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Best of Westchester 2015 Shopping Editors’ Picks

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Aritzia

The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains

(914) 285-9024; us.aritzia.com

This unlikely 2014 newcomer to The Westchester is a welcome option for the millennial fashion hipster. With locations in places like SoHo, Portland, San Francisco, and Chicago, the Vancouver-based retailer curates cool, downtown-look labels, from moderately affordable and casual to premium designer denim.

North

65 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville

(914) 202-9608; www.northbxv.com 

Owner Tammy Ehrenfeld has called her first store, open since October, a place for “modern women of substance.” The mid-priced to high-end inventory includes chic, sophisticated fashions from Zadig & Voltaire, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, and James Perse, as well as lesser-known American designers, and bespoke accessories.

LOLA New York

396 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

(914) 358-1314; www.lolany.com

Sparkling beaded bracelets, hamsa and evil-eye layering necklaces, tribal-print scarves, and metallic temporary tattoos—swim in the boho-glam must-haves at this inexpensive to moderately-priced boutique, which also carries trendy handbags and some clothing for would-be style bloggers age 16 to 36 (or older if bold).

Art of Dressing

555 E Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck

(914) 481-5552; www.artofdressing.net

Have a closet full of clothing with nothing to wear? This biz, launched by an experienced stylist, combines an event space where she holds workshops on dressing for success for women of any body type with a small boutique stocked with fashion must-haves and basics that every woman should own.

Catherine H.

18-24 Parkway, Katonah

​(914) 232-2010; www.catherineh.com

The proprietor, a native of France, infuses this shop with her own very chic, sophisticated style. With an emphasis on natural fabrics and organic materials, most of the labels are small US companies—plus some from France, Germany, and Italy—and include Sarah Pacini, Katharina Hovman, and Isabel de Pedro.

Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

29 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains

(914) 461-2034; www.saksoff5th.com

Thank you, sweet Jesus, for bringing 25,000 square feet of discounted designer retail to Westchester! The new Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth outlet is a treat, packed with women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, plus jewelry, accessories, shoes, handbags, and sunglasses from designers like Armani, Burberry, Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Chakarr Jewelry

30 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont

(914) 315-1632; www.chakarr-jewelry.com

Designed by the owner’s mother, each of this boutique’s dramatic, artisanal designs is handmade in a small family workshop in Turkey. The gorgeous, unique pieces employ century-old traditions of metalsmithing and casting—and are pleasantly priced, too.

Rye Ridge Shopping Center

South Ridge St & Bowman Ave, Rye Brook

(914) 701-4005; www.ryeridgeshoppingcenter.com

What used to be a run-of-the-mill plaza is now a must-shop destination, thanks to an infusion over the last few years of the trendiest in apparel, food, and fitness retailers (both chain and mom-and-pop). Standouts include Lester’s, Domestic Dry Goods Company, Z-Life Denim Lounge, Chop’t Creative Salad Co, and SoulCycle.

Tasteful Treats & Treasures

16 Banksville Ave, Bedford

(800) 425-9226; www.tastefultreats.com

Unlike some big-name Internet-based gift basket companies, this one also has a local workspace where you can see what you send. With scores of alternatives, the lovely owner—who you can email or actually speak with on the phone—is happy to customize.

R&M Woodrow Jewelers

21 Purchase St, Rye

(914) 967-0464; www.woodrowjewelers.com

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, this family-owned jeweler is known for its “mini-boutique” collections of such elegant, internationally acclaimed designers as Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, Buccellati of Italy, Temple St. Clair, and Mikimoto of Japan, originator of the cultured pearl.

Blossom Flower Shops

275 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 980 McLean Ave, Yonkers

(914) 304-5374; www.blossomflower.com

Not only can you help save the earth by taking your cleaned, recyclable vases to Blossom Flower Shops, but you can enroll in the Petal Rewards program for credit and savings on future flower orders or toward items from Blossom Flower Shops. Winning…all the way around!

Bullseye Glass Company Resource Center New York

115 Hoyt Ave, Mamaroneck

​(914) 835-3794; www.bullseyeglass.com

A totally cool and one-of-a-kind hybrid of store (it sells glass art-making supplies), gallery (it exhibits glass art by local artisans), and workshop (it offers classes and instruction). It’s a must-visit for creative types and those into glass art.

Amelia’s Bridal Boutique

1955 Central Ave, Yonkers

(914) 779-5900; www.ameliasbridal.com

Daydreaming since forever about your fairytale ball gown, chic strapless, or romantic mermaid-style wedding dress? Say yes to your dress—from designers like Allure Couture, Amalia Carrara, and Maggie Sottero—and those for your entire wedding party, even the most particular mother-in-law-to-be.

Kensico Soap Bar

660 Columbus Ave, Valhalla

(914) 579-2033; www.kensicosoapbar.com 

Head here for some good, clean fun handcrafting your own luxurious artisanal soaps and other beauty products. A perfect spot for kids’ birthday parties or a girls’ night out. Not feeling crafty? Choose from plenty of gift options for sale.

Soccer and Rugby Imports

40 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville

(914) 337-5999; www.soccerandrugby.com

Got some pint-sized Pelés or rugby-loving rug rats kicking around at home? Score one for this family-owned shop offering premium soccer and rugby apparel and equipment. It’s one of the top 10 Adidas and Nike soccer specialty retailers nationwide, so look for exclusive shoes and other products.

Daniele Trissi

(914) 723-4500; www.danieletrissi.com

This longtime shop offers elegant, 18-karat gold and platinum jewelry featuring diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and South Sea pearls from the best international gem dealers. If a fine timepiece is on your mind, it’s also an official agent of such Swiss watchmakers as Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Carl F. Bucherer.

Tennis Professionals at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis

303 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester 

(914) 939-6866; www.thetennisprofessionals.com

If you’re serious about tennis, then you know about Tennis Professionals. Run by self-professed “tennis geeks” and teachers (and a US Open and French Open stringer), their level of technical expertise promises that you’ll find exactly the right product—racquets, equipment, and attire—to up your game.

Pepe Automotive Group

Multiple Locations

Cadillac, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter, Porsche

(888) 975-0112; www.pepeautogroup.com

Sure, this county is littered with luxury car dealerships. But only Pepe carries a history of 45+ years in Westchester and a tried-and-true reputation for customer service, whether you’re looking for performance or luxury or utility.

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