Business Briefs: Smoke & Fire at Ralph Lauren, BNB Earns Preferred Status

Holly Peterson’s “Smoke & Fire.”
Holly Peterson’s “Smoke & Fire.”
Holly Peterson’s “Smoke & Fire.”
Holly Peterson’s “Smoke & Fire.”

Ralph Lauren Celebrates Smoke & Fire

Caption: Holly Peterson’s “Smoke & Fire.”

Ralph Lauren, 31-33 Main Street in East Hampton, will host a reception with Liz Carey, Carey Doyle, Michael and Tara Peterson, and Joel Schumacher for Holly Peterson’s new book, “Smoke & Fire: Recipes and Menus for Entertaining Outdoors” on Saturday, July 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

BNB Earns Preferred Lender Status from SBA

BNB’s Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending team has received the prestigious designation of Preferred Lender from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Preferred Lenders Program (PLP) streamlines the procedures necessary to provide financial assistance to the small business community. Few banks carry this designation, which empowers the bank to work directly with the borrower.

Lenders are considered for PLP status based on their record with SBA, and must have demonstrated a proficiency in processing and servicing SBA-guaranteed loans. The BNB SBA team has over 30 years of experience working with small businesses and has provided many loans to assist local businesses growth.

“We are very pleased to receive the Preferred Lender designation from the SBA. As a community bank we want to be able to offer financial support to all levels of business and we are committed to the small business segment. With our exceptional SBA team, headed by Michael Ogus, we expect to develop long term partnerships with small businesses as they achieve their financial and growth goals,” noted Kevin O’Connor, President and CEO of BNB.

Michael Ogus, Senior Vice President and SBA Team Leader came to Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) with over thirty years of diversified bank lending experience. He developed the SBA Lending department at Community National Bank (CNB) and built it to be one of the top PLP lenders in the Long Island and New York Regions. Mr. Ogus joined BNB as part of the acquisition of CNB. His team includes Eileen O’Brien, Vice President, also a former member of the CNB team, who brings over 25 years of experience in both commercial lending and credit underwriting to her successful tenure working with small business customers.

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addo Hosts “Dog Days of Summer” Benefit

addo, 7 Main Street in Sag Harbor, will host the Stella and Flame” Dog Days of Summer shopping weekend benefit on Friday, July 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with special pricing on animal themed jewels.

For more information, call (631) 919-5239 or visit

Playful Learning Studio Opens for its 2nd Season

Playful Learning Studio, a boutique learning center, is excited to announce that it is now open for its second season in the Hamptons, working with children on the East End of Long Island and NYC on their academic, social, and emotional learning needs. Located on Newtown Lane, Playful Learning is equipped with a talented team of educators to spark students’ desire to learn. There are many new programs offered this summer for children ages two to 14, which add to the popular list of services returning for a second season at Playful Learning.

New programs for this summer include Saturdays in the Studio, which feature a wide range of exciting group program lineups, including Toddler Cooking, Science Labs, Dinosaur Fossils, Water Cycle Terrariums, Simple Electric Circuit, Mantra Rocks, and more.

Also new this summer is an online program entitled, Camp Playful Learning that offers online summer enrichment to campers in the comfort of their own home. Camp Playful Learning is available either on a week-by-week basis or as a class combination package, and will feature weekly online workshops such as Writer’s Notebook, Backyard Science, Be a Peacemaker, Poetry Makers, Food for Thought, Digitally Savvy, Simple Machines, and more. These offerings help fill the summer learning gap for children near and far. Each program is self-paced so that the students can work at their own speed with parental guidance.

Playful Learning is also continuing its private one-on-one and small group tutoring and enrichment, offering everything from kindergarten readiness to book clubs and science labs. Playful Learning’s unique approach to learning teaches basic skills through fun hands-on projects and emphasizes the importance of students learning how to learn. Playful Learning also offer House Calls in the Hamptons and NYC, a service that delivers personalized learning to clients in the comfort of their own homes. This new offering has been well received and enables parents to provide a variety of Playful Learning programs for their children year round.

“We are bringing education to life by developing, teaching, and sharing life-changing lessons with children, parents, and teachers.” says Playful Learning Founder and award-winning educator and author, Mariah Bruehl. “Our online classes and studio offerings provide the perfect solution for parents & teachers who want to make the most of their children’s education, and ensure that they are confident and capable learners.”

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Montauk Yacht Club Resort Gift Shop Supports Domestic Violence Survivors

Beach MYC, the gift shop located on Star Island at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, will host a shopping event and donate 15-percent of the proceeds generated on Sunday, July 17 to The Retreat’s domestic violence services.

“I am excited to bring awareness to and raise funds for the critical domestic violence services The Retreat offers our community,” said Desiree Gessler, owner of Beach MYC. “You never know when you or someone you know will need to call for help.”

Since 1987, The Retreat has been a safe haven for individuals and families in crisis, providing safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Through direct services including a 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education and emergency shelter, The Retreat gives clients the opportunity to safely heal and reestablish their lives, free from violence.