Westchester Shops (Part 1)

A guide to 208 great shops in the county.


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OUR BEST SHOPPING GUIDE: 208 Great Stores in the County

 

Such a tough assignment: to scout out the best boutiques, shops and stores in the county. So we asked all the fashionistas, style mavens and shopaholics we know to recommend their favorite stores—then shopped ‘til we dropped to bring you this shopping guide. So, what did we find? Classy eyeglasses, kitschy couture, vintage vases, $9,000 bikes—and way too many scented candles and Three Dots tees. So get ready (clear the calendar), get set (change outta the Jimmy Choos), and charge (pack the plastic): It’s time to hit the stores!

 

By Laurie Yarnell with Marisa LaScala and research by Cathy Sontag Nish and Kimberly Papa

 

Women’s Clothing

 

Boutiques, Chains

& Other Stores

 

Accent on You

575 Main Street, Armonk

914-273-3194

Fashion mavens favor this boutique for upper-end (just below couture) fashions for everything from casual to black-tie. Expect lots of designer clothes from Europe and California, and names like Blumarine, Strenesse and D&G. Bonus: free alterations.

 

Beginnings Bleus

111 Bedford Road, Armonk

914-765-0077

Beginnings Boutique

1088 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale

914-472-4722

Shopaholics rave about Beginnings Bleus for the latest comfort-wear, sweats, tees and velour jogging suits from Juicy Couture and lots of denim jeans, tops and jackets. The Scarsdale shop has casual lines but tends to be dressier—more Theory suits, Jenne Maag, Rebecca Taylor and lots of Barneys Coop-type (i.e., trendier) labels while the Armonk one also carries clothing for kids.

 

Chico’s

39 South Moger Avenue,

Mt. Kisco

914-244-8982

The Westchester

125 Westchester Avenue,

White Plains

914-328-2628

For women seeking a more casual look, Chico carries its own line of Capri and crop pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, tees, tanks and tops and lots of accessories including bags, belts, sunglasses, shoes, necklaces and jewelry. Check out the Travelers line, designed for easy packing and wearing—no wrinkling.

 

Designer One

1924 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont

914-834-5080

Owner Eric Newland selects contemporary clothing for his boutique. “I look to find smaller vendors that basically have new edge to them.” Hot this spring? Newland predicts very bright colors, short skirts and shape-conscious designs from such labels as Cambio, Jeannie Maag, Burning Torch, RozaNichols and Three Dots.

 

En Vogue

1144 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 

914-472-8470

True to its name, this lovely women’s boutique offers chic casual and eveningwear fashions from European designers including Max Mara, Sunny Choi, Sienna, Bianca, Betty Barclay and Tuzzi. Says owner Rita Schneider, “We have a large alteration department so everything will fit you perfectly.”

 

Great Stuff

27 Spencer Place, Scarsdale

914-723-0504

1 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua

914-238-0057

54 Purchase Street, Rye

914-967-1377

321 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT

203-861-6872

142 Main Street, Westport, CT

203-226-1271

Clothes-horses find the latest fashions, including designer clothes owners Lori and Joseph Friedman scout in the boutiques of Paris and Milan and on the West Coast. The exclusive Westchester source for Searle outer and sportswear, it also has an impressive selection of Three Dots tees.

 

Indigo NY

546 Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson

914-478-1888

20 King Street, Chappaqua

914-238-6262

“I buy for the lifestyle of my customers,” declares owner Carole Weart. Look for casual contemporary clothing, accessories, a large selection of contemporary jewelry, handbags and scarves.

 

On the One

153 Main Street, Mt. Kisco

914-666-7787

Having grown up watching clothing designers sketching at her family’s kitchen table (both her father and grandfather were in the fashion business), owner Jill Heller-Fiddle is fascinated by fashion. Find Barneys-like designer clothing and accessories in her very upscale women’s boutique, which has in stock collections by Rebecca Taylor, Theory, FAL by Jeffrey Grubb, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cacharel and Kulson, and the Citizens of Humanity denim line, Matilde cashmere and ultra-hip Alvin Valley pants.

 

Pamela Robbins

7 Harwood Court and

1 Chase Road, Scarsdale

914-472-4033

Hailed by Harper’s Bazaar for “bringing an informed fashion perspective to Scarsdale,” this shop with two locations, co-owned by Pam Hochstin and Robin Mizrahi, outfits many of the county’s best-dressed ladies. “Seven Harwood” carries classic, clean-lined sportswear and “The Chase” favors high-end designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Narciso Rodriguez and Strenesse.

 

Panache

86 Purchase Street, Rye

914-967-5637

Clothes-hounds have been making pilgrimages to this boutique for about two decades for European (Dismero, Votre Nom, etc.) and American designs (Womyn, Renfrew, Zelda, etc.). And owner Deborah Barnwell (former sales manager for designers Albert Nipon and Diane Von Furstenberg) and manager Wanda Penasso will even pay closet calls to your own home to help you take stock of what you have and what you need. 

 

Panoply on Park

50 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill

914-737-0217

“I’m always acting as a personal shopper,” declares owner Jennifer Wenk. Primarily a clothing boutique, Wenk’s store also carries jewelry, home accessories and

toiletry/spa products. Look for unique handbags and a lovely selection of scarves.

 

Tiger Lily

139 Main Street, Mt. Kisco

914-244-4201

The shop for designs by Cynthia Steffe, Dick & Jane, Shivani, etc. and funky fashion accessories (scarves, belts, fun jewelry, cashmere sweaters, etc.). Leave time to settle on the maroon velvet settee to snuggle with two-year-old yellow Lab, Hogan, the shop mascot.

 

Toney Toni and

the Gang

70 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

914-793-0737

189 Katonah Avenue, Katonah

914-232-3283

Not brash, not flashy, not trendy or too cute. Instead, think classic. Expect such designers as Isda & Co., Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Trina Turk and Jenne Maag.

 

Tuesdays Child

10 Chase Road, Scarsdale

914-722-0185

Imagine pricey, grown-up and serious fashion from designers like Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Stella McCartney and Michael Coors. Add in sportswear from AG, Three Dots, Gunex (their trousers from Italy are really big) and Henry Lehr (for great beach clothes in the summer) and this elegant boutique has the high-end lifestyle niche covered. Can’t make it during office hours? They’ll be happy to schedule an after-hours appointment for you. 

 

Yum Yum Tree

96 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

914-395-1875

Young and hip meets comfy and easy-to-wear at this boutique carrying sports and eveningwear. Browse through racks of jeans from Seven and Blue Cult, tees from Three Dots, classic cashmere from White & Warren, microfiber suits from Yansi Fugel, and designs by Tocca, Beth Fowley and more.

 

Zoya

506 Mamaroneck Avenue,

White Plains

914-390-9692

Check out this self-described source of “all things so cool it hurts!” Owned by former Dolce & Gabbana freelancer Diana Makaj, Zoya (“goddess” in Albanian) features fashions from young, new designers at reasonable prices. Look for sexy Serfointaine jeans, Beau Bois dresses, Hidari lacey boy shorts, T-bags, Bijoux chandelier earrings and all things chic.

 

DISCOUNT

 

Fox’s

440 White Plains Road, Eastchester

914-793-1573

1121 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT

203-322-3561

The ultimate in fashion treasure hunting: you’ll never know what you’ll find—new merchandise arrives every weekday.

 

The Penny Pincher

709 Bedford Road,

Bedford Hills

914-241-2134

High-quality fashions, especially designer clothes, at low prices. Check out the impressive selection of bags, jewelry, cashmere sweaters (sometimes brand new) and even antique furniture and decorative home furnishings. And it offers unadvertised half-price sales to regular customers on its mailing list.

 

Target

9 City Place, White Plains

914-821-0012

Good designs at discount.

 

FORMAL WEAR

 

Elephant’s Trunk

11 Main Street,

Mt. Kisco

914-666-7666

When in 1971 Rafael and Robert Brache invested $3,000 to open a tiny shop selling funky clothes and Indian jewelry, they had no idea that it would grow to become a driving fashion force in Westchester for eveningwear and special-occasion clothes and accessories. After a devastating 2000 fire, the store was forced to move temporarily; it reopened in its original location in the fall of 2003. Its newly redesigned space is as elegant as its merchandise. Look for frocks by notable American and Canadian designers Rose Taft, Catherine Regehr, Halston, Ania Zofia, Jovani and Gemy plus haute-couture lines. And an in-store personal shopping consultant will help you complement that sexy satin gown with a one-of-a-kind evening bag or a pair of chandelier earrings from the shop’s array of stunning evening accessories.

 

Mary Jane Denzer

222 Mamaroneck Avenue,

White Plains

914-328-0330

Serious fashionistas with serious funding sources come here. Think très chic and cher: Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano, Pucci, Colette Dennigan, Bill Blass, Etro clothes and handbags, etc. “Our store is for people who love to dress well,” says owner Mary Jane Denzer. “We aren’t trendy but we have great style.” Check out sales in January, February, June and July. Can’t find a place to park the Porsche? Not to worry: valet parking available.

 

LINGERIE

 

Dorothy Stein

707 White Plains Road, Eastchester

914-723-6111

111 Main Street, Mt. Kisco

914-666-6475

This 70-year-old upscale boutique specializes in undergarments and swimwear (Gottex, Miraclesuit, Roxanne, etc.). A personal sales assistant helps customers choose a proper bra (Wacoal, Chantelle, Donna Karan, etc.) and an on-site seamstress will customize selections. Professional post-mastectomy fittings also available.

 

Dusty Rose

114 South Ridge Street,

Rye Brook

914-934-0775

A favorite destination for discounted undergarments, sleepwear, hosiery and socks (it also carries sportswear, jeans and cruise wear). Co-owner Marilyn Weissman is proud of the store’s service—for good reason. Customers get help with a smile.

 

Inner Self

The Westchester

125 Westchester Avenue,

White Plains

914-682-7001

From sensationally sexy to comfortably cozy undergarments (bras, thongs, panties, etc.) and sleepwear (silk chemises and tee gowns), this is the shop for just about any kind of lingerie. Pick up loungewear separates (pants $24, jacket $34) or a pair of floral cotton knit PJs decorated with an embroidered terrier ($38).

 

Lilies & Lace

480 Main Street, Armonk

914-273-2253

In a word: sexy. Fashions for both the beach and boudoir including sesuous-looking lingerie (think slinky camisoles, racy thongs and bodacious bustiers). Expert fittings and custom-tailoring are available for your new strapless bra or maillot.

MATERNITY

 

Mimi Maternity

16 Purchase Street, Rye

914-967-5403

“When you are pregnant, you need a whole new wardrobe,” manager Sidney Saviory says. Top sellers here? Mimi’s own clothing line and the Sweetpea label.

 

Pea in the Pod

The Westchester

125 Westchester Avenue,

White Plains

914-644-8202

Forget prissy Peter Pan collars and “baby under construction” T-shirts. This chain carries luxury and designer wear for the fashion-savvy customer with deep pockets—like new mom Kate Hudson, who had a dozen of its exclusive Bella Dahl maternity jeans and cords in her maternity wardrobe. What else to expect if you’re expecting? Seven For All Mankind, Earl Jeans and Joe’s Jeans for denim, Lily Pulitzer

for that Palm Beach look, Ana Sui and timeless Diane von Furstenberg dresses.

 

OUTERWEAR

 

Outerluxe

1989 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont

914-834-2345

Enter and you’ll find a wood pine table, a leather tray of gold-foil covered chocolates, and lots and lots of sable, mink, fox and rabbit. Outerluxe carries super-luxury fur outerwear, sportswear and accessories, including the Fury line of ultra-vivid earmuffs, scarves, headbands and handmuffs (they made a guest appearance in January episodes

of Sex and the City). Plus funky crochet hats.

 

SWIMWEAR

 

Tahiti Street

37 Spencer Place, Scarsdale

914-722-4206

113 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT

203-622-1878

Whether you’re thinking La Côte d’Azur or just Croton-on-Hudson, this is the place for all things swimwear—plus cover-ups, sun hats, hair clips, flip-flops and beach bags.

 

Museum Shops

The Bruce Museum of arts & Science

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT; 203-869-6786

Fans of rock (the geology specimen, not musical style) love the huge rock and mineral selection (from $1 to $350).

 

the Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers; 914-963-4550

Take home works of art like sandstone bowls, onyx urns and beautiful perfume bottles as well as reproductions of works by local artists.

 

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT; 203-852-0700

There’s plenty of generic gift shop fare like T-shirts, mugs and magnets here, but the selection of educational resources is truly outstanding.  Aspiring marine biologists revel in its extensive book inventory.

 

The Neuberger Museum of Art Store

Purchase College, State University of New York

735 Anderson  Hill Road, Purchase; 914-251-6129

The perfect place to snag gifts for the culture crowd from beaded jewelry from Ethiopia to handpainted candles crafted by Johannesburg tribes, and woven baskets from Africa, glass vases and lots and lots of art books. “I try to pick out things that you cannot find at a typical neighborhood store,” says manager Jane Barry.

 

Accessories

 

EYEWEAR

 

Eye Designs of Armonk

575 Main Street, Armonk

914-273-7337

Eye Designs of westcehster

747 White Plains Road, Scarsdale

914-723-5800

Eye Designs offers frames from top-notch designers (prices start at $225) and lots of the newest sunglass fashions. Also available: the La Loop necklace (priced from $85 and up).

 

Scarsdale Eye

Care Center

8 Spencer Place, Scarsdale

914-472-2020

Look for designs by Judith Leiber (to match your JL pocketbook) Bada, Anne et Valentin, Face a Face, Bevel and Morgenthal Fredricks. From $225 to $900, they’re still cheaper—and more fun—than Lasik.

 

Trapp Opticians

42 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

914-337-0707

76 Main Street, Irvington

914-693-4956

307 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck

914-698-0303

14 Purchase Street, Rye

914-967-5565

10 Harwood Court, Scarsdale

914-472-8900

175 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

914-949-9254

87 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT

203-552-1072

One shopaholic threw away her contacts and resumed wearing glasses after she discovered Trapp, a local chain owned by opticians Barry Grossbaum and Martin Schulman. “They have the cutest stuff,” she gushes.

Belts, Scarves & More

 

Beadz

2097-A Boston Post Road, Larchmont

914-834-2900

This store sells handmade beaded jewelry, book marks, key chains and other fashion accessories. They even sell a large assortment of individual beads.

 

Etcetera

131 Katonah Avenue, Katonah

914-232-7505

If you’re tired of your Burberry winter scarf but still want some plaid pick-me-up, pick up a pair of their sunglasses (starting around $150). Etcetera carries shoes, bags, jewelry, gloves, hair accessories, wallets and stockings—and Cosabella lingerie.

 

Excessorize

Accessory Boutique

1885 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont

914-833-0304

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