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Popping Up in Bronxville: The New Pop-Up Shop on Pondfield Road PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Mar. 14, 2018:  Last fall, the office of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate vacated its space at 105 Pondfield Road and joined forces with ERA Insite Realty on Kraft Avenue. But before the community could utter "not another empty storefront," the space was scooped up by Kevin McNeill and Ruth Walter, mom-and-pop owners of the adjacent Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese. The rest is both history and future.

Since then, 105 Pondfield has been home to rotating business interests. Initially, the space served as campaign headquarters for Walter’s bid for county legislature. Since the November election, the space has hosted assorted pop-up shops—stores that commit to occupancy for only a brief period of time. The first taker was Dobbs & Bishop, which used the space as an annex to house holiday offerings like gift baskets. Another stint was had by Elizabeth Ackerman, a local fashion designer who set up a millinery with an emphasis on hats that offered protection from the sun.

“As small-business owners, we know how hard it is to make the rent while dealing with staff and inventory,” said Walter. “During my campaign, I learned that one-third of the county budget comes from sales taxes, and anyone can see downtowns are suffering. Every vacant store takes sales tax away from things like flood mitigation, sewers, and police, and keeps pressure on property taxes.”

One of Walter’s campaign issues was a call for a small-business incubator where new ideas can be tested and, hopefully, flourish. “That's a hard thing to get off the ground, so we decided to try one right in Bronxville.”

The pop-up concept allows business owners to test a market for an eventual lease or to establish a customer base before making a long-term commitment.

Ackerman, for one, valued this concept. “Having a pop-up on Pondfield Road was a great way for me to create brand awareness for my clothing line, get customer feedback, and test the retail market. I had a successful week and really loved the experience.”

On the heels of both a political campaign and a busy holiday season, plans for the new space are not yet firmed up, but Walter and O’Neill are exploring different options for its eventual use.

Pictured here:  Storefront of a recent pop-up shop in Bronxville.

Photo by Susan Miele 

Root & Vine Juice Bar Now Open in Bronxville PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele, Staff Reporter

Feb. 28, 2018:  A slew of new businesses have been opening up in Bronxville, and the latest is already giving Cedar Street a boost. Introducing: Root & Vine Juice Bar.

Having opened on Valentine’s Day, Root & Vine has transformed the space once occupied by Stipo Opticians into a lively spot to grab a takeout or linger over cold-pressed juice. The shop also offers juice shots, custom smoothies, bowls, baked goods, parfaits, and bars. Smoothie names are as inventive as the combination of their ingredients. “You Had Me at Aloe” combines kale, spinach, dates, beets, ginger, aloe vera, and apple juice, while “Açai What You Did There” mashes up berries with açai and apple juice.

Family-owned and operated, the shop is a labor of love, conceived by two generations from Tuckahoe whose passion for health and fitness led them to venture into the juice-bar arena. “We feel that health is a lifestyle and are striving to provide the community with great-tasting organic juices, smoothies, and snacks,” said co-owner Cristina.


While some of the non-liquid offerings are more straightforward, such as lemon muffins and hot oatmeal with dried cranberries, seeds, and honey, some of the more provocative selections include “Avocado Goji Key Lime Pie” parfait and “Coffee Protein Overnight Oats.” Equally intriguing are sweet-potato brownies, chocolate-avocado cookies, and bacon granola. Kombucha and cold brew are offered with exotic add-ins ranging from maca root to bee pollen.

The shop accommodates assorted dietary lifestyles, including gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, and vegan. Ingredients are all-natural and organic.

“Just in a little over a week, we have seen how supportive all the locals are and knew that we made the right decision to call Bronxville our home.” Located on the same block as Pure Barre and around the corner from SoulCycle, those taking fitness classes might be especially pleased that Root & Vine chose Bronxville, too.

Smoothies range from $7 to $8.50; bowls are $10; cold-pressed juice, $9; fresh juices are $7; and juice shots are $3.50.

Root & Vine Juice Bar is open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Root & Vine Juice Bar
4 Cedar Street
Bronxville, NY 10708

Photos by N. Bower


Adrian East Offering Women’s Fashions for Limited Time by Appointment PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Feb. 14, 2018: Adrian East, the Kraft Avenue boutique well known for children’s clothing and accessories, is now offering women’s clothing and accessories for a limited time. Upscale spring fashions are available for purchase by appointment with a stylist through February 23. This seasonal service is now being offered quarterly.

The expansion of the shop’s services began last fall in response to customer demand. A previous collaboration between owner Adrian East and designer Daniel Sanchez planted the seed for this new concept. Sanchez recently assumed the role of creative director for Doncaster, a company with a long history of designing and outfitting women via one-on-one stylist consultations.

Beyond retail, the seasonal offerings for women involve stylists working one-on-one with clients to select items, recommend complementary pairings (including the incorporation of items already owned), and advising on alterations. Casual and workplace clothing is available, as well as jewelry, scarves, and outerwear. Different in-house designers are featured, but all are under the direction of Sanchez.

“The styles are considered classic but with a slightly trendy touch,” said East. “Many of the fabrics come from the same mill as Chanel, Armani, and other high-end designers. Daniel has included many details in the construction that are usually employed only by couture houses.”

Appointments can be scheduled for February 14 through the following week. The summer offerings will follow in the spring. To schedule an appointment, call 914-337-0475.

Pictured here:  The storefront of Adrian East at 122 Kraft Avenue in Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville Chamber of Commerce Announces Slate for 2018 Board Members PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 7, 2018:  Nicole Tuck, director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, announced the selection of its slate for the 2018 board of directors. The names of the returning and new board members, together with their business affiliations, are listed below; their offices on the chamber's board are in parentheses.

Returning Board Members

Louis Maggiotto (President), Nobile Magarian & DiSalvo, LLP

Michele MacMillan (Vice President), Paws & Play Pet Resort

Joan Iacono (Legal Counselor), Iacono Law

Bob Krause, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop

Yota Koriniotu, Bronxville Diner

Barbara Nichuals, Bayside Travel

Paul Ranieri, DC Ranieri Insurance

Stephanie Weston, The Westchester Bank

John Lugano, Pete's Park Place Tavern

Nicole T. Namy, State Farm

New Board Members

Michael Hymes (Treasurer), Hymes & Associates, Capital Preservation Partners, Woodhail Suites

Leah Caro (Secretary), Park Sterling Realty

Valon Nicki, Link NY Realty

Jessica Mullins, Found Herbal Apothecary

Jennifer Winters, Ladle of Love

Dr. Peter Demarest, Ciccio & Demarest Orthodontics

Bronxville Life & Style: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style and With Dinner and Great Gifts PDF Print Email



By Karen Talbot

February 14, 2018:  Valentine’s Day is here and here are some great ideas for romantic dinners and great gifts right in Bronxville and nearby.

Jewelry & Accessories:  Purchase a lovely piece of jewelry, fun accessory or even Neelah Cashmere from Nepal at Michelle May

Flowers & Chocolate:  Flowers and chocolate are a must for Valentine’s Day.  Bronxville is lucky to have such a fine florist as Tryforos & Pernice (73 Pondfield Road in Bronxville) which has provided inspiration and decorating ideas for the past fifty-five years.  For Valentine’s Day, they will be featuring the rose in many color palettes and they will tie them up in cellophane and satin ribbon, which will make for a beautiful presentation.  They also sell glass globes that can be suspended and filled with rose buds, orchid blossoms or mini cactus and dark and milk chocolate from Moonstruck Chocolate Co.  Call or stop in.  914-337-2525


Special Valentine’s Day Dinners: 

Love is in the air and you can have a wonderful romantic dinner at Underhills Crossing Restaurant (74.5 Pondfield Road in Bronxville).   Their culinary staff has created a Valentine’s Day menu to delight the senses and they will also have piano music.   Make reservations:  914-337-1200.


You can also enjoy a romantic dinner at Scalini Osteria in Bronxville (65 Pondfield Road).  Scalini has been serving delicious Italian food in Bronxville for twelve years under the guidance of owner Angelo Di Rosa.   They will have a delicious Valentine’s Menu and special drinks and dessert.   Their seatings on February 14th are at 5:30, 5:45, 7:15, 9:15 and 9:30pm.  Call for Reservations:  914-337-4935.


Delicious Cheeses and other yummy items like those pictured below from Dobbs & Bishop at 107 Pondfield Road in Bronxville.  914-361-1770. 


A Beautiful Gift:  Two savvy fashionistas open Lola New York in Tuckahoe (300 Columbus Avenue) eight months ago.  This is a trendy women’s boutique featuring clothing, handbags, jewelry and small hostess gifts such as a Capri Blue Candles and Swell Bottles.  They also carry little girl’s jewelry and bows and a large selection off sterling silver jewelry.


Gift of Wellness and Relaxation:  Give your loved ones the gift of wellness and relaxation.  Purchase a Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary gift certificate online and you can print, email or mail your gift.  Or stop by The Sanctuary yourself and have your Gift Certificate packaged up for you.  Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary is located at 14 Studio Arcade in Bronxville.  914-337-9356



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