Celebrity Hair, Down-to-Earth Prices
Does a $55 haircut from a stylist-to-the-stars sound too good to be true? It’s not at Akané Salon, a small no-frills Japanese hair studio in Hartsdale where you’ll find Junya Nakashima (Wednesdays through Sundays), who is a regular fixture at New York Fashion Week. He’s done hair for the Hermes, Diesel, and Badgley Mischka fashion shows; editorial work for Vogue and Elle magazines; and commercials for national brands including Coca-Cola. The salon’s other talented stylists also charge just $55, and blowouts can be yours for a mere $30. (This is Westchester, folks; that’s quite a bargain!)
7 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale
(914) 948-0216; www.akaneny.com
Halloween All Year Round
Seeking a mariachi outfit? Some leiderhosen? Or maybe Marie Antoinette, Fat Bastard, Cleopatra, or a gorilla in a grass skirt (hey, we won’t judge) is more your style? You’ll find all of those options among the 20,000 costumes at Beyond Costumes, housed in an unassuming 21,000-square-foot warehouse on a dingy strip of Nepperhan Ave. The store, which has been going strong for 40 years, also boasts a huge selection of wigs, hats, props, masks, prosthetics, and jewelry.
530 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers
(914) 963-1333; www.beyondcostumes.com
Secret Style Source
If the idea of $30 YSL leather jeans, $20 cashmere sweaters, and a $30 Badgley Mischka evening gown piques your interest (and if it doesn’t, it should!), get to The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington for each of its thrice-yearly clothing and thrift sales. Now in its 20th year, the sales (in November, May, and July) feature some of the best bargains you’ll find in Westchester on gently used high-quality clothing and accessories for women, men, and children; as well as linens, housewares, furniture, and sporting goods (May only); and vintage clothing and accessories (July only).
15 N Broadway, Irvington
(914) 591-8194; www.stbarnabaschurch.org
Tiny Store, Big Mission
If you’ve endured a daughter’s incessant pleading for American Girl dolls and all the must-have, overpriced accessories ($110 doll spa chair, anyone?), you’ll thank us for this one: The Girl AGain Boutique in White Plains stocks gently used American Girl dolls, clothing, furniture, accessories, books, and craft kits at discounted prices. And it gets better. The shop—which recently moved to Martine Avenue from an even more hidden location inside a spa in Hartsdale—is operated by the nonprofit group Yes She Can Inc. and employs young women with autism to help them develop job skills.
4 Martine Ave, store 2B, White Plains
(646) 833-8315; www.girlagain.com