Where to Have the Best Shopping Experiences in Westchester
Where to buy giftable items, luxury cars, outdoor gear, and more.
— Editor's Picks —
Photo courtesy of Holbrook Cottage
Briarcliff Manor; www.holbrookcottage.com
This delightful gift boutique makes giving memorable presents as fun as receiving them, with lots of personalized options for wee ones or the home. The name or monogram of a new baby, special tot, favorite hostess, or happy couple on clothing, frames, glassware, and other accessories makes them
Place to Buy a Luxury Car
Pepe Auto Group
White Plains; www.pepeautogroup.com
The perennial standard-bearer for automotive elegance in Westchester, Pepe Auto Group once again reiterates its relevance. This year marks the dealer’s 51st, and there’s no sign of letting up, with a low-stress yet well-informed sales staff and a sterling service department.
STILE: Fashion Home
It’s all in the name. STILE has perfect lifestyle gifts for anyone with a stylish eye. Inside, you’ll find eye candy in the form of trendy bags and jewelry, luxurious candles, and of-the-moment clothing. The store’s owner, Julie Root, will take extra care in helping you find the flawless gift, and you’ll probably go home with something for yourself, as well.
ONA’s commitment to bringing customers small-batch, fair-trade products is obvious throughout the store. A treasure-trove of unique finds, the Tarrytown boutique is the place to shop if you care about supporting local and international artisans who are paid a fair price. It’s impossible to come out of the store empty-handed, with item prices ranging from affordable to high-end.
Kelloggs & Lawrence
Whether it be natural bug spray, a compass, or a bear deterrent, if you’re heading to the great outdoors, hit this hardware store (and more!) founded in 1887 first. You can purchase a hammock, if it’s relaxation you’re after, camping gear to sleep under the stars, and both sun- and rain-protective hats, so you’re covered no matter the weather.
Comic Book Shop
Aw Yeah Comics
The county’s prime fanboy/-girl mecca, Aw Yeah is a loving retail tribute to the titles, toys, artwork, and joy that infuses the genre it’s devoted to. Expect all the latest books, plus a knowledgeable, friendly staff, awesome action-figure gallery, gaming room, and lots of special events and even appearances by industry pros.
Place to Buy First-Anniversary Jewelry
R&M Woodrow Jewelers
The go-to place for not-your-everyday jewelry, R&M Woodrow Jewelers offers the best collection of splurge-worthy baubles to celebrate your first year of coupledom. Offering an encyclopedia’s worth of notice-me designers, there’s something for pretty much any sensibility at this family-owned boutique.
Briarcliff Manor; www.marchboutique.com
Founded in 2006, this trendy fashion boutique has succeeded where so many others have not (Hello, economic ups and downs and online shopping) by offering a NYC-like shopping experience of carefully curated, chic fashions and designers. Local stylistas praise its mix of cool, undiscovered brands and fresh, go-to pieces.
Kendra Porter at Bloomingdale’s*
White Plains; stores-bloomingdales.com/kendrap
Need an outfit for a special occasion or want to revamp your entire wardrobe? Feel like a celebrity and enlist the help of your own personal shopper. Kendra Porter assesses your personal style preferences and pulls together a custom selection of outfits from Bloomingdale’s collection of top brands.
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Men’s Clothing Store
harry: A Rothmans Project
From Harry Rothman’s grandson Ken Giddon, this concept store is the place for chic and casual menswear. The boutique is stocked with fashionable apparel, accessories, and gifts — a well-curated collection focusing on stylish and contemporary brands.
Interactive Shopping Events
Stylish girls-about-town Melissa Tomlin and Sarah Roth launched 914PopUps in December 2016 “to bring new, non-mainstream retail experiences” to the county. They quickly grew a fanbase with their fun, fashion-centric events, which showcase area clothing and accessories designers — often with a focus on female entrepreneurs. Past events have included a designer warehouse sale and a shopping/tennis round-robin benefit. (Follow them on Instagram @914popups for information on future events.)
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Brooklynesque Shopping Experience
Dobbs Ferry; www.at.land
Housed on the ground-level of a former printers’ building-turned-urban-chic loft space, At Land is a lifestyle store that brings some of the Brooklyn lifestyle to the burbs. Owner and Tarrytown resident Melissa Lauprete stocks minimalist-chic clothing and accessories, beauty products, and home goods from hard-to-find brands, curated with her eye for items that are thoughtful in terms of “design, function, health, and efficacy.”
Port Chester; www.lindarichards.com
Walking into Linda Richards’ Port Chester showroom is like spending time in the closet of your most fabulous friend — racks and racks of sumptuous fur coats, vests, scarves, hats, gloves, and other accessories. The renowned fur designer moved her HQ to Port Chester from Manhattan in 2017, bringing her luxe goods to local stores, including I Am More Scarsdale, LOLA New York, and Tru Grace.
Women’s Empowerment Shopping
I Am More Scarsdale
This unique boutique gives shoppers the latest looks — of-the-moment clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes from both designer and indie labels — while helping support local women’s philanthropic organizations, women-owned design firms, and female entrepreneurial ventures in Westchester though various in-store events and charitable contributions.
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Lisa Rodrigues-Hickey’s one-year-old Katonah boutique has quickly become the place in Westchester to shop for denim. Coveted labels on her shelves include Citizens of Humanity, AGOLDE, Habitual, CQY, Unpublished, Moussy, and Levis. A wide variety of prices and denim styles — high-waisted/mom, cropped, boyfriend, skinny, ripped — means everyone walks out of her laid-back-yet-chic shop looking good.
New Casual Clothing Boutique
With a mission of making life sweeter through fashion, new shop BeCandylicious offers bright, playful, and colorful styles for adults and kids. Expect items like candy-patterned leggings, sweatshirts, and tank tops with upbeat sayings, rainbow-colored bathing suits, and fun extras, like doughnut pillows and Sherpa blankets covered in candy and unicorns.
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Westchester Road Runner
Mohegan Lake Motors
Mohegan Lake; www.moheganlakemotors.com
The Maizie Consignment Boutique
Charles Department Store
Mount Kisco; www.elephantstrunk.com
PORCH Home + Gifts
Mount Kisco; www.porch-home.com
The Village Bookstore
D’Agostino Clothiers & Tailors
Men’s Shoe Store
Love My Shoes
The Muzic Store
Dobbs Ferry; www.muzicstore.com
PORCH Home + Gifts
Mount Kisco; www.porch-home.com
Croton Pet Station
Place to Buy a Motorcycle
New Rochelle; www.empireharley.com
White Plains; www.simon.com/mall/the-westchester
Pedigree Ski Shop
White Plains; www.pedigreeskishop.com
Specialty Store (non-food)
Custom Candle Co.
Bedford Hills; www.customcandleco.com
Vintage Clothing Store
Mount Kisco/Bronxville; www.whimlove.com
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Women’s Shoe Store
ShoeCandy by Kara Mac