Down Memory Lane
June 21, 2011 | Talk of the Town
“It’s on the ocean, I guess you know it well. It took a starry night to steal my breath away. Down on the waterfront. Her hair all drenched in spray." —“MEMORY MOTEL,” MICK JAGGER AND KEITH RICHARDS
“Memory Motel” by The Rolling Stones brings us back to the 1970s, when Mick Jagger camped out at Andy Warhol’s compound in Montauk. The Stones apparently drank some beers in the lounge at the Memory Motel.
Dispatches has always thought that some inspired young designer could turn the Memory into a hip hangout. Amazingly, the motel remains a dive. Back in the 1990s, Dispatches’s room smelled like an old diaper bag.
On Saturday, June 18, Cynthia Rowley served up cocktails at her new shack boutique attached to the Memory. The store has grass growing from the flat roof, and the floor is plywood. Rowley’s colorful wetsuits were flying out of the store. Crash! Rowley’s kid knocked down a mannequin. Her hunky husband Bill Powers, with the bushy hair, was hanging art. In the back, Lauren Bush launched her adorable FEED Bag pop-up shack. So cute.
That same night, Molly Sims and her fiancé Scott Stuber (director of Couples Retreat) hosted cocktails at the Eres boutique in East Hampton (tinier still). Later, the It Couple snuck over to the Restoration Hardware store opening down the street hosted by Jay Fielden, editor in chief of Town & Country.
Across Main Street, Samantha Yanks and Hamptons magazine celebrated Theodora and Callum at Stuart Weitzman. (For the record, Hamptons throws a fun, well-air-conditioned fête.) Yanks and Blue & Cream’s Jeff Goldstein chatted about private bowling parties with models. Desiree Gruber, the businesswoman behind the fashion line, mentioned that her nephew, Winthrop, had gotten into Lawrenceville, the seriously major prep school.
Still later, the valets at God’s Love We Deliver in Water Mill had departing guests’ cars waiting for them (with the lights on) in a neat row when they stepped off the shuttle. The estate where the soiree took place, owned by board member Jeff Pfeifle, had a wow factor and then some. Calvin Klein brought his talented daughter Marci, who produces 30 Rock.
On Sunday, Dispatches dropped by Ruschmeyer’s, which had been mainly a pile of sawdust during my first visit. Co-owner Ben Pundole and his crew have done an extraordinary job! But a bartender out front asked co-workers if they were also getting a raised eyebrow when they charged $14 for a shot of (memory-zapping) Patrón Silver.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GETTYIMAGES.COM
BY JEFFREY SLONIM