To really appreciate the unique charm of any town, you need to ask the locals. For the Hamptons, that means talking to the ladies that have been going to the Hamptons before it was “The Hamptons.” BELLA caught up with some East End vets, who also happen to be NYC’s top movers and shakers, to get the scoop on their favorite farmer’s market, facialist, food, and more.
RACHEL PALETSKY ASH
CO-OWNER OF THE ASH CENTER FOR COMPREHENSIVE
MEDICINE/WellNEST Ash has a diverse background in health, wellness, lifestyle, and sacred design, which she has used to create progressive healing centers in NYC, Connecticut and the Hamptons. This summer, Ash will be chairing the annual Healthy Child Healthy World Summer Luncheon on August 13 at Topping Rose in Bridgehampton.
Favorite Facialist: Le Don Spa
“Thuyen Nguyen, the spa owner,
has an all-natural facial called “InstantLift.” You leave feeling like you had a workout for your face.
He also sells his exclusive line of organic skincare called, THUYEN Skincare.” La Don Spa, 382 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 631-604-6500
Favorite Furniture and Antiques: Max ID NY Gallery “They house contemporary furniture designed by Maximilian Eicke, as well as his family’s antique business. All the prices are amazing.” 3 Madison Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-7000, MaxIDNY.net
Favorite Organic Juice: Montauk Juice Factory “This place has great energy and offers excellent local, cold-pressed, organic juices and cleanses.” 12 South Etna Avenue, Montauk, 631-668-8286, MontaukJuiceFactory.com
A former design editor at Vogue and Allure, Wagman’s current design clients include Robin Hood, the New York Historical Society, South Hampton Arts Center, and the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.
Favorite Shopping: Ganeaux
“The owner, Christine, has the best taste. My absolutely fave thing ever are her candles – salt air, seawater, warm sand, and 1970’s copper tone. I keep them all over my house.” 167 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-7717, Ganeaux.com
Favorite Breakfast: John’s Pancake House
“This is where we take our kids for breakfast all the time. It’s not just a pancake house. Everything is delicious – the crepes, the eggs, etc.” 721 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631-668-2383
Favorite Fish: Inlet Seafood Restaurant
“Just across the bay from Gossman’s, Inlet is owned by local, commercial fishing families that serve what they catch. The sushi is amazing! And sitting outside and watching the sunset is perfection.” 541 East Lake Drive, Montauk, 631-668-4272, InletSeafood.com
PRESIDENT OF ALISON
BROD PUBLIC RELATIONS This PR veteran and busy mom of two is known for her impeccable taste, drive, and top-notch clients, including Old Navy, L’Oreal, and Mercedes-Benz.
Favorite Music: The Stephen Talkhouse “At night, I enjoy sipping Avión tequila with lime, while enjoying an old, classic band. This venue is basically the only place to see live music, and it’s tiny and intimate.”
161 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-3117, StephenTalkhouse.com
Favorite Transportation: Gotham Air
“It’s like the Uber of the skies and my preferred mode of transportation this summer to the Hamptons and Montauk. I love knowing that I can book on- demand flights simply and easily via an app!” 646-405-7008, GothamAir.com
DESIGNER OF RAMY BROOK
A former advertising executive who took time off to raise her three children before launching her fashion label, Sharp is also very committed to her philanthropic work with UJA-Federation, The GO Project and Food Allergy Research & Education. This summer, when customers purchase a Ramy Brook handbag at the brand’s New York flagship store or at the annual UJA-Federation Trunk Show in the Hamptons, they’ll have the option to have it complimentary customized with graffiti.
Favorite Jewelry: Jennifer Miller “Every girl needs a fun bauble. Jennifer also has the greatest hostess gifts for all the Hampton parties.” 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-9061, JenniferMillerJewelry.com
Favorite Farm Stand: Country Gardens “They always have fresh veggies, perfect fruits, and the flowers are beautiful.” 35 Millstone Road (at Scuttlehole Road), Bridgehampton
Favorite Beach for Kids: East Hampton Main Beach “The beach has bathrooms, lifeguards, and parking, making it an easy and fun spot for sunny family outings.” 101 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton, EastHamptonVillage.org
Favorite Fun Scene: Sunset Beach “If you’re looking for great people-watching, this is the spot. Plus, they have the best-dressed women! If you can, go by boat for the best experience.” 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 631-749-2001, SunsetBeachLI.com
CO-HOST OF FOX 5
“GOOD DAY, NEW YORK”
In addition to being a three-time Emmy winner, Scotto is also the co-owner of her family’s
restaurant, Fresco by Scotto.
Favorite Breakfast: Sip ‘n Soda Luncheonette – “It’s an old fashioned luncheonette with a great breakfast – scrambled eggs, toast, and home fries. And, if you want to splurge, go for the milkshake!” 40 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-283-9752, SipNSoda.com
Favorite Lunch/Dinner: Scotto’s Pork Store – “It’s a great place for pizza, and their focaccia with eggplant and mozzarella is really tasty.” 25 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-728-5677, ScottosPorkStore.com
Favorite Beauty Salon: 27 Hampton Salon “They transform me from beach bum to party ready. Bianka knows how to tame the tresses. If I really need help, they also have great people to apply makeup and do manicures.” 27 Hampton Road, Southampton, 631-377-3107, 27HamptonSalon.com
TISH & SNOOKY
FOUNDERS OF MANIC PANIC
The sisters were singers in the original Blondie lineup before they capitalized on their punk- rock cred and co-founded their iconic beauty empire in 1977.
Favorite Groceries: Serene Green
“At this organic farm stand, we load up on the most delicious fruits and vegetables we’ve ever tasted. Their Saturn peaches are simply mouth-watering!” 3980 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, 631- 334-6311, SereneGreenInc.com
Favorite Furniture: Southampton Animal Shelter Thrift Shop
“We love to shop there and have scored some exquisite, shabby- chic finds. The best thing about this place is that the money goes to helping animals.” 30 Jagger Lane, Southampton, 631-728-7387, SouthamptonAnimalShelter.com
Favorite Dessert and More:
Sant Ambroeus Southampton
“No evening in the Hamptons would be complete without stopping at Sant Ambroeus for an after-dinner espresso or gelato. They have authentic Italian pastries that remind us of the ones we treat ourselves to on our annual trip to Bologna.”
30 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-1233, SantAmbroeus.com