For those with a sweet tooth, Chocolations is a must-visit. Known for its decadent chocolate bark and smooth truffles, this sweetshop 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, and homemade hot chocolate.
607 E Boston Post Rd; 914.777.3600; www.chocolations.com
Westchester beer aficionados cheered when Half Time opened in Mamaroneck in 2013 and for good reason: The 20,000 sq. ft. space offers a huge selection of American and international craft brews. The store is organized by country of the brewer, so devotees of, say, large-format Belgian beers will not go home empty-handed, while those looking for Hudson Valley and other local brews can also stock up. Growlers, beer- and cider-of-the-month clubs, and gift baskets round out the offerings.
This family-owned Mamaroneck landmark (open since 1948) is 15,000 square feet worth of toys, children’s clothing, shoes, and even a bike shop. Discerning kids, plus doting parents, can find European-made toys, superior game-room options (ping-pong anyone?), and even swing sets. Spouses Taka and Brooke Andrews 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; 914.698.5070; www.millerstoys.com