Insider's Guide to Westchester

Westchester Magazine has been dishing about the county for more than a decade now, so we know more than our share of insider secrets about how to best navigate the dining, shopping, and overall living-in-the-county scene. So here we tell you how to nab a table when no one else can, dine at the finest restaurants at a fraction of the cost, score tickets for sold-out concerts, get your hair cut and colored (for free), find the easiest DMV for road tests, and much more.



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Find the Most Fabulous Crafts

Lucky us—Westchester hosts the country’s biggest crafts show twice a year at Lyndhurst Castle (35 S Broadway, Tarrytown 914-631-4481;
lyndhurst.org). This year’s dates are April 29 through May 1 and September 16 through 18. Other not-to-miss shows: Crafts on Stage (Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, 914-251-6273; artscenter.org), November 5 and 6 this year and the The Westchester Craft Show at the County Center (198 Central Ave, White Plains 914-995-4050; artfaircalendar.com) October 14 through 16. The Armonk Outdoor Art Show (205 Business Park Dr, Armonk; armonkoutdoorartshow.org) will be celebrating its 50th show September 24 and 25. The Westchester Arts Exchange (31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; artswestchester.org) debuted a craft show last Winter and plans a second one in December.

Get Bargains Online

Beehive Co-op

We all did a little happy dance when Groupon (groupon.com/westchester-county) branched out into our fair county offering up sweet deals each day on everything from dining out to spa treatments. But we’re a bigger market than Groupon realizes: we’ve also got our very own Westchester Magazine Deal of the Day (deals.westchestermagazine.com/dailydeal), Knowtorious Deals (knowtoriousdeals.com), Living Social (livingsocial.com), and mamamedia.com. For residents in the north, check out  facebook.com/northernwestchesterfreestuff to get, well, free stuff. Winners are selected daily and can pick a coupon for manicures, pet grooming, yoga classes, and more from participating merchants.

Buy Future Family Heirlooms Just Like Grandma Made

The Scarsdale Woman’s Exchange (33 Harwood Ct, 914-723-4728), an 80-year village fixture, sells gift items handcrafted by local residents: baby dresses, knitted sweaters and hats, stuffed animals and dolls, baby quilts, blankets, and more. It also sells homemade jellies, baked goods, even tea sandwiches. It is part of The Federation of Woman’s Exchanges, an organization started during the Depression, so some of the proceeds go to help fund local charities. Buy local, help local.

Find Gorgeous Local Crafts

Craft by Kristina Stafford of Port Chester at The Clay Art Center

Beehive Co-op in Mount Kisco (337 Main St, 914-218-8700; beehiveco-op.com) sells the work of (mostly) local artisans, including ceramics, wood, jewelry, and children’s items. The Clay Art Center in Port Chester (40 Beech St, 914-937-2047; clayartcenter.org) isn’t just a place to learn how to spin a wheel. It’s also great for buying some of the prettiest pots and pitchers, all fired in the gallery’s four huge, gas-powered kilns.

Cheap Dates

Check here to find when your favorite stores are having sales.

JANUARY
Sportech, 124 S Ridge St, Rye Brook (914) 934-0001. Save up to 80 percent on all athletic footwear and apparel.

Rothman’s, 1 Boniface Cir, Scarsdale (914) 713-0300; rothmansny.com. Find huge markdowns on suits, sport coats, overcoats, sportswear, denim, and shoes from the likes of John Varvatos Star USA, Hugo Boss, and Canali at this high-end men’s clothier warehouse sale.

 

Ceramics from Melita's Home Furnishings shine

Victoria's Secret, 49 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco (914) 242-7308; victoriassecret.com.
Get 25 percent off sexy little nothings starting the first week of January. Going, going, gone—anything remaining moves to the clearance tables until the items are sold out.

Groovy on Grand, 119 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson (914) 271-0700; groovyon grand.com. The store for “Cool Clothes for Cool Kids, Tweens & Teens” has two big clearance sales a year, one in January and one in August.

Petticoat Lane stores in Chappaqua, Scarsdale, Bronxville, and Greenwich, CT. Save 40 to 70 percent on all handbags and winter sleepwear; 20 percent off all lingerie.

Tiger Lily Boutique, 139 E Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 244-4201. Find up to 50 percent off select winter and holiday items.

Wishes, 315 Kear St, Yorktown Heights (914) 962-9474. Great reductions on jewelry and children’s things.

Beehive Co-op, 337 Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 218-8700; beehiveco-op.com. Look for a studio sale the last week of January as designers clear out their studios to make room for the next season. Ceramics, jewelry, accessories, housewares, and more are reduced from 20 to 50 percent.

MARCH displays the latest fashions

MARCH Boutique, 1250 Pleasantville Rd #6, Briarcliff Manor (914) 923-2100; march boutique.com. Semi-annual sale throughout the month, with up to 70 percent off merchandise.

Stickley Audi & Co, 50 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains (914) 948-6333; stickleyaudi.com. Winter sale begins mid-January and ends Presidents’ Day; save anywhere from 35 to 50 percent.
Bloomingdale’s Furniture & Rug Outlet, 2 Saw Mill River Rd (Rte 9A), Hawthorne (914) 592-0413. Save an additional 20 percent on everything in the store except mattresses and rugs during the Martin Luther King Day sale.

MarketPro Computer Show and Sale,Westchester County Center, White Plains (201) 825-2229; marketpro.com. Spend just seven bucks on an admission ticket and save up to 80 percent on the latest brand-name merchandise, including hardware (mostly IBM-compatible, but some Macs), software, and accessories.

February
Pedigree Ski Shop, 355 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains (914) 948-2995, pedigree skishop.com. Sales of all ski equipment, clothing, and accessories start at the end of February and go into March.

ABC Carpet & Home, 1055 Bronx River Ave, Bronx, NY (718) 860-0468; abchome.com.
The first week in February, items usually offered at 30 percent off are marked down as much as 60 percent.

Country Willow, 230 Rt 117 By Pass Rd, Bedford Hills (914) 241-7000, countrywillow.com. Shop its winter clearance sale on home furnishings and accessories.

Wishes displays housewares and more

MARCH
Stickley Audi & Co, 50 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains (914) 948-6333; stickleyaudi.com. Save 55 to 70 percent during this annual rug sale.

Casafina, 301 Fields La, Brewster, NY (845) 277-5700; casafinagifts. Four times a year, the Casafina warehouse opens its doors to clear out excess inventory, as well as discontinued and slightly imperfect items (call for exact dates the month before). Save up to 50 percent on retail prices on an extensive collection of Italian and Portuguese home furniture and accessories.

MarketPro Computer Show and Sale, Westchester County Center. See January; March 21, 22.

Wüsthof, 333 Wilson Ave, Norwalk, CT (203) 295-3804; wusthof.com. Reconditioned and discounted knives are at least 50 percent off retail, and sharpening any brand of knife is available at $2 per blade. (Our food writer wouldn’t take her knives anywhere else.)

APRIL
Country Willow, 230 Rt 117 By Pass Rd, Bedford Hills (914) 241-7000; countrywillow.com. Country Willow is tripling its size and expanding into baby furnishings and is having a grand opening/expansion sale to clear out the old, bring in the new.

Stickley Audi & Co, 50 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains (914) 948-6333; stickleyaudi.com. Save 50 to 70 percent on all clearance items.

Sportech, 124 Ridge St, Rye Brook, (914) 934-0001. The bright side to tax day is the start of Sportech’s annual footwear blowout. Every pair of shoes is knocked down from its original price to between $19.95 and $59.95. Prices keep dropping as the sale goes on, but get there early for first dibs. Sale is scheduled through mid May.

Island Imports, 5F W Cross St, Hawthorne (914) 747-1040.
You’ve seen its bags, scarves, and accessories in such catalogs as Coldwater Creek and Soft Surroundings or at such retail stores as Bloomingdale’s, but never at the prices offered at the twice-yearly (usually April and October) sales of samples and overstock. On average, you’ll get half off wholesale prices, so a $100 purse would cost between $15 and $20.

Sublime giftware at Two's Company

MAY
Country Willow, 230 Rt 117 By Pass Rd, Bedford Hills (914) 241-7000; countrywillow.com. Country Willow’s annual anniversary sale on home furnishings and accessories.

Melita’s Home Furnishings, 127 Main St, Ossining (914) 923-0351. Sales of up to 30 percent on Chandler Bedding Collection begins around Mother’s Day.

MarketPro Computer Show and Sale Westchester County Center, White Plains.
See January; May 30, 31.

JUNE
Casafina, Brewster, NY
See March.

JULY
Rothman’s, 1 Boniface Cir, Scarsdale (914) 713-0300; rothmansny.com. Their summer sale starts in July and runs through the first weekend in August coinciding with the Scarsdale Sidewalk Sale. See January.

Wondrous Things, 1159 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor (914) 762-3300; wondrousthings.com. Find gifts for baby and the home, jewelry, ladies clothing, and accessories.

Nordstom, The Westchester
135 Westchester Ave, White Plains (914) 946-1122;
nordstrom.com. Get all your kids’ back-to-school fall clothes; find such high-end brands as QuickSilver and Northface winter jackets at great prices.

Italian and Portuguese dishware for less at Casafina

MARCH Boutique, 1250 Pleasantville Rd #6, Briarcliff Manor (914) 923-2100; march boutique.com. Save up to 70 percent at this semi-annual sale beginning in July, ending in August.

AUGUST
Beehive Co-op, 337 Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 218-8700; beehiveco-op.com. Look for a studio sale the third week of August, not to mention every other month.

Groovy on Grand, 119 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson (914) 271-0700; groovyon grand.com. See January.

Wishes, Yorktown Heights.
See January.

SEPTEMBER
Hickory and Tweed, 410 Main St, Armonk (914) 273-3387. The first two weeks of September is the best time to get your winter sports gear during Hickory and Tweed’s annual tent sale. Pick up ski equipment, snowboards, helmets, jackets, snow pants, and boots. Not into snow? Bike accessories are also on sale.

Katonah Yarn Company, 120 Bedford Rd, Katonah (914) 977-3145; katonahyarn.com. The annual Fall Festival Day offers lots of bargains and a trunk show with local artists, yarn companies, and designers.

OCTOBER
Pedigree Ski Shop, 355 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains (914) 948-2995;
pedigreeskishop.com. Columbus Day weekend from Thursday through Sunday, Pedigree holds a huge sale on ski equipment, clothing, and accessories in a 10,000 square-foot tent in their parking lot.

Country Willow, 230 Rt 117 By Pass Rd, Bedford Hills (914) 241-7000, countrywillow.com. Country Willow’s fall home design event with savings on home furnishings and accessories.

Island Imports, Hawthorne
See April.

Melita’s Home Furnishings, Ossining.
See May.

Casafina, Brewster, NY.
See June.

NOVEMBER
 

Island Imports discounts jewelry, scarves and accessories

Nordstrom, The Westchester 135 Westchester Ave, White Plains (914) 946-1122;
nordstrom.com. Nordstrom’s half yearly sale for women and children starts November 3. Once sale items are marked down twice, they’re shipped to the Nordstrom Rack, so shop early.

Two’s Company, 500 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford (914) 664-2277; twoscompany.com.
You could go to Saks or Crate & Barrel and pay full price for Two’s Company’s trendy-chic giftware and accessories, or get terrific bargains at its mega warehouse sales (where proceeds are donated to a charity). In addition, the company’s Elmsford warehouse is open on Thursday and Friday, from noon to 3 pm, for discounts of 5 to 10 percent off wholesale prices on an ever-changing selection of merchandise.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels, LLC, 171 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne (800) 777-4308; zwilling.com. Every December, this high-end cutlery warehouse slashes prices up to 50 percent. Overstocks, seconds, and discontinued items will be available, and cookware, flatware, gadgets, cutting boards, and more will be up to 50 percent off. Example: a Henckels premium brand professional “S” eight-inch chef’s knife will be on sale for $34.99, list price $120.

DECEMBER
Casafina, 301 Fields La, Brewster, NY (845) 277-5700.
See October.

Nordstrom, The Westchester, 135 Westchester Ave, White Plains (914) 946-1122; nordstrom.com. Men’s sale starts December 26.

Patio.com, locations in Scarsdale, Mount Kisco, and Stamford, Westport, Greenwich, and Ridgefield, CT; patio.com. During December, the company takes $100 or more off all pool tables (prices range from $800 to $15,000). Select Christmas merchandise is discounted up to 60 percent.

Wondrous Things, 1159 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor (914) 762-3300;
wondrousthings.com.
The sales begin the day after Christmas and continue through mid-January. Find gifts for baby and the home, jewelry, ladies clothing, and accessories.

 

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