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  • Real estate in the Village of Sag Harbor has ascended to a plane where certain properties are commanding South of the Highway prices
  •     After more than 20 years in South­ampton, Cook Travel abandoned its office there last month and merged it with its Main Street, East Hampton, office, where it was founded in 1984. The agency still has offices in New York and Greenport.

        “Customers rarely walk into 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.”

  • Every nook and cranny in Ann Sutphen's North Haven house is filled with history, although like most old houses, it has been revamped and added to over the decades. She is either the sixth generation of her family to live on what was once known as “Sayre’s Lot,” or the eighth, depending on how you look at it.
  • The ultimate Hamptons home theater owner desires the most luxurious reclining seats, swathed in supple leather, and sporting heated cup holders, pilasters to emulate the architectural details of a traditional cinema, velvet-covered acoustic panels (for enhancing sound), motorized curtains, sophisticated lighting, and, of course, the best audio and video equipment money can buy.
  • Last week “Company Town” offered a list of the top 10 house sales in 2013 as compiled by Town and Country Real Estate. We reported on that list because it was the only one we had in hand at press time. Later, however, Sotheby’s sent out a preliminary list of high-end sales, which included several not listed by Town and Country.
  • The results are in for the top 10 house sales on the South Fork in 2013, at least according to Town and Country Real Estate. Drum roll please . . .
  • Since the 1960s, when Charles Gwathmey dotted the landscape with square houses, South Forkers have had a love affair with architects. About a decade ago, Modernism reared its head once again, and local firms that had been designing contemporary domiciles began to flourish.
  • East Hampton Village is soliciting sealed bids for the summer season for one of the coveted Sea Spray Cottages
  • These days, a master bedroom on the first floor is as de rigueur as skinny jeans, and it goes without saying that the bedroom must have a bathroom of its own.
  •     If you’re fortunate enough to be on Maria Bowling’s email list then you are in for a parade of delightful images that arrive like little gifts, taken either in her back garden in Springs — a butterfly here, a blossom there — or on her travels around the globe where she documents her underwater encounters with the creatures of the sea.

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  • We've heard that sauvignon blanc pairs well with fish, but how about chardonnay mixed with prehistoric shark tooth jewelry?

    Lieb Cellars East Hampton, the wine tasting room on Park Place in the Reutershan parking lot, is featuring different local vendors on July weekends. The pop-up for July 4th weekend was Fin Jewelry, fine jewelry made of shark teeth and gold by Bella Ornaf, a Montauk shark wrangler, and Whalebone Creative, purveyors of handmade goods inspired by the original Montauk culture.

  • It made sense when Vineyard Vines, a shop known for preppy apparel, opened in Southampton, land of the Bathing Corp., Meadow Club, and assorted world class golf courses.  Having just opened a pop-up store on Main Street in East Hampton Village, the jury is still out on how well it will do in the burgh that is home more to Hollywood types and artists than socialites.

  • For visitors without cars, residents who want to help alleviate traffic, or those who want an affordable solution to drinking and getting around, the Hamptons Hopper has hit the road.

    Last week marked the maiden journey of the "retro chic" shuttle bus that bills itself as a mode of both “transportation and socialization.” The service, with a fleet of sea-green converted school buses, utilizes a mobile app for iPhone (and soon Android) to let riders see where the stops are and when to expect its arrival.

  • Another installment in our sampling of East Hampton shop prices this summer. Prices speak for themselves.

  • First West Elm, an edgy furnishings chain, opened this spring in Water Mill. Then ground was broken on land in Wainscott for a Home Goods branch, the discount home décor adjunct of T.J. Maxx.

  • Regina Kravitz, a veteran fashion designer, has partnered with Stitch, a Southampton boutique and tailor shop where her contemporary Hamptons line called ReginaKravitz for Stitch will be available.

  • We may pretend we don’t care, but, c’mon, don’t you want to know which Southampton house the Kardashian sisters rented this summer?

    Khloe, Kourtney, and presumably Kim, fresh from her betrothal to Kanye West, rented a storefront off Job’s Lane in Southampton and will be filming their reality TV series “Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons,” this summer, based on their adventures. Now, since they will need somewhere to sleep after all their cavorting around town, they have leased digs in North Sea.

  • Each summer dozens of fitness studios come . . . and go at season’s end. That’s one reason to take notice of Elements Fitness Studio. Opened in July by Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, a dancer, the bright space on East Hampton’s Newtown Lane with mirrored walls and ballet barres is here to stay year round. The other reason is its focused selection of challenging workouts.

  • Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, an East Hampton emporium dedicated to selling both rare publications and art, has partnered this summer with Grey Area, an art and design consultancy. With Kyle DeWoody at the helm, Grey Area defines its mission thus: "With art as a starting point, Grey Area seeks to push the limits of creative engagement and expression through collaboration, installation, and programming."

  • The crew at East Hampton Gourmet Food, an 18-year-old wholesale-retail catering company and bakery off Newtown Lane, are working day and night to prepare enough gluten-free crisp bread to wow some 300 judges. Their lentil-rice crisp bread with sesame pink salt has been nominated for the food industry’s prestigious SOFI Award, an acronym that stands for specialty outstanding food innovation. The awards honor members of the Specialty Food Association who “represent culinary innovation across America and around the globe,” according to its website.