Westchester's Vintage Vibe

Adore antiques? Rave about retro? You don’t have to trek into Manhattan or schlep to Connecticut to find pieces with pedigree. We’ve scouted local shops to help you find the real deal.

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Yellow Monkey
792 Route 35
Cross River
(914) 763-5848
Yellow Monkey Owner Heidi Johnston, a fabric designer for Scalamandré for 25 years, hops the pond to scour Europe for her distinctive pieces, gathering merchandise for quarterly shipments. The beauties she unearths are bound to astound in this 7,000-square-foot antiques shop. Its location in the Yellow Monkey Village, an enclave of shops set in 18th-century houses that formed the original village of Cross River, helps antiques lovers envision these distinctive pieces in the homes of yesteryear.

Celeb client: Martha Stewart has picked up the odd “good thing.”
Typical finds: English tables, French mirrors, and a smattering of bleached-oak pieces from Scandinavia.
Rare gem: In Northern Westchester’s “horse country,” a pair of lead outdoor wall-mounted horse heads ($9,000) from 19th-century France is bound to gallop out the door.
While you’re there: Wander through Yellow Monkey Village, of course. Don’t miss the hip Gallery Yellow (also owned by Johnston), Sorab & Roshi Design (for amazing—and expensive— custom-made jewelry), and Dharma Yoga & Wellness, which offers yoga classes, healing therapies, meditation, stress reduction, education, and, perhaps most importantly, lunch.

Mellisa F. Pheterson is a freelance writer based in New Haven, Connecticut.


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