1495 Weaver St, Scarsdale, (914) 723-2462
When Scarsdale moms Michele Brettschneider and Alyson Lane, a former lawyer and business manager, respectively, were decorating their own Scarsdale homes, they uncovered a gap in the local home décor market. The result is this fresh, new tabletop boutique offering up “a modern take on tableware—anything you need for serving or entertaining,” Lane says. And, while we were smitten by Jonathan Adler’s fun trays ($150-$225) and Michael Wainwright’s real gold and porcelain serving pieces ($75-$250), the mix also includes indoor and outdoor dinnerware and glassware in vibrant, summery colors by Jars Dinnerware, Juliska, and Mary Jurek.
45 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson (914) 478-BIKE (2453) hastingsvelo.com
After owning a bike messenger service for 20 years, Stan Avedon, a USA Cycling Level 3 Coach and certified pro bicycle fitter, decided to open this full-service bike shop. Its loft-like space features an open service area staffed by a mechanic and a fit studio with state-of-the-art technology. Showcased is a full complement of road, mountain, commuter, trail, and electric bicycles, plus apparel, gear, and accessories. Included are Felt road and triathalon bicycles ($429-$2,500); Surley cross, touring, and city bicycles ($1,000-plus); and the premium Tarlee line ($4,200-$8,000).
ShayLuLa Jewelry & Gifts
23 Main St, Tarrytown, (914) 631-0030
Having worked for such luxury labels as Tiffany, Montblanc, and Versace, Colleen Goudie had developed a taste—but not necessarily the budget—for the finer things in life. So when she was laid off, she decided to launch this shop offering “affordable luxury.” While strong on jewelry—do check out the lightweight handmade beaded earrings by Miguel Ses featuring Swarovski crystals, pearls, etc. ($100-$400), and the real gemstone-encrusted ponytail holders and barrettes by Joy Pardi Fazzone ($50-$70) —other options abound, e.g., hot-pink, patent-leather change purses; small metal and crystal chandeliers; and cowboy hats with beaded trim.
Westchester Patio & Stove
91 E Main St, Mount Kisco, (914) 864-1998
This 4,000-square-foot shop offers its own brand of outdoor patio sets in both teak and cast aluminum. “We are essentially a wholesaler going directly to the customer,” says owner Tim Mallon. A grade-A teak patio set with a seven-foot table and six chairs, priced at $1,695, is, says Mallon, the best deal in the store. (And when the weather turns cooler come fall, check out the “& Stove” part of the store—gas fireplaces, pellet stoves, and the like.)