Photo by Ken Gabrielsen
Shopping in the picturesque Rivertowns runs the gamut from tween apparel to hipster home finds, vintage records to a suburban shopping center and more.
Train enthusiasts flock to this store, where owner Tom Vitkowski, a passionate modeltrain collector turned his hobby into a thriving business. Tom’s carries O-gauge models and beloved brands, plus accessories galore for electric and wooden trains.
686 Saw Mill River Rd; www.tomstrainsny.com
All About the Dress
Got a picky tween searching for a bat mitzvah dress that is Insta-worthy? All About the Dress is well-versed in pleasing just that customer. Specializing in special occasion wear for girls ages 6-18, the store also offers custom-made dresses and of course bedazzled sneakers with plenty of bling.
480 Main St; www.allaboutthedressny.com
Hickory & Tweed
This sporting-goods shop specializes in bicycle, ski, and snowboard gear for outdoor fun year-round. Browse through brands like Cannondale and Specialized for bicycles or Volkl, Nordica, and Burton for skis and snowboards. Keep warm with fall and winter fashions from top brands like The North Face and Patagonia, among stylish European lines from Jus and Toni Sailer.
410 Main St; www.hickoryandtweed.com
LUXE Luxury Labels
This true luxury consignment boutique continues to be a popular go-to for the uber-savvy Westchester fashionmonger. Launched by partners Jessica Moran & Lisa Dorsett, LUXE has a vast supply of trendy and classic bags, shoes, clothing, and accessories from many of the world’s most coveted designers.
41 Maple Ave; 914.861.2649
The Horse Connection
The ultimate shop for equestrians and hippophiles, here you’ll find everything for your riding and caretaking needs. From boots and apparel to stirrups and horse treats, this is where trainers send their clients for the best-quality horse products and riding essentials.
38 Village Green; www.bedfordhorseconnectionshop.com
Custom Candle Co.
Founder Marcie Manfredonia Siciliano created Custom Candle Co. after searching the market in vain for the perfect nontoxic candle that would suit her family members who suffered from allergies and asthma. Siciliano hand-pours candles made from all-natural soy and natural products into used recycled bottles (think Veuve Cliquot and Maker’s Mark). Signature candles come in scents like cranberry-pear Bellini, pumpkin chai, apple oak, and cashmere wood.
25 Depot Plz; www.customcandleco.com
Specializing in gourmet gift baskets, the retail space is organized into various departments by specialty, including the Gourmet Market for delicious fine foods, the Baby Cottage for adorable layette items, and the Personal Spa Collection for opulent skincare products.
1143 Pleasantville Rd; www.holbrookcottage.com
March brings SoHo style to the streets of Briarcliff with an eclectic collection of both sophisticated and casual womenswear, jewelry, and accessories. Shop more than 50 designers, including established names like BB Dakota, Nicole Miller, and Trina Turk, alongside emerging brands.
1207 Pleasantville Rd; www.marchboutique.com
Mano A Mano
A multi-time Best of Westchester winner, Mano A Mano (Italian for “hand to hand”) seems an apropos moniker given the store’s stirring collection of Mary Rose Young hand-sculpted, hand-painted designs. But owner Mario Grosso has a hand in other unique picks, as well, including two rooms devoted entirely to MacKenzie-Childs pottery and furniture, colorful crystal chandeliers, Vietri Italian dinnerware, and Mariposa’s Brillante collection (which are engravable).
81 Pondfield Rd; 914.793.8329
The Silk Road
Fill your home with exotic treasures from China, India, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam without ever leaving Westchester. You’ll stumble upon eclectic home-décor collections, gifts, jewelry, textiles, and clothing — some of which are handmade showstoppers.
101 Pondfield Rd; www.thesilkroadny.com
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For more than eight decades, this Bronxville institution has been filling the needs of bibliophiles young and old. Owners Morin and Barbara Bishop have been Bronxville residents for 16 years and are excited by the renewed local interest in independent book stores. They plan on holding author events, book signings, and children’s story times in their soon-to-be-built seating area.
76 Pondfield Rd; www.womrathbooks.com
Buchanan Home Center
This local hardware shop carries all the top-of-the-line brands you expect from a Best of Westchester winner, including Benjamin Moore, Rust-Oleum, Weber, and Jonathan Green, among others. Family run since 1982 and continuously renovated and updated, the store draws local homeowners and contractors for its wide variety of paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, a full line of grills, plus garden tools and seasonal goods.
3119 Albany Post Rd; www.buchananhomecenter.com
House of 29
Dedicated to up-and-coming designers from around the world whose pieces are not sold or featured in the immediate area, this carefully considered lifestyle boutique sells timeless merch with a bit of edge. House of 29 is a woman-owned, three-generation family business that carries stylish items for women of all ages, including not just clothing but also jewelry, accessories, chic face masks, and beauty products. Ask about the Nora Kogan enamel lip cuffs, inspired by Man Ray’s Surrealist painting.
39 S Greeley Ave; www.houseof29.com
Whether you’re a committed collector or just looking for a cool find, this unique toyshop carries an elaborate stash of nostalgic toys. Although many of the items are for auction, you can purchase old toy trucks, action figures, and lunchboxes at prices starting at $10 and on up into the thousands.
1 Baltic Pl; www.serioustoyz.com
The Bedford Sportsman
A favorite store for fishermen throughout the county, owner Charles George ensures that this small gem of a store “is packed to the gills (pun intended!) with all of your freshwater and saltwater fishing needs.” The store has a big collection of fly-fishing supplies and George claims “beginners are what we like.” His staff offers instruction on everything from casting a rod to choosing the right bait.
759 Rte 35; 914.666.8091
Revel in a slice of riverside chic at this Dobbs Ferry hotspot housed on the ground-level of a former printers’ building-turned-loft space. Owner Melissa Lauprete stocks trendy minimalist clothing and accessories, beauty products, and home goods from hard-to-find brands, curated with her eye for items that are thoughtful in terms of “design, function, health, and efficacy.”
75 Main St; www.at.land
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Home Again Consignments
Like pieces with provenance? Treasure hunt here for gently used and almost-new furniture and accessories, including antiques and collectibles from local homes and estates. You’ll find everything from Mid-Century chairs and stools in turquoise and au courant orange to mahogany buffets and old Coca-Cola signage. Lighting includes crystal chandeliers, wrought-iron fixtures, and Chinese porcelain lamps.
121 Main St; www.homeagaindf.com
Barnes & Noble
Sure, it’s a chain, but there’s lots to love at this B&N concept store (the first and still only one of a few in the U.S.). The light, bright layout and comfy seating lure you in for a good read, but the wow factor comes from unexpected perks, like a full restaurant, café, and bar (more than 20 wines and craft beers on tap!), plus an outdoor area complete with firepits and a bocce court.
680 White Plains Rd; www.stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304
Harrison Wine Vault
A vast selection of wines and spirits are showcased in a three-level, 2,500 sq. ft. store. The space features a temperature-controlled room for fine wines, a “Whiskey Room,” which houses one of the largest whiskey selections in the entire state, outside of Manhattan, and a classroom for in-store events. Complimentary tastings are offered every Friday and Saturday.
289 Halstead Ave; www.harrisonwinevault.com
Old-school vinyl shops are hard to find, so it’s no wonder Clockwork Records has a hardcore fanbase. Open since 2013 and run by lifelong record collector Mike Rep, the store stocks both out-of-print and new records of nearly every stripe: underground hardcore, punk, metal, kraut rock, prog, ska, dub, jazz, novelty, folk and mainstream rock.
24 Main St; www.clockworkrecordsny.com
House plants are having a moment. Get your fix at this new boutique garden center (with a brand-new location in Bronxville!), which focuses on rare and unusual botanicals. Husband-wife owners Harry and Catherine Fellows, who “started this business because we wanted to share our love of plants with the community,” stock their shop with exotic plants, organic soils, handcrafted tools, nature and garden kits for children, and other garden decor and gifts.
579 Warburton Ave #4; www.mossyfern.com
This full-service landscape-and-retail nursery holds the widest selection and size range of trees, shrubs, perennials, roses, and groundcovers in the region. Rosedale also offers garden planning and installation services to help you create your dream yard.
51 Saw Mill River Rd; www.rosedalenurseries.com
Eileen Fisher LAB
Nestled by the Hudson River, the clothing at this concept store has a strong focus on simplicity, sustainability, and timeless design. For more than three decades, this locally based global brand has been at the forefront of building a sustainable fashion industry and creating a responsible supply chain. At the Irvington location, customers can shop samples, pieces from their take-back program and mainline products plus attend special events and classes.
1 Bridge St; www.eileenfisher.com
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Old New House
Designing, making, importing, and selling rugs is a five-generation legacy in owner Dave Dilmaghani’s family. This latest iteration, in Katonah (launched in 2016), showcases a vast inventory of rugs and a charming selection of handmade home décor (both vintage and new), including pillows, vases, maps, and lighting, as well as small-batch furniture made in-house.
33 Katonah Ave; www.oldnewhouse.com
Palmer & Purchase
This accessories boutique carries popular labels like MZ Wallace, maker of the perfect black everyday bag, plus lesser-known lines. Light up over classic straw hats, pastel-stone statement necklaces, soft-fringed scarves, fun sunnies, bold-color leather totes, chic tunics and wraps — and, of course, outfit-making clutches. A second location can be found on Purchase Street in Rye.
1905 Palmer Ave; www.palmerandpurchase.com
Shop owner Vonnie Sullivan is a fashion industry veteran who worked at Vogue for years before turning her love for practical yet beautiful design into a thriving store. At her shop, which harks back to the days of the beloved general store, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of home goods, baby gifts, and jewelry made by talented artisans.
28 Chatsworth Ave; www.village-mercantile.com
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For those with a sweet tooth, Chocolations is a must-visit. Known for its decadent chocolate bark and smooth truffles, this sweets shop uses molds to fashion creations out of fresh chocolate made on-premises using all-natural premium chocolate — think full-size footballs, teddy bears, race cars, and flowers. Also on the menu are cookies, cupcakes, brownies, homemade hot chocolate, and DIY kits.
607 E Boston Post Rd; 914.777.3600; www.chocolationsonline.com
This Mamaroneck landmark (open since 1948) is a 15,000 sq. ft. family-owned store, chock-full of toys, children’s clothing, and shoes, plus a bike shop on-site. Discerning kids, plus doting parents, can find European-made toys, superior game-room options, and even swing sets. Husband-wife team Taka and Brooke go to “great pains to find the best products” and that means “no mass-produced toys or products with screens,” notes Taka.
335 Mamaroneck Ave; www.millerstoys.com
Everybody in Westchester knows D’Errico Jewelers — not just because of their signature log-cabin locations in Mount Kisco and Scarsdale but more for the overall sense of comfort and confidence they tend to instill in their customers. Many repair and adjustment transactions are performed right on-site, directly in front of the customer, while a substantial portion of D’Errico’s product line is custom-made by in-house craftsmen.
159 E Main St; store.derricojewelry.com
There’s a reason why mothers of the brides, bar/bat mitzvah moms, and black-tie gala attendees throughout the Tristate area all rave about this store owned by brothers Rafael and Robert Brache. The team knows exactly what type of outfit flatters each customer and handpicks accessories to ensure you are red-carpet ready. On-site custom alterations and tuxedo rentals are available, too.
280 N Bedford Rd; www.elephantstrunk.com
The Benefit Shop
This place is seriously multipronged cool. The Benefit Shop is a treasure-trove of amazing one-of-a-kinds looking for a new home to be treasured in. This consignment shop offers estate content, artwork (by the likes of Picasso, Haring, and Warhol), and auctions, including haute-couture, jewelry, first-edition books, and furniture. Best of all, this is a nonprofit auction house, so profits get donated to more than 30 worthy local causes.
185 Kisco Ave, Ste 101; www.thebenefitshop.org
Dubbed a lifestyle store, each item for sale in this shop is artfully displayed. Furniture, gifts, and accessories are located on the upper level while the lower level serves as a full design studio and art gallery. Owner Robin Harmon-Myers uses her exquisite taste to advise clients with everything from space analysis and planning to reupholstery and refinishing items for commercial and residential projects.
115 S 4th Ave; www.harmonydesignsfurniture.com
Consign It on Main
Within this fine-furnishings/accessories store, you’ll browse consignment finds from theater and movie sets, local homes, and renowned furniture makers, like Julia Gray, Baker, Stark, and George Smith. Staging, interior design, upholstery, and lighting services are all offered.
543 Main St; www.consignitonmainllc.com
The Little Ranch Western Wear
Your “little dogies” will really git along at this cool-as-hell boot shop. With merch for both men and women, the hook is that nearly everything boasts a sultry Tex-Mex spin, making it pretty one-of-a-kind in these here parts. So, if you love pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and doing your bidness in Westchester, this is a must-visit.
328 Huguenot St; www.thelittleranchny.com
With Texas native Renea Dayton at the helm, this onetime-gas-station-turned-market is a community hub for locals, offering food and florals. Fare like salads, tuna melts, grilled cheese, cookies, macroons, and smoothies are on the menu. Custom floral arrangements like floral crowns, cuffs, and boutonnieres are a draw for customers. Special events and gatherings are often hosted here, in addition to workshops on floral design and wine.
1 Bloomer Rd; www.hayfieldsmarket.com
Penny & Ting
Chock-full of charming and whimsical books, toys, puzzles, games, stuffed animals, and arts-and-crafts supplies, Penny & Ting is a delight for kids and parents alike. Owned by 25-year educator Mary Howard, the boutique carries top-name brands meant to spark creativity and development.
133 Main St; www.pennyandting.com
Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory gets a steam-punk makeover at Sweet Ascent candy shop. In addition to delectable hand-dipped chocolate goodies, older patrons can reclaim their youth with classic sweet treats from the past, while modern kids can indulge in newer confections, like Sour Flush, which comes in a toilet-shaped container that holds a powdered dip in the bowl. It is a destination unto itself.
900 Main St; www.sweetascent.shop
Pelham, Pelham Manor
Westchester’s avid bikers ride over to Danny’s Cycles for its wide selection of bicycles and a knowledgeable sales staff. Other county locations include Mohegan Lake, Rye Brook, and Scarsdale. 109 Wolfs Lane (Pelham); 101 Secor Ln (Pelham Manor); www.dannyscycles.com
te plus te
In te plus te (“hand+hand” in Japanese), owner Eiko Miyazaki offers products that capture the essence of her native Japan while encouraging shoppers to enjoy simple pleasures and connect with nature. Her product line focuses on simple and natural ingredients of quality, including cleansing bars, body and hand washes, moisturizers, and body mists.
12 Marble Ave; www.tepluste.com
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Farm Store at Stone Barns
Spun off from one of the nation’s premier restaurants, this gift-shop-farm-stand hybrid offers everything from cookbooks, local pottery, heirloom seeds, farm eggs, honey, and hand-woven napkins to the Center’s very own sheepskins, vegetables, meats, and farm-made compost to beautiful mixed-metal jewelry and vibrantly colored tea towels. All proceeds benefit the Center’s programs.
630 Bedford Rd; www.stonebarnscenter.org
Although better known for its creative floral arrangements for homes, weddings, and other large-scale events, Hedgerow also features tableware, home accessories, gifts, and treats for purchase. You’ll find black-fig Madagascan chocolate, vegan floral hand and body soaps, and a half-frosted glass vase with in-house-designed floral scapes.
259 Westchester Ave; www.hedgerowandco.com
R&M Woodrow Jewelers
Find luxury lines like Roberto Coin, Judith Ripka, and Mikimoto, as well as watch brands that include Shinola and Breitling, plus Baccarat crystal pieces at this venerable Rye institution owned by brothers Robert and Michael Woodrow.
21 Purchase St; www.woodrowjewelers.com
Sammy + Nat
This upscale boutique showcases appealing alternatives to ho-hum department-store fare with its charming mix of sweet baby gifts and cool-yet-classic kids’ fashions. It carries the adorable self-named children’s brand in addition to other select brands. The Layette and Stars and Stripes collections are bestsellers, but the 100% pima Matching Pajamas for Mom are definitely trending. Many monogram options, too.
88 Purchase St; www.sammyandnat.com
Starting with its vibrant, striking exterior, Sarza is a store full of surprising finds, all reflecting owner Sarah Briginshaw’s “wanderlusting travelista” personality. Expect a curated mix of furniture, lighting, home décor, linens, and accessories sourced from South Africa and Swaziland.
84 Purchase St; www.sarzastore.com
Rye Ridge Shopping Center
A small-town mecca for boutique lovers of all stripes. Indigo Chic Boutique, Vanilla Sky, and Mixology keep fashion-forward women happy; guys can amp up their wardrobes at Lester’s or Z Life. Teens can get special-event dresses at All Dressed Up, and anyone who lives to workout will find something to love at Sportech. Rye Ridge also offers The Wine Cellar, Learning Express Toys, Pet Valu, Balducci’s, and Best of winner Landsberg Jewelers, along with food and fitness hubs.
142 S Ridge St; www.ryeridgeshoppingcenter.com
The one-stop designer for the well-suited man, Rothmans carries top-drawer casual separates, fine suits, and formalwear. Also on-site is Lubin’s children’s specialty shop with a selection of boys’ suits, jackets, and dress pants for your dapper darling.
1 Boniface Cir; www.rothmansny.com
Wilson & Son Jewelers
This fourth-generation family-owned jeweler has been a part of the Westchester community since 1926. Wilson & Son has continued to provide timeless jewelry pieces from high-end brands, like David Yurman, Forevermark, and Rolex, alongside other brands, like Swiss Army, Raymond Weil, and Mont Blanc.
18 Chase Rd; www.wilsonandsonjewelers.com
Zachys Wine & Liquor
A paradise for oenophiles, Zachys is considered by many to be the preeminent wine store in Westchester. The 4,000 sq. ft. storefront has a selection that is sure to please the pickiest wine aficionado with under-the-radar options, vintage releases, and everyday finds. Plus, they offer wine tastings, wine storage, auctions, and delivery throughout the county.
16 East Pkwy; www.zachys.com
DeCicco & Sons
For those who dread grocery shopping, this is likely as close as you’ll get to a joyful experience — which is why there are eight prized locations scattered throughout the county.
266 Route 202; www.deciccoandsons.com/somers
Once Upon a Child
Buy or sell gently used clothes, toys, games, books, movies, baby equipment, and furniture at this children’s consignment boutique. The store frequently holds saving days and sale events to help you save even more.
80 Rte 6; www.onceuponachildsomers.com
Pretty Funny Vintage
Fittingly, an 1890s Victorian serves as the location of this antiques shop. For more than 20 years, owner Stephanie Leggio has traveled the East Coast searching for vintage goods and showing in NYC antique shows. Her selection of handpicked vintage furniture, lighting, textiles, clothing, and jewelry, along with contemporary pieces, are available here.
80 S Broadway; www.prettyfunnyvintage.com
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At this olive oil-and-vinegar taproom, you’ll find fresh EVOO, balsamic vinegars, spices, salts, sugars, local honey, and their small-batch gourmet coffee to help local foodies create their own memorable culinary experiences. A tasting room allows patrons to sample international olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
24 Broadway; www.thetwistedbranch.com
From handbags to baby booties, cosmetics to home accessories, and men’s and women’s clothing, this acclaimed department store has it all. Browse in-demand designers, like Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, Vince, and more. Take a shopping break at one of two restaurants — Forty Carrots for low-calorie, healthy dishes, or La Provence for sumptuous French fare.
175 Bloomingdale Rd; www.bloomingdales.com
This 890,000 sq. ft. shopping mall offers 150 high-end retailers and luxury brands. Shop popular names like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Brooks Brothers, The Apple Store, Crate & Barrel, and even top department stores, like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
125 Westchester Ave; www.simon.com/mall/the-westchester
Primarily an upscale outdoor shopping center, there are also condominiums and office space on the premises. Shop hot brands, like Banana Republic, Clarks, Sephora, and Uniqlo, or grab a bite at Elevation Burger, Havana Central, Lefteris Gyro III, and Texas de Brazil. Also on-site, you’ll find a 32,300 sq ft LEGOLAND Discovery Center — one of the biggest in the country.
1 Ridge Hill Blvd; www.ridgehill.com
Stew’s is simply one of the coolest and most fun grocery mini-chains in the U.S. From its animatronic singing farm animals and costumed characters walking the aisles to the free ice cream and intense focus on “happy customers,” it’s clear that this multitime award winner is part boutique grocery store, part entertainment venue. The local, family-owned mini-chain inspires almost cultish devotion among Westchesterites, who come from far and wide for the aforementioned family fun and the store’s vast array of both supermarket and store-brand items.
Jefferson Valley Mall
More than 90 stores within this indoor mall cater to different needs and specialties. Check out New York & Company and LOFT for women’s clothing; Men’s Wearhouse and Express for menswear; Justice for the kids; fitness apparel from Foot Locker and Finish Line; and flagship department stores Macy’s and Sears.
650 Lee Blvd; www.jeffersonvalleymall.com