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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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The Bronxville Business Beat by Susan Miele: New Wave of Businesses Downtown PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Jan. 17, 2018:  In recent months, several vacant storefronts in Bronxville have been reoccupied, ushering in a new wave of businesses downtown: Found Herbal Apothecary, Love My Shoes, and One Love.

Jessica Mullins at Found Herbal Apothecary

Taking over the space formerly occupied by Pure Mountain Olive Oils and Vinegars is Found Herbal Apothecary, owned by Jessica Mullins, a clinical herbalist with training in traditional Chinese medicine, Western herbalism, and Reiki energy healing. Jessica not only runs the store but also manufactures its products. Custom products and herbal consultation are available as well.

Beyond retail merchandise, Mullins has several in-store events planned for this month: Aromatherapy + Scrub-Making for Kids, which took place on January 14; Meditation and Slow Flow Yoga, to be led by a guest instructor, on January 19; and Spirit Circle with Psychic Medium Carla Baha on January 21. Capping off the month will be Winter Wellness & Traditional Fire Cider, a hands-on opportunity to work with herbs that support the immune system and make fire cider infusion on January 28. Birthday parties are also offered.

The store was previously located in Chappaqua, but Mullins chose Bronxville for her new location, having developed a strong following as a vendor at the Bronxville Farmers’ Market. The opening of her new store now allows for daily, year-round shopping—well, almost daily. “I need a day to produce,” Mullins says. The shop is open Monday through Saturday, but its proprietor never quits.

Love My Shoes

Love My Shoes is another retailer that relocated within Westchester to Bronxville. The store was previously based in Larchmont, but a fire forced its closing.

The 2,000-square-foot store currently carries shoes for both women and men, as well as women’s handbags. Children’s shoes, a staple of the Larchmont location, will soon be added to the inventory, allowing a one-stop shop for the whole family.

Products emphasize high-quality brands that focus on style and comfort. Designers include UGG, Marc Fisher, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, and more.

One Love Foundation

The One Love Foundation has maintained a second-floor office in Bronxville for years but has now expanded to occupy storefront space with heightened visibility and greater interactivity with the community. Founded in 2010 following the violent death of college student Yeardley Love, the organization is committed to ending relationship abuse by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and to empowering them to carry forth the message.

One Love’s retail space is meant to be a place where our community can gather, learn about healthy relationships, and connect face to face. Branded merchandise is available for purchase. 

“It’s quite common to have whole groups of kids come by after school, check things out, or just sit in our chairs, read the quotes on our walls, and chat with each other,” said One Love’s Susan Hook.

Found Herbal Apothecary
118 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville

Love My Shoes
65 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

One Love
46 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

Pictured at top: Bronxville business district.

Photos by A. Warner


Thefts and Package Scams Hit Bronxville Business District and Residential Areas PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Dec. 13, 2017: The recent wave of thefts at businesses in the Bronxville downtown business district, package thefts in the village’s residential neighborhoods, and a variety of scams aimed at residents and business owners alike show a new level of sophistication, according to Mayor Mary Marvin.

Since October, when the Verizon Store on Pondfield Avenue experienced an armed robbery, several downtown merchants, including J. McLaughlin, Soccer and Rugby Imports, Bronxville Running Company, and Value Drugs, have been victims of shoplifting and thefts of merchandise ranging in value from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000.

Thieves have fled the scene in Uber vehicles and rental cars and by attempting to board a train at the Bronxville station. Bronxville Police Department officers have apprehended several of the perpetrators and are continuing to investigate other incidents.

Police are also investigating a phone scammer who posed as a Consolidated Edison employee and demanded $1,500 in Green Dot prepaid debit cards, the equivalent of cash, from a business owner in lieu of shutting off power to the premises.

“Merchants are concerned,” said Nicole Tuck, executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce. At a pre-Thanksgiving meeting with Chamber members, Police Chief Christopher Satriale urged business owners to trust their intuitions and, if anyone looks or acts suspicious, to call the police right away.

The police department has assigned officers to walk the business district as a deterrent. Tuck noted that parking enforcement officers are also serving as first-line observers of activity.

“From the Chamber’s perspective, we’re trying to keep an open line of communication between the police department and the merchants,” Tuck stated. “We’re encouraging merchants to report incidents to us as well as to the police so we can give people a heads-up.” Tuck added that the Chamber of Commerce plans to facilitate more meetings with Chief Satriale to help merchants learn more about keeping themselves, their establishments, and shoppers safe.

A call to the Bronxville Police Department seeking information on investigations was not returned.

“Sadly,” said Mayor Mary Marvin, “it’s that time of year for thefts in the business district. But we’re also seeing an uptick in sophisticated package thefts from residences.” She attributed this to an increase in online shopping.

The Bronxville Police Department apprehended a suspect in November, dressed in a FedEx delivery uniform, as he attempted to steal a package from a residence on Hamilton Avenue. On December 7, officers arrested three persons who were stealing packages on Courseview Road and recovered several new items that could have been stolen during previous package thefts. Such thefts often involve the use of stolen credit card numbers to purchase items and have them delivered to random addresses. Thieves then visit the addresses to retrieve the packages.

Mayor Marvin urged residents not to engage with anyone dressed in a delivery uniform who comes to the door to retrieve a “wrongly delivered” package. “If someone comes to your home in a uniform, it’s a scam,” she said.

Marvin added that this year, scammers are very clever. “People can do little things to be more alert to the fact that these tricks are sophisticated,” she said.

Photo by A. Warner

Thirty Great Ways to Buy Bronxville for the Holidays PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Dec. 13, 2017:  Keeping your money local is easy here in Bronxville, with so many independently owned boutiques, restaurants, and service providers, all in a walkable setting. Many shops are extending their business hours, parking has become plentiful, and customer service is neighborly.

Plan ahead, and your artfully wrapped gifts will await your arrival; pop in last minute and find pre-wrapped grab-and-gos. Best of all, your tax dollars will get reinvested where you live, and your purchases will help sustain a vital downtown and local workers. Below is a roundup of some of the many great ways to ring in the season with style in Bronxville. 



  1. Shop for teas, herbal remedies, and soaps at newcomer Found Herbal Apothecary.

  2. Get party-ready with stylish footwear from the new Love My Shoes.

  3. Dress your kids in picture-perfect holiday attire in many styles at Adrian East, including several designed by Adrian herself. Tartan bows and velvet-flower hair clips top off the perfect girls’ outfit. Enter the store’s raffle for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

  4. Shop Toney Toni and the Gang for sparkly holiday attire, plus cozy sweaters that make welcome gifts for winter. Stop by on December 15 and 16 to shop the Ela Rae and Yarnz Trunk Show.

  5. Whip up a batch of holiday cookies and other cheer with a recipe from cookbooks found at Womrath Bookshop: America’s Test Kitchen’s The Perfect Cookie, Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook, Dorie Greenspan’s Dorie’s Cookies, Sally McKenney’s Sally’s Cookie AddictionHoliday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden, and Cook’s Illustrated’s All-Time Best Holiday Entertaining.

  6. The ugly sweaters at Value Drugs are really…well, ugly...the perfect attire for Beer Noggin’s Ugly Sweater Party on December 21.

  7. Schedule your catering order with Ladle of Love.

  8. Shop with ease for the men in your life at harry – a Rothmans Project. Featured are graphic tees of classic kid lit and other icons, as well as shirts that show off Bronxville pride.

  9. Ride the Jedi wave with any of many Lego Star Wars sets found at Bronxville Stationers.

  10. Try the new panettone at Chantilly Patisserie and order your holiday cake pops and bûche de noël.

  11. Glitz up your décor with sparkly accessories at Mano A Mano

  12. …and glitz up her neckline with sparkly accessories at LaGravinese Jewelers.

  13. Add simple elegance with a tabletop Christmas tree from The Flower Shop of Tryforos and Pernice, a lovely hostess gift.

  14. Feast on the 7 Fishes at Underhills Crossing on Christmas Eve.

  15. For a one-of-a-kind gift, treat someone to a membership in Gramatan Village.

  16. Order monogramming at SilverSpoon.

  17. Frame a family heirloom at J Pocker & Son.

  18. Snag festive Caspari holiday crackers, jingle-bell bottle openers, and S’well water bottles (in some 20 designs) at Kensington Paper. Felt-ball earrings will make an impression!

  19. Save 20% on the inventory at Bronxville Jewelers, open every day through Christmas.

  20. Indulge in a peppermint bark milkshake or sundae at Häagen-Dazs.

  21. Find affordable gifts at Breezeway, from wintry accessories like fingerless gloves to all-season jewelry, bags, and more.

  22. Give enrichment with a gift certificate to the Bronxville Adult School

  23. …or the gift of fitness at Bronxville Fitness Club.

  24. Take the hassle out of shipping at the The UPS Store.

  25. Take a breather from holiday craziness with a massage or facial at Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary (then treat someone on your list to the same).

  26. Fill your pooch’s stocking at Provisions for Pets.

  27. Decorate with festive tableware, felt-animal ornaments, and even holiday pot holders from The Silk Road.

  28. Purchase a package deal at Blow and Beyond—for yourself!

  29. Buy a “Ready-to-Give product set at Fabio’s Hair Studios and receive a free conditioning treatment.

  30. Join the family New Year’s Eve party at Blue Moon Mexican Café and get the kids to bed at a reasonable time.


Pictured here (from top down):  Merchandise from Kensington Paper, The Silk Road, and Adrian East.

Photo by Susan Miele


Bronxville Life & Style - Special Holiday Gift & Decor Ideas! PDF Print Email


By Karen Talbot

December 4, 2017:  Enjoy special holiday events, trunk shows, pop up shops and tree and décor shopping in Bronxville and nearby!  Here are some great ideas for your holiday shopping!

J McLaughlin:  Come See The Holiday Collection

Come See J. McLaughlin's Holiday Collection at their store at 75 Pondfield Road in Bronxville!  

Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese:  Special Pop-up Store for Christmas!

Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese will have a special pop-up store for Christmas. Located at 105 Pondfield Road, the store will feature Gift boxes filled with favorite gourmet cheese and other items for a wonderful Thank You or Happy Holidays gift for friends, family or business!

"Whether it's thanking your best clients or your wonderful employees, these gift boxes will do the trick," said Kevin McNeill, who, along with wife Ruth, owns Dobbs & Bishop. "We've always wanted a space to showcase our baskets & gifts and now that we have it we're off to the races."  Orders can be picked up, shipped, or delivered individually or to an office holiday party.  Deliveries into NYC & around Westchester will be as needed.  Staff members will be available to take orders from 10AM-5PM at the store. You can also order online at  Dobbs & Bishop will also have special events all December at the Pop-Up, from live music to cheese tastings. "We want to have fun while they choose their most delicious gifts this year," said McNeill.

Dobbs and Bishop Pop Up Store

105 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, New York  

Store Hours:

Love My Shoes - - Shoes Make A Great Gift!

Love My Shoes is a new boutique shoe store in Bronxville.  The store features a beautifully remodeled interior to make shoe shopping feel like a true boutique experience. They carry brands that are trendy for Mom, stylish for Dad and comfortable for the kids. They have a wonderful selection of name brands for both quality and comfort.  Love My Shoes is family owned, they have been in the shoe business for 20+. When you walk into Love My Shoes you will feel part of the family and the staff will help you find the perfect fit.

Mention this ad and receive a 10% discount on your first pair of shoes.

Love My Shoes

65 Pondfield Rd,

Bronxville, NY

Holiday Decor From Tryforos & Pernice

Tryforos & Pernice, family owned and run, has been decorating people's homes with beautiful flowers since 1963.  During this Holiday season they are featuring show-stopping decorated table top trees......handmade with fresh fir, magnolia or English boxwood in traditional or contemporary styles.  These 26" high table top trees can be made larger and taller with a few days’ notice.  They range from $150 to $225 decorated or $99 for plain ones, and they will last a month or so in your home.  There are lots of handsome wreaths and garlands made out of noble and silver fir, magnolia, boxwood, eucalyptus and juniper to choose from and a variety of wreaths decorated for indoor use.  Everyone loves poinsettias and here you will find lush ones in red, white or pink in lots of different sizes, along with paper whites, amaryllis and orchards.  Another attractive decorating option is with beautiful dark green preserved boxwood in the form of topiaries or wreaths.  Be sure to visit their website:

Tryforos & Pernice

73 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, N.Y.


Store Hours:  Mon. through Sat. from 9am to 6pm and Sun. from noon to 5pm

Toney Toni Holiday Style & Gifts!

During the holiday shopping season Toney Toni and the Gang, a fashionable women's clothing store that has been in Bronxville for 22 years, will be filled with unique sweaters, blouses, coats, dresses, scarves and jewelry to wear to Holiday parties or perfect for gift giving.  They will also be hosting holiday Trunk Shows on December 15th & 16th featuring handmade jewelry by Ela Rae and scarves by Yarnz

Toney Toni and the Gang

70 Pondfield Road

Bronxville, New York


Store Hours:  Mon. to Sat.. from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sun. from Noon to 5:00pm

Shopping by appointment is also available

Lucente Nursery (formerly Lieb's) For Your Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Lucente Nursery, formerly Lieb's Nursery, opened in May of 2014.  They have everything for Holiday Décor, including fresh cut Fraser fir trees ranging in size from 4 ft. up to 15 ft. tall.

An added feature is they can deliver and install your tree for you.  They also have beautifully decorated or plain Fraser fir wreaths from one foot to five feet in width.  The Holidays are not complete without handsome poinsettias in a variety of sizes from 4.5"....6"....8" and 10" in red, white or pink.  Roping is available in garland (western cedar) or Douglas fir and in boxwood to decorate your front door, mantle or stairway.  Other items to consider are attractive mantle pieces, centerpieces and fresh Holiday arrangements.  Buy Holiday plants or paper whites for yourself, a loved one or as a hostess gift.  Lucente also carries, lights, tree stands, ribbons, bows and more! Come and see the large Santa on the property, which children can sit on his hand and pose for pictures.....perfect for Christmas cards.  They also allow photographers to come and use their property as a backdrop for pictures.

Lucente Nursery

1 Askins Place

New Rochelle, N.Y.


Store Hours: Mon. through Sat. from 9am to 5pm and Sun. from 9am to 3pm

Yum Yum Tree Holiday Gift Ideas Include Cashmere, Scarves, Bags & More!

Yum Yum Tree, an attractive women's clothing store that has been in Bronxville for over 20 years, will help make your holiday shopping easy!  They are having Holiday Gift Trunk Shows on December 15th & 16th from 10am to 6pm.  They will also have special sales throughout the day on all gift items.  There is a great selection for all the stylish ladies in your life!  Free Gift Wrapping included.  Here are some gift ideas:

-White and Warren cashmere travel wraps.....give the gift of luxury with these cashmere wraps which can be worn as a wrap, scarf, shawl or blanket

-Love Quotes Scarves......complete your outfit with the most stylish and versatile scarves, available in several beautiful colors

-Sorrelli Jewelry....sparkle this Holiday season in beautiful jewels

-Hanky Panky.....underwear in a variety of colors, the perfect stocking stuffers

-Gigi New York.....bags and clutches in trendy rich colors that can be personalized with initials for a special gift!

-Gloves, Hats and Scarves from Minnie Rose, White and Warren, Brown Allan, 360 Cashmere and much more!

Yum Tum Tree

96 Pondfield Road


914-395-1875    Store Hours: Mon - Sat. 10am to 6pm;  Sunday 12 to 5pm

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