Vintage Westchester businesses that have withstood the test of time.
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Wolf’s Lane Delicatessen
247 Wolf’s Lane, Pelham
This local favorite has been serving deli food for over half a century. The charming Tudor building add a lot to the atmosphere. For the past two decades, owner John Moran has been at the helm, serving coffee and cold cuts to area residents in the same location they’ve frequented for decades.
122 S 4th Ave, Mount Vernon
If the Mad Men location scouts needed the perfect ’60s furniture storefront, this would be it. From the turquoise tone to the diamond design, it’s a mid-century classic. The original signage says, “Everything for the home” and that’s still what Regal offers its neighborhood customers—bedroom and living-room furniture, wall units, rugs, and more—just as it’s been doing for more than 50 years.
Arrow Lamp & Lighting
2091 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont
Charles Ackerman opened Arrow in 1946 and moved it across the street to its current location in 1960, adding the stainless-steel exterior and spiffy neon sign. In 1969, he hired Craig Barre to sweep floors and clean chandeliers. Over time, Craig learned the business and bought it in 1980, continuing the craftsmanship of his mentor. Arrow makes many of the beautiful lamps it sells, and the staff is masterful at repairing older lighting fixtures and lamps.
525 Main St, New Rochelle
In 1888, Lithuanian immigrant Israel Ben Cohen opened his first men’s clothing store in Mamaroneck. After a few location changes, three of his sons—Nat, Lip, and Dave—opened the impressive store in 1941 that still stands today. Today, Nat’s son, Lewis, and his wife, Maryce, carry brands like Hickey Freeman, which are as classic as the storefront itself (and an array of women’s clothing, too).
119 Fifth Ave, Pelham
The well-worn wooden floors at Wise are indicative of the generations of patrons who’ve perused the aisles at this hardware store for more than 100 years. Joel Weinblatt is the store’s third owner and today his son, Bill, is boss. “When a customer tells me they need a thig-a-ma-jig for a what-cha-ma-call it,” Joel says, “we know just what they need.” Wise stocks a large supply of vintage hardware for the area’s older homes—along with 40,000 other items.
Vaccaro (Harwood) Shoe Repair
11 Boniface Circle, Scarsdale
Nicky Vaccaro, runs the shoe repair today that his father ran before him. Originally opened in 1929 by Donato Vaccaro, Luke’s elegant grandfather, the store once had 12 repairmen fixing shoes, handbags, luggage, and zippers with finesse. The original shop featured fine lighting fixtures, a beautiful tile floor, and a welcoming coffee corner. In the heart of the village, Vaccaro still does repairs with expertise.
Telerama Television Service
361 North Ave, New Rochelle
Got a retro console TV you’d like to repair? Ross Rondinelli can get it up and running. These days, he can also fix your flat-screen or Blu-ray. Rondinelli started the business in 1956, and his neon peacock sign still glows as he uses his years of experience to repair not only TVs old and new, but air conditioners and radios, too. According to Rondinelli, older TVs had 1500 different parts and a repair could mean just replacing one or two of those parts. Current TVs have six sections and fixing one means replacing the entire section.
Larchmont resident Leslie Long loves all things vintage—even storefronts. More of her photographs can be seen at leslielongportfolio.com.