forward to many more successful years together assisting our clients,” he said.

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