As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many favorites in the local fashion, beauty, wellness, and fitness industries were forced to shutter their locations. Some transitioned to online models. Others have expanded their brands or spawned new businesses in the past year. Here’s the 411 on the luxury lifestyle scene in the 914.
Michele Piccolo, owner of Michele Lisa Salon in Cortlandt Manor, opened her first retail-and-beauty shop earlier this year. Royal Status (2229 Crompond Rd; 914.745.6925; www.royalstatusny.com), a short walk from her eponymous salon, offers a selection of apparel plus jewelry from local artisans, and services like microblading and makeup application.
Lifestyle boutique INSPO, a Pelham favorite, owned by mother-daughter duo Janice Harding and Ginghi Clarke, closed permanently in May after three years in business. The two transitioned to offer designer clothing, handmade accessories, and Harding’s fine art on their e-commerce site, www.theinspoboutique.com.
Grace Medical Aesthetics opened its first Westchester location, in Bedford Hills (532 Bedford Rd, Ste 200; 860.578.4722; www.gracemedicalaesthetics.com), in May. Services include injectables, laser hair removal, microneedling, and laser facials.
Earlier this year, GLOW, known for custom airbrush tanning, fat-freezing and skin-tightening treatments, lymphatic drainage treatments, and anti-aging facials — with locations in Rye Brook and Armonk — opened its third county location, in Scarsdale (1513 Weaver St; 914.574.5590; www.glow-tone.com). In June, GLOW opened in Greenwich in the spot where Zen Healthy Tanning used to be (1081 E Putnam Ave; 203.990.0209; www.glow-tone.com).
Elizabeth Arden’s Mynd Spa & Salon (formerly Red Door Spa) at The Westchester closed in March. The spa’s former head of the skincare department, Farida Lynch, opened Farida Skincare Studio in June in White Plains (Sola Suite 100-Studio 9, 445 Hamilton Ave; 845.553.4455; www.faridastudio.com) At press time, a limited menu, due to COVID-19, included waxing, lashes, and brow services. Facials, microdermabrasion, and oxygen treatments will be offered in the future.
Pristine Brows & Beauty, which formerly had a location in Tarrytown, opened in Thornwood in June (677 Commerce St, Ste 200; 914.960.3235; www.pristinebrowsandbeauty.com) offering microblading, powder brows, brow shaping, tinting, brow henna, and makeup application.
DryLuxe, a hair salon that launched its debut location in Dobbs Ferry last fall, opened a second spot, in Scarsdale (1511 Weaver St; 914.574.6491; www.dryluxe.com), in late July. At press time, they were open Thursday-Sunday.
In the former St. Mary’s convent, perched atop a hill overlooking the Hudson, is The Abbey Inn & Spa (900 Fort Hill Rd, Peekskill; 914.736.1200; www.theabbeyinn.com). With an open date originally scheduled for mid-March, the 2,500 sq. ft. boutique spa, located within a 42-room hotel, officially opened in July. Services include deep-tissue massages, prenatal massages, facials, and body scrubs.
In July, New York City-based herbal medicine store Come Back Daily CBD (210 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.358.9777; www.comebackdaily.co) opened in the former White Plains Vapors. At the highly curated shop, co-owner Steven Phan focuses on educating the community about CBD’s benefits.
Dobbs Ferry resident Christina Broccoli teamed up with Annie Negrin, MD, and Nordic Edge’s Marie O’Connor, DNP, RN, to open the county’s first stand-alone vitamin IV spa, prosperIV, in Yonkers (1955 Central Ave; 914.401.8324; www.theprosperiv.com) at the end of May, offering IV drips of vitamins and hydration for particular health needs.
Formerly the Center for Movement, Scarsdale Pilates (846 Scarsdale Ave; Scarsdale; 914.722.7446; www.scarsdalepilates.com) opened earlier this year. At press time, Pilates classes were available virtually, and one-on-one private instruction was offered in the studio.
In May, fitness coach Alina Pedraza of Fused Fitness closed her location in Jefferson Valley, which she headed for more than four years, and has transitioned to offer one-on-one fitness and nutrition programs and virtual fitness classes on her website, www.fusedfit.com, and pop-up outdoor workouts in Peekskill.
Yoga Haven, a county mainstay for more than 20 years, closed its Scarsdale location this summer. Owner Betsy Kase now offers a robust schedule of live and prerecorded yoga classes on her website, www.yogahaven.com, pop-up outdoor classes county-wide, as well as online yoga history and philosophy workshops.