Not only did Bridgehampton National Bank, which displays pictures of local success stories in its branches, report total assets of $1.9 billion at the end of 2013, up $272 million (17 percent) from 2012, it has also swallowed up First National Bank of New York, a smaller bank based in Melville. This is not bad for a bank that began life in 1910 with $25,000 in capital and about $2,200 in deposits.
Love is in the air, so we've found a few ways to celebrate it from discounted lingerie to a blood orange-inspired dinner a deux.
Relax Sag Harbor, which opened in May, specializes in fashion that never leaves the house such as lingerie, sleepwear, robes, and slippers. To honor Saint Valentine (who wore some pretty nifty togs himself, if medieval illuminations are anything to go by) the store has discounted all goods by 25 percent, another 50 to 75 percent for some items. For sweethearts with a sweet tooth, cupcakes and chocolates will be on hand. 150 Main Street, Sag Harbor
While historic houses are being torn asunder all over the South Fork, Southampton Town has come to the rescue of at least two.
The owners of the Benjamin Foster Homestead in Water Mill, a half-Cape from the Federal period, and the Foster-Downs House in East Quogue, a Greek Revival residence with later Italianate style embellishments, will each receive $10,000, to help pay for the cost of materials and labor for preservation efforts. Both properties attained town landmark status last year.
Lieb Cellars, a North Fork winery whose vintages can be imbibed at such local establishments as Topping Rose House and the East Hampton Grill, is set to open a retail outlet on the Reutershan parking lot in East Hampton near John Papas Café.
The handsomely appointed space is already kitted out, but a liquor license is needed before the doors can open.
After more than 20 years in Southampton, Cook Travel abandoned its office there last week and merged it with its office on Main Street in East Hampton, where it was founded in 1984. The agency still has offices in New York and Greenport.
“Customers rarely walk in the office for travel help these days,” said Audrey Lyons, a leisure specialist at the company. “Because of Google, our customers come from all over the world. Most of them contact us by phone or email.”