Best of Westchester 2012: Services
If it needs to be fixed, cleaned, created, or improved, you need these pros.
Photo by Michael Polito
Dosin’s Auto Body
20 Southside Ave
Richie Dosin can do it all. Smashed bumpers, mangled hoods, dented fenders—whatever. He’ll make it look like new. And the best part? The reasonable price. No sticker shock here.
New York K9 Training
Bedford and Elmsford
No matter how badly your pooch behaves, PJ Goldsmith can help. “I’m the voice of the dog,” Goldsmith declares. “We’ve lost our bond with dogs, because we no longer read body language in our ‘texting’ society. That’s where I come in—I show dog owners how to get that bond back.” Goldsmith, who also runs a nonprofit organization to rescue and train shelter dogs with behavioral problems—animals that would otherwise be euthanized—insists that any dog can be trained. “The only reason dogs end up in shelters is because humans don’t understand what they need.”
Crestwood Shoe Repair
14 Fisher Ave, Tuckahoe (914) 961-4452
For more than 50 years (30 at this location), Italian-born Frank Pignotta has been working his magic fixing shoes—and a whole lot more. Pignotta also repairs handbags, luggage, jackets, and furniture. He’s even fixed leather car seats. “Anything you bring to me,” he declares, “I’ll do.” And he’ll do it well. “If people come to me once, they’re never gonna leave me!”
Party Line Tent Rentals
21 Vreeland Ave, Elmsford
(914) 592-1200; partylinerentals.com
Before you can be the life of the party, you need to bring the party to life—and you can, thanks to Party Line Tent Rentals and its gazillion tents. But don’t let the name fool you: Party Line also rents all the accessories and furnishings for the inside, from flooring and carpets to cookware, grills, tables and seating, linens—even chandeliers and generators.
108 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
(914) 337-7733; aristacamera.com
Whether you’re a diehard shutterbug snapping shots with your bazillion-megapixel SLR, or the occasional holiday picture-taker with your trusty ol’ circa-1995 point-and-shoot, you can get all of your pictorial desires met at this photographic nirvana. Arista’s super-knowledgeable, tech-savvy staff will guide you in buying the right camera for your needs, and then help you yield the best images by carefully correcting and printing your photos, using, of course, the best paper available. And if you’re still not satisfied with the results, they’ll even help you hone your camera skills with in-store photography classes.
Traveling Pet Services
Mobile Vet Squad
(914) 575-1943; mobilevetsquad.com
What’s not to love? The doctor comes to you! Veterinarian Rich Goldstein makes house calls with his 26-foot-long mobile hospital. Your Max needs to be vaccinated? Neutered? No problem. And what about that antibiotic for his bladder infection? Goldstein has a fully stocked pharmacy on board. Can’t argue with that.
Arcadia Floral Company
411 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
(914) 777-2800; arcadiafloral.com
Arcadia Floral’s floral designer Jennifer Spaziante has worked with many boldface names, including Madonna and Martha Stewart. So is it any wonder that Spaziante is a top-notch pro? Recently, she designed 11-foot-tall centerpieces with 850 white roses and 2,000 orchid heads, then hung 2,000 suspended candles throughout the room. “As far as a bride wants me to go, that’s where I’ll take them,” Spaziante says.
Hollow Transportation Services, Inc.
After working for years at several other car-service companies, Westchester native Michael Briante learned how to do it right, and, in 2011, he decided to put his expertise into practice by opening his own car service. And we’re glad he did. While it can save you some dough compared to other car services, thanks to its low overhead, Hollow KOs the competition with the impeccable, four-star service you receive from its coterie of professional drivers. They all possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the tri-state area, and get you where you want to go—safely, on time, and in comfort.