Business: Sabrosa Donates to Autism Foundation, Elliman Expands

Kim Covell, left, the president of the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, with Donna Andreassi of Sabrosa Mexican Grill.
Kim Covell, left, the president of the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, with Donna Andreassi of Sabrosa Mexican Grill.

Sabrosa Mexican Grill Donates to Flying Point Foundation for Autism

Sabrosa Mexican Grill, a family-owned chain of restaurants with locations in Water Mill, Riverhead, Lake Ronkonkoma and Commack recognized the Flying Point Foundation for Autism as its June charity of the month with a $500 donation to support its work with children living with autism on the East End.

The donation is the latest in a campaign to support hyper-local charities with more than $50,000 contributed to non-profit organizations over the last three years.

“We are grateful to Sabrosa for its support of what we do for children with autism and their families,” Kim Covell, President of the Flying Point Foundation for Autism said.

“The donation will help us continue to offer programs such as our day camp, which provides a traditional camp experience for those with autism but with the necessary support. Camp Flying Point connects the two — support and fun.”

Camp Flying Point serves about 50 to 60 children with autism ages six to 21 with an eight-day summer camp that teaches social and communication skills. The camp never turns away those due to financial constraints. Before camp, siblings of those with autism are invited to the foundation’s SibPower program that celebrates the contribution that typical siblings make in a family impacted by autism.

The Flying Point Foundation offers recreational programs throughout the year, teacher grants for items that might enhance the classroom experience for a student with autism, scholarships for graduating seniors with autism and for other seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to the cause.

“We know Kim and see the impact she and everyone at Flying Point have had on our community,” Donna Andreassi, of Sabrosa Mexican Grill said. “They are working every day to provide programs for kids who have autism so that they may participate in activities that many of us take for granted.”

Although on the East End, the foundation gets calls from much farther westward on Long Island. Since its beginnings in 2008, the foundation’s reach has grown geographically and programmatically as people learn more. For more information, please visit

Douglas Elliman To Expand Throughout The Golden State

Douglas Elliman, the nation’s fourth largest residential real estate brokerage company, has entered into a contract of sale to acquire Los Angeles-based Teles Properties. Upon closing, the operations of Teles will be under the umbrella of Douglas Elliman, making Elliman the second largest non-franchise brokerage firm in the State of California.

Teles partners Peter Loewy, Sharran Srivatsaa, Peter Hernandez and Evan Ageloff will continue to have integral roles within Douglas Elliman, Western Region. Completion of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to take place this week.

Once closed, Douglas Elliman will span 20 offices with 630 sales associates in California, from Coronado to Carmel and 58 sales associates and five offices in Colorado. Across the United States, Douglas Elliman will boast 110 offices and more than 7,000 agents.

“Our search for an exceptional company that offered unrivaled technology and marketing platforms, whose agents mirrored the entrepreneurial spirit of Douglas Elliman, led us straight to Teles Properties,” Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty said. “For almost a decade, buyers and sellers in California and Colorado have trusted Teles with one of their most valuable assets and important life decisions.”

Long time Elliman executive, Stephen H. Kotler, will expand his role as CEO of Brokerage Douglas Elliman, Western Region, overseeing operations throughout California and Colorado.

Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area and the fourth largest residential real estate company nationwide. With over 7,000 agents, the company operates approximately 110 offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, Long Island, the Hamptons, Westchester, Greenwich, South Florida, Colorado and California.

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Discover Long Island’s New Vice President and Director

Jamie Claudio of Discover Long Island, formally the Director of Brand Development, was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Nikki Theissen, formally the Partner Relations Manager, has been promoted to Director of Partner and Visitor Relations.

“We are thrilled to announce these two significant promotions for our organization,” Kristen Jarnagin, President of Discover Long Island said. “Both Jamie and Nikki are outstanding members of the Discover Long Island team and are helping to redefine the standards we set in place for our organization. Dedicated to enhancing our position in the global travel market, these new positions will boost department synergies and create new benchmarks as we head into 2018 and beyond.”

In her new role, Claudio will oversee Discover Long Island’s marketing and sales initiatives including meetings and group travel, sports development, international travel and tour operations, as well as marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.

Theissen has worked over the past four years to improve cooperative opportunities and strengthen relationships with Discover Long Island’s over 500 partners. In her new role, she will reinforce organizational messaging, provide educational experiences for businesses within the tourism industry and build community among partners.

Discover Long Island was established under the name Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission in 1979 as the official tourism promotion agency for LI travel and tourism. The organization contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings, conventions, trade shows, sporting events and more. For more information, please visit

Sevan Bicakci Finds a Home at Black Swan Antiques in Sag Harbor

Sevan Bıçakçı Jewelry has found a new home at Black Swan Antiques in Sag Harbor. The highly curated antiques store carries furniture, art, lighting, collectables, artifacts and now, the one-of- a-kind jewelry that Bıçakçı has made famous around the world.

Black Swan is best known for surprising clients with rare and unique pieces that combine country living with city sophistication. Randy Kolhoff opened Black Swan almost 12 years ago.

“We are both excited and honored to be representing Sevan’s amazing line on the East End. His unique talents bring forth a product we feel fits perfectly with our goal of presenting one-of- a-kind items that inspire wonder and desire,” Kolhoff said. “Words can’t convey the brilliance in his jewelry, you must see it for yourself. Now you don’t have to travel farther than the Hamptons to see and acquire these stunning works of wearable art.”

Bıçakçı has achieved world renowned fame by demonstrating a reverence to jewelry designed from the soul, rather than technology-aided design. Bıçakçı and his team of artisans create one-of- a-kind jewels crafted from 24K gold, sterling silver, rose or antique-cut diamonds, and a host of uniquely cut gemstones. He blends ancient and modern techniques ranging from gem carving raw material into reverse intaglio gems, to micro-mosaics, painting, leafing, calligraphy and intricate metalsmithing. His pieces take anywhere from three months to a year to create and collectors have travelled the world for them since his brand launched nearly a decade ago.

Black Swan is located at 26 Main Street and open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a private viewing of Black Swan’s Sevan Bıçakçı collection, call (631)-337- 3012.

Travel Agency Survey is a Cheap Shot, says Montauk Chamber of Commerce

A recent survey conducted by the online hotel booking agency, that cited Montauk as the most expensive beach destination in the U.S. this summer is misleading and inaccurate, said the Montauk Chamber of Commerce in a press release issued last week.

The survey compared hotels in 10 U.S. beach destinations listed on Kayak — an online travel agency site aggregator — to find the minimum price travelers have to spend in the month of August on a double room, “close to the beach.” The survey listed Montauk’s cheapest daily room rate in August as $312.

“The truth is the vast majority of Montauk hotels are affordable, family friendly and at or close to a beach,” Laraine Creegan, executive director of the chamber said. “For example, in August, room rates start as low as $125 mid-week and $155 on weekends. With dozens of hotels and resorts to choose from, Montauk offers everything from no-frills accommodations to luxury waterfront resorts.”

The chamber points out that Montauk’s unique geographic location at the tip of Long Island, surrounded by water on three sides places all of the hamlet’s 54 chamber member properties at or close to a beach. Hotel rates fall as low as $110 in September and October, according to the chamber’s member hotels.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is located at 742 Montauk Highway in Montauk. For more information, please call (631) 668-2428 or visit

Greatest Blaze Enters Partnership with Suffolk County, Hamptons 

Greatest Blaze & Co., a Greenwich-based lifestyle and premium firewood company, has made significant inroads in Suffolk County with the opening of its premium kiln-dried firewood distribution center at Florence Building Materials.

The company entered the Hampton’s scene by participating in Dan’s Paper’s Grill Hampton and a launch party at the Quogue Beach Club. Business and residential firewood deliveries have begun with a series of events planned for the fall.

Hamptons-based businesses Justin’s Chop Shop and Pontoon Paddler helped promote the company’s premium cooking and fire woods, Blazin’ Torches, Blaze and Arteflame premium grills, and other specially curated hard goods at pop-up shops and Hamptons events.

“All of us at Greatest Blaze & Co. are thrilled to align with the ‘Greatest’ businesses in Suffolk County. These partnerships are a natural fit for us and our new partners because we all share similar passions. The folks at Florence Building Materials, Quogue Beach Club, Justin’s Chop Shop, the farmer’s market farm stand and Pontoon Paddler, along with individuals like Richard Connelly and Jared Schafer share our vision and have signed on,” Kathleen Long, COO of Greatest Blaze & Co said.

“We all share a lot of the same values—bringing family and friends together, best in class products, emphasis on customer service—and we all love what we do. We look forward to growing our business alongside of these wonderful people.”

Greatest Blaze & Co. provides premium kiln-dried firewood to residences and businesses in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and has now expanded delivery to include the Hamptons and Suffolk County. Greatest Blaze & Co. also offers a curated collection of products.

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Suffolk Federal Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

Fifty years ago, Suffolk Federal opened its doors to service the local community and build a presence and become one of the largest credit unions in Suffolk County. In June, Suffolk Federal recognized this milestone by hosting a Gold Celebration Party at its headquarters with a lunch for members, friends and family with games and activities.

“From our beginning days 50 years ago, we have remained committed to our mission and core values which are focused on our members and which have included a commitment to integrity, exceptional member service, excellence and innovation. We have built our reputation upon the promise to deliver extraordinary financial services for our members,” explained Ralph D. Spencer, Jr., the President and CEO.

“Our vision is to do what is best for our members and the communities where we are located and to always make extraordinary member service a top priority.”

Suffolk Federal will continue to mark its 50th anniversary throughout the year with activities. Some events planned include a “Celebrate & Do Good” promotion, taking place through October at each one of Suffolk Federal’s branches to benefit Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

“Our celebration is a celebration of the relationships we have developed with our members and the communities we serve. It represents the success of our mission and continuation of our legacy for the next 50 years. We would like to thank our loyal members who have allowed Suffolk Federal to become part of their lives and an integral part of their communities,” Spencer continued.

For more information, please visit or call (631) 924-8000.

Duryea’s Launches New Oyster Bar and Private Dining Area

Duryea’s Lobster Deck has launched two new areas including an exclusive private dining area and an oyster bar at the Montauk location.

The new private dining area, above the main lobster deck can accommodate 30 people for a sit-down event or more for a cocktail event with sweeping views of Fort Pond Bay.

The new oyster bar offers a menu of oysters, champagne and wine adjacent to the fish market. Montauk Pearl, Orient Point, Blue Point and Kumamoto oysters by the dozen are offered along with a selection of rosés, whites and reds and a few champagnes.

Duryea’s Lobster Deck is located at 65 Tuthill Road in Montauk. For more information, please call (631) 668-2410 or visit