The troubled economy has reached the North Pole. Older elves were forced into retirement and layoffs have hit the elf help. One headline appeared in the North Pole Tribune, “Elves Search for Jobs as Cuts Hit Santa’s Workshop.” Kris has been stressing out, not eating and giving up on Christmas. Jessica has been pushing him to eat and doing everything she can to keep his holiday spirit up. She keeps reminding him the children are counting on him.
Kris, determined to make sure “no child is left behind,” listens to his loving wife and heads to department stores like Target, Toys R’ Us and Wal-Mart (undercover of course). But those stores are packed. Kris has never been this upset since the storm of 1939 when Rudolph saved the day. He is never going to be able to get the gifts for all the good boys and girls in time for Christmas Eve. Jessica couldn’t stand to see her husband like this. She had an idea.
She contacted Westchester Happening for help. We were honored and took up the challenge to find the stores throughout Westchester to help her husband bring the jumping-up-and-down excitement to children everywhere.
- Obsession Jewelers
Where: 6 Mill Road
Phone Number: (914)-337-9170
Here at Obsession Jewelers, there is a large collection of bracelets, rings, earrings, pendants and watches.
On Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Obsession Jewelers will be hosting the Pearl Jewelry Show. The pearls will be sold at 50% off! Wine and refreshments will be served.
“[Obsession Jewelers is] Family owned and operated, celebrating our 20th year in business. Our goal has been to sell quality jewelry at affordable prices. Personal service, quality and value are what we pride ourselves on.”
2. The Fashion Plate Boutique
Where: 222 Main St.
Store Hours: Tues. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Sun. and Mon.)
Phone Number: (914)-337-7609
Have a daughter? Wife? Girlfriend? Then The Fashion Plate is your place. They offer a multitude of designer handbags, jeans, cosmetics, belts and accessories for women that you can’t get in department stores.
On the website, there is a coupon for 15% off items using the code Always15off.
(Even Kris may pick up something special for Jessica at The Fashion Boutique).
- Verano Boutique
Where: 84 Main St.
Store Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Phone Number: (914)-346-5972
A women’s dream store, Verano carries everything from tunics to dresses to tops to skirts to gloves and scarves to jewelry.
Owner, Anne Buckley say, “We try to have something for every customer. We carry a wide range of sizes and price points. It’s important that women be comfortable and really enjoy their shopping experience.”
1. Fierson’s Young Fashions
Where: 122 Kraft Ave.
Store Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-337-0475
From baby boys and girls to children in their tween years, Fierson’s Young Fashions in Bronxville is the place to go. Their collection includes clothes for everything from holidays to Christenings to special occasions. Prices can fit anyone’s budget with costs ranging from $30 and under to over $100.
2. Petticoat Lane
Where: 46 Pondfield Rd.
Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-337-0850
Petticoat Lane is a boutique for bagshop.com. This is a one-stop shop for the women on your (and Kris’s) Holiday List. They have lingerie, hats, shape wear, sleep wear, shoes, jewelry, handbags and wallets of all sorts of brands including Longchamp, Anne Klein and Ananas.
Petticoat Lane offers free shipping for orders over $40. Right now, there is an online 20% off sale on selected items.
3. No Stone Unturned
Where: 96 Kraft Ave.
Store Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m. (closed on Mon.)
Phone Number: (914)-779-0109
No Stone Unturned isn’t your typical jewelry store. “We have a design-your-own-jewelry component to our store.”
Here, anyone can use beads to create earrings, bracelets and necklaces along with silver and gold pieces of jewelry.
- Sue’s Corner
Where: 226 5th Ave.
Phone Number: (914)-738-3095
Kris will love Sue’s Corner! They hand paint all their gifts- bookends, albums, grow charts, holiday decorations, ornaments, party favors, stepstools, storage bins and toy boxes- just like his elves do. This Pelham store has special occasion plaques such as “Bless this House” and “Marriage” along with seasonal items such as the above 15 inch Corduroy Santa.
2. Pelham Bicycle Center
Where: 109 Wolfs Lane
Store Hours: Mon.,Tues.,Wed.,Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
Phone Number: (914)-738-3338
Kris was worried he wasn’t going to be able to get Timmy, Sarah and Jason their bicycles; and they were so good this year too. Imagine his surprise when he learned about Pelham Bikes. They offer all the big name brands of bicycles in different sizes, styles and colors.
Manager Pedro Sanchez said, “We have been in business for 80 years, since 1942, and we have a lot of information about bikes. We were the first to carry the big name brands and our staff understands what everyone needs about cycling.”
3. Richard’s Passport
Where: 113 Wolfs Lane
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (closed Sunday).
Phone Number: (914)-738-0606
Here at Richard’s Passport in Pelham, you can find gifts for your adorable baby, toys for anyone in the family and the very popular Vera Bradley bags. Services include delivery and gift wrapping.
4. La Gravinese Jewelers
Where: 99 5th Ave.
Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-738-0263
Even before Rudolph, La Gravinese in Pelham existed. La Gravinese Jewelers offers bands, rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
“The owner designs everything in the store.” They can custom make any jewelry that is seen somewhere else. There’s also a watch specialist and diamond setter on staff at all times.
The Pelham jewelry store is having a Holiday raffle to raise money for Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. You can buy a ticket and receive 50% off anything in the store. All the proceeds from the raffle goes to Sound Shore.
- Robert’s Department Store
Where: 342 Mamaroneck Ave.
Store Hours: Mon.-Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-698-0969
Don’t stress Kris, there are stores-like Robert’s Department Store-for boys and men. Here at Robert’s, men’s wear, work wear and sportswear are in stock; including gloves, hats, winter coats and flannel shirts. Brands include Columbia, Timberland, Russell, Woolrich, and Levis among others.
“We offer the same merchandise and brand names but our sales staff has been trained to ensure our quality of service,” said owner Manny Enes.
2. 2nd Nature Skate Shop
Where: 614 Mamaroneck Ave.
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-315-1464
“We’re the #1 Westchester-based skateboard shop. We carry every brand and we also do lessons for serious skateboarders and for fun,” said co-manager Jeremy Lugo.
2nd Nature carries all sorts of skateboards and equipment and gear (for example skateboarding Vans sneakers).
Even more unique is the indoor skating park in Peekskill. Every Sat., transportation takes kids to the skate park at Noon and they leave at 4 p.m. (arrive in Mamaroneck by 5 p.m.). It’s $20 for transportation and admission. If your child is going, let 2nd Nature know via email ([email protected]) by 5 p.m. on Friday.
3. Miller’s Toys
Where: 335 Mamaroneck Ave.
Store Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am to 7pm. Friday & Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 11am to 5pm
Phone Number: (914)-698-5070
With toys, bikes, baby, clothing, shoes, indoor play, and outdoor play items in stock…what is missing?
“We are obsessive about searching for the world’s best toys from Europe (Germany, France) to America. And we sell toys that kids scream and yell about.”
- Anderson’s Book Shop
Where: 96 Chatsworth Ave.
Hours: Mon.-Wed., Fri., Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Closed Sunday)
Phone Number: (914)-834-6900
“We offer full service,” said manager Jenny Siegel. “We have toys and things for the whole family. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
The Larchmont book stores has books for adults and children along with games broken down by age groups (pre-k-kindergarten, ages 6-8 and ages 8 and older).
2. Peridont Fine Jewelry
Where: 134 Larchmont Ave.
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-833-7333
“We have at least 20 different designers…we are more like a gallery. We hand pick each of the jewelry we buy, we even have jewelry won by celebrities,” said creative director Jessica Hendricks.
They have upcoming events including Sydney Even jewelry showing on Dec. 8 and 9 for charms and bracelets and Caroline Ellen (earrings) on Dec. 17.
1. Beginnings Boutique (Inside Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center)
Where: 1088 Wilmot Rd.
Store Hours: Mon.-Wed., Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-472-4722
“We have all premium denim lines, a true mother-daughter store with selection, service and style.”
Beginnings has been in business for 12 years expanding their specialty lines of blouses, jackets, and jeans for women to include (among others) Inhabit, JBrand Jeans, Frye, Splendid, and Miraclebod Jeans.
2. Kalliste Soap Shop
where: 30 Garth Road and Freightway
See site for holiday hours, and new stores that carry Kalliste products! Owner, Marie Labropoulos, has created art in the sphere of soap-making, using age-old Greek traditions and recipes. All her soaps are vegan, and are scented with only essential oils. All good for the skin, and just plain, good fun! Gift baskets are available, as are event favors, and promotional items for your business!
- Merry-Go-Round Toy Store
Where: 188 North Ave.
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone Number: (914)-632-4119
The Merry-Go-Round Toy Store on North Ave. is a child’s wonderland. With toys, board games, arts and crafts, educational toys from floor to ceiling. Playmobil sets, wooden trains, LEGOs, Leap Frog, RC cars, telescopes, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Play Station III, doll houses and baseball cards galore!
“We have been here in the same location for 60 years. We are the most well stocked toy store with toys to the rafters,” said owner Greg Choron. “We do things the big stores can’t do.”
1. Zoya Boutique
Where: 257 Mamaroneck Avenue
See website for special holiday hours
This well-established White Plains boutique has something for every gal on your list. Owner Diana Macaj, and manager Rose Nikac make sure that the latest and greatest styles and designers inhabit this chic location. Newly renovated, you will find tops, pants, jeans and accessories in every price range. And after you shop, how about getting your eyebrows done in their new brow bar in the back of the store? Talk about one-stop-shopping!!
You can even shop local, online!!!!
STELLA & DOT JEWELRY, BY ELIZABETH BUSSIAN. We are sure you have heard about Stella and Dot by now – super-chic style for a steal, with this direct sales jewelry company. Let Tarrytown resident, Elizabeth Bussian entice you with gorgeous jewels and accessories from S&D’s latest line. You can find the holiday gift guide, and shop online on her website, HERE. Or, why not host a holiday jewel soiree, and earn some free goodies for yourself??
WWW.ETSY.COM. Did you know that you can support handmade, AND SHOP LOCAL on Etsy?? If the artisan in you wishes to choose unique gifts this season, why not support the handmade community in YOUR community? Go to ETSY, and you can search by zip code, or location, to find local artisans who have their own online shop on Etsy. Many of them, such as STUDIO 3951 have special holiday coupon codes, and offer free shipping and gift packaging! How easy is that?
SO….Kris was able to find everything on the wish lists of all the good boys and girls this Holiday Season. With the Christmas Spirit back in his heart, Jessica is able to fatten him as we speak, because let’s face it, “No one likes a skinny Santa.”
[box] Chris Eberhart is the Associate Editor of the Kaleidoscope Literary and Visual Arts Magazine for Iona College. He is freelance writer for the New Rochelle Patch and other publications, and is a double major in Mass Communications-Journalism and Criminal Justice at Iona, class of 2013.[/box]