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Spotlight on Womrath, Candy Rox and Bottomline Blinds

By Madeline Oden, BXV for BXV Stronger Together

Nov. 18, 2020:  Every week since early September, MHTB has been featuring articles about local businesses. Below is our current feature.  You will find links to previous Spotlight features at the end of this article.  Enjoy!

Womrath Bookshop, 76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

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Morin Bishop

Morin Bishop and Barbara Chilenskas purchased Womrath Bookshop in August 2019. They were chatting with friends about Womrath's availability, thought it over and boom, Morin and Barbara owned a bookshop.  

Morin and Barbara met in 1991 when Barbara, a graphic designer, and Morin, a book editor at Sports Illustrated, came together to create The Olympics: A History of the Games.  From that point on, they worked as a team on many book projects, with Barbara handling visual elements and Morin working on structure and copy. Together, they have created over 200 books. 

The book business "desperately needs to be supported," says Morin, "you learn from both fiction and non-fiction." Morin's goal was to read 40 books between August 2019 and August 2020. He read 39.  

The post-Covid goal for Womrath is to be a venue for readings and signings and a relaxed environment for chatting about books and finding out what Barbara or Morin recommend. Womrath is slowly being transformed into a more open space with a conversation nook at the rear. On weekends, you are likely to see Barbara and Morin's daughter, Ellis, at the shop. Ellis, 19, is a first-year student at Sarah Lawrence and is a talented artist. 

Morin is grateful to their landlord, who was accommodating during the Covid shutdown. With phone orders only and Morin's nightly deliveries, revenue was down 60%. Thankfully, since re-opening, business has been good since Bronxville is truly a village of readers and book clubs.  

Womrath would be a great place to purchase children's books or the latest novel for holiday gifts.  

Candy Rox, 66 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

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Valerie Stone

Conceived by owner Valerie Stone,  Candy Rox opened in Bronxville in 2015. Old-fashioned yet totally today, Candy Rox offers high quality candy and a mind-boggling array of gifts which can be gift wrapped in distinctive fashion.  

Valerie started her work life developing products for private label fashion retailers. She was on the fast track with frequent international travel. Believing that "life has different chapters," Valerie turned the page after her children were born and happily spent 15 years or so at home raising her children and volunteering. As the children entered their teens, the next chapter beckoned. 

With hands-on knowledge of kids and the desire to start a business, the Candy Rox concept was born. The name was obvious because, as Valerie says, "candy does rock."

Candy Rox candy comes from many different vendors who bombard Valerie with emails promoting products. She attends gift and candy shows but, because they aren't happening now, Valerie spends hours online.

Vision and drive run deep in the Stone family. Husband Jamie is the Director of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) principles for Baron Capital. Son Jackson, 26, works in strategic consulting. Twin girls, Renee and Bridget, 21, are set to graduate from the University of Michigan.   

If you want to feel like "a kid in a candy shop," head to Candy Rox, where the motto is "Freedom and Candy for all."  www.candyrox.com 

Bottomline Blinds, 120 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

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Chantz, Tanya and Steve Vavra

Tanya and Steve Vavra are the proprietors of Bottomline Blinds, which features Hunter Douglas products.  

Their story begins in 1981 when Tanya, newly arrived in New York from Colorado and working in modeling, investigated a second job at Steve's jazz nightclub. "We just clicked," says Tanya, "Steve was different from other men, straightforward and good looking." They married in 1987.  

Steve, who is a master carpenter, and Tanya opened a hardware store right before the recession of 1990/91. Window treatments kept the store afloat. When the store closed, Tanya sold Hunter Douglas products from home while Steve handled measuring and installation. The business blossomed, and the couple now have Bottomline Blinds stores in Dobbs Ferry, Pleasantville, and Bronxville 

The couple have two children, Chantz, 20, and Derex, 18. Chantz has worked at Bottomline since he was 13 years old. When he was young, he worked to earn a little extra spending money. Now he runs the Pleasantville store. Derex, 18, is a freshman at the Hartford School of Art and among his recent creations is a sculpture using recycled materials.

Since re-opening after the Covid shutdown, business has been steady. Customers "noticed things that had to be done at home." While the shutdown was tough, there were silver linings. There was "so much family time. It was awesome," says Tanya. And she's "never been so organized." But there has also been some sadness. The couple is mindful that many merchants have not been as lucky as they have been.  

The Vavras six days a week and often Sundays. In rare free time, they work in their garden and home "side by side."  

"I love the town," says Tayna, "it's a friendly, walking, one-stop shopping town."  

Other Spotlight Features

If you'd like to read about other businesses in town, click on these links for other Spotlight Features.

Spotlight on Found Herbal, Mossy Fern, and Provisions for Pets

Spotlight on Booskerdoo, Bronxville Jewelers 90 and Station Plaza Wine

Spotlight on Bronxville Fitness Club, Fabio's Hair Studio & Wild Vine & Liquors

Spotlight on Adrian East, Bronxville Furriers and Beer Noggin

Spotlight on Chantilly Patisserie and Bakeshop, Enrico Gargano Hair & Hickey's Del

Spotlight on Ladle of Love, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop & Gillard's

Spotlight on Slave to the Grind, Maison Rouge & Continental 109 Salon

Spotlight on Brother's Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Mini's Prime Meats & Park Place Bagels

Spotlight on Bayside Travel, Trapp Opticians and Whim

Spotlight on Silk Road, Cookies N' Cream and Fine Arts Gallery

Spotlight on Silver Spoon, Mano a Mano and Tryforos & Pernice Florist

Spotlight on Bronxville Natural Market, Bronxville Stationers, Lewiko Imaging Art, and Toney Toni and the Gang

 

Photo at top: A.Warner; Other photos by M. Oden

 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

Shops Directory

Apparel & Accessories - Children

Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is a unique gift shop specializing in beautiful clothing and gifts for babies and young children, including adorable dresses and outfits for girls and boys, sweaters, bedding, baby gifts and accessories. They also carry gifts for adults including throws, cosmetic bags and other special items. Silver Spoon specializes in monogramming to create truly personalized items and gifts. They also offer a baby gift registry and complimentary gift wrap. 

81 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-771-7645
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Apparel - Dance and Active Wear

Centre Stage

"Shop Central for Dancers" -The Journal News

Featuring the finest in dance, gymnastics, ice skating, cheerleading, yoga apparel & women's active wear and specialty footwear for all the disciplines of dance. A complete selection including Mondor, So Danca, Danskin, Eurotard, Capezio, Baltogs, Sugar Lips, City Limits, Sansha, Body Wrappers, Gaynor Minden, and Grishko. Gillies & Hard Shoes for Irish Step. Pointe and Ballroom Shoes. Unusual costumes, unique Halloween outfits, porcelain dolls, music boxes, Arbonne cosmetics, books, jewelry & gifts.

1875 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont 834 4160

504 Fifth Avenue, Pelham 738 9600
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Apparel & Accessories - Women

Toney Toni & The Gang

This wonderful boutique prides itself on personal service. Owners Kim Linn and her mother, Judith Meltzer, do all the buying together. They work closely with customers to put together great outfits that fit each customer's individual style. They offer apparel and accessories for casual every day wear as well as for special occasions. They carry a number of designers including Rebecca Taylor, Three Dots T-Shirts, Burning Torch, Cambio, Ulla Johnson, Weill, Birds of Paradis, Inouitoosh, Ela Ray, Rons Quintana, Miguel Ases, Brochu Walker, Majestic, Ecru and Chan Luu.

Bronxville Store
70 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-0737
Manager: Susan Corcoran

Katonah Store
131 Katonah Avenue
Katonah, New York
914-232-3283

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Beauty, Wellness & Spa

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary has been serving the Bronxville community for 7 years.  We build on an ancient tradition of mind, body, and spirit focus that is essential to total health, life balance, and true peace. Our clients experience an increase in well-being by participating in individualized holistic services including massage, facials, energy healing services, meditation, yoga therapy, and workshops

Schedule your appointment online

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Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary

14 Studio Arcade

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-337-9356

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www.bronxvillewellness.com


Definition Beauty

At Definition Beauty, our spa offers a tranquil, relaxing environment where you can renew and energize your spirit. We offer several skincare services to be enjoyed by men and women in the Bronxville, NY area, including all of Westchester County. Our beauticians are committed to making every visit pleasurable and inspiring.

102 Pondfield Rd.
Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: 646-852-5586
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Maison Rouge

Owned by international makeup artist, Patricia Margro, a trip to Maison Rouge will leave you feeling more beautiful and relaxed. This specialty boutique pairs hard-to-find make up brands like Kevyn Auccion, Laura Mercier and Two-Faced with premium skincare brands like Darphin, Clarks Botanicals, Tracie Martyn, and MD skincare with the kind of service and personal applications only previously available for the red carpet. Professional makeovers and eyebrow grooming are available in-store or on location for private events.

27 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3703
(914) 779-8869
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Posh Beauty Boutique

POSH Beauty Boutique is a luxury spa offering the ultimate in body therapies and skincare.  The founder of POSH Beauty Boutique is Bronxville resident Diana Rainsford who is a master Reflexologist and Esthetician.

POSH offers customized facials, massage, waxing, spray tans, professional makeup applications and much more including customized, all-inclusive packages for your bachelorette party, special birthday, or for fun with your friends. Little Miss packages are also available for your little princess’s special occasions.

POSH uses Eminence Organic Skin Care for all their facials. Body treatments are performed in their luxuriously appointed Hydrotherapy room with Vichy shower.

POSH Beauty Boutique

118 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-361-1277

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www.poshbronxville.com


Zen Spa

Zen Spa has been in Bronxville for twenty years and is owned and operated by the mother and daughter team of Grace and Na Ko. It is located by the Metro North railroad station, and walk-ins are welcome.

They specialize in regular and gel manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, waxing and reflexology (foot massage). They use special organic products for their spa manicures and pedicures. They offer chair massage or a two hour pampering session which includes an hour room massage or deep cleanse facial, with manicure and pedicure. They also offer eyelash and eyebrow tinting and the newer concept of eyelash extensions

The atmosphere is relaxing. All of the staff have expertise in all aspects of the spa and most of them have been working there for over ten years.  

Private parties are popular, especially little girls birthday parties, and of course bridal showers and wedding parties. They sell gift certificates and packages designed by you. Finally, they offer a Membership where you can buy ten deep tissue massages and then get one free. They are open seven days: Mon. to Sat. 9:30am to 7:30pm and Sun. 9:30 am to 6:30pm.

25 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914.771-5056

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Drug Stores

Value Drugs of Bronxville

Value Drugs of Bronxville has been a member of the Bronxville Community for over twenty years. They are a family center where you can find a large variety of items. They have over fifty departments including toys, clothing, home goods and everything else you need from your neighborhood drug store. They have a full-service pharmacy with free delivery. You can also find a large variety of seasonal goods for every time of year

80 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3801
(914) 337-2520


Value Plus

ValuePlus Pharmacy is a local business part of the Yonkers community, located on Tuckahoe Road next to Grassy Sprain Diner. Independently owned, the pharmacy thrives upon its ability to connect with its customers while providing a high level of customer satisfaction.  You'll also find a large selection of school supplies. 

485 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers
(near Staples)
914.961-1185
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Eye Care

Bronxville Vision Care

Bronxville Vision Care offers eye examinations and same-day service on most eyeglasses and contact lens services.  The center is open every day and accepts most vision plans, including VSP, Eye Med, Spectera, and Pomco.  John Dello Russo is the optician and Dr. Josephine Russo is the optometrist.  Dr. Russo, a graduate of SUNY Optometry, has been in practice since 1996.  Mr. Dello Russo, who has an MBA in finance and is an adjunct instructor at CUNY, has been an optician since 1976 and is designated a Master of Ophthalmic Optics by the American Board of Opticianry.

10 Park Place
Bronxville, NY
914-337-4440

Family Variety Stores

Value Drugs of Bronxville

Value Drugs of Bronxville has been a member of the Bronxville Community for over twenty years. They are a family center where you can find a large variety of items. They have over fifty departments including toys, clothing, home goods and everything else you need from your neighborhood drug store. They have a full-service pharmacy with free delivery. You can also find a large variety of seasonal goods for every time of year

80 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3801
(914) 337-2520


Value Plus

ValuePlus Pharmacy is a local business part of the Yonkers community, located on Tuckahoe Road next to Grassy Sprain Diner. Independently owned, the pharmacy thrives upon its ability to connect with its customers while providing a high level of customer satisfaction.  You'll also find a large selection of school supplies. 

485 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers
(near Staples)
914.961-1185
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Florists

Tryforos & Pernice Florist

The Tryforos family has roots in the floral industry since the late 1800's and is privileged to be serving Bronxville since 1963. Their distinctive arrangements and bouquets consist of top of the market flowers from Holland, New Zealand, South America, the Pacific Basin and the US. For the floral enthusiast, all of their arrangements are customized from classic to trendy themes with inventive designs. Lush, dense packed vase arrangements in clear, low square, round glass, terra cotta and leaf lined vases are always available. They have beautiful orchids; potted and cut, as well as green and flowering plants which vary by season. They are pleased to present your unique inspirations for gift giving. Their customer base: "Busy People". They deliver and send flowers worldwide.

M-F: 9am-6pm
Sat.: 9am-5pm

73 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
914.337.2525
www.tryforosflorist.com

Framing

Tuckahoe Framing Gallery

114 Main Street
Tuckahoe, NY 10707

914-222-9276

Furriers

Bronxville Furriers
Many women wear furs during the winter season because they are excellent for the retention of heat and fashionable. The cost of furs depends on the material used for manufacture as well as the overall design. Established in 1926, Bronxville Furriers specializes in the sale of fine furs as well as cleaning, remodeling and repairing furs. It also has an expertise in the proper storage of furs.

98 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3877

Gifts

Mano A Mano

We started our business in 1997 when we saw a void for unique tableware and home decor in the retail market. We searched high and low to find unique brands that set themselves apart from the rest. Our mix has been a proven winner bringing customers back on a weekly basis to see and purchase something not typically found in many independent stores. Our brand mix of tableware and home decor includes MacKenzie-Childs, Mariposa, Michael Aram, Julia Knight, Arte Italica, & L'Objet. We also offer a vast selection of Vera Bradley handbags, costume jewelry, home fragrances, rugs, lamps & imported chandeliers.

Our store is open Tuesday - Friday 10 -5:30 & Saturday 10 -5. We offer complimentary gift wrapping on purchases. We also offer nationwide shipping for anyone who needs a gift shipped (shipping fees apply).

81 Pondfield Rd.
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914)793-8329


Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is a unique gift shop specializing in beautiful clothing and gifts for babies and young children, including adorable dresses and outfits for girls and boys, sweaters, bedding, baby gifts and accessories. They also carry gifts for adults including throws, cosmetic bags and other special items. Silver Spoon specializes in monogramming to create truly personalized items and gifts. They also offer a baby gift registry and complimentary gift wrap. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00am til 5:30pm.

81 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-771-7645
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Hair and Nail

Continental 109

Continental 109 has a 50-year history of providing exceptional hair styling, color and essential services for beauty and well being. The salon is led by owner and stylists, Nick and Mark DeVincenzo.

Built on the tradition of superior customer service, their full service salon stays fresh and exciting through ongoing training and immersion in the best that the world of beauty and fashion has to offer.

Everything about us is leading-edge with a complete focus on our guests. This commitment, and our talented staff, are the reasons why you will come to enjoy the Continental 109 experience.

Centrally located in the elegant village of Bronxville, the salon is easy to reach by car or train. Discover us, and reveal a more beautiful, more vibrant you!

Continental 109

109 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914.793.4198

914.793.4198

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www.continental109.com


Fabio's Hair Studio

Fabio's Hair Studio has been serving the Bronxville community for the past 17 years. Fabio's is a full service hair salon for women, men, and children. They have an experienced team that specializes in haircuts, color and keratin treatments.

Their services for women and girls include cut & styling along with color, highlights and texture services. They are a great place for young women to go for a fun blow-out or hair style before a big event! Their services for men include cut & style, color for men, grey blending and hair and scalp treatments.

Let their salon professionals custom prescribe a deep conditioning treatment that is right for your hair.

Fabio's often shows its appreciation to the community by participating in local school events, and by offering fun promotions throughout the  year. Other services include private parties for children. They are open 7 days a week. Contact: 914-337-1482.

Fabio's Hair Studio

137 Parkway Road

Bronxville, NY 10708

914.337-1482

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www.fabioshairstudios.com


Panache Hair Salon

Panache Hair Salon specializes in the latest styles including the new lob haircut, updos for proms and weddings, and all the current men's cuts.

Panache also offers highlighting and coloring techniques, including balayage, a natural-looking painted effect.  We are a fully-trained Wella Salon and we are getting great results with a new Italian color line, Davines. 

Panache is dedicated to customer satisfaction, uses high quality products and offers competitive pricing.

Stop by for a free consultation and discover the best hair trends for 2018. Monthly specials are also posted on the website. The salon is open from 9:00am until 6:00pm Tuesday through Friday and 8:30am until 5:00pm on Saturday.

Panache Hair Salon

52 Pondfield Rd. W.

Bronxville, NY 10708

(914) 779-4758

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www.bronxvillehairsalon.com

Ice Cream

Haagen-Dazs
Haagen-Dazs is quite simply delicious icecream made from the finest ingredients in the world. And don't forget about the toppings! Your children will especially love picking out just the right topping to adore their cone! Haagen also offers sorbet and frozen yogurt.

28 Park Place
Bronxville, NY 10708
914-793-7171
www.haagen-dazs.com

Jewelry and Appraisers

Bronxville Jewelers
Bronxville Jewelers specializes in 14 karat gold, platinum, diamonds and watch repairs. They have a GIA Certified Gemologist and jeweler who does all the jewelry repairs on the premises. They purchase gold and diamonds.

78 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-2123

 


La Gravinese Jewelers of Bronxville
La Gravinese Jewelers was founded in 1917 and became one of the largest manufacturers in the jewelry industry. The company opened its first retail store in Pelham in 1964. Since then the company has grown to be one of Westchester County's leading jewelers. Rob     La Gravinese and his wonderful staff run the Bronxville location. The store offers a wide variety of jewelry, excellent personal service and watch and jewelry repair.

115 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0923
www.lagrav.com

Locks and Locksmith

Gramatan Lock & Key

27 W Grand St
Mt Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 664-9001‎

Shipping Services

The UPS Store

The UPS Store is a great place to send a package, print documents, open a mailbox or purchase business supplies. You are assured great service and a personal touch.

81 Pondfield Rd
Bronxville, NY 10708-3817
914- 779-0140
http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/1363/

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Stationery

Kensington Paper

Kensington Paper, which has recently moved to its new larger store at 117 Pondfield Road (where On Consignment used to be) is best known for its personal service and depth of knowledge in the stationery business. If you're having a wedding or any party, you are sure to find the right invitation here! It has a wide selection of stationery offerings (from Cranes to Vera Wang to Kate Spade) and will help you choose what's right for you. While you're in the store, you'll also likely find and purchase other unexpected necessities such as frames, jewelry, greeting cards or other fun gift items.

117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-2619
www.kensingtonpaper.com

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