Business Briefs: Frank Builds in Amagansett, Flu Shots at Stop & Shop, Baker House Awards

121 Hand Lane in Amagansett. Courtesy of Saunders & Associates.

Saunders & Associates, Michael Frank Building Company Achieve Top Sales in Amagansett

Developer Michael Frank is not building 20 spec houses a year — but at this rate, he certainly could.

To date, his custom homes located at 121 and 123 Hand Lane hold the title of the top two sales in Amagansett this year, represented by Saunders & Associates.

Both properties are located in “Amagansett Lanes,” a grid of streets ranging from Indian Wells Highway to Atlantic Avenue, south of Montauk Highway to Bluff Road. Saunders agent Terry Cohen represented the owner-builder on both sales — 121 was a finished new construction home, and 123 was sold as land and is now the site of a new custom home under construction by Michael Frank Building Company — and Saunders associate broker Cathy Tweedy brought the buyer for 123.

According to Frank, the Lanes continue to transform as older residents are selling and a new demographic is coming in. Younger buyers are attracted to the laid back, beach-centric vibe, he said, and they often fit a particular demographic of parents in their 30s and 40s with young children.

“They only desire to own in the Lanes, they won’t even look anywhere else,” he said. “They desire more a beachy flip-flop vibe than a cocktail party scene like the towns just west of them. In the Lanes they find the beach experience they’re looking for.”

The data has spoken for itself, Frank said, and buyers “are willing to pay top dollar for a smaller house and less land as compared to, say, Bridgehampton to be in this beach community.”

“I believe I’m on the pulse of what the buyers are looking for, from floor plans to finishes,” he added. “I understand their style and their expectations … I believe in over-delivering for my clients. I think people are looking for a different kind of building experience. They want someone to trust, to call, someone who responds, who genuinely cares.”

Get Ahead: Flu Shots Now Available at All Long Island Stop & Shop Pharmacies

With the first day of fall comes the official start of flu season — which, last year, resulted in at least 37.4 million illnesses, 531,000 hospitalizations and 36,400 deaths, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In response, Stop & Shop is encouraging customers to get their annual flu vaccinations at one of the grocery chain’s 256 pharmacies, including all of Long Island, before flue activity traditionally picks up. No appointment is necessary and several vaccine varieties are available, including the quadrivalent vaccine and two flu vaccines specifically designed for age 65 and older.

“Stop & Shop is pleased to be able to offer flu vaccinations to our customers while they shop,” Katie Thornell, director of pharmacy operations, said in a press release. “We know that the flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu, so our pharmacy teams are poised and ready to provide vaccinations when it’s most convenient for our customers and their family members.”

The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and up receive the flu vaccination every flu season, ideally by the end of October. In particular, people who are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu — such as seniors, pregnant women, children and people with compromised immune systems — should receive the vaccination.

It takes about two weeks for the antibodies that protect against the flu to develop, so customers are encouraged to get the flu vaccine sooner rather than later.

“Customers should get the flu vaccination before flu cases begin to appear and spread in their community,” Thornell said. “There’s no better time than now to get the flu shot.”

The flu vaccine is considered a preventative health service under most insurance plans and the cost is typically fully covered by insurance. For customers without insurance, the vaccine costs $42 for the quadrivalent and $80 for the senior versions.

“Stop & Shop pharmacies offer a wide array of immunizations, in addition to the flu vaccine,” the release said. “Pharmacists can provide immunizations against shingles, pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis, among others. Customers can speak with their local pharmacist to ensure they are up to date on all recommended immunizations.”

Baker House 1650’s Antonella Bertello Honored With ‘Peru to the World Expo Leadership Award’

Antonella Bertello, owner of The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, will be honored with the “Peru to the World Expo Leadership Award 2019” at the eighth annual Peru to the World Expo on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m. at the Metropolitan Full Pavilion in New York.

“I am so honored to receive this award from an organization that supports Peru,” Bertello said in a statement. “My Peruvian heritage means so much to me and it is a priority of mine to promote awareness of my country’s diversity and culture. I am excited for the event which will highlight the best of my country.”

Born in Lima, Peru to an Italian-Spanish family, Bertello has lived in Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, England, France, Spain, Miami, Boston, and for the past 15 years, New York and East Hampton. Now a leading businesswoman on the East End, she sits on the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce board of directors and, as a licensed associate real estate broker, she is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club at The Corcoran Group and a member of its President Council.

“She possesses the breadth and depth of experience that comes with over 25 years of real estate experience in sales, development, construction, property investment and management, having supervised the design, construction and interior design of award-winning projects in East Hampton, New York, South Florida and Latin America,” according to a press release.

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Plesser’s Appliances Celebrates 100 Years

From the earliest days of Plesser’s Appliances, its founder ran the Babylon store with a singular philosophy: “Let the customer do business with the boss, treat the customer with respect and offer the customer the best price and service available.”

A century later, both Sam Plesser’s family-run store and credo are alive and well, carried on by third-generation appliance men Marc and Alan Howard in Southampton and the original flagship in Babylon, making it one of the country’s oldest independent appliance stores today.

“We have a loyal and dedicated local consumer base that has been shopping in our retail store for generation after generation, and we will always cherish this relationship,” Plesser’s President Marc Howard said in a statement. “We still enjoy all the little things that a local retailer needs to do. We are very community oriented.”

Together with Alan Howard, vice president of sales, he has formulated a multi-faceted business plan to ensure the company’s ongoing success at a national level.

“Diversification is the key in today’s marketplace” Marc Howard said. “Diversification in product availability, and even more importantly, diversification in building the Plesser’s brand — locally, regionally and nationally.”

With the local and regional facets of the business plan in place, the Howards put their efforts into the national branding phase by launching in 2008, now one of the country’s fastest growing on-line appliance retailers, they said.

“Our goal in embarking in the online sales division was to bridge the gap, both for our customers and the manufacturers we represent, between brick and mortar sales and Internet sales,” Marc Howard said. “Internet sales are now becoming the fastest growing side of the business.”

To supply local and national customers, Plesser’s is affiliated with both the Inter-County Appliance Co-Op and NECO Nationwide Buying Group — with more than 500 member stores throughout the country and a combined $10-billion in nationwide buying power.

As this expansion in business philosophy broadened, so has the logistics of running the company. Headed by Beth Howard-Price, a builder division was established in 2007.

“Our proficiency, expertise and cost efficiency have helped us develop the builder and trade partner aspect of our business,” Howard-Price said. “From initial consultation and planning, through specification, pricing and delivery, more builders, contractors, designers, and others in the trade community engage in our services to meet their major appliance needs.”

To celebrate the 100-year milestone, Plesser’s will give away a prize each month — with a grand prize of a fully equipped, move-in ready, mobile tiny house.

“In addition to this biggest give-a-way in celebration of their 100th anniversary, 2019 also unveils a massive renovation and expansion of the new state-of-the-art Babylon showroom,” a press release said. “There will be several grand re-opening events, with huge promotions to commemorate this special occasion.”

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