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East End Business Book: Free Ice Cream in Westhampton, Hampton Bays

Also this week, fitness studios are starting to kick into action in the Hamptons, and a King Kullen proposed in Tuckahoe leaped a hurdle in town hall.

Take a look at this past week's news in business:

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

Area Business Give Back With Free Stuff

Three area businesses gave back to customers this week by offering free goods. On Wednesday, Main Street Sweets in Westhampton Beach handed out free ice cream scoops; on Friday, The Green Door Market in Hampton Bays gave away free smoothies to all teachers and students; and on Saturday, 

North Fork

Two former leaders with North Fork Bancorp reached a settlement with Capital One Bank on Tuesday, agreeing to pay $20 million after Capital One filed suit against the two and their new employer, BankUnited Inc., last summer.

North Fork Bankcorp's former CEO, John Kanas, and Vice Chairman, John Bohlsen, made no admission of wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement, according to a joint statement released on Tuesday.

East Hampton

More Fitness Studios Open in the Hamptons

As the throngs of city dwellers head east for the summer, the places they like to work out do too.

This summer, a number of fitness studios have found homes — albeit it temporary ones — in the Hamptons.

Chaise23 has expanded from the Flatiron district in New York to East Hampton Village. The exercise studio's grand opening at , in the new building that houses ; , just up the block from the is Saturday; and the New York City-based fitness center, InForm has started offering a mobile exercise studio.

Southampton

A majority of members of the Southampton Town Board elected June 12 to allow a supermarket developer to submit an application to change the zone of 7.26 acres along County Road 39 — a plan that brought out both critics and supporters to the recent board meeting.

Developer Robert Morrow’s LLC, Southampton Venture, seeks to build a shopping center anchored by a King Kullen supermarket, but before he can go to the Planning Board with his proposal, the Town Board must first approve changing the area currently zoned for highway business and residential to the "shopping center business" zone. While Tuesday's vote still leaves Morrow with a ways to go before meeting final approval, he has cleared a hurdle that critics hoped would have stopped the plan in its tracks.

Morrow's proposal, , is a scaled-down version of his earlier application for a planning development district, Tuckahoe Main Street, which . The revised plan includes a 40,000-square-foot supermarket, a 15,000-square-foot retail building and a 3,500-square-foot bank.

Riverhead

A business plan for a microbrewery that would be sited at an almost-100 year old abandoned schoolhouse on Sound Avenue was presented to the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals at the last meeting.

The proposal has incited some resistance from community members in its earliest stages.

According to the concept business plan presented to the ZBA, the principals would invest a minimum of $300,000 to build a microbrewery that would include a tasting room, which would be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and fom 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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