About Town: Shop Local

Village Retailers Take on Holiday Traffic.


We’ve been spending a lot of time working from lately (note to : install wireless!) One of the side benefits of this satellite office is bumping into great locals like real estate titan Maria Devaney, philanthropist Noel D’Allaco, and new mom Lisa Farrell, among others.

Free parking on Saturday, courtesy of the Village and the Chamber of Commerce brought in locals and visitors alike – Pondfield and Kraft were mobbed with shoppers, and you could almost hear the jingling of spare change – once destined for the meters – in their pockets. 

We bumped into Gary Schnorr of and decided to stop in for a cappuccino (Slave and Starbucks aren’t the only games in town) and an absolutely delicious toasted croissant with butter.  Down the street, Kevin McNeill and staff at were cutting what appeared to be tons of cheese for locals customers prepping for holiday entertaining.  Those locals then crossed Pondfield to John Cola’s to get coiffed for the big night.  To document the festivities, Richard Restiano at was helping customers  choose just the right camera.  If you’ve been using your iPhone camera more and more lately, check out some of the cool solutions he has from Joby, which makes some nice mini-tripods for the iPhone. 

We also had the chance to meet Christine Wetton over at , whose cute dogs nap behind the counter while customers peruse the lovely selection of kitchen and home items.  Susan Piper's also has a great variety of unique items, and was absolutely mobbed on Saturday. 

Over on Kraft, Lisa Bellacero at was busy helping folks design their own jewelry, Andre’s Hardware made a convenient stop for those inevitable last minute decorating tool needs, and Steve Singer was doling out the holistic pet food that our dog loves so much at

Let’s hope residents are heeding the call to “Shop Local” this holiday season.  And local, for us, doesn’t just mean Bronxville.  In preparation for a pajama party at school, we ferried our four-and-a-half-year-old up to in Tuckahoe to shop for new slippers.  Parking seems to be a little easier in Tuckahoe, and there are some great shops and restaurants there as well.  

Whether in the Villages of Bronxville or Tuckahoe, or…gasp…over on Stew Leonard Drive, we’ll see you About Town this week.

Where have been your favorite places to shop local this Holiday season?  Any suggestions or good deals out there we should know about for the final wekk of shopping?


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