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Shop to your heart’s content at these curated and Best of Westchester-winning boutiques and storefronts in the county.
Editors’ Picks: Shopping
Women’s Sporty Bags
Equal parts functional and chic, you’ll never again be caught frantically digging around your purse for your keys or that elusive lipstick. Created by former Marc Jacobs handbag designer Sloane Grossberg, these high-quality, highly organizable totes, crossbodies, backpacks, overnighters, wallets, and clutches — with pockets galore — will have you (and your gal pals) marveling at how tidy and classically stylish you’ve become.
Place to Redesign Diamond Jewelry
Rye Brook; landsbergjewelers.com
Nervous about changing up heirloom diamond jewelry that has sentimental value but tired of it sitting in your jewelry box unused? A pear-shaped diamond from an inherited engagement ring that became a stunning tear drop necklace and a tennis bracelet refashioned into a chic stack of wedding bands are some diamonds that have found gorgeous new life at this Rye Brook jeweler with an affiliate location in Manhattan’s Diamond District.
Black Tie Fashions Boutique
Bedford Hills; elephantstrunk.com
Savvy fashionistas visit this longtime boutique when they want to look extra special while hosting or attending extra dressy events. With black tie fashions now scarcely available in brick-and-mortar stores, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to see, feel, and try on this carefully curated selection of designer labels like Fouy Chov, John Paul Ataker, Jovani, Montage, etc.
High-end Consignment Boutique
LUXE Luxury Labels
Lovers of fashion and meticulous about every piece they proffer as well as the overarching customer experience, Lisa Dorsett and Jessica Arce are the style pros behind this well-known and loved consignment shop where Hermès and Gucci go to find a second home. Well-curated, contemporary items at lesser price points also dot the shelves, eliciting limitless browsing and something for every budget and personal aesthetic.
Place To Dress Your Husband
The Village Soccer Shop
A one-of-kind soccer and lifestyle shop filled with an eclectic array of casual and stylish brands curated from the influences of founder Daniel D’Angelo. Find a fun mix of designer and vintage sportswear, music apparel, skate brands, sunglasses, hats, and jewelry from unique brands around the world. The perfect shop to give your husband a bit of style and gritty grace.
Under-the-Radar Thrift Shop
The Hilltop Thrift Shop at Zion Episcopal Church
Dobbs Ferry; ziondobbsferry.org
This secret sanctuary filled with secondhand treasures at bargain prices is a thrifter’s haven. The shop, located in the basement of a parish, has four rooms stocked with everything from clothing for women, men, and children, toys, books, records, home goods, and kitchenware. One room, designed like a boutique displays higher end, named-brand clothing and items. Appointments are required to shop for half hour slots, Thursday–Friday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and Saturday till 2 p.m. Dropoffs are also welcomed.
Trottas House of Pasta
Bronx born, Westchester raised, this family-run Italian noodle shop has been stretching and filling the dough since 1955. Classic large round cheese, butternut squash, wild mushroom, and sausage and broccoli rabe ravioli are standouts. If you can’t make it to the storefront factory in Thornwood, you can pick up at farmers’ markets across the county.
Shop To Buy Brown Spirits
Crespo Whiskeys & Wines
Dobbs Ferry, crespowhiskeys.com
You may think you’ve walked into a speakeasy when you enter this Prohibition-era feel curated liquor shop, replete with a comfy leather couch and piano. And while there are events where you can partake of alcohol in-store, this liquor store is where you want to head for the depth and breadth of its brown spirits to take home. Crespo leans most heavily into bourbons, but whiskey and scotch also get their due. The environment here, with the brown spirits front and center in the store, encourages exploration for those looking to expand their palates.
The Fit by Burke
Undergarments are the last thing people think about when considering their outward appearance, but it’s the most important layer of clothing according to The Fit by Burke. Over the course of two appointment-only sessions, owner Laura Burke gives each patron a personalized education in the way a bra should properly fit. She takes her client’s body type, style preferences, and lifestyle into consideration before personally shopping for the perfect intimate apparel to fit her customer’s needs. Holding special sessions for teenagers, she fits her clientele for swimwear as well.
Pepe Auto Group
White Plains; pepeautogroup.com
It takes a lot of hard work and talent to become leader of the pack — even more to stay there. But that’s precisely what the Pepe Auto Group has achieved in the upscale auto market locally. Having begun with a humble Oldsmobile dealership in 1968, the Pepe Group armada is now six dealerships strong and kept strong by the family bond that manages it. Very active in the community, The Pepe Group also offers an annual scholarship award program to help employees subsidize their children’s college expenses.
Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits
There’s no shortage of wine-and-spirits purveyors in Westchester County, but then there’s Stew’s, which seems to do just about everything just a bit better. Wine and spirits tastings are held daily, but weekends feature dozens of additional products for its patrons to sample, and monthly special events routinely offer no fewer than 50 such products. Themed events may range from the wines of Spain to the bourbons and whiskeys of New York State, supplemented by tastings geared to a particular holiday or season of the year.
Charming downtown Katonah is home to the beloved independent pharmacy in operation since 1881, known for its personalized service by pharmacists who really get to know you. Under new ownership, the shop’s cosmetics and skincare section has been revamped to include the latest products which are set alongside plenty of time-honored brands. The shelves are chock full of unique gifts and custom baskets that come with gorgeous complimentary wrapping.
Aw Yeah Comics
This bastion of the four-color fantastical is more than just a fun and well-organized comic shop. Aw Yeah also boasts a large selection of back issues, graphic novels, amazing collectables, and toys, along with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. The shop also stages many live events and has hosted such industry legends as Chris Claremont, Peter Tomasi, Walter and Louise Simonson, and Jerry Ordway. New comics every Wednesday, to boot!
White Plains; instagram.com/yaranush
Meaning “good friend” in Armenian, Yaranush has been serving the community with Mediterranean goods, knowledge, and meaningful conversation since 1987. Armen and Arshak Benlian embed passion into every phyllo sheet folded, sharing a precious family baklava recipe (Armen’s grandma’s, to be exact) with the world, made fresh and sold in the store along with a plethora of other baked goods. A treasure trove of hard-to-find ingredients from the Mediterranean and Middle East, the Benlians are there to offer up a recipe or walk you through the cooking process of these delicacies.
Store for Specialty Gifts
The Velvet Maple
With stunning wall-to-wall specialty items like handcrafted lanterns, rugs, fur items, the list of things is endless that you’ll pick up in The Velvet Maple and say, “This is so cute!” Sourced all by hand by owner Alessandra Iavarone, the expertly curated shop is full of unique items that will fully bewitch the recipient and make you look like a total fashionista.
Mount Vernon; christmas-in-america.com
The pure joy of the season is tangible from the moment you cross the threshold at the 110,000-square-foot American Christmas. Shop the selection of festive décor items (some of which once adorned iconic NYC buildings) on the first floor before heading upstairs to Santa’s Workshop, a wonderland of animatronics, contagious music, a canopy of lights, and anticipation of the holiday to come.
Boutique for Bridal Accessories
Le Sel Bridal
Yorktown Heights; leselbridal.com
From sparkly to subtle, sheer to feathered, Le Sel is the ultimate “It Girl” bridal shop to find your biggest must haves. A wonderland of designers and unique pieces, it’ll be hard to walk out of there with just one thing — and honestly, with the good vibes that flow through the store, you probably won’t.
Readers’ Picks: Shopping
Westchester Road Runner
Didonna Auto Group
Rye Brook (plus three other county locations)
The Village Bookstore
Men’s Shoe Store
Mike Risko Music School
Hudson Valley Books for Humanity
Yonkers (plus 13 other county locations)
Croton Pet Station
Pedigree Ski Shop
White Plains/Bedford Hills
Specialty Store (non-food)
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Vintage Clothing Store
LOLA New York
Women’s Shoe Store