This spinoff of menswear giant Rothman’s serves as a platform for the retailer to try out new brands, categories, and unique retail experiences. The store boasts a cool, downtown vibe and is purposely small, with constantly rotating stock. You’ll find big-name brands, like Ted Baker and J Brand, but also newer ones you’ve never heard of.
60 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; www.rothmansny.com
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The farthest thing imaginable from a soulless big-box chain, Bruised Apple Books makes old-school look positively Ivy League. This rustic yet funky indie has been offering rare and out-of-print books since 1993. There’s also new volumes, of course, along with CDs, DVDs, maps, and history books about the Hudson Valley, to the tune of about 50,000 titles in all. Crafty bibliophiles drink in the ambience, which includes embellishments like hidden clippings, letters, and gargoyle statuettes.
923 Central Ave, Peekskill; www.bruisedapplebooks.com
This Best of Westchester winner is quite likely the county capital of funky retail. Whether you’re in the mood for a soda with a label that reads “Make America Grape Again,” want to read an instructional guide on using profanity, or just want to play with some “unicorn poo,” this outside-the-brick-and-mortar-box will draw you in and send out out with a big smile on your face.
194 Katonah Ave, Katonah; www.popkatonah.com
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Walking into Current Home is like entering your way-chic, rich aunt’s Park Avenue apartment. The store stocks the most covetable home accessories, art, and tabletop pieces. Anyone looking to add a note of drama or whimsy to their home or searching for a unique gift for a best friend will be at home here. The store even has an interior-design service, called COMPLETE by Current Home, to help with accessorizing your home décor. Bottom line: Owners Karen Tolchin and Alyson Lane have created a one-stop shop for every Westchesterites’ domestic needs.
1096 Wilmont Rd, Scarsdale; www.currenthomeny.com
This gourmet candy and artisan confection shop (whose sister shop in Connecticut was referred to as “charming” by none other than Martha Stewart) offers fine chocolate, specialty sweets, and addictive treats, like licorice, marshmallows, and macarons from England, France, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Do sample its Westchester County Crack — Paso Almonds Brittle — and check out boxed candies, gift baskets, and centerpieces for fun gifts.
1935A Palmer Ave, Larchmont; www.sweeetsusa.com
In Westchester County, the word “Danny’s” is synonymous with all things cycling. Not only does Danny’s have a seemingly endless inventory (featuring such elite brands as Trek and Sirrus), it also offers expert repairs — including a 30-minute flat-fix guarantee — bike assembly, car-rack installation, rentals, and group rides, in addition to myraid accessories and clothing. Best of all, Danny’s has locations in Yorktown, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, Pelham Manor, and Rye Brook.
Since 1971, this fashion-forward boutique that sells eveningwear, special-occasion clothes, and accessories has become a trusted county style guru. Expect designers such as Jovani, La Femme, Marisa Baratelli, Scala, Stephen Yearick, Suzanne Ermann, and Paula Varsalona. Fashionistas should check out their “Trunk Shows,” which run throughout the year.
111 E Main St, Mount Kisco; www.elephantstrunk.com