Westchester Shops (Part 2)
A guide to 208 great shops in the county.
Beauty and Bath
34 Purchase Street, Rye
Extensive selection of high-end cosmetic, hair and skincare products from Bliss Spa, L’Occitane, Paula Dorf, Moulton Brown, etc. A favorite: positively luscious triple-milled soaps. “We have the gifts you’d love to receive,” declares owner Shari Hochberg.
27 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
Stop by the French boudoir-styled Maison Rouge for Laura Mercier, Sue Devitt Studio, Paula Dorf and Darphin makeup and skincare products, and Bumble & Bumble hair products. Or have owner and international makeup artist Patricia Margro make you over, as she has celebs, soap stars and commercial actresses. Eyebrow grooming is a significant part of their business.
Pink on palmer
1907 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont
Owner Judy Graham has filled this bright corner store with e-Shave shaving line (a favorite of the Queer Eye’s Fab Five), L’Artisan perfume, DDF Studio makeup, the Red Flower bath and body line, Lorelei makeup cases and Muti oils. Stop by for a makeover or schedule a session with cosmetic consultants from T. LeClerc or Sue Devitt Studio.
Rituals: Makeup & Manifestations
77 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry
What a new look? Get made over by owner Ilise Harris, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Natural-Looking Makeup,” who spent 20 years in the city keeping the likes of fashion deity Anna Wintour looking picture-perfect for the cameras. Or just pop in for a lipstick or shadow from her own line of cosmetics.
Hobbies & Leisure
Audio & Home
115 Main Street, Mt. Kisco
Swoon over the plasma TVs, experience the surround sound systems and try out the ever-important TiVo. Experts install, too. Also, hang on to your old TV: it accepts trade-ins on old equipment.
15 Purchase Street, Rye
Many book groups’ store of choice. Don’t see what you want? Eager-to-please proprietor Patrick Corcoran will order it and ship it to you.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
111 South Central Avenue, Hartsdale
431 Tarrytown Road, White Plains
2614 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
230 Main Street, White Plains
Order a Starbucks chai, grab a stack of magazines and sink into a comfy chair for a good
Music & Cafe
Westchester Pavilion, White Plains
675 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
162 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco
Grab a latte and a box of Harry Potter-inspired Bertie Botts Every-Flavor Beans (look out for the vomit-flavored ones) before browsing through its aisles chockfull of tempting reads.
Bruised Apple Books and Music
923 Central Avenue, Peekskill
A bibliophile’s paradise positively stuffed with 50,000 books in more than 250 categories! Pick up some vinyl records. How quaint is that?
Good Yarns, Inc.
8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson
True to its name, this cheery nook knits together a can’t-miss blend of good literary yarns, specializing in new releases.
68 Garth Road, Scarsdale
A book-lover’s fantasy come to life: Walk into the tiny foyer, close your eyes and grab one of the hundreds of paperbacks at random. Chances are that it’ll be a literary masterpiece for less than seven dollars. Venture further in and discover expertly preserved hardcovers and paperback editions of classics and rarities.
75 North Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua
This 32-year-old independent bookstore boasts a large and eclectic collection. Staffers don’t shy from making recommendations and love to host book groups and events with local authors, e.g., Hillary Rodham Clinton and Newbery Medal award-winner Jean Craighead George (Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain, etc.).
The Village Bookstore
2 Washington Avenue, Pleasantville
The shop hosts author readings, poetry contests and other literary events with the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center. Its staff is happy to recommend a good read, especially local authors’ latest releases.
301 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck
106 South Ridge Street,
8 Mall Walk, Yonkers
Smaller than the super-sized chains, Waldenbooks carries the hot title of the moment (with 15 percent discounts on best-sellers), an impressive selection of periodicals and lots of calendars and other gift items. And don’t
miss going on a treasure hunt for cheap reads at its deep-
76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
A 55-year-old Bronxville institution with an extensive selection of hardcover, paperbacks and children’s books. Can’t find what you’re looking for? The staff will place an order—and will ship your goods anywhere in the U.S. and overseas.
Arista Camera Specialist, Inc.
84 Pondfield Road,
Whether you’re a point-and-click kinda shutterbug or a multi-lens whiz, you’ll find the right gear and hardware here, plus film and digital equipment from trusted photo brands Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Leicha and Fuji.
195 North Bedford Road,
43 Quaker Ridge Road,
979 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale
The county’s oldest camera
store sells frames, albums,
photographic paper, telescopes, binoculars, digital, equipment
and even slide projectors (remember those?). It’s also a one-stop destination for camera repairs, video transfers and
431 Boston Post Road, Port Chester
Creative types swear by this discount super store for all things arts and craftsy. Scrapbooking supplies, air-drying clay, pipe cleaners and all the stuff your student needs for those annoying (sorry, educational) school projects.
MUSIC & MOVIES
299 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale
555 East Sandford Boulevard,
2458 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
A relative newcomer to the county, this store has a large selection of music, movies and video games. Prices are rock bottom, with discounts often offered on albums the first week of their release. And it is not entirely unusual to see CD (and some DVD) prices drop below the $10 mark.
Music & Cafe
Westchester Pavilion, White Plains
675 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
162 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco
Deciding between a movie and a CD? Listen to tracks off the just-released albums or watch DVD trailers before making a purchase by scanning any barcode at Border’s preview stations. Its extensive selection makes it likely that almost any item will be in stock. (If not, the Web site, today partnered with amazon.com, will surely have it.)
355 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale
449 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester
413 Tarrytown Road, White Plains
Whether it’s CDs, DVDs or Xbox games you’re lusting after, you can find it here. Plus the essential music and movie accessories: sleek black CD carrying cases, media shelves, speakers, stylish headphones, stereos and posters of the hot movie of the moment for your teenager’s lair (we mean bedroom). Into bargains? It buys used CDs and DVDs and sells them for a fraction of their price.
FYE—For Your Entertainment
125 Westchester Avenue
Check out the huge selection of music and video games. And if you’re into clutter busting, it’ll also buy back used CDs, DVDs and video games.
Sam Ash music
178 Mamaroneck Avenue,
From Augustine guitar strings to Zildjian cymbals, Sam Ash sells everything you’d need to nurture your inner rock star. In addition to instruments, dozens of which hang along the walls, the store sells sheet music, home recording equipment, amplifiers, microphones and computer software. Plus the shop offers guaranteed in-store repairs for woodwinds and guitars.
15 Xavier Drive, Yonkers
20 Purchase Street, Rye
100 Main Street, White Plains
35 South Moger Avenue,
The store of choice for teens too lazy to download: just look for that purple neon sign. Sam Goody offers deals on popular music, classical music, movies, games and accessories, especially to those enrolled in the Replay program, where participants can trade in points for discounts.
Suncoast Motion Picture Co.
16 Xavier Drive, Yonkers
Located near Sam Goody, Suncoast has just about everything movie-related. Loved a film? You’ll probably be able to snag a poster, T-shirt, action figure or hat to show your support to the world. Check out its frequent customer discounts, that is, if you can tear the staff’s attention away from the in-store TVs.
31 Purchase Street, Rye
To dress your pet fabulously, head here for funky Doggles flame-detailed canine sunglasses ($25) or luxurious Up Country, Fox and Hound and Amber Hill leashes, collars and pet beds. And if your furry friend is a health fanatic, the shop carries holistic and natural foods, including Steve’s Real Food for those puppies on raw diets.
Provisions for Pets
110 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville
In addition to little luxuries like mosaic bowls and stuffed animals that can record and play back a message in your own voice, you’ll find just about any kind of food or supply your furry or feathery or leathery friend could desire, even those with special dietary needs (e.g., Evangers’ Kosher
American Legends (Formerly “One If By cards 2 If By Comics”)
1107 Central Avenue, Scarsdale
This sports collector paradise is chockfull of authentic and replica hockey jerseys, sports cards, comic books and framed collectibles. Snag some autographed sports memorabilia at regular signings featuring a rotating cast of sports superstars (past guests include Pete Rose, Bucky Dent, Walt Frazier and Jim Palmer).
Cousin’s North Paintball Supply
159 East Main Street,
Anything your paintball “athlete” may want is sold here: Worrgame Products guns ($200-$1,000), reusable Velcro training bullets and targets ($40), team jerseys and hooded sweatshirts ($30-65), plus protective clothing and
644 Central Park Avenue,
Fans know they can count on a great selection, terrific service and free estimates. “We close only three days a year,” says manager Sam Fiorino. “And there’s always a mechanic on duty.”
532 Bedford Road,
The staff can help you find just the right top-of-the-line woods, irons, putters and accessories. Last year’s equipment didn’t lower your handicap? Trade it in for credit to be used towards your next purchase; used equipment is sold at a discount. And choose from men’s and women’s apparel by Como, Claudia Romana and Ecco so you’ll look as sharp as your slice.
Hickory & Tweed
Ski & Cyclery
410 Main Street, Armonk
Opened in its trademark red buildings in 1961 by a team of outdoor sport enthusiasts (current owner Skip Beitzel has worked here since high school), Hickory and Tweed has the seasons covered, sportswise. When the weather warms up, it emphasizes bikes with brands like Cannondale, Shimano, Strong and Specialized. During the
winter, it sells, leases and
repairs Burton snowboard equipment,Volkl, Dynastar
and Volant & Line skis, and
custom-fitted boots bindings and bindings.
169 Mamaroneck Avenue,
Bikes, bikes and more bikes. Looking for a Pinarello Prince LS (up to $9,000)? Look no further. PS: It offers a 30-day price
protection policy and one year unlimited free labor on all
The Horse Connection
38 Village Green,
Local competitive equestrienne Natasha Tarasov was so successful selling equipment and supplies to area riding stables from the back of her truck that she opened this store nine years ago. Look for clothing, bridles and saddles, plus an extensive selection of books and videos sure to charm the National Velvet set. A best pricing policy allows it to match catalogue prices.
222 Main Street, Mt. Kisco
If you knew that the closest major league lacrosse team is the Long Island Lizards, you’re definitely in the right place (you can buy your season tickets through its Web site, www.lacrosseunlimited.com, too). Lax athletes can pick up their sticks, helmets, gloves, pads and under-armor at this largest lacrosse-only retailer in the world. For those who can’t tell lacrosse sticks from fishing nets, keep things simple with a starter package.
395 Main Street, Armonk
1074 Wilmot Road,
Is your teen whining for a baseball autographed by 2003 Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter and a sugar cone with two scoops of mint chocolate chip? Be a sport and treat him to both at this self-proclaimed “sports bar for kids.” Keep your eye out for signing events—upcoming celebs include 11-time Gold Glove winner Keith Hernandez, Mets pitcher Al Leiter, New York Yankee Don Larsen, New York Ranger Jaramir Jagr and Nets All-Star Jason Kidd.
Pedigree Ski Shop
532 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills
355 Mamaroneck Avenue,
350 Bedford Street,
Jay and John Fuerst opened their first high-end sporting goods store more than 40 years ago, and now their five children are running things. Stay at the top of your tennis game with equipment by Volkl, Rossingol and Wilson or nurture your teen’s inner Tony Hawk with something from the 44 Boards skateboard line. Then come back next winter for the latest ski equipment by Atomic, Nordica and K2.
The Pro Shop at Fairview Golf Center
300 Waterside Drive, Elmsford
Keep the kiddies content with a round or two of mini golf while you “road test” clubs by Titleist, Mizuno, Taylor Made and Hogan on the all-weather outdoor driving range; custom fitting available. Or check out Zero’s fleece pullover jackets, Ashworth windbreakers and Cleveland mock turtlenecks so you can get out on the links no matter how hard the March winds blow.
124 Rye Ridge Plaza,
A welcome alternative to the big-box chain stores: personal service (no need to tackle a “sales associate”) and discount pricing.
11 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
Steve Moon’s selection of cycles are good for mountain biking, road driving and downhill riding, for the training wheel set on up to Lance