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East End Business Book: Vineyard 48 Managers Say 'It's a Business'

Vineyard owners deflect criticism that their outdoor parties are too rowdy.

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Vineyard 48 Managers: The Party's On

Despite recent complaints from neighbors of the winery over loud music, the lewdness of the crowd and the potential dangers involved in having limousines and busses park on Route 48 — a busy county highway – Vineyard 48's dance party approach to doing weekend business at its winery isn’t going away anytime soon, according to managers Dale Suter and Matt McBride.

“The bottom line is that this is a business,” Suter said.


Dunkerley's: Building for Sale, Business Is Not

Dunkerley's Office Products owner Harold Wilson says it is no secret that the building that houses his business is on the market — but that doesn't mean Dunkerley's itself is for sale.

Wilson, of North Sea, explained that the building, at 137 Main St., is more spacious than he needs these days, having lost business to large office supply chains and online outlets that can undercut his prices because of volume. "I intend to scale back," he said. He wants to move someplace smaller, but stick in Southampton Village.

"I don't necessarily think I need such a big building, that's what it boils down to," he said.


Slow Economy Gives Boost to Check Cashing

Just about a year ago, A. Hunt Marckwald, of Quogue, saw an opportunity to make money despite the state of the economy — a Westhampton Beach-based check cashing service solely for blue collar businesses, including landscapers, contractors and painters.

The business, East End Liquidity Solutions, has taken off, Marckwald said, bringing in more clients than he expected to have in his first year.


Another North Fork Chef Preparing Dinner at James Beard House

Lia Fallon, executive chef and owner of Amarelle in Wading River, will be preparing dinner at the James Beard House early next month.

The dinner, dubbed "North Fork Culinary Gem," will be the second North Fork-cooked dinner of the winter season at the New York City culinary institute. Luce and Hawkins chef and co-owner Keith Luce cooked there at the end of January.


5 Tips: Extend the Life of Your Flowers

East Hampton Florist owner Michael Lucci and floral designer Alejandra Lucci love getting photographs from customers showing them just how long their arrangement lasted. They said one Valentine's Day customer a few years back followed their instructions for taking care of her bouquet of long-stemmed roses and sent in a photograph a month later showing how they lasted for over three weeks. They've offered some tips to help you keep your Valentine's bouquet a little longer this year.

Joan Zaniskey February 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Hey Max, you can say what you want, but you don't live next door. Since when is having noisy dance parties considered farming? Get real.
MARTIN DREW February 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Start a Code Enforcement case about the non conforming use ; zoning is in place for a reason here in NY. Quality of life issues are paramount in the Hamptons. Pull the approved site plan ; see what was approved and go from there ; best of luck ; growing grapes vs. club activities are deserving of a review by officials. Illegal commercial use is not above your sanity as neighbors to the site . Use all legal remedies available to you as a tool to stop the nuisance .
Benja Schwartz February 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Southold Town will do nothing unless people pressure the Town Board.
forward thinking February 21, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Finally, a legal person with sense of rationality. Yes if not legal then pursue the logical rational path to correct this situation. Ranting only is an emotional approach to a legal situation, and only dilutes the impact – legal action always requires a response. If this “wine – bash” is legal then fine the more the merrier. If it is not legal then, cease and desist. Find another location….
happy February 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Nice drug overdose there on sun. Some tried pulling a Whiney. Too soon let me know


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