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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[health & beauty]
Get a Manicure That Lasts for Weeks—Really
A well-groomed girl’s dream: the Shellac system goes on like a nail polish, but lasts like a gel—two (sometimes three) whole weeks with no chips, smudges, dings, or dents. It’s UV-cured after each step (base and two color coats), so there’s zero dry time. Manicures, $40; pedicures, $50 at Ivy Nails (15 N Central Ave, Hartsdale 914-946-6245); Oasis Day Spa (50 Livingstone Ave, Dobbs Ferry 914-409-1900; oasisdayspanyc.com); Paulo’s Atelier (725 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills 914-666-2800; paulosatelier.com); and Shine Salon & Spa (161 Main St, Ossining 914-762-6675).
Find Cheap Meds
Psst: Target and Walmart charge only $4 co-pays on about 300 commonly prescribed generic drugs (the basics: anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, antibiotics).
Get Buff, Not Broke
No sense paying sky-high membership fees if you just want to get on a treadmill or lift some weights. Planet Fitness in Yonkers, Scarsdale, or White Plains (yeah, yeah, we know it’s a chain, but you won’t find a cheaper deal anywhere), was offering, at press time, a $20-a-month deal with a low start-up fee of $9.75. Visit planetfitness.com. Or join the Y, where financial aid is available at some locations.
Get a Cut or Color from Top Stylists without Paying Big Bucks
Be a stylist’s “model” and get your hair done at a significant discount—or even free, in some cases.
Beautiful Hair Color Salon
41 Washington Ave, Pleasantville
(914) 741-2428; bhcsalon.com
On Tuesday nights: $10. Call in advance to find what is offered.
Le Collage Salon
200 E Main St, Mount Kisco
(914) 241-0084; lecollagesalon.com
On Tuesday nights: free. Call in advance to find what is offered.
Paulo’s Atelier Hair Salon
725 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills
(914) 666-2800; paulosatelier.com
On Wednesday nights: free. Call in advance to find what is offered.
Richard Scott Salon and Day Spa
15 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco
(914) 242-1700; richardscottsalon.com
Free nights vary. Call in advance to find what is offered.