Cross County Shopping Center
5180 Xavier Dr, Yonkers
When a lingerie shop has an inventory of bras with cup sizes ranging from A to P, and back sizes from 26 to 56, you know it is serious about making sure you get a proper fitting. And with brands like Wacoal, Chantelle, Goddess, and Jezebel, you know you’ll be getting that support with sex appeal.
24 Kaldenberg Pl, Tarrytown
It’s easy to miss Hank’s Alley, tucked away from the town’s main drag in an old firehouse, as you antique your way through Tarrytown. On most days, you’ll find Hank Bucci here, presiding over his collection of wares, which ranges from used and antique furniture to fabulous floor lamps (one of which adorns the bedroom of a Westchester Magazine editorial assistant). You’ll find vintage jewelry, clothing, and linens, kitchenware, paintings and prints, etc. His low prices and willingness to negotiate make him a magnet for area dealers, so items never stick around for long.
One Christie Pl, Scarsdale
(917) 951-6450; magtricotes.com
No wonder Martha Stewart raved about the charming Malvina Guretsky and her collection of handcrafted couture garments on her TV show—they are simply exquisite. Hand-knitted in Russia or hand-crocheted in Italy, the gorgeously detailed frocks ($750 to $2,000), separates, shawls, and outerwear are created by Guretsky and designers who also work for Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren. Featuring hand-dyed Japanese silk, Italian cashmere, hand-spun Mongolian camel fiber, handcrafted Murano glass beads, and hand-sequined Italian yarns, the offerings, including a baby and young girls line, are indeed MAG-nifique. Do take note, mothers of the bar/bat mitzvah child (custom orders are encouraged) and generous grandparents with deep pockets.
3 Purdy Ave, Rye
What could be more thoughtful than a personalized special something with the recipient’s name or initials? Head here for scores of clever options, including fleecy robes, colorful striped beach towels, canvas totes and insulated picnic baskets, lacquered trays, blankets, throws, and women’s cotton sweaters. Turnaround for the above items is a day or two. Choose from 30 in-stock colors (more, if you have more time) and six fonts. Other monogrammed options with varying longer lead-times include wooden steak boards, ice buckets, crystal, and plastic party cups. Oh, and did we mention that there’s no additional charge for monogramming here?
New Vintage Women’s Clothing
12 N Central Ave, Hartsdale
With a great eye for fashion but a limited budget, Charlene Saiz had amassed a striking collection of reasonably priced vintage that quickly outgrew her closet space. Hence, this new shop focusing on fashions from the ’40s through the ’90s that the delightful young Saiz handpicks from textile houses, friends who work in the biz, and, yes, her own collection. You won’t find the chi-chi stuff from Chanel et al, but rather more affordable designers like Armani and Donna Karan.
Cross County Shopping Center
8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
If you haven’t been to this newly spiffed-up and revitalized shopping and noshing showcase, do plan an outing, pronto. Between 2007 and 2011, the owners of this County landmark, founded in 1954, have pumped more than $250 million dollars into it. You’ll find dozens of new fashionable shops, like H&M and Armani Exchange, fresh and fun new eateries like Panera Bread and the always caliente Chipotle, and 100,000 square feet added to a fully renovated Macy’s. Other pluses: beautifully landscaped gathering areas with comfy seating, new outdoor children’s play spaces, a free live summer entertainment festival, and 5,000-plus free (yes, free) parking spaces—a thousand of them are covered.
European Fashion Boutique
27 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
(914) 478-3898; fiamor.us
Fiamor is all about style—your own style. Browsing the racks of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind fashions in colorful, sumptuous fabrics at this classy but funky boutique might take you back to your childhood, when you’d sneak into your mom’s closet looking for fancy “costumes” and baubles to play dress-up with. Owner Mimi Filipova’s passion for fashion is obvious, as is her talent for combining East Village cool and Fifth Avenue chic at one convenient little Dobbs Ferry location. Tailoring and custom orders are offered, too!
New Trendy Boutique
Mixology Clothing Company
120 S Ridge St, Rye Brook
(914) 481-1771; shopmixology.com
Sick of sticker shock and snobby ’tudes? More interested in the look than the label? Head here for trendy juniors’ and funky women’s fashions. The savvy Mixologist can rock cool brands such as Gypsy Junkies and Free People. Investment dressing it’s not, but if you’re looking for patchwork denim, hot striped tees, sexy bandage dresses, and hip accessories, this is the place.
Yes We Know It’s a Chain But…
106 S Ridge St, Rye Brook (914) 937-2929
If you’re dizzied by slogging through department-store shoe salons—only to leave empty-handed—breathe deep and escape to Shoe-Inn, where you can stock up on on-trend standbys like Sam Edelman ballet flats or pop in for occasion-ready styles, like Hunter Wellies for tailgating the game, or go-with-everything pumps for last-minute invites (or outfits). At their store in the Hamptons, expect seasonal staples from Tory and Sperry; but also wear-forever Fryes and classic Chloé, Kate Spade, Vera Wang, and Stuart Weitzman; plus rare pairs from buyers’ twice-annual Euro trips.