R5 Best of Westchester – Chains We Love




â–  BoConcept
(914) 472-2535; boconcept.us
Check your outmoded ideas
about Scandinavian design at the door of this ultra-luxe Danish furniture chain. The offerings are super-modern, wonderfully
sleek, and deliciously designed.


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â–  Ethan Allen
(914) 684-0360; ethanallen.com
The store isn’t about showy; it’s about quality—good old-fashioned American quality. Whether your preference is for traditional or contemporary goods, you’ll find carefully crafted furnishings here.

â–  New York Sports Club (NYSC)
White Plains (plus 9 other locations in Westchester) (914) 428-2020
Not only does each location have just about everything you need in a gym, there’s one in almost every corner of the county (kind of like Starbucks). However, no matter where you find yourself, you can exercise to your heart’s delight at any branch, anywhere. Now that’s value and convenience.

â–  Neiman Marcus
White Plains
(914) 989-4900            
Offering far and away the best collection of designer threads, this Dallas-based, century-old retailer is the grand dame of department stores. Best department? Shoes. Love those Manolos.       


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BoConcept offers the Euro-luxe look.

Morton’s is the carnivore’s paradise.


â–  Morton’s, The Steakhouse

White Plains
(914) 683-6101
A chain restaurant that’s actually good? You bet! Bite into one of Morton’s prime-aged cuts, and you’ll change your tune about big, bad chains.


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â–  Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
White Plains
(914) 946-5500
Savvy travelers of every stripe agree on one thing: there’s no better place to rest your weary head than on a plush pillow at a Ritz-Carlton. With their luxe furnishings, world-class restaurants, and impeccable, pampering service, Ritz-Carlton hotels beckon you to just hang the “do not disturb” sign on your doorknob and never leave your room.

â–  Whole Foods Market
White Plains (914) 288-1300
Yes, we may joke that we spend our Whole Salary shopping here, but as Mom and Dad always said, you get what you pay for—in this case, only the best, freshest, natural, organic, and fair-trade foods and products.                            



â–  Ben & Jerry’s
Mount Kisco (914) 666-2555
White Plains (914) 761-1210
We confess to being reformed Cherry Garcia lovers; we’re currently Oatmeal Cookie Dough addicts. But frankly, give us a scoop of any of Ben & Jerry’s creamy confections, and we’re happy.  





â–  Educational Warehouse
White Plains (914) 682-2223
When your kid remembers that Civil War diorama that he needs to construct for tomorrow’s social studies class, fret not: this one-stop-shopping school-supplies emporium will have all the materials you need. Unfortunately, it can’t help you put it together.

â–  Papyrus
Bronxville (914) 337-7057
Mount Kisco (914) 666-0501
Rye (914) 967-2083
Scarsdale (914) 725-6055  
If you really want to be heard, put your Montblanc to Papyrus’s luxe papers. This chain’s striking stationery and great greeting cards help you send your message in style.

â–  Sam Ash
White Plains
(914) 949-8448
This musical wonderland hits all the right notes, offering everything (instruments, accessories, supplies, equipment) a musician could ever want.


Ice cream dreams come true at Carvel



â–  Carvel
Eastchester (plus 13 other locations in Westchester)
(914) 793-0855
Soft, sweet, and creamy: yum. And since we can never choose between vanilla and chocolate, we go for the twist: double yum. And when was the last time you paid $3.75 for a cone of ice cream this good?




â–  Christmas Tree Shop
Hartsdale (914) 948-3721
Hey, Christmas Tree Shop, ever consider changing your name? Then perhaps folks would know to shop at your store for great deals on kitchen gadgets, ready-to-assemble furniture, toys, gifts, and housewares—in addition to, yup, Christmas decorations (and every other holiday year-round). We do. After all, when folding Adirondack chairs for our front porch cost $39.99 that’s one good deal.

â–  Gothic Cabinet Craft
Elmsford (914) 345-6161
Yonkers (914) 779-7422
Tired of that ready-to-assemble pseudo furniture that’s always falling apart, but think you can’t afford “real” furniture yet? Head to Gothic Cabinet Craft. The shop offers an astounding selection of furniture, all made with real wood at affordable prices—with dozens of painting and staining option choices. Still can’t find what you need? Let its custom design team create what you’re looking for.

â–  H&M
White Plains (914) 422-3777
Yorktown Heights (914) 962-6660
Love the basics: tank tops, T-shirts, and everyday jewelry and accessories.

â–  Harmon Discount
Hartsdale (914) 683-0451
New Rochelle (914) 633-5696
Yonkers (914) 779-4938
This discount health-and-beauty offshoot of Bed, Bath & Beyond offers name-brand cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins, and OTCs at rock-bottom prices. And it is the best pre-vacation prep destination: Harmon Discount features an entire aisle of travel/trial size products, from shampoos and wet naps to moisturizers and cold medicines—even playing cards.

 â–  Home Goods
New Rochelle (914) 235-9821
White Plains (914) 644-8157
Yonkers (914) 476-4033
Wanna give your home an “Extreme Makeover” on a shoestring budget? Let your imagination run wild at this domestic-goods cousin to TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Home Goods is just that: an impressive assortment of high-quality (and often big-name) home goods—furniture, rugs, lighting, kitchen, dining, bed, and bath merchandise—at deep discounts.

â–  Loehmann’s
White Plains
(914) 948-8090;
Designer duds at deep discounts. Who can argue with that?

â–  Nordstrom Rack
White Plains (914) 614-6400
Why pay full price when you can pay half or perhaps even 70 percent less? Nordstrom Rack offers discount on the threads you could barely afford—all the time. And it also offers its own brand-name apparel at 30 percent to 70 percent off. Cool.

â–  Trader Joe’s
Hartsdale (914) 997-1960
Larchmont (914) 833-9110
Scarsdale (914) 472-2988
TJ’s offers the best prices on organics, excellent natural health and beauty aids, and a whole bunch of lovely, sybaritic gourmet items—like Trois Petit Cochons pâté truffée, Plugras and European butter, all-butter puff pastry, and single pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) cream. Delicious croissants, too. Plus (and this is no small matter) hands down, the best music to shop by, with all sorts of hopping ’60s and ’70s soul, disco, and garage hits. 

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