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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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The Business Beat: Bronxville Thanksgiving Guide PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Nov. 16, 2017:  Grace your Thanksgiving table with goods and services you can find right in town!  Whether you’ll be dining at home or at a restaurant, cooking or ordering in, you'll find everything you need!

Place your orders and make your reservations—pronto. Below is a Bronxville Thanksgiving Guide!

The new kid on the block is Ladle of Love, whose “Family Feast” (serving 6 persons) includes Harvest Celebration Soup, roast turkey breast, Stuff(ing) of Life, maple-sage roasted roots, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, velvety sauvignon blanc gravy, and cranberry-Grand Marnier relish. A la carte items are also available, from alternative entrées like ham and beef to embellishments like spinach-and-mushroom lasagna, wild-mushroom quinoa risotto, apple-pear crisp, and more. 

Scarborough Fair Catering’s Thanksgiving menu includes an assortment of starters, from baked raspberry and brie rolls to fall squash soup with apples and pear. Both turkey and alternative entrées are offered, with tantalizing sides like roasted root-vegetable medley and sweet potatoes au gratin. A selection of breads and desserts round out the meal.

Lange’s is offering a traditional Thanksgiving menu, including stuffing with sausage, green-bean almondine, a cold roasted sweet-potato salad, spiced pumpkin bisque, and other selections. Desserts include bread pudding, apple cake, and mini pies.

Bronxville Diner has catering options as well. Pre-order your turkey dinner, replete with traditional trimmings, by November 19. Service for 8-10 people: $160. Additionally, 19 pies are available, including sugar-free options (these require one week’s notice). 914-779-1777 or  CLOAKING .

Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheeses is offering traditional pies and other baked goods—among them fig-hazelnut bread, potato-onion fendu, and scones. Order pies by November 17 and other baked goods with three days’ notice.

Underhills Crossing will offer a three-course dinner from noon to 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving and can also accommodate catering orders. Make your reservation online:

Turkeys can be ordered from Bronxville Natural, whose turkeys are natural and non-GMO, or from Mini’s Prime Meats & Specialties, which is also offering hors d’oeuvres and accompaniments.

Chantilly Patisserie is offering apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies and will be open on Thanksgiving Day for pickup from 7:00 am to noon. Orders due by November 19.

At Topps Bakery, special Thanksgiving-themed fine chocolate creations are being featured. Custom cakes can be ordered through Monday, November 20, in time for Thanksgiving pickup.

Cooking? Womrath Bookshop has perfectly timed cookbooks and other resources to guide you—from Holiday Entertaining to Lomelino’s Pies and What’s a Hostess to Do? Whether your speed is traditional apple pie or “Drunken Nectarine Pie with Pecan Streusel” you’ll find recipes that inspire.

Bronxville Wines & Spirits will accept special orders to arrive in time for pre-Thanksgiving pickup or delivery through Friday, November 17. The shop has expanded its aromatic white, pinot noir and red zinfandel selection just in time for the holiday.

In case you missed it: Check out the New York Times article “To Pair With That Thanksgiving Bird, Consider Beer”—then head to Beer Noggin to make your Thanksgiving selections.

Bronxville florists are the best resources for Thanksgiving centerpieces. National chains add a middleman, and quality is inconsistent. Rely on Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop, The Flower Shop of Tryforos & Pernice, and Green Wood Florists and keep those greens local. Order your arrangement in advance.

The Silk Road, Mano A Mano, and Kensington Paper all have elegant table décor—from turkey platters to disposable turkey placemats, autumnal candle holders to dishes bearing inspirational messages of gratitude and more.

For the greatest of ease, Value Drugs is carrying Thanksgiving paper goods—just toss when the meal is over!

Womrath Bookshop has a wide array of children’s Thanksgiving books, as well as Thanksgiving Mad Libs, a seasonal Springbok 1000-piece puzzle, and reminders of the purpose of the holiday: Poems of Gratitude and Give Thanks: A Thanksgiving Companion.

The Reformed Church of Bronxville invites the public to its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23, at 11:30 am. The suggested donation is $15; RSVP by November 17.

Where to find them:

Beer Noggin
102 Kraft Ave

Bronxville Diner
112 Kraft Ave

Bronxville Natural
86 Pondfield Rd

Bronxville Wines & Spirits
98 Pondfield Rd

Chantilly Patisserie
135 Parkway Rd

Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheeses
107 Pondfield Rd

The Flower Shop of Tryforos & Pernice
73 Pondfield Rd

Green Wood Florists
6 Cedar St

Kensington Paper
82 Kraft Ave

Ladle of Love
18 Palmer Ave

Lange’s Deli of Bronxville
94 Pondfield Rd

Mano A Mano
81 Pondfield Rd

Mini’s Prime Meats & Specialties
15 Park Pl

Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop
145 Parkway Rd

The Reformed Church of Bronxville
Entrance on Midland and Kraft Ave
914-337-6776, ext. 153

Scarborough Fair Catering
82 Kraft Ave

The Silk Road
101 Pondfield Rd

Topps Bakery
106 Pondfield Rd

Underhills Crossing
74.5 Pondfield Rd

Value Drugs
80 Pondfield Rd

Womrath Bookshop
76 Pondfield Rd

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Susan Miele on the Bronxville Business Beat: Bronxville Is Not Just Any Town PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Oct. 11, 2017:  In the five years I served as executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, it was my genuine pleasure to showcase the many distinct businesses that make the Bronxville business district truly special. I left the chamber this past spring, and it's now my pleasure to launch this new monthly column, "The Bronxville Business Beat," covering the business district. Topics and format will vary.

Bronxville is not Anytown, USA. The majority of businesses are independently owned and not found in other towns and villages. The owners make different purchasing decisions and offer a different level of personal service.

Local businesses keep Bronxville's economy vital. The Village of Bronxville generates revenue from sales tax and parking fees, lessening the financial onus on homeowners while allowing municipal services to remain reliably strong.

With that as a backdrop, it's important for everyone to be conscious of how buying decisions affect the local economy, including personal property taxes and home value. Below are some great ways to stoke the business district this Halloween season—while snagging truly great buys and experiences!

Blue Moon Mexican Café is hosting its annual Halloween costume contest. All kids who dine at the restaurant on Tuesday, October 31, will be eligible to win any of three prizes: 1st prize – a $100 toy-store gift card; 2nd prize – a $50 toy-store gift card; 3rd prize – dinner for four at the Moon.

Candy Rox--The name may say it all, since Halloween is synonymous with candy, but Candy Rox also carries gift and décor items. Some standout items: ice-cube trays with gummy eyeballs (yes, this is real!), colorful marshmallow skulls evoking a Day of the Dead look, candy-corn shot glasses, caramel-apple Sugar Babies, and Zombie Bites. Are your kids in on the Squishy craze? Candy Rox has some creepy kinds, like squishable donuts with fake bugs crawling on them. Ick!

Value Drugs offers its annual large selection of holiday décor, candy, window clings, and more. Novelties of this year's stock include new lawn décor, Halloween hair ornaments, and more. The store's Halloween sale runs through October 22.

Womrath Bookshop is teeming with a vast selection of children's Halloween books. Adding to this collection are 100-piece Springbok candy-corn puzzles, hidden-picture books, Beanie Boos, Mad Libs, and other Halloween-themed merchandise.

Mano A Mano is carrying pumpkin chai candles, Mackenzie Childs-painted pumpkins, bejeweled fabric Indian corn, glitzy masquerade masks, and other seasonal dazzlers.

SilverSpoon has those perfect finishing touches to accessorize any costume—from black tutus to spider headbands. Poof, it's an outfit!

The Silk Road has an array of seasonal décor peppered throughout the shop. Ornamental pumpkins in assorted materials, festive dishes, and pumpkin and black-cat characters are ready to add charm to your home décor. My favorite: mini felted wool acorns—grab a bunch and fill up a pumpkin bowl!

Topps Bakery has not only autumnally decorated cookies, cupcakes, and petit fours; the "icing on the cake" is the must-have party goods unlike anything I've seen elsewhere--paper plates shaped like a skeleton's skull, mini spider-web plates, petite paper witch hats, and hexagonal paper plates bearing jack-o'-lanterns and other images that would charm any table.

Papyrus has a motley assortment of Halloween items, including a wall full of greeting cards, zippered pouches labeled "bag of tricks," a great selection of party paper goods, black-cat mugs and glassware, and (my favorite) bags of chocolate-covered cookie-dough bites called "bat poop."

Fabio's Hair Studio will host its 16th annual Halloween party; kids are encouraged to get their hair and makeup done to match the look of their costume. In the setting of the decorated salon, the Fabio's staff will dress up in costume and offer face painting, makeup, hair styling, and temporary hair color for only $5. The event will take place on Friday, October 27, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

The above is not at all a comprehensive list—just enough to get the party started! Take a walk or explore your favorite businesses on social media to get up-to-date offerings!

Where to find it:

Blue Moon Mexican Café
7-27 Pondfield Rd

Candy Rox
66 Pondfield Rd

Fabio's Hair Studio
137 Parkway Rd

Mano A Mano
81 Pondfield Rd

72 Pondfield Rd

81 Pondfield Rd

Topps Bakery
106 Pondfield Rd

Value Drugs
80 Pondfield Rd

Womrath Bookshop
76 Pondfield Rd

Send me your feedback at CLOAKING .

New Shoe Store to Open at 65 Pondfield Road PDF Print Email


By Erica Martin, Marketing Coordinator, Love MY Shoes

Sep. 27, 2017:  A new shoe store called Love MY Shoes is about to open at 65 Pondfield Road in the middle of the Bronxville business district. The owners say they are a small family company that has been in business since the '90s.

On November 6, 2016, the store, which was located in Larchmont at the time, was involved in a horrible fire that destroyed everything. The owners subsequently decided to move to Bronxville.

The new location has 2,000 square feet of space with shoes for the entire family. Featured are kids', men's, and women's shoe styles. There will also be a large selection of boots--the big trend right now.

Love MY Shoes's goal is to become the go-to place in Bronxville for family shoes. The shoes are fashion forward, simple, and comfortable.

Pictured here:  The location on Pondfield Road where the store Love MY Shoes will open.

Photo courtesy Erica Martin, Marketing Coordinator, Love MY Shoes

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