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Bronxville Farmers' Market Winding Down but Ramping Up PDF Print Email


By Mary Liz Mulligan, Manager, Bronxville Farmers' Market


Oct. 7, 2015:  The fourteenth season of the Bronxville Farmers' Market (BFM) is coming to an end. Right now our produce and fruit are at peak season and this wacky growing season was actually good to us while driving our farmers crazy! Best tomato season I can remember! Ever. Fall items are popping up--squash, potatoes, spinach are back again and hardier than ever! Leaves are changing on the trees. We all know what is coming. Ugh!

This past Saturday was inspirational to me. With a week of total angst due to hurricane musings--hundreds of emails and texts--we opened as usual. We had a limited number of vendors since they need to prepare/order for markets and their products can be washed out or blown away very easily. I gave the vendors the option of not attending.

They were aware I had canceled the BFM only two times in fourteen years and had no intention of closing unless a safety factor arose or Paxton Avenue flooded! That put all on call the night before in case I was notified Paxton was closed.

This is their livelihood and they will be there if we are open. It is also their passion. The BFM's mission is to help the farming industry as well as enrich the community at large with a bounty of healthy options.

I arrived at 5:45 am. One farmer was there and already half set up. Fifteen minutes later, another farmer arrived. That repeated itself three more times. When I looked around at 7:00 am, we had five farmers, which is the norm for our weekly market.

Then, with a chill in the air and the wind giving it an assist, more vendors trickled in. Before opening, we had about 35 customers. Rock Hill Bakehouse was sold out by noon and the bakery had over-shipped their order. Pie Lady and Son was sold out by 11:30 am and so on it went.

The BFM is certainly well established now, but the kindness, support, and total loyalty of our community never ceases to amaze me, as well as that of our vendors, some of whom travel 2+ hours each way to get to Bronxville.

Now we all know why it's called the Bronxville Farmers' Market! 

Pictured here:  Produce at Veritas Farms.

Photo by Mary Liz Mulligan, Manager, Bronxville Farmers' Market

 

 
Bronxville Fall Sidewalk Sale to Be Held this Weekend, October 2 & 3 PDF Print Email

By Susan Miele, Executive Director, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce


Sep. 30, 2015:  The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the annual Bronxville Fall Sidewalk Sale, scheduled for this Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, with bargains galore in retail and services. Business hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, although hours vary by participating business.

Free parking will be offered on Saturday, October 3, from 11:00 am on in the Garden Avenue lot and Kraft Avenue lot, courtesy of the Village of Bronxville. The Avalon lot is free all day Saturday (meters in effect elsewhere). The event is sponsored by Merit Auto Body and People's United Bank.

Close to 60 businesses are expected to participate, including clothing boutiques, home-furnishing stores, salons, banks, bakeries, spas, fitness studios, and more--with discounts as high as 75% off regular prices. Several restaurants will also offer shoppers' dining specials.

Newly opened businesses making their sidewalk-sale debut include Stillmeadow Gourmet, Blue Mercury, Sharmin Faruque, and Beer Noggin.

The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce will have a table set up both days at 60 Pondfield Road with free offerings, including a Shoppers' Directory and eco-friendly bags with numerous giveaways. Plus, those who sign up for the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce's e-newsletter can enter a raffle for a chance to win exciting prizes generously donated by various businesses, including Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary and the Bronxville Farmers' Market.

For more information about the Bronxville Fall Sidewalk Sale, contact Susan Miele at 914-337-6040.

 
ACME It Is; Judge Approves Sale of A&P Stores Ensuring Bronxville Continues to Have a Supermarket PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold


Sep. 23, 2015:  ACME Markets is coming to Bronxville. Monday's decision by US Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Drain to allow A&P to sell 71 of its stores to ACME Markets has ensured that the village will have a supermarket after the A&P on Cedar Street closes. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company will purchase 24 A&P stores. 

"Having a market is critical for the village," said Mayor Mary Marvin, "whether it be for our seniors, those without automobiles, or just for the easy convenience of our residents. We are hoping for an ACME market that will be an integral part of village life and offer quality food and services." 

A&P filed for bankruptcy protection in July, approximately three years after its emergence from a previous bankruptcy. ACME Markets initially bid $256 million for 76 A&P stores but withdrew its bids for Hudson Valley stores in Yonkers, Millwood, Bedford, and Croton-on-Hudson. 

The decision to allow the sale of A&P supermarkets to ACME Markets and The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company will save the jobs of more than 10,750 employees. Ray Schrock, a lawyer for A&P, stated that both ACME and Stop & Shop anticipate coming to agreements with The United Food and Commercial Workers International, the union representing workers at the stores to be sold. 

ACME Markets is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons Companies will be a newcomer to the Hudson Valley supermarket landscape. ACME operates 107 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. 

"While the news of the A&P's departure is unfortunate," noted Susan Miele, executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, "Bronxville is very lucky that another supermarket is poised to take its place." 

Miele described a supermarket as a mainstay of any community and stated that having one in the center of town contributes to the walkability that Bronxville is distinctively known for. "The need to frequently replenish groceries helps promote foot traffic for other businesses in town as well," she said. 

Although no date has been set for the closure of Bronxville's A&P and its reopening as an ACME, it is expected that ownership of the stores will be transferred by the end of November.

Pictured here:  Shelves at the A&P in Bronxville not fully stocked.

Photo by N. Bower

 
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

 
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