Business: Auburn Jewelry Pop-Up, Navy SEAL Fundraiser, Farmers Market

One of Samantha Levine’s necklaces featuring colorful pendants.

J. Crew Hosts Auburn Jewelry Pop-Up

On the surface, Samantha Levine was a law student, but also a closeted jewelry designer.

In 2013, she founded Auburn Jewelry and, since graduation, has taken her passion to the next level — handcrafting sterling silver and enamel pendants, cufflinks, earrings, bracelets, and key chains in her studio in Westchester.

Available in 16 colors, selections from the collection will be on display — and available for purchase — during a pop-up shop on Saturday, June 2, at J. Crew in East Hampton, located at 14 Main Street.

“For the last few years we have been in the process of going into production due to the high demand for Auburn Jewelry,” Levine said. “Our planning and hard work paid off, and we now have approximately 70 of our most popular designs in production, which we are continuing to add to on a monthly basis. Everything in production is made with care and handcrafted in the United States.”

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please visit

Navy Beach To Hold Sixth Annual SEAL Fundraiser

Tom W. Steffens learned how to swim on Long Island, a place that fostered his love for the ocean, which would play a pivotal role in his life.

He served 34 years as a Navy SEAL — earning the rank of Rear Admiral — and will give a few remarks at Navy Beach’s cocktail party to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation on Saturday, June 16, kicking off a sixth season of fundraising efforts at the restaurant, located at 16 Navy Road in Montauk.

“Navy Beach is incredibly proud to host our sixth annual fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation,” Navy Beach partner Frank Davis said in a press release. “We remain humbled by the service that the SEALs and their families make on behalf of our country, and feel fortunate to raise funds and awareness of the Foundation’s core mission. Our area’s historic Naval past, Naval base location and tremendous support of the Montauk community and Long Island veterans afford us great pride in our ongoing efforts.”

Navy Beach will continue its support of the Navy SEAL Foundation throughout the summer, encouraging guests to support the cause directly each time they dine by adding a $1 donation to each check from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day — giving them the option to increase the value if they’d like.

Last year, Navy Beach raised $30,000 — bringing the total to $125,000 since 2013 — and they will gain match the first $2,500 raised through this season’s efforts.

The cocktail party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., and tickets are $50, $25 for veterans and free for children under age 16. For more information, please call (631) 668-6868 or visit to make a donation.

 Reap Fresh Fare at Montauk Farmers Market

Looking for fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet specialties and local wine? The Montauk Farmers Market on the Green is back.

Three-dozen vendors will return to the downtown Montauk market on Thursday, June 7 — which will continue every Thursday throughout the summer — from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Montauk Food Pantry.

“Our farmers market serves not only as a way for our residents and visitors to purchase locally grown and produced fresh fare, but also as a way for them to connect with each other within Montauk,” Laraine Creegan, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, said in a press release. “Purchasing local goods is an experience that promotes a sense of place, important in making citizens feel tied to their community, plus it is good for business.”

The market will also be held on Fridays, September 21 and 28. For more information, please call (631) 668-2428 or visit

Governors Island. Courtesy photo

Governors Island Inspires Flapper-Worthy Perfume

It starts with a warm, concentrated resin incense, segueing into a heart of dark, honeyed ambrox and dry, tobacco-like cedar wood, creating a halo-like glow.

This is Bond No. 9’s “Governors Island” — a gala-ready perfume with a historic namesake, on counter Friday, June 1.

“Hypnotic, seductive, addictive, this incense-filled scent at first seems at odds with an island famed for its recreational activities — its bike paths, its picnics, its kite-flying potential,” according to a press release. “But at Bond No. 9, we welcome this off-kilter dissonance, which is one important direction for fragrances — as well as for fashion — today. And besides, the deep, magical allure of Governors Island, the fragrance, actually invokes the smells of the island’s dense woodlands.”

The animal-like white musk, combined with muscenone and a softer version of vetiver, allows the scent to cross gender lines, though it does present as a male fragrance at first.

“The seaworthy blue and gold visuals on the pure white ‘Governors Island’ bottle are the Bond No. 9 token on one side, and on the other the printed names of must-see island venues—not least Hammock Grove, its red hammocks offering a superlative view of the Statue of Liberty,” the press release said.

A 100-ml bottle costs $350 and will be sold at Bond No. 9 New York Boutiques, Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide, select Bloomingdales stores and Harrods UK. For more information, please visit

FreshDirect products. Photo credit: John Kelly III for FreshDirect

FreshDirect Touches Down in the Hamptons

FreshDirect just made summer a whole lot easier.

Through Labor Day Weekend, the food delivery service will now drop off fresh produce, meat, seafood and dairy — as well as catered platters, prepared meals and household staples — to residents on the East End, as well as select areas of the Jersey Shore.

“At FreshDirect, we’re constantly evaluating ways we can better serve our customers. Through our summer service, we’re able to offer everything needed for the perfect summer in just a few clicks to ensure our customers have more time to spend with family and friends while sharing the very best food,” PJ Oleksak, chief growth officer, said in a press release. “Whether ordering FreshDirect to stock up your summer house, or ordering from our same-day delivery service FoodKick to hit the ground running upon arrival back to New York City, we’re proud to offer our customers a streamlined experience this summer.”

Delivery dates for the East End run through September 1. For more information, please visit