Shop Katonah

A couple of weeks ago a friend and I took to the streets of Katonah with my camera in tow. Instagram had taught me that there is an absolute treasure trove of awesome small businesses there and I had to check them out (and share them with you). And I fell in love with a few small businesses in the process.

I have four stores to share with you today, but please note that there are definitely more than four that deserve a visit. I had to race home to get my girls off the bus or I would have wandered into POP Katonah next! Also note that there are a bunch of places to eat in town. I fueled up with squash toast from Katonah Reading Room before wandering—and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

OK. Let’s get down to the shops.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think a lot of times people feel like they can’t shop small when it comes to kids. Whether they have a very specific list of licensed character toys that they want or you’re just used to going to a big box store, people seem to forget about the little guys. I’m here to prove that wrong with the help of these great stores in Katonah.

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Shop Local | Quirkshop in Peekskill

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I have been wanting to check out Quirkshop in Peekskill for what seems like forever. Tucked right between The Quiet Man and Speakeasy Tattoo Studio on North Division Street, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared into it while on a lunch date with my husband at McDonald and Peacock across the street. But something inevitably got in the way of actually stepping inside. Torrential downpours, a tight schedule, you name it and it stopped me from popping in.

Recently, after a coffee date with a friend at Peekskill Coffeehouse, I finally made stepped inside—and it was incredible.

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Westchester Kid | Abigail Rosenbaum

Westchester Kid is a series that shines a light on Westchester county’s best and brightest kids. Through their cool achievements, go-getter attitudes and desire to give back to our community, these kids are people we can all look up to.

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This week’s Westchester Kid is an 11-year old Cortlandt Manor girl who got a grant from the Candreva Environmental Foundation for $500 to put recycling bins in every classroom in her school. Impressive, right? Abigail Rosenbaum explains how she came up with the idea and how she made it happen.

Tell us a little bit about your project. 

I started it in 4th grade. I was assigned to write up a book report on any topic I wanted. I chose to look up stuff about recycling because I thought it would be cool. After I researched it, I realized that trash in landfills is a problem especially because most people, including our school, don’t have recycling bins and recycling systems.

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Shop Local | Wyatt Lily in Scarsdale, NY

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You can tell when my daughters and I like a store. We immediately start touching everything. We pet sweaters to see how soft they are. We squish pom poms and pillows and we rub things between our fingers to see what they’re made of. This is exactly what we started doing the second we walked into Scarsdale’s Wyatt Lily boutique.

Located right on the corner of Chase Rd. and Harwood Crt., Wyatt Lily started out as a little shop on the Upper West Side. After outgrowing their old location, they moved to Scarsdale a little over a year ago. With a bigger storefront, the boutique now offers a wider range of sizes, stocking newborn through size 14.

Aside from designer clothes, the boutique also carries a bunch of fun and trendy gift items and accessories. My girls’ favorites were most definitely the emoji and sweet treat pillows.

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Booked Parties + PLAY Westchester

The Westchester Mall in White Plains recently opened a brand new kids learning and play space called PLAY Westchester. To celebrate its launch, The Westchester partnered up with my friends at Booked Parties to throw a bunch of family-friendly events throughout the month of December. If they’re even half as fun as the Holiday PJ Party Ellie and I attended last Friday, Westchester families are in for a real treat!

First, let’s take a little peek at PLAY.

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Westchester Kid | Nick Merando, Eagle Scout

Westchester Kid is a series that shines a light on Westchester county’s best and brightest kids. Through their cool achievements, go-getter attitudes and desire to give back to our community, these kids are people we can all look up to. 

Westchester Kid

 

This week’s Westchester Kid is Nick Merando, a 16 year old from Cortlandt Manor, who became an Eagle Scout last July. This is a huge honor in the scouting world and Nick achieved this rank by cleaning up a local walking trail. Here’s what he had to say about becoming an Eagle Scout and about the project that helped him get there.

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Kids’ Night on Broadway 2017

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Attention theater lovers!

Tomorrow (December 6th) at 10:30 am, tickets go on sale for the 21st Annual Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017!

If you’re not familiar with the annual event, it’s where kids 18 and under get to see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Aside from the show, the ticket also includes restaurant discounts (at some restaurants, kids can even eat for free!), parking discounts, and educational programs. Some shows will even offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more!

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Shop Local… Without Getting Dressed

Confession: I have absolutely no desire to go anywhere near a mall this weekend.

The idea of sitting in traffic only to be crammed and sweaty in too-small spaces with grumpy shoppers makes me want to bury my head under my pillow. But I do want to support small local businesses. So, while I probably won’t be out much this weekend (don’t fret, local shop owners. I will be visiting you this holiday season—and with my camera so that I can share your awesomeness with my readers), I’ve put together a little roundup of Westchester and Hudson Valley makers that you can buy from online.

So warm up a cup of tea, peruse some pretty pieces and be ready to click over and get lost in the shops of some fabulous local makers…

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Holiday Lights, Shows and Celebrations in Westchester

I don’t know abut you, but once the Thanksgiving leftovers have all been magically fit into the fridge, I’m in full on crazy town holiday mode. My tree is out, the lights are up and I am ready for all of the holiday cheer. I want to do everything.

The problem? How the heck do you know what there is to do this holiday season?

Well, luckily for you, I spent hours combing the internet for all of the holiday happenings in and around Westchester. I found tree lightings and menorah lightings. I found parades and holiday shows. I found Santa sightings and Nutcracker performances. I found pretty much anything you could possibly want to experience this holiday season and I wrapped it up into a nice little blog post.

Think you might need an extra reminder? Sign up for my Weekend Guide and I’ll deliver each weekend’s holiday happenings to your inbox every Thursday morning.

Now let’s get to it…

Holiday lights, shows and celebrations in Westchester

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Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York Through November 27th

Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York

Have you ever wanted to check out Madame Tussauds but found yourself a little reluctant because, well… kids are fickle as hell and trips like that can be expensive?

Now is the time, my friends! Starting tomorrow through Sunday, November 27th, all kids get in free to Madame Tussauds New York when accompanied by a paying adult.

A top destination for New York locals and out-of-towners, this is a great deal to take advantage of if you have family visiting

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