New Stores, December 2011: Baby Chic in Tarrytown, Breeze in Chappaqua, Ebba in Katonah, and SohoEast Holiday Pop Up Store in Dobbs Ferry
38 S Broadway, Tarrytown (914) 332-1000; achicbaby.com
Babies often grow out of those gorgeous baby outfits faster than they can wear them. Thus savvy parents should check out this charming consignment boutique for babies and young children's clothes. Located in a homey 1910 Victorian, it’s the brainchild of Stefanie Laib and Tony Hernandez, who were reluctant to leave their baby in daycare. Now, they bring little Isabella with them every day to their shop, which offers gently “pre-loved” clothes, toys, and baby equipment. “About half of our merchandise is new, with price tags still attached,” says Laib. “And we steam-clean everything, even though it must be cleaned for us to accept it.” While higher-end labels like Ralph Lauren and Hannah Andersson are primarily represented, you’ll also find Gymboree shoes ($2) and basic hooded sweatshirts ($6-$8). Cleaning out your own kids’ closets? Consignments are welcome.
1 King St, Chappaqua (914) 238-1900; breezegifts.com
Just in time for the holidays, this new tabletop and gift boutique offers a breath of fresh flair for hostesses on the hunt for something more unique and colorful than standard department store fare. Owner and Chappaqua resident Susan Maher, a former Crate and Barrel manager who did grad work in interior design, knows that presentation is key when it comes to entertaining. So she’s stocked this crisp, clean-looking space in an old Tudor with an enticing array of serving pieces and flat-, glass-, stem-, dinner-, and silverware from Juliska (“It is classic and versatile and you can mix and match it with pieces you already own”) and Vietri ($20-$200-plus) and table linens from Le Jacquard Français of France ($22-$450). And if you’re the guest? Pop that bottle of wine into a reusable paisley Scout gift bag ($7) to ensure a return invite.
107 Katonah Ave, Katonah (914) 401-9333; shopebba.com
After running a gift store in LA for eight years, owner Viktoria Fisch moved back East and launched this cozy, new, gift and apothecary shop. Located in one of Katonah’s original buildings (circa 1892), the shop sports refinished hardwood floors, and exposed copper piping. In addition to Fisch's own Ebba Los Angeles line of fragrances, candles, and lotions—which she sells to stores across the country and worldwide—you’ll discover an appealing assortment of vintage and new finds. We spotted hand-dyed woven scarves ($5-$16), vintage wine glasses ($22), and French vintage-inspired jewelry from La Vie Parisienne ($40-$80), plus hand block-printed pillows and tabletop items by John Robshaw ($110-$225) and a quartet of handsome 1931 Swedish leather-and-oak chairs ($950 each). “I buy what I love,” says Fisch.
One of our favorite stores, gift boutique SohoEast, which closed its doors in Irvington last February after a 10-year run, is back with a holiday pop-up store. Expect everything the store was so well regarded for, including contemporary and sustainable tabletop items and jewelry—but, this time, at 30 percent off. “In lieu of a fulltime storefront, I am planning to pop up during key gift-giving times throughout the year,” says owner Stacy Higgins. The shop will run through December 24. Hours through December 15 are Wed - Sat, 10:30 am – 6 pm; Sun, 11 am – 3 pm. Hours from December 16 are Mon - Sat, 10:30 am – 6 pm; Sun, 11 am – 3 pm.