Housewares and Gifts, Jewelry Stores, Kids’ Clothing,

Kid’s Shoes, Kitchen goods, Men’s clothing,

Sporting goods and Active wear, Stationary, Toy stores,

Women’s clothing, Women’s shoes and accessories,

Cosmetics plus eyewear">

(Mostly) Beyond The Malls: A Guide to the Area’s Best Shops

Housewares and Gifts, Jewelry Stores, Kids’ Clothing,

Kid’s Shoes, Kitchen goods, Men’s clothing,

Sporting goods and Active wear, Stationary, Toy stores,

Women’s clothing, Women’s shoes and accessories,

Cosmetics plus eyewear



(Mostly) Beyond The Malls: A Guide to the Area’s Best Shops

 

Housewares and Gifts, Jewelry Stores, Kids’ Clothing,

Kid’s Shoes, Kitchen goods, Men’s clothing,

Sporting goods and Active wear, Stationary, Toy stores,

Women’s clothing, Women’s shoes and accessories,

Cosmetics plus eyewear

 

By Cathy Sontag Nish

with Nancy Claus Giles

Photography by Phil Mansfield

 

 

 

 

The Aesthetic Sense Fine Art and Judaica

198 Main Street, Mt. Kisco

914-244-4429

Looking for a truly memorable bar or bat mitzvah gift?  The most extensive collection of Judaica around is right in Mt. Kisco. There are literally dozens of menorahs, mezuzahs, talitot and Seder plates from well-known Judaica  artists such as Emil Sheinfeld and Lynn Rae Lowe ($200 and up). Even—oy vey—an inflatable matzah ball ($16)!

 

Animazing Gallery

549 Warburton Avenue

Hastings-on-Hudson

914-478-7278

We love this store—and its sister gallery in SoHo—because we don’t feel guilty shopping. Why not?  Everything in this shop—from the sensual Venetian-style glassware to whimsical aluminum magazine racks—is created by artists from around the country. Buying their works is simply our way of supporting the arts.  So go ahead, pick up a couple of Animazing’s decorative perfume bottles or perhaps some handcrafted martini glasses from artist Allan Lee. We all have to do our part.

 

Antipodes

119 Katonah Avenue Katonah 914-232-8266

Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe aren’t the only Australian imports we’ll never tire looking at. At Antipodes, stunning primitive and contemporary art from the Outback arrests our eyes, too. Prices are a bit steep—crocodile belts that sell for $200 and giant burlwood urns for $900 to $1,200 ain’t cheap—but what price beauty?

 

Buttermilk Blue

49 Main Street, Irvington

914-591-6277

Want whimsical?  How about flannel Nick and Nora pjs, inflatable denim-covered exercise balls (for lounging purposes only!), and vibrantly hued mixing bowls. There’s even a pet section complete with doggie frisbees, portable water bowls and southwestern-style leather collars ($28.95), with Navajo beading that spells out “good dog.” Good deals.

 

Carol E. Charny Vintage

1905 Palmer Avenue Larchmont 914-834-4793

Looking for a blast from your past?  Or maybe you’re in the market for just some lovely mementos of an earlier era: vintage linens ($34 to $78), crystal chandeliers and sconces ($650 to $2,000), collectible pottery from McCoy, Haeger and Weller ($50 to $125) and painted and refinished mid-century furniture ($250 to $850).  Not everything here is vintage—find old-fashioned gardenia-scented candles and bud vases in silver plate and other gift items.

 

Casa Hermosa

80 Purchase Street, Rye

914-921-2878

537 Northstate Road Briarcliff 914-941-0233

Puebla, Guadalajara and Mexico City are a few of the places, from which Linda Stack finds treasures for her store: pewter accessories, serving utensils and frames, ceramic roosters and tin mirrors. Have an odd-sized dining nook? Have your table made-to-order on wrought iron frames. Matching chairs are also offered. Hand-blown colored glassware ($10 per glass) should have you humming “Margaritaville” before you leave the store.

 

Charles Department Store

113 Katonah Avenue Katonah 914-232-5200

Rakes, wagons and barbecues are stacked out by the front door. Inside, the walls are packed to the rafters with hardware and kitchen gadgets. You half expect to see a pickle barrel in the corner—but there ain’t nothin’ old fashioned about what Charles Department Store offers. Where else can you splurge on a Barbour Bedale waxed cotton jacket ($350 and up), a Cuisinart food processor ($199), Merrell boots ($100), and a solid stainless steel Ducane grill (from $699 to $4,299)?

 

Cliffhangers

66 Pondfield Road

Bronxville 914-793-2397

This inviting little shop carries pretty cake plates and salad bowls, adorable children’s gifts, lovely stationery and personal accessories. Pick up a sweet little lamp for a baby’s bedside ($30). We love the white “porch post” lamps with striped or polka dot shades ($175 and up) by artist David Fuller from Maine and the silk floral arrangements created by local artists ($75 and up).

 

EB Home

200 East Main Street

Mt. Kisco 914-242-7278

Everick Brown likes to, he says, “use home furnishings in unconventional ways,” like placing low slung daybeds in a foyer or in front of a fireplace or having area rugs double as works of art with their bold colors, thick piles and varied textures. Table and giftware selections are equally elegant—a leather trimmed martini shaker ($68), a trio of square leather picture frames ($45) and hand-blown, colorful matte glassware accented with silver leaf ($112 to $600).  The furnishings are a tad pricey (okay, more than a tad), but you’d be hard pressed to find a hand-carved mahogany daybed ($3,500) from the Senufo tribe in Africa anywhere else.

 

Fairground Attraction

145 East Main Street

Mt. Kisco 914-241-4433

Vintage-style accessories for the home (love the reproduction advertising signs), exotic dried flowers, picture frames and adorable baby gifts.

 

Forty Three Lawton Street Design

43 Lawton Street
New Rochelle

914-637-7500

Looking for a giant mohair sofa to get lost in? Find it here, along with fabrics from Donghia and Scalamandre, carpet from Stark, furniture from Holly Hunt, draperies, wall coverings and more. You want it, they’ve got it. And owner and interior designer Gregory Alan Cramer’s design services are also available for hire.

 

Gallery 52

52 Purchase Street, Rye

914-921-1585

Gallery 52 started out as a custom-framing business “to help people find the best environment for their artwork,” says owner Beverly Sansone.  Today it also offers antiques (a current favorite is a 1930s D’ore bronze and stained-glass peacock lamp from the former Czechoslovakia at $5,500), one-of-a-kind chandeliers from the United States, Italy and France, and designer glass frames ($10 to $1,000).

 

The Gift Horse

1323 North Avenue

New Rochelle

914-636-3953

Find colorful ceramics, serving trays and stainless steel Skaagen watches for men and women ($95), as well as trendy crystal flower necklaces from Israeli designer Michal Negrin ($50 to $150). Personalized baby gifts from $10 to $200 and custom bed linens and tablecloths make it easy to find unique gifts at most every
price point.

 

Greenwich Orchids

Yellow Monkey Village

792 Route 35, Cross River

914-763-3600

106 Mason Street

Greenwich, CT

203-661-5544

Rich leathers, dark-stained woods and exquisite orchids are hallmarks of this lush, high-end furniture and home accessories store. Items here are often bought at auctions—so you won’t find them anywhere else, e.g., an exquisite Beidermeier pedestal table ($4,000) we spotted recently. To adorn it, the shop carries beautiful tableware including hand-painted Anna Weatherly porcelain plateware ($750 per place setting), which Greenwich Orchids has a Westchester exclusive on.

 

Klecktibles

18 Main Street, Irvington

914-591-8096

In this homey shop, owner and photographer Carol Kleckner offers a stunning array of gifts, frames, primitive antiques (priced from $40 to $1,500), European soaps ($16-$24), Ergo candles, body lotions, even some floral oil paintings reasonably priced, starting
at $75.

 

La Dentelliere

20 East Parkway, Scarsdale

914-723-2902

575 Main Street, Armonk

914-273-4200

Elegant European housewares and gifts plus an impressive selection of tableware, European table linens, Baccarat, Limoges and personal accessories for men and women are offered at La Dentelliere. The Armonk store features an extensive collection of Italian crystal chandeliers (ranging from $450 to $38,000). Also: incredible finds on well-priced hostess gifts—among our favorites, silver-plated salad servers that look like they cost a fortune but sell for a mere $10 a piece. 

 

Lavender Blue

Yellow Monkey Village

792 Route 35, Cross River

914-763-3434

Satisfy the country shopper in you with Lavender Blue’s country furniture and vintage accessories. Design services and custom-crafted furniture and built-ins are available upon request. And the owners—Rick and Jeanne Brandt—couldn’t be friendlier or more helpful.

Note: Lavender Blue is moving to 175 Main Street in Mt. Kisco in June.

 

Lois Reiter

15 Rye Ridge Plaza

Rye Brook 914-937-7685

Need a gift for a wedding, anniversary or birthday? Stop here for personalized gifts including hand-painted rocking horses ($150), step stools and pint-sized table and chairs. Babble Boards—personalized Scrabble-style messages—are also offered, as are serving platters, candlesticks and breadbaskets, all from such widely recognized names as Nambe and Mariposa.

 

Mano A Mano

80 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville (914) 793-8329

Tucked away on Kraft Avenue, this little shop is chock full of whimsical and interesting gifts and home accessories: colorful oversized pitchers painted with fruits and vegetables ($200), colorful silk lampshades adorned with crystals, wonderful Ergo candles that smell like pomegranate and an outstanding assortment of Tracy Porter’s elegant country-style ceramics. There’s even a bridal registry (complete with table settings from select designers).

 

Modern Furniture Barn (a.k.a. The Yellow Barn)

430 Bedford Road, Armonk

914-273-3900

With 30,000 square feet of showroom space, the Modern Furniture Barn offers an array of classic modern furniture from leading designers, including Charles Eames, Marcel Breuer, Philmore Hardy and Noguchi, at competitive prices. The store also has a fabulous selection of contemporary lighting for the home from Tizio and Borabora to our favorite Oggetti Luce’s hand-blown Venetian glass lamps in
glorious orange, yellow and blue patterns.

Parkers Travel Store

43 Purchase Street, Rye

914-921-6400

Planning a trip? Parkers carries travel books for just about any travel destination—near and far. While there, consider splurging on Tumi and Swiss Army luggage, dual time watches, and for the return trip home, giant laundry bags. Parkers also has cozy neck pillows for in-flight napping and gel insoles
to soothe your tootsies
en route.

 

Phyllis Victor

607 East Boston Post Road

Mamaroneck 914-698-3703

For half a century Phyllis Victor has offered Nambe serving pieces, Orrefors, Waterford and Kosta Boda crystal, and Movado and Seiko clocks at competitive prices—and we hope the shop continues doing so for another 50 years. Here’s where you can pick up a beautiful metal sculpted menorah with cloisonné flowers ($200) or have a crystal plate engraved with your wedding invitation ($53). And should you want to personalize a gift item, the shop will engrave it for you for a nominal fee.

 

Red Wing Gallery

8B Main Street, Tarrytown

914-332-1983

For fans of ceramics from Red Wing, Minnesota—the collectible art pottery from the mid-19th century known for its streamlined good looks and intriguing glaze combinations—here’s the place to stock up.  Prices range from $35 for a small bowl to $295 for a large vase. Store-owner Jenifer Ross also
offers nifty gift items:  beaded journals, colorful ottomans and European children’s toys.  Particularly fetching is Red Wing’s signature Gladiola vase in lots of bright colors ($65 to $125).

 

Soho East Home Collection

26 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry

914-693-7296

City shopping without the commute. This home accessories newcomer, tucked away at the very end of Main Street, features gorgeous contemporary table settings, ceramics and glassware. Take, for example, the new sea-glass collection of tableware: matte finished glass in lime greens and pale pinks with free-form platters and oval and triangular plates ($22 to $75). Or the fuze glass vases, butter dishes, and bowls sporting bright magenta, purple, green, blue and white stripes.  Or better yet, take some of each!

 

Steamer Trunk Merchants

18 Main Street, Tarrytown

914-366-8099

Steamboat travel started on the Hudson River, so it is only fitting that Joanne Drapiewski chose a rivertown to pitch a store reminiscent of the days when travelers returned home with steamer trunks filled with goods from abroad. We love the pocket watches from Dalvey of Scotland ($98), the Art Deco pewter flasks from England ($53), lap throws from India and the gold-plated cuff links fashioned out of transit tokens from our favorite destinations. Don’t miss the European toiletries: Pré de Provençe triple-milled soaps in lemony verbena or lavender, Musgo men’s shave cream from Portugal, and
fragrances from L’Aromarine of Paris. Shop here and
skip customs.

 

Sundries Gifts and Homewares

701 N. Bedford Road Bedford Hills 914-244-9020

Once you figure out the lay of the land, you’ll appreciate the nearly overwhelming variety of inventory here. Sundries Gifts is set up like a department store, with areas devoted to kitchen (rear right), babies and children (rear left), and so on. Among the offerings:  a funky shower cap with giant flowers ($36), Nicholas Mosse pottery ($25 to $500), a giant tea bag
scented with ginseng and hibiscus for the bath ($5). They do a great job on gift baskets, too. Just tell them a theme and a price, and they’ll put it all together, wrap it and top your
package with raffia ties.

 

Vintage Home

144 King Street

Chappaqua 914-238-3014

Love the good old days? This charming store is filled with vintage—or vintage-like—furniture, chandeliers, planters, jewelry, handbags, linens, kitchenware and housewares.

 

Wendy Gee!

29 King Street

Chappaqua

914-238-1241

1949 Palmer Avenue Larchmont

914-834-8507

In addition to being the exclusive distributor of the brightly lacquered wooden furniture of Maine Cottage, Wendy Gee! offers nifty and sensible gift items from colorful mix-and-match serving utensils ($16 to $24) to the (brand new) varsity initial pillows (made to order in your choice of school colors, $120—go team!).

 

 

 

 

D’Errico Jewelry

509 Central Park Avenue

Scarsdale, 914-722-1940

A log cabin on Central Park Avenue?  This you gotta see. Inside, brothers Sal and Richard D’Errico display cases full of beautifully designed bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces, but their strong suit is designing and crafting jewelry. They work within any budget and can incorporate your gems into custom designs or completely recreate a family heirloom. Also, Sal loves to import his jewelry knowledge, often by educating young couples, and spending up to an hour teaching them how to buy diamonds (no wonder they do such a big business in engagement rings and wedding bands).

 

E. Ross Jewelers

96 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville 914-771-6485

Don’t look for name brands here—Laura Shahinian would rather scour the market for unique one-of-a-kind designs. There are lots of fun, colorful watches for spring at reasonable prices (under $300) and custom creations are a big part of the offerings.

 

Phillippvs Jewelers

29 S. Moger Avenue

Mt. Kisco 914-666-7575

Charm bracelets are back; and here’s one place where you can pick up a Nomination bracelet and My Philosophy charms (starting at $17 per charm).  Phillippvs also carries Craig Drake jewelry (think Harry Winston but in the $400 to $4,000 price range, e.g., a $2,000 18K white gold, triple-strand tiered necklace with a diamond solitaire in each strand, surrounded by pave diamonds). Phillipvs also stocks watches by Movado, Chase Durer and Swiss Army and a wide selection of Waterford crystal. The shop can also repair your Rolex or antique ring setting or just about any other item of jewelry you want fixed. 

 

R & M Woodrow

21 Purchase Street, Rye

914-967-0464

Located in the heart of Rye, R&M Woodrow fills its display cases with an eye-arresting array of jewelry by Aaron Basha, Leslie & Penny, Links of London, Breitling, Vacheron Constantin, Movado, David Yurman and others. In addition to rings, bracelets and necklaces, R&M Woodrow offers upscale gifts for the home from Lladro, Herend, Lalique, Baccarat, Daum and Wedgewood.

 

Sam Lehr

Designer Jewelry

28 Harwood Court, Scarsdale

914-472-8158

Don’t know what to do with grandma’s old diamond ring? Bring it to Sam Lehr’s and let the experts there create a new masterpiece. Or purchase a new ring—or perhaps a broach or a pair of earrings—from one of Sam Lehr’s
elegant, classic designs in 18K white gold, 18K yellow gold and bezel-set diamonds. Prices range from $700 to $10,000.

 

Toby’s Jewelry

640 Central Park Avenue

Scarsdale 914-723-1666

Like 47th Street on Central Avenue—no glitz, no glamour, just the merchandise please. With high-quality jewelry at discount prices, who cares about ambience? The store does a huge business in both diamonds and watches, mostly by word of mouth. “I have customers who come all the way from Texas to see me,” says Toby Weinstock. “They know they can trust me.”

 

Treasures in Jewelry

575 Main Street, Armonk

914-765-0100

This fine jewelry store offers a handsome selection of gems from designers Judith Ripka, Doris Panos, Barry Kronen, Lucie Heskett as well as Laura Gibson’s designs (check out her new spring collection) and watches from Lochman, Technomarine and Swiss Army. There is also a large selection of children’s and teen jewelry starting at $75.  Ear piercing is available by appointment.

 

Wilson & Son Jewelers

18 Chase Road

Scarsdale 914-723-0327

For a real Madison Avenue experience in Westchester, pop into Wilson & Son. The shop features a very high-end selection of watches from Bedat, Rolex, Ebel and Baume & Mercier, to name but a few. You can also find beautiful aquamarine and diamond rings from Lauren K, silver and gold twisted bracelets from
David Yurman, the handsome Montblanc collection of watches and timepieces. Pricing is competitive.

 

 

 

 

 

All Dressed Up

3 Rye Ridge Plaza

Rye Brook 914-690-1593

So, your seventh grader has yet another bat mitzvah to attend?  Don’t despair. Head to All Dressed Up where you’ll find a fantastic selection of suits, party dresses and evening gowns for girls and teens—off-the-rack or custom—priced from $50 to $1,500.

Always the Children

27 South Greeley Avenue Chappaqua 914-238-7500

This shop is filled with children’s furniture, toys, teddies and the most adorable display of one-of-a-kind clothing (check out the vintage rock-star T-shirts fitted with cashmere sleeves). Owners Paula Rockoff (mom) and Stacy Carr and Lindsey Braunstein (daughters) pride themselves on being “in tune” with their customers—from offering a variety of paint colors for furniture to securing custom-bed linens (more than 14 lines are represented in the store).

 

Baby Bee’s

36 1/2 Main Street

Tarrytown 914-524-9142

Newcomer Baby Bee’s carries a cute and whimsical selection of baby gifts and clothing, mostly for babies through size 4T (the shop does carry a small selection of clothing for boys and girls up to size 14). We love the clothes by Oink, Le Top and the oh-so-soft 100-percent cotton that “feels-like-cashmere” line from Zutano in brightly colored plaids, polka dots
and gingham. 

 

Beginnings Bleus

111 Bedford Road, Armonk

914-765-0077

Beginnings Boutique

1088 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale

914-472-4722

Mother-daughter comfort-wear: sweats, tees, velour jogging suits from Juicy Couture and a large selection of jeans.

 

Boo Girls

157 Katonah Avenue Katonah 914-232-8082

From teen tubz (bras made especially for teens and young adults) to bathing suits, jeans, hot tees and party dresses, this small boutique features select styling for fashionistas-
in-training.

 

Candy Nichols, Inc.

59 Purchase Street, Rye

914-967-2288

102 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, CT 203-622-1220

Big on the basics for boys and girls (through pre-teen)—rugged, everyday clothing for boys, school clothes for girls, along with some party dresses.

 

Curiouser & Curiouser

139 East Main Street

Mt. Kisco 914-241-7739

What sets Curiouser & Curiouser apart is the wonderful selection of special- occasion and formal wear for girls sizes 7 to adult. La Femme, Perry Ellis, Tracy Reese, Zoe and Betsey Johnson dresses start at $150. Or to bring out your child’s inner princess (or your own), check out the custom-made raw silk and tuille gowns from Beate ($400 to $600).

 

Epstein's

21 Columbus Avenue Tuckahoe 914-961-2837

Basic clothing and school uniforms at bargain prices. Stock up on staples for sleep-away camp, like those socks and undies you don’t really want back at the end of summer. Soffe shorts, basic tees, underwear, socks, you name it, they’ve got it—and they’ll name tag it too.

 

Gingerbread Kids

1 Chase Road, Scarsdale

914-472-1930

Gingerbread Kids carries fine European and domestic clothing designed to mix and match from sizes infant through pre-teen; both casual separates and special occasion wear. There are well-priced camp clothes too—the big item for summer is the popular cotton Soffe shorts embroidered with black and white or tie-dyed initials  ($28 and up).

 

Infinity

1092 Wilmot Road

Scarsdale 914-723-9058

This longstanding New York City fashion spot for pre-teen and teen girls opened an outpost in Scarsdale last year. Hip (but not hippy) trendsetters will love the selection of skinny jeans, tight tees, slinky dresses and fashionable accessories. Infinity sells jeans for women as well.

 

Jack & Jill Youth Center

493 South Broadway Yonkers 914-969-0994

One stop shopping for basic kids clothes, school uniforms, camp clothing and supplies. Owner Larry Frumkies knows everything—and we do mean everything—you’ll need for sleep-away camp, e.g., briefs are better than bikinis, camp laundry “boils” the clothes (so buy one-size bigger to allow for shrinkage). Frumkies offers the biggest and best duffels around, and you can have your child’s name sewn into every garment (ironed-on labels “don’t last,” he warns).

 

Knoyzz

13 Rye Ridge Plaza

Rye Brook 914-690-1606

Recently opened Knoyzz is a store for ’tweens and teens offering contemporary sportswear from cutting-edge young designers—from jeans and tees to
wonderful sweaters, sweats, accessories and more.
Knoyzz carries unique designer labels—those not found in department stores.

 

Lorilyn & Co.

1935 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont

914-833-9273

In addition to carrying the Lorilyn & Co.’s full line of 100-percent cotton baby garments, blankets and accessories (like the classic Lorilyn T-shirt dress with vintage handkerchief overlay for $48), this Larchmont outlet now offers other lines—Hard Tail, Diesel, Naughty and Petit Bateau—to appeal to kids and teens as well.

 

Out of The Blue

280 N. Bedford Road

Mt. Kisco 914-244-1792

A mother-daughter store, Out of the Blue is chock full of casual clothing—fashion jeans from Seven, Blue Cult, Hudson, AG and Juicy ($98 and up); T-shirts from Michael Stars, cargo pants from Sanctuary ($80 and up) and the “very in” So Low brand of velours, sweats and pull-on pants (sporting that signature white underwear band reading “So Low” on the hip, $55 and up). We love the new bathing suit department for mothers and daughters, featuring BeBe, Lucky, Calvin Klein and Becca swimwear ($32 and up for separates, $70 and up for maillots).

 

The Petite Shop

1132 Wilmot Road

Scarsdale 914-472-8120

Fun, rugged and durable clothing for infants, toddlers and boys and girls sizes 7 through 16, this shop features great basic clothing for school and camp. Popular styles include Riley, Exit 39, Lemon, Brooklyn Overall and Soffe.

 

Ruby Sue

22 Valley Road, Katonah

914-232-6277

This is a great find, if, that is, you can find it, hidden down an alleyway. It is filled with clothing and accessories for teens and young women—downtown chic for upcounty girls.

Sasha’s

27 Purchase Street

Rye 914-967-8237

With popular brands like Three Dots, Riley, Lipstik and Betsey Johnson, Sasha’s is already a hit with the pre-teen set. Especially popular are the Lipstik hand-painted white jeans with multicolored flowers ($66), and Betsey Johnson and Monkey Wear dresses ($80 to $150).

Star Spangled Carousel

 462 Main Street, Armonk

914-273-9702

If price is no object, Star Spangled Carousel offers the ultimate European fashions for infants, girls and boys. Unique accessories like suede baby boots from Baby Chick, ($50), ultra luxurious baby buntings and a fabulous line of outerw

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