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Chamber Chatter for September 2015 PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele, Executive Director, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce


Sep. 9, 2015:  Save the Dates 

  • Final Bronxville Summer Concert featuring Sue and the Fun Ghouls on Park Place, 6:30-8:30 pm – Thursday, September 17

  • Fall Sidewalk Sale – Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days)

  • Children's Halloween Festival – Sunday, October 18 (rain date: Sunday, October 25) (noon to 4:00 pm)

What You Missed This Summer 

It's been a red-letter summer for Bronxville, with new businesses blooming all around! Newly opened are Stillmeadow Gourmet, Sharmin Faruque, Blue Mercury, and Beer Noggin. Take a tour to visit all the newest haunts! A shout-out goes to Admiral Real Estate Services for having a hand in all of these!

Think Through Your Purchases 

Last month, I noticed that the Eastchester Public Library announced a party to celebrate its end-of-summer reading game, with a raffle for a gift card to a national-chain bookstore. I knocked on the library director's door and asked if she would consider purchasing these gift cards from a local, independently owned bookstore instead—i.e., Womrath Bookshop. "Well, that's an easy fix," she remarked. Later that day, Womrath received an order for 20 gift cards! Now then: How can you alter your spending? There's probably an easy adjustment you could make right away! Think it through!

Back to School 

Gym Cats fall classes start Wednesday, September 9. Instruction is offered in gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading.

In honor of the return to school, Topps Bakery is giving away free bear cookies to any child(ren) who come(s) in the store with a parent all day on Wednesday, September 9! Plus: provide your email to join its email list to receive a coupon for 50% off your child's next birthday cake. 106 Pondfield Rd. 914-337-4258. www.toppsbakery.com.

Spare your child the cavities and calories when you stock up on sweet back-to-school supplies at Candy Rox! Pondfield Rd.

Did your child work this summer? Learn about taxpayer responsibilities from Hymes & Associates, CPA, PC by reading. www.hymescpa.com; 914-961-1200.

Underhills Crossing offers 10% off to all students through graduation with a valid student ID. 74.5 Pondfield Rd. 914-337-1200. www.underhillscrossing.com

Are you a teacher? Schedule your special Fiesta Night at Blue Moon Mexican Café by September 30 to enjoy teacher-appreciation rates! www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com

The Counseling Center is aware that the beginning of the school year can be challenging for many families. Schedules are altered and reset, stressors sometimes build, and anxieties can mount. However, within a few weeks, work rhythms are established and re-engagement in academic life is under way. Find out more about how they can help. www.counselingcenter.org, 180 Pondfield Rd.

OSilas Gallery is now offering an extensive array of art classes for both children and adults.

Concordia Conservatory's Conservatory-On-Parade on Saturday, September 12, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Stein Hall is a discovery and welcome-back event for current and prospective students. Enjoy live student and faculty performances, try an instrument at Discovery Day, and socialize with faculty and staff. 914-395-4507. 171 White Plains Rd. www.concordiaconservatory.org   

Aging in Bronxville 

Seniors living in Bronxville and in neighboring communities have a robust celebration awaiting them in Bronxville on Saturday, September 26: The third annual Salute to Seniors, organized by the Senior Citizens Council, Gramatan Village, and the Bronxville Senior Citizens, with support from the Village of Bronxville, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, The Community Fund, and the Bronxville Rotary. Festivities begin at 10:00 am on the lawn of Bronxville High School with remarks by officials including Mayor Mary Marvin, followed by light refreshments. Many community organizations will have informational tables on Pondfield Road, and many local businesses will be offering silver discounts and specials for seniors. At 3:00 pm, the Bronxville Public Library will welcome the public to a Speeders Art Show, featuring the work of local artists over 55, and an opening reception with a raffle. Info: CLOAKING .

Bronxville Senior Citizens is an active, vital community made up of men and women 55 years of age and older who gather on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through June at The Reformed Church for various activities and lectures. www.bronxvilleseniors.org 

Gramatan Village provides transportation to seniors, home visits by qualified staff, and one-on-one consultations to families to help them make critical lifestyle decisions. Join yourself or give the gift of membership. Volunteer drivers are needed as well. www.gramatanvillage.org 

Bronxville Adult School is offering Superpower Memory: How to Easily Remember Anything, Anytime, Anywhere, perfect for seniors worried about memory loss. Wednesday, September 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. $35.

Additional Events

The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is celebrating its tenth season with the exhibition Season X: Celebrating a Decade, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm. The exhibition will feature artists and collectors who have shown their art in one of the gallery's major exhibitions over the past nine seasons. 171 White Plains Rd.

The Bronxville Farmers' Market will be holding a small fundraiser on Saturday, September 12, in support of vendor Gaia's Breath Farm. In late May, there was a fire on its farm that totally destroyed two buildings that were going to be revamped this summer but were not insured at the time. One building, a barn that provided shelter to their pasture animals in severe weather, needs to be replaced before the cold sets in. The BFM will give free bags to all customers who support the raffle or purchase anything from Gaia's Breath that day. A frequent visitor, friend, and blogger for the Journal News, Chef Maria Reina from Bella Cucina Maria will prepare Gaia's veal meatballs and a pepper sauce for them and sides. Gaia's will be selling raffle tickets ($25 each) for a whole pig (which will be trimmed)! The winning ticket will be drawn on September 13.

Join Chabad of Bronxville for a four-course meal in celebration of the Jewish New Year on Sunday, September 13. Enjoy apples and honey, round Challah, and many of the traditional foods of Rosh Hashanah. Evening service at 7:00 pm; dinner follows. $36/person. For additional information or to RSVP, call Rabbi Sruli Deitsch at 914-458-2441. www.jewishbronxville.com

What kid wouldn't love to climb aboard a fire truck or sit inside a helicopter? The Junior League of Bronxville's 6th annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser provides children with a hands-on day of play while helping those facing hunger emergencies. Please bring canned goods to benefit Food Bank for Westchester. This year's event will take place on Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Immaculate Conception School Field at 53 Winterhill Road and White Plains Road (Rte 22) in Tuckahoe (rain or shine). For more info and tickets, go to http://jlbtouchatruck.weebly.com/

Be Loyal—Buy Bronxville!

Susan Miele, Executive Director
Bronxville Chamber of Commerce

 
Chamber Chatter for August 19, 2015 PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele, Executive Director, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce


Aug. 19, 2015:  Summer Ain't Over Yet!

Save the date for the next Bronxville Free Outdoor Concert on Thursday, August 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, on Parkway Road, when That Duo Show takes the stage alongside a fabulous antique car show! Dine and dance in the street and view the impressive cars on display. The concert and car show are FREE, and food is available for purchase. Bring your friends and co-workers and have a blast! 

Fabio's Hair Studio announced its annual August customer appreciation specials: each day features a different special discount on services or products!

August is guest appreciation month at Blue Moon Mexican Café. Pile on those loyalty points! 7-27 Pondfield Rd.

Cool down at Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese with a tasty milkshake! They also offer freshly squeezed lemonade and shop-brewed iced tea and iced coffee. 107 Pondfield Rd.

Thierry Lasry sun wear is available at Trapp Opticians. 42 Pondfield Rd.

Looking for some relief for sun-scorched skin? Try Maison Rouge's top after-sun care products: Darphin Revitalizing Oil for face, body, and hair helps protect your skin and hair and repair the damage from the sun; Soleil du Midi Shimmer Body Oil has argan oil and pomegranate oil to soothe and hydrate; Caudalie Divine Oil is full of polyphenols, nourishing and moisturizing skin and hair. Stop by the store for help finding the right one for you! 27 Pondfield Rd.

Stillmeadow Gourmet is on its way! Due to open mid-August, the gourmet takeout shop is really shaping up. Visit its Facebook page to have a glimpse at its menu and the work in progress! 65 Pondfield Rd.

Away for the summer? You can still support your local businesses remotely! Here's how:

  • Shop online – Yes, you read that right! Some Bronxville businesses offer online retail, including Womrath Bookshop, The Silk Road, Citrine, Adrian East, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop, The Flower Shop of Tryforos and Pernice, Topps Wine and Liquor, Station Plaza Wine and Spirits, and Weezie D.

  • Follow Bronxville businesses on social media – like them on Facebook; follow them on Twitter and Instagram. You'll often find product images, contests, raffles, big announcements, and more!

  • Subscribe to newsletters – Many Bronxville businesses send out e-newsletters with information regarding sales and events and even helpful advice. A few examples are Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, whose newsletter includes healthy recipes and general wellness ideas; Hymes & Associates, CPA, PC, whose newsletters feature money-saving tax advice; Ultimate Auto Body, whose newsletter provides not only special offers but also tips on safe driving and car maintenance; and Bronxville-Ley Real Estate, whose "Market Snapshot" provides demographic data in addition to current property listings. Explore these and more!

  • Support the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce 

Get Smart

Bespoke Education announces the opening of its new office in Bronxville at 85 Pondfield Road beginning August 24. Bespoke Education's mission is to provide educational support for students of all ages throughout their schooling. They work closely with families to craft customized tutoring programs that meet individual needs, and they do so in a manner that reduces anxiety and emphasizes communication with families, teachers, and counselors. 914-793-3073.

Fall course registration at the Bronxville Adult School has begun. There are lots of new course offerings and returning favorites as well. Snag your spot! www.bronxvilleadultschool.org.

Fall Readiness and Back to School 

Shopping for school supplies? Both Bronxville Stationers (112 Pondfield Rd.) and Value Drugs (80 Pondfield Rd.) are well stocked on all the essentials!

If your kids' school-supply list includes earbuds to limit the volume, you can purchase them in Bronxville from Noel Thayer of Bronxville Hearing Center--that's what I did! 914-337-0018.

Call or email Kensington Paper to reserve your 2015 academic year Lilly Agenda or Mom Agenda--or better yet, stop by at 82 Kraft Avenue.

Be Loyal--Buy Bronxville!

Susan Miele
Executive Director

 
Waldo Is Hiding Again in Many Bronxville Stores PDF Print Email


By Staff


Jul. 15, 2015:  Waldo, of the popular children's book series Where's Waldo, is back, once again, hiding in many Bronxville shops and businesses throughout the whole month of July. 

Gene and Wanda Sgarlata, owners of Womrath Bookshop, have, once again, enlisted local businesses in Bronxville and the Bronxville Public Library to participate in "Where's Waldo" by hiding a little cardboard statue of Waldo somewhere in their stores. Young sleuths must inspect each store to find Waldo, sometimes not an easy thing to do.

At the end of the month there will be a big party for all the detectives at Womrath Bookshop, 76 Pondfield Road, with prizes, games, and snacks.

Register at Womrath Bookshop to get the scoop on where Waldo might be hiding, as well as the passport that local merchants will stamp when sleuths spot him.

Anyone returning a filled passport by July 30 will receive a coupon toward the purchase of a Where’s Waldo book. Those passports will be entered into the drawing for Where's Waldo prizes at the party. Winners must be present at the party to claim their prizes, so mark your calendars!

Gene Sgarlata reminds anyone wanting to join in that there's still plenty of time. 

"It's a give-back endeavor," Sgarlata said in describing the event, "and an effort to remind residents to shop local."

Call Womrath Bookshop at 914-337-0199 for further information.

Pictured here:  Where's Waldo poster used during last year's hunt. 

Photo by A. Warner

 
Chamber Chatter: June 2015 PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele, Executive Director, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce


Jun. 24, 2015:  Bronxville's Recent Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair

The sidewalk sale and street fair in early June were a great success! Both days were teeming with locals and visitors, the entertainment was great, and the weather managed to cooperate. 

More than 60 businesses participated in the festivities, not only with sales and specials but also some creative twists like free chair massages, raffles--even an accordion player

It takes a village, so many thanks are owed:

  • Workers:  Bob Krause of Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop, as always, was instrumental in executing the street fair. He picks up and drops off all the tables and chairs; coordinates the band; sets up and breaks down the staging, seating, sound, and lighting; closes/opens the street; etc. As always, Michele MacMillan of Paws and Play Pet Resort was on hand to assist with the logistics. Bronxville DPW hung our banners, posted parking notices, placed additional receptacles, and cleaned up after us.

  • Sponsors:  Citrine for sponsoring the entertainment; Joseph F. Manzi, DDSDalila Namy of State Farm, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital for sponsoring the bag giveaways; and The Bronxville Women's Club, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, Bronxville Acupuncture, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, Papyrus, Fabio's Hair Studio, A'Mangiare, Lange's Deli, Kevin Chin Golf, State Farm/Dalila Namy, and The Chapel School for sponsoring bag inserts. A special shout-out goes to the flower shop of Tryforos & Pernice for sending in an unsolicited donation to the chamber to help offset the costs of the event.

  • Prize Donors:  Fabio's Hair Studio, Candy Rox, Lyte Body Fitness, Bronxville Farmers' Market, and Paws and Play Pet Resort all donated raffle prizes as incentives to get people to sign up for the chamber's e-newsletter (which benefits all members).

  • Volunteers:  The team at People's United Bank, Fran Smith of Hunt Woods Manor Design, LLC, Roger Petho of Lyte Body Fitness, Paul Ranieri of D.C. Ranieri Insurance Agency, and Lou Maggiotto of Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo for manning the chamber's table at the two-day event.

  • The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce BUYS LOCAL! For the sidewalk sale, we turned to Blackbird Creative Services for the posters, County Chair Party Rental for the tables and chairs, The UPS Store for duplicating our shoppers' directories, and The Nella Company for the bags we gave away!

Upcoming

Summer Concerts:  Don't miss the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce's next community event: Thursday, June 25, is the kickoff of the Bronxville Summer Concert Series, featuring Sue and the Fun-Ghouls! Show time is 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Parkway Road. Food, dancing, and FUN! Bring your friends!

See you around,

Susan Miele

 
Local Business News PDF Print Email


Michael P. Mazzilli Achieves Circle of Success Recognition by Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.


Jun. 10, 2015:  Bronxville resident Michael P. Mazzilli, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial, has qualified for the company's 2014 Circle of Success annual recognition program and is being honored for this achievement in 2015.

To earn this achievement, Mazzilli established himself as one of the company's top advisors by consistently demonstrating exceptional commitment to financial planning and superior client service. Only a select number of high-performing advisors earn this distinction.

Car Crashes into Eastchester Fish Gourmet on White Plains Road 

Jun. 10, 2015:  A car slammed through the side window of the seafood restaurant Eastchester Fish Gourmet, located on White Plains Road, on Monday, June 8, according to a report appearing in Journal News the next day. 

The car, which was driven by a 79-year-old driver, went through the side window, ending up inside the restaurant, forcing the restaurant to close temporally. 

The crash occurred at around 1:00 pm, while the restaurant was closed. No injuries were reported. 

"I think everyone was stunned but nobody was hurt," manager Monica Lavin told the Journal News. "We were very fortunate."

Pictured here:  Bronxville business district on Pondfield Road.

Photo by A. Warner

 
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