The Hamptons Services
Rent the Runway x Hampton Jitney
395 County Line Rd., Southampton
The notion that you need to buy a new look for every wedding/party/opening/dinner/etc. is outdated and a tad ridiculous. Rent the Runway fills that ahhh-what-do-I-wear void without breaking the bank. This summer, the storied clothing rental company is teaming up with Hampton Jitney to make returning borrowed gowns and accessories a breeze. So rather than carrying excess luggage to and from the East End simply drop your Rent the Runway garments off at the "drop-off box" in the Jutney terminal or hand over your pieces to the always-lovely Jitney driver, and forget about it. Image courtesy of Rent the Runway.
Priority Private Care
Priority Private Care Summer House Calls, an extension of Priority Private Care (PPC), a concierge medical service in New York, provides immediate care twenty-four hours a day.
The service sits somewhere between Uber and a private car service: You book a seat online and share the ride to the Hamptons with a few others for the reasonable price of $65 ($75 for Montauk). A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans depart regularly from the Sixty SoHo Hotel or the William Vale in Brooklyn, and make stops East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Amagansett, and Montauk. It's a winner.
The lack of spas in the area makes Zeel an especially welcome service on the East End. The company’s on-demand massage services (booked through their app or website) are performed by fully vetted, licensed therapists who bring everything they need with them to your home or hotel, including massage tables and essential oils. Swedish and deep tissue treatments are the most popular, but specialty massages (prenatal, sports, and couples) are available, too.
The summer after Uber returned to the Hamptons after a two-year absence, Lyft joined it out east, offering rides that span from Westhampton to Montauk. While we can’t guarantee short wait times, another car service option on the East End is bound to alleviate some transportation anxiety.
The Culinistas, a Manhattan-based food prep service, is sending its team of chefs out to the Hamptons for the summer. A good thing, because for those going east to get away from it all, "all" might include cooking. The membership service does catering for parties, events, and anyone entertaining friends or family.
Since 2015, Lexi Ritch and Louisa Young have gained a following on the Hamptons with the launch of their farm-fresh (and vintage chic) food truck business, Hamptons Aristocrat. Now the health-conscious duo is upping the ante by delivering their locally sourced recipes directly to our doors. Farm-to-Fete, delivered offers a full menu of ready-to-eat organic meals served on custom wooden boards. With a menu fit for all diets, the service caters to a variety of summer events, from intimate dinner parties to weddings and holiday fetes.
It's notoriously difficult to get around the Hamptons, as taxis are few and far between and Ubers aren't as reliable as we'd like. Given those facts, Hampton Hopper has the potential to be a major game-changer. The buses are on a loop from Hampton Bays to Montauk and back (there's an express service, too), and they can be tracked live on the app, so you'll know exactly when they're arriving. It's $20 for a full-day pass—which, when you think about the price of cabs around these parts, sounds awfully reasonable.
Driver On Tap
With houses so spread out and few drivers available, it's no secret that hailing an Uber is an imperfect science in the Hamptons. But App DriverOnTap is an ingenious solution to that problem: Their drivers can be summoned via the App at any hour, but instead of picking you up in their car, they'll drive you home in yours. The whole process is surprisingly seamless, and offers a brilliant workaround when you've had one too many but the car is parked somewhere it shouldn't stay overnight.
2400 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton
For most, florals are a deeply personal matter of taste, and it takes a thorough, skilled florist to nail it every time. Luckily, this beloved flower-and-gifts shop has two: owners Michael Grim and Jim Osburn. While they’ll gladly put together a beautiful monotone bouquet, their specialty is color—think violet and fuchsia orchids, magenta roses, and ombre hydrangeas—which they deftly apply to arrangements and centerpieces of every size and style.