The http://callforservice.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?user=0vt3kv0x0m8tu journal http://www.shadem.co.uk news Has some of The best shopping in westchester.And after covering this area for two years, i can say that unequivocally.The problem with coming here is that its location, off The bronx river parkway(And a bit off The beaten path), makes it challenging for some Westchesterites.But believe me, it's worth it especially if you have a hard to shop for gal pal like i do.This year, i'm sticking with a kitchen Theme for my friend tracey.However, by The time i get to blue tulip(116 Pondfield Rd. ;337 1480), I find my resolve quickly fading.While The personalized stationery is The main draw here(I'm eyeing a box of cards for $16.95;Only $5 to personalize), I'm instantly distracted by The display of Davies Gate's bath products near The front entrance.The sugar plum bath soak($21)Is right up her alley, as is The book how to walk in high heels:The girl's guide to everything($24.95), but keeping with The kitchen Theme I pick up a pair of polka dotted Christmas martini glasses($5.95/glass).Mano a mano(80 Kraft Ave. ;793 8329)Is next on my list.I love The maude asbury handmade picture frames($17)And The box of roger gallet soaps($10), but They just aren't special(Or kitcheny)Enough.Only slightly frustrated, i sTop in slave to The grind(58 Pondfield Rd. ;961 7777)For a quick cup of joe to refuel when i have The ultimate"D'oh! "Moment.At The complete kitchen(65 Pondfield Rd. ;793 6925)I spot something perfect:Madge montgomery's apple pie baking dish($40), which comes with two pie plates.My shopping accomplished at least for today i head back to my car to shift my focusAndkeep in mind items that would best suit my moTher.The village streets are quaintAndThe golden horseshoe center shops extremely accessible, yet you can also stroll into a boutique like pamela robbins(1 Chase Rd. ;472 4033)And purchase a $1, 085 flapper inspired moschino cheap chic gown, along with a pair of $680 dolce gabbana shoes.On a crisp fall day, i score a metered spot in front of zachys(16 E.Luckily, sales manager brian mullaney appears at my sideAndhands me a sonoma bookster chardonnay($30)And a ruby colored bookster pinot noir($42)That he promises will impress any host.Alcohol mission thus accomplished, i pop into The flower shop(34 E.Since i still need a few presents, i jump back in my carAnddrive to infinity(1088 Wilmot Rd. ;723 9058), where owner Lindsey Isanberg helps me pick out a lush blue velvet jacket($152)For my friend lauraAndat neil's(1132 Wilmot Rd. ;472 8120), The go to shop beloved by teens, I pick up a snug Polar Fleece jacket($89).Finally, it's time to treat myself.I peek into beginnings(1128 Wilmot Rd. ;472 4722)And instantly fall in love with a dark blue Theory velvet blazer that i want to save for my boyfriend's office holiday party but will probably put on The second i get home.My first sTop is all paws(31 Purchase St. ;921 1690), a gourmet pet store that takes pooch products to a new level.Auntie jenny buys goodies($1.50 $3.50)For her sweet but rowdy"Nephew,"Junior, at The"Barkery. "Next, in sasha's(24 Purchase St. ;967 8237), a boutique for girls 4 to 16, a Juicy Couture combo(Top:$88;Pants:$82)Is a bit much for my budget, but my young cousin sally would love a pair of pajama bottoms in prints that sport monkeys, chicks, dogs,Andflowers.I love parkers(43 Purchase St. ;921 6400), a high end shop with items for those who live The travel lifestyle.Though no one on my list fits that mo, i noneTheless inspect The unique gadgets, binoculars($85), foldable backgammon board($230),Anddeluxe luggage.Hmm, i think.Should i or shouldn't i?My boss just had a baby, but The price is a bit steep for me, even though he is precious.I forge on.At rags(61 Purchase St. ;967 4144), fashionistas size 12Andunder can nab cashmere cardigans($248), Michael Stars T shirts($38), Betsey Johnson cocktail dresses,Andjeans by True Religion($240).Alas, no one on my christmas list is a skinny cloTheshorse, though i make a mental note to tell my young(And thin)Coworkers to come here.Lola(80 Purchase St. ;921 3162)Offers a little bit of everything:Nothing you need, but everything you want pajamas, handbags, jewelry boxes, tableware accessories, picture frames, shirts, sweaters,Andslippers.I ponder a poncho of alpaca wool($195)For one of my sistersAnda classic embroidered pocketbook($195)For my souThern belle moTher before heading back to my car.Rye now has meters,Andso for me, time is money.Even if you're not in a buying mood(And who isn't this time of year? ), it's fun to look.Barrett(1875 Palmer Ave. ;834 7000), not to mention The redone Store(1914 Palmer Ave. ;834 6334), complete with up to The minute toys.Since my daughtersAndi always need warm coats, i start at outerluxe.The stuff here is gorgeous think italianBrands of outerwear($495Andup).But, according to owner joe barlow, The store is best known for its custom made shearlings(From $2, 395), which They manufacture Themselves.First, though, i need to cater to my 11And14 year olds, who are getting itchyAndhave already run ahead to look at The lip glosses at Pink on palmer(1907 Palmer Ave. ;833 8955).I leave Them here while i poke into suede, where you'll find top designers like hanii y, inhabitant cashmeres,AndyAndkei.It's busyAndexpensive so i move on to The chatsworth avenue area, where two of my favorite stores reside.At beadz(2097ABoston post rd. ;8342900)Owner melanie rose always has fashionable jewelry at reasonable pricesAnda bonus:I can park my kids here while They do a project!I see a bracelet made with millifiore beads($45), The perfectgift for my boss, but I decide to check out The SoHo inspired boutique items at Avenue P(26 Chatsworth Ave. ;833 9210).Owner andrea assael(She's also melanie's sister)Keeps her store stocked with designers such as ohm, komarov, babette,Andjudy tampa.My friend, debbie, has been stressed lately, so i'm wondering if i would do better with a gift certificate from The addison street spa(9 Addison St. ;833 3223).On second thought:Now that i have an 11And14 year old, maybe a teenage facial would make The perfect gift?After all, my daughters are becoming young women(And sometimes act more like 30 than 14).I buy two before heading back to beadz to collect my kids.If i'm lucky, maybe They made me something.Because no matter how you slice it, handmade gifts are always best.I want to get my sister something she won't be able to find at home in santa barbara.Siren(224 Ave. ;7772122)Is my destination as owner maria always has something distinctive.Today i find sterling silver vintage postage stamp necklaces($50 $70).Since my sister is a world traveler(Think india, south africa, london), I hemAndhaw over which one to get:Sri lanka, england, or france?Next stop:Radio shack(305 Ave. ;381 0025), where I find a Barbie learning laptop($49.99), The perfect(Pink! )Gift for my 6 year old niece.If you're looking for a personalized gift, The quilt cottage(414 Ave. ;777 1333), with its homey fabrics, is it.They can personalize a pillow or make an entire family quilt($45Andhigher).They also have gorgeous frames($15).With my stomach now grumbling, i stop at a.Mercurio sons(363 Ave. ;698 4127)For freshly made chicken parmesan.As i'm paying, a woman comes in, grabs a large lasagna out of The freezer,Andwaves her gift certificate.Now why didn't i think of that?The gift of dinner!I can't leave without stopping at zaltas gallery(900 E.Boston post rd. ;777 7304), where owner Kathy Zaltas often keeps a wish list so that your husband can get you what you want(And what you've picked out).Is one of The county's more charming villages, with shops dotting its twoMain streets.Since my hubby, rich, is first on my list, i head to family britches(70 King St. ;238 8017).The store has a wide assortment of upscale casualAndbusiness menswear, but There's no way i'm buying him a suit, so i stick with The large display of sweaters at The front of The store.My eye immediately goes to a deep brown paul sharky woolAndcashmere sweater with handsome suede detailing on The shouldersAndelbows.It's on The pricey side($425), but this is a something he can wear for The next 10 years, so I figure it's worth it.Heading up The block, i stop in at vintage home(144 King St. ;238 3014).I love The champagne glasses($24)With unusual silver faceted stemsAnddecide that this is what we'll give best friends marcAndgini when we attend Their annual new year's eve bash.Back outside, i duck into desires by mikolay(55 King St. ;2382223).AnoTher big score:They carry satya,"Yoga inspired jewelry. "I immediately swoop down on a pearl lotus necklace($70)For amanda, my future daughter in law, who lives in texasAndloves anything i buy her in new york.Plus she thinks i have good taste(Smart girl! ).I cross The streetAndhead to marmalade(29 King St. ;2382564), which features handbags, jewelry,Andpretty ceramic tabletop items.I need an extra serving bowl for The holidays but don't have The patience to look now.Instead, i head to squires(41 S.Greeley ave. ;238 4511), which carries topBrands like SpyderAndNorth Face, including, says owner Michael Kushner,"The?Largest selection of ugg boots in the tri state area. "I spot a black quiksilver zip down hoodie with berber fleece lining($85)That i know my son will love one more thing to cross off the list.Mount kiscoi love mount kisco for the same reason i love.You can go upAnddownMoger avenue andMain street dozens of timesAndalways find something new.Connie's general store(41 S.Moger ave. ;2422014), where all proceeds go to charity, always has something unique.Today, i find retro thermoses in tartan($19 $21)And recycled magnetic frames($19Andup).As i step to the back to pay, i can't help but be enticed by the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.I buy twoAndrun next door to knoyzz(41 S.Moger ave. ;242 0030), where I'm hoping to find something for my friend Katie. Unfortunately, it's a bit young for her, but I do find a pair ofPants for my 11 year old daughter, Sydney.Forging on, i peek into borders(162 E.Main st. ;241 8387)After all, there's coffee hereAndit's cold out!And spy the book for people who do too much($9.95), which is perfect for my friend Dana, who, like me, is a multitasking mom extraordinaire.Across the street are two more stores on my"Hit list":Casa rustica(141 E.Main st. ;241 8444)And fairground attractions(145 E.Main st. ;241 4433), the anti Crate Barrel kind of places that sell everything from Mexican pottery to funky candlesticksAndserving dishes.In other words, don't come here if you're looking for a chain store.I start at nokaAndnoka joe's(25 Ave. ;232 7278), where you can get coffee downstairsAndtake it upstairs while you peruse the shelves.The motto behind owner jennifer cook's store is: "If it doesn't make you smile, it isn't noka. "And, of course, i'm already feeling a grin form as i make my way up the stairs.I spy a vinyl bag i love that reads: "Does this bag make my butt look big? " ($14)The proverbial female question.I also can't help reaching for the mocha scented coffee air freshener($3.75), which would be a perfect stocking stuffer for my workmate Ted.I hemAndhaw before yet another fun item catches my eye:A decorative hand towel that reads"I love to give homemade gifts:Which kid would you like? " ($9.95).I'm ready to buy everything!Especially the giant pad that reads,"Don't kill the kidsAndother babysitter basics" ($7.50)For my sister.Being a country girl at heart, i move on to country willow(33 Ave;232 3058), where the smell of an apple pie candle fills the store with warmthAndcoziness,Andtake mental note of the various antique looking frames for my friend Lynn.On my way out, i spy perfect present no.2:A kit called manners to go, meant for young(And yes, old)Children.At $27, i consider it a steal since, for months now, i've been threatening my daughters with etiquette school.Maybe this will help, i think, as i open my wallet yet again.At the newly opened princess beverly hills(24 Parkway;232 9100), you can find anythingAndeverything for the princess in your life no matter how old she is.Weinstein's pharmacy(101 Ave. ;232 5166)Is a mixture of oldAndnew.It's a pharmacy, but it's also a high end gift shop with a huge selection of caswell masseyAndcrabtreeAndevelyn soapsAndlotions, not to mention ceramic ware, napkins,Andmakeup.Down the street, charles department store(113 Ave;232 5200)Also harkens back to the past.Walk in the front doorAndyou'll find shoes to the right(Awesome ugg bootsAndclogs), kitchenware in front, books toward the back,Andsome of the most gorgeous warm slippers($79Andup)I've ever seen.Finally!I have found a gift i know my husband will like.Thinking of my daughtersAndall their assorted friends, i pop into eiluj(119 Ave. ;2322227), a beauty lounge decorated with lots of pink.I eye the huge makeup counter in the middleAndam drawn to the nars line of cosmetics.I ask owner julie cuomo if she has time for a quick touch up,Andshe agrees.When she's finished, i feel so gorgeous that i decide to leave the rest of my shopping for tomorrow. So I fuel up with some vanilla fudge atMain street Sweets (35Main st. ;332 5757) before heading out ontoMain street to begin my afternoon of holiday shopping.I decide to begin with what's closest to my starting point, timeless seasons(40Main st. ;366 4227), an upscale boutique that promises"A taste of manhattan on the hudson. "I'm skeptical, but once inside, i'm impressed.There are some truly spectacular fashions for women here and, given its somewhat small space, a considerable collection to choose from.Everything from http://sdasdazsd.nibblebit.com/2015/03/01/against-its-inception-in-christian-louboutin-outlets-1992/ a soft, green shawl from italy to a gray fox fur headband catches my eye, but the crme de la crme is a lightweight tan alpaca coat for $578 that i could easily see my mother wearingAndnot returning!Then i remember my $40 budgetAnddecide to look around a bit more.Next door is a somewhat hidden shop that sells beautiful treats.Anna shea chocolates(4 S.But knowing my sweet tooth, they probably wouldn't survive the car ride home with me, so i move on.I'm still looking for that"Perfect something"When i stumble across homey items at the design shop(37Main st. ;631 1875), with its large selection of linens, oils,Andcandles.I'm feeling lucky as i head toward whimsies incognito(52Main st. ;631 3355), an eclectic boutique with one of a kindAndmainly low budget gifts.I feel as if i've fallen in love(Ok,"In like")With the beautiful collection of money pots($40), which are painted in a variety of colors.Owner jacqueline golabek describes them as a kind of new age piggy bank.The shop is also the place to go for signs with quirky slogans("I have flying monkeysAndi'm not afraid to use them").But i find myself most charmed by the collection of snappy notebooks, magnets,Andcoin purses from anne taintor, with phrases like"My garden kicks ass"And"Damn straight i keep score. " The designs are very '50s kitsch,AndThe prices are, thankfully, well within my budget. Packages in handAndThe majority of my shopping now done I think my efforts call for more ice cream. As a melting pot of tradeable card games, board games,Andtons of signedAndunsigned sports memorabilia, it's got what my nephew Gregory will worship:A yu gi oh holiday collectable tin($25).Buttermilk blue jeans(76Main st. ;591 6277) has nifty cloThesAndaccessories for kidsAndadults by The likes of Free People, Ella Moss, Splendid, Hudson, Joe's,AndJ.Brand. A2007 agenda book is right up my sister Amy's alley. It's geared toward those 0 to 16 years old, but I, at age oh, let's not get into pesky numbers love its retro toysAndgewgaws.My cousin harvey's kids might like a pint size ironing board($22)Andpottery wheel ($58).Andno one could resist Julius The Monkey dudsAndstuff (Flip flops:$10;A hoodie:$54).Down the street, i'm enraptured by the two inventory packed floors of suburban renewal(1Main st. ;478 9421), with its colorful furniture, lamps, knickknacks, china, jewelry,Andcut glassware from The 1800s to The 1980s.I'd love to snatch up a brass spy glass($45), a 1950s bread box($24),Anda dresser Top shave mirror with a drawer ($165).Sadly, i have no need or space for them.
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