Fofie & Mia’s
Photo courtesy of Maria Katsaros
From a fashion boutique in Mamaroneck to a couture jewelry store in Chappaqua, Westchester County’s storefronts offer the best shopping around.
LOLA New York
Co-owner/besties Dawn Pasacreta and Denise Elias bring a fun, carefree approach to retail with their beloved boutique, which boasts an elegant premise tinted with just enough edge to be trendy and relevant. Their pastiche of clothing, accessories, and bath/body products offers a variety of price points to a diverse customer base. Check out Lola’s sister store, in Tuckahoe, at 300 Columbus Ave.
396 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; www.lolany.com
Desires by Mikolay
Husband-wife team Scott and Tara Mikolay have tripled this Chappaqua full-service jewelry store in size since it originally opened 15 years ago. With an emphasis on customer service and a keen eye for design (Scott has his own couture collection), customers throughout Westchester count on them for both special occasion purchases and fashion-forward every-day pieces. Additionally, the store has fun, clever events, such as “panic parties” for procrastinating gift givers.
55 King St Chappaqua; www.desiresbymikolay.com
Fofie & Mia’s
With an ever-evolving inventory of unique decor and furnishings, this hip shop launched by design-savvy sisters Maria Katsaros and Sophia Karipides supplies almost any piece of furniture you desire thanks to on-site craftsman Rafael Figueroa. The team can create anything from plush oversized sofas to perfectly refurbished coffee tables, dining tables, armoires, and high-end accessories. No wonder the store has caught the attention of in-the-know local interior designers.
2417 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont; www.fofiemia.com
Handcrafted products made by skilled African artisans are the focus at this pretty little shop owned by South African native Hendrien Dewhurst. The store’s unique, environmentally responsible and fair-trade-heavy inventory includes fashion, handmade jewelry, Rain all-natural body products and home fragrances, and eco-friendly baby goods, as well as kitchen and bath, and home-decor items.
29 Washington Ave, Pleasantville; www.kimberlyhouse.com
Westchester’s fashion-savviest women flock to Fado for a dose of originality with always-on-trend style. The store’s denim bar boasts brands like Citizens of Humanity, Agolde, and Habitual, among others. Owner Lisa Rodrigues-Hickey not only embodies the store’s laid-back LA vibe but also ensures that clients have a “welcoming and fun” place to score handpicked pieces from hard-to-find clothing lines. Fado also offers accessories, swimwear, and lifestyle products.
152 Bedford Rd, Katonah; www.shopfado.com
Winner of multiple Best of Westchester awards, Country Willow is a home-furnishings retail store and design center offering a range of styles, from Classic Country to Transitional Urban. In the 35,000 sq. ft. showroom, you’ll discover a panoply of pieces, including deep-seated, down-filled sectionals, contemporary chairs, and rustic, handcrafted, reclaimed-wood farm tables. CW also has window treatments, lighting, and accessories, plus a well-stocked baby/kids department. Check out its newer, more youth-oriented sister store, The Loft at CW, at the same address.
230 Rte 117, Bypass Rd, Bedford Hills; www.countrywillow.com
If a craft-beer heaven existed, it would look exactly like Half Time. Whether it’s local suds or rarer beer releases you seek, Half Time seemingly has it all. Not only can you get your growler refilled at any of its 22 draft lines, Half Time also sells ciders, will put together gift and variety boxes for you, and even has Beer and Cider of the Month clubs. Plus, with Decadent Ales occupying the other side, you can enjoy a pint of its wildly creative dessert IPAs before or after you stock up.
139 Hoyt Ave, Mamaroneck; www.halftimebeverage.com
Cross County Center
More than 100 stores and restaurants and $250 million reno make this 72-acre outdoor shopping center a terrific place to spend the day with the family. Shop at popular retailers like Steve Madden, Zara, Macy’s, Old Navy, and the multi-award-winning Suzette’s Lingerie (Target is coming in 2021!). Have a post-shop meal at restaurants like BGR, Panera, Green Cube Café, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, and Shake Shack before taking in a flick at Cross County Multiplex Cinemas.
8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers; www.crosscountycenter.com