As apparel trends have become more casual over the last few years due to the pandemic, a simple and special way to glam up an outfit is with bling. For new sparkle, pop over to the only local presence of this revered national chain offering fine jewelry (and diamonds galore!). Walking down the aisle imminently? You can say “I Do” with Daussi, donning a selection from a timeless collection of (house label) engagement rings and wedding bands.
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The rugged, American classic, men’s denim shirt gets a fashionable upgrade here. Made in Italy in a stretchable fabric, there is a variety of washes to appeal to the suburban cowboy. Whether it’s a classic blue denim or a more color-forward burgundy overdye, the shirts here can be worn year-round — there’s even a white denim for summer months. And while they’re men’s shirts, women can wear them as oversize garments or as shackets.
Caroline Fabrigas has carefully curated a collection of olfactory delights at her newish aroma design studio in Scarsdale. Thanks to handheld diffusers, patrons can experience a controlled array of renewing redolence (upwards of 65 scents, ranging from White Floral Ginger to Cognac) from the shop’s “scent library” yet not be overwhelmed by them. Fabrigas’ high-profile clients include Hyatt, Baccarat Hotel & Residences, and 1 Hotel. There’s something for every nose.
White Plains Holiday Market
Skip the malls and the big-box stores and find that special Christmas or Hanukkah gift at this 3rd annual Court Street holiday marketplace Dec 5–19. The White Plains BID, the City of White Plains, and 914PopUps partnered to create a 60-plus-vendor shopping experience that includes offerings such as small-batch soaps, handcrafted ornaments, artisan jewelers, knitted accessories, and hand-painted glassware majority.
Pepe Auto Group
Multiple Westchester Locations
The phenomenal success of Pepe Auto Group for more than a half-century comes down to many factors, but none more so than its award-winning sales staff. Extremely well trained and eminently knowledgeable, the salespeople at Pepe are known for their low-pressure tactics, making the auto-acquisition experience not a pain but a pleasure. And now, an online car-shopping process makes getting into your dream machine even more effortless.
LOLA New York
Tuckahoe and White Plains; lolany.com
With a pair of brick-and-mortars born from weekly at-home jewelry parties, it’s no wonder this upscale, up-to-the-minute boutique boasts an endless array of accessories amid all the high-fashion threads. From one-of-a-kind handbags, belts, hats, and headbands to sunnies, slippers, scarves, keychains, candles, and costume jewelry galore, this is your one-stop shop for gifts or adorning yourself to the gills.
Scarsdale and Mount Kisco; store.derricojewelry.com
Believing diamond selection should be an informative and fun experience, Sal D’Errico himself invites shoppers to stop in for his “Diamonds 101 Crash Course” to pave the way to an informed purchase. Coupled with a rock-solid reputation for designing exquisite rings and bands, it’s crystal clear why this family-owned business has been a county touchstone for three decades plus.
Tatiana M Designs
Briarcliff Manor; tatianamdesigns.com
Armed with an abiding faith in the healing power of crystal gemstones, this home-based jewelry maker crafts simple, elegant wrist decor (and more) with the hope that the wearer will place their intentions into the stones to be present, create change, and believe in unbounded possibilities. Each piece details the stone’s significance and is often ready for pickup in 24 hours.
The Private Shop
White Plains; theprivateshopny.com
Sneakerheads, run, don’t walk, to the new kicks-and-streetwear boutique The Private Shop, a buy/sell/trade store perched on E Post Road. Sporting its own, eponymous, label (tees, snapbacks, beanies, etc.), the store has a steady string of fan-faves, like Yeezy slides and 350s, Air Jordan 1 Royal Toes, Telfar bags, Supreme hoodies, and Anti Social Social Club tees. Hunt for rare finds; selections change weekly.
Pound Ridge; kahlocollective.com
In the heart of this country-quaint town, KAHLO Collective is a shop filled with carefully curated, ethically sourced, and handmade goods for mind, body, and soul. Pick up apothecary, apparel, and home accessory gifts for a friend or treat yourself to items such as hand-poured candles, 100%-cotton hand-loomed yoga rugs, aromatherapy mists, boho fedora trim hats, kimono robes, olive oil bar soaps, coconut bath soap, and incense sticks.
One of less than a handful of indie record shops in the county, this “passion project” new store, launched in the fall of 2021 by local orthodontist Dr. Garrett Weston, specializes in new and pre-loved vinyl albums in many genres, plus turntables, concert and band tees, and accessories. Go and spin some records: 100% of the store’s profits go to charity.
Lauren Tormenta Design
Stop into this appealing shop, and you’ll likely meet owner Lauren Tormenta, an FIT grad who’s already designed her own fashion line. Tormenta’s year-old boutique is filled with cool brands from NY and CA — breezy dresses, colorful tops and bottoms, lingerie, and swimsuits. Plus, evening wear, jewelry, bags, baby clothes, and more — all imbued with Tormenta’s fresh, modern sense of style.
Thoughtfully curated by its Senegalese owner Mama Faye, this inviting spot (whose name means “beauty” in her native language) offers handcrafted gifts with an international flavor for the home and hostess. In addition to its signature brand of luxury skincare products formulated for all skin tones and types, you’ll find an enticing selection of bright caftans, chunky necklaces, colorful baskets, wooden bowls, and sculpture from Africa, France, and the U.S.
Ulises’s Butcher Shop
This family recipe has made its way down generations from Veracruz, Mexico, and straight to your kitchen (even better on your grill). Ground and hand-stuffed in-house, even the perfect snap of the casing can’t hold back the savory spice of this sausage.
Not your grandmother’s kosher market, Seasons sells the finest meats, poultry, and fish, as well as an array of stocked supermarket items. The prepared soups and salads are amazing, and the variety is impressive. Whether you’re kosher or not, Jewish or not, it’s worth a visit for their sushi platters, pretzel challah, and brisket rugelach.
Croton Falls; folkwayswines.com
Located in the old Metro-North railway station, this shop specializes in bottles from small, top-quality vintners, particularly those in Central and Eastern Europe. Also featured are highly regarded bottles from little-known California vintners, such as Upwell and Martha Stoumen, as well as top-of-the-class novelty items, like so-called “orange” wines.
Prospero Winery & Home Winemaker Depot
In 1972, founder Tony Prospero opened a fruit stand selling high-quality California grapes to home winemakers. Fifty years later, he and his family are still selecting and supplying superior fruit and state-of-the-art equipment for novices and old hands alike. From a starter kit to crushers, tanks, barrels, filters, corks, and bottles, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a junior oenologist.
Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits of Yonkers
While many retail outlets hold periodic in-store tastings and/or host special wine-sampling events, this shop conducts daily afternoon tastings of different wines from Tuesday through Sunday. Some of these are conducted by in-store personnel and some by representatives of the various wine companies, but all allow consumers first-rate insight into future purchases.
MOM’s Organic Market
Dobbs Ferry; momsorganicmarket.com
A healthy-minded food-shopping paradise, MOM’s Organic Market is true to its motto, “a stress-free oasis.” With wide aisles, almost no one in your way, and light music, food shopping becomes something to enjoy. All but 10–12 products are certified organic, and every product is low on plastic packaging, high in quality, and affordably priced. Find everything from gluten-free options and frozen organic dinners and snacks to cleaning products, bulk grains, and organic coffee and teas. Plus, enjoy two aisles filled with lotions, vitamins, candles, makeup, and other Zen-inspired products.
Port Chester; zachys.com
Although some shops offer “fine wine” rooms or areas containing collectables, this store’s new location boasts an extensive display of prized bottles throughout the expansive space, ranging from Biondi Santi Brunellos and Sassicaia to gems like Chateau Margaux and Heitz Martha’s Vineyard California Cabernet to Corton-Charlemagnes and Château d’Yquems, many at discounted prices.
The Premier Collection
Rye Brook (plus four other county locations)
The Maizie Consignment Boutique
The Lounge House
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Fashion Without Trashin
Mike Risko Music School
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Scarsdale (plus two other county locations)
Pedigree Ski Shop
White Plains/Bedford Hills
Your CBD Store
Shoes ‘N’ More
Rye (plus two other county locations)