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G. Willikers Gifts: Just drop off your list

G. Willikers Gifts 22 Forest Avenue Locust Valley, New York 11560 (516) 671-3335 Facebook page G. Willikers Gifts has been in business for 30 years in the heart of Locust Valley, N.Y. It started out as a general store and evolved over the years into the toy and gift shop it is today. Asgeir […]

Kron Chocolatier: Chocolate Bar-tenders

Kron Chocolatier 24 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Plaza Great Neck, New York 11021 (516) 829-5550 Facebook page I challenge anyone to walk in to Kron Chocolatier in Great Neck, N.Y. and not immediately crave chocolate. You’re not only surrounded by the smell of homemade goodness, but everything is so nicely packaged and presented […]

The Curtain Shop: Custom-made service

The Curtain Shop 541 Main Street New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8794 Facebook page Custom-made and customer service are integral components of The Curtain Shop in New Rochelle, N.Y. Co-owner Louis Vaccaro speaks highly of his staff and makes sure they are part of what sets The Curtain Shop apart. “One of the […]

Blossom Flower Shop – Yes We Can!

Blossom Flower Shop 980 McLean Avenue Yonkers, New York 10704 (914) 237-2511 “Family owned and operated for four generations,” is not just a tagline for Blossom Flower Shop. We met co-owners Kevin Kegan and his wife Sue, their son, and Sue’s sister Kathie, within the first five minutes of our visit to their […]

Dedrick’s Pharmacy & Gifts – At the heart of New Paltz

Dedrick’s Pharmacy & Gifts 190 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-0310 The Council has always stressed how local stores strengthen our communities. They employ our neighbors, support our tax base and add charm to our business districts. Local businesses have the power to rally people to support important causes, and can be part […]

Sierra Lily – A new name attracts new shoppers

Sierra Lily 1955 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 297-1684 Find Sierra Lily on Facebook Sierra Lily’s Alex and Ani counter buzzed with excited moms and teens in search of the latest charms and bracelets. Alex and Ani and other national brands like Pandora and Vera Bradley are big draws to this appealing Poughkeepsie accessory […]

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique: A serious mission with a light heart

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique 4412 Albany Post Road (Rt. 9) Hyde Park, NY 12538 (845) 229-0425 Find Surviving Sisters’ Boutique on Facebook Kim Miller had a vision, after surviving a life-threatening heart attack in 2003, to open a place where she could use her retail/restaurant experience and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association […]

The Pedallers Bike Shop helps cyclists keep “the rubber side down”

  The Pedallers Bike Shop 2511 E. Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14623 (585) 334-1083 Bob DeRoo, owner of The Pedallers Bike Shop in Rochester, N.Y. attached the water bottle holder and made sure the bike was in prime working order as the customer looked on. The ride didn’t feel quite right so she had […]

Local artists on display at The Creator’s Hands

The Creator’s Hands A Gallery of Art and Craft 155 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 235-8550 Opened in 1979 the original owner of The Creator’s Hands was inspired to display and sell the works of area artists. Wood, metal, clay, fabric, paper and other works of art in every medium fill this spacious […]

Music buffs flock to the Record Archive

Record Archive 33 1/3 Rockwood Street Rochester, NY 14610 (585) 244-1210 The rise of digital music has caused chaos for artists, record labels and other music retailers, but the Record Archive – well known to music aficionados in the Northeast – has defied the odds and expanded several times over nearly 40 years. The […]

The Wear House Accessorized: A passion for fashion and personal service

The Wear House Accessorized 2395 Maple Road Williamsville, NY 14221 (716) 636-8234 Everyone warned Leah Steinhart and Sandy Wisbaum that going into business together would ruin their friendship. After more than 50 years that relationship, and the store they opened in 1975, The Wear House Accessorized, is still going strong. Bright and welcoming, The […]

Vidler’s 5 & 10: Shopping entertainment at its best

Vidler’s 5 & 10 676-694 Main Street East Aurora, NY 14052 1-877-VIDLERS (843-5377) The red and white striped awnings were just being rolled out on Main Street when we arrived at Vidler’s. Finding the store was no problem thanks to the four storefronts it occupies and “Vidler on the Roof,” a large statue of […]

Parkleigh treats customers like guests

Parkleigh 215 Park Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 800-333-0627 Ample parking is available in a lot to the rear of store. View more photos of Parkleigh! On the outside, Parkleigh reflects its heritage. The black storefront, striped canopy and large display windows now filled with brightly colored Vera Bradley handbags may have enticed shoppers with […]

SHOP program designed to aid small businesses

January 1, 2014, is right around the corner for New York’s massive implementation of its Health Benefit Exchange in support of the federal Affordable Care Act. That’s the date health insurance coverage purchased through New York’s Exchange will go into effect. If you want to learn more about the Exchange and how it will work, […]

Tips to deter shoplifters

Kevin Plante from KMP Security Consulting offered many great tips to deter shoplifting during our recent webinar on the topic. According to Kevin, shoplifters don’t want to be recognized or acknowledged when they enter a store and they’ll do their best to escape notice. While honest shoppers will see these attempts to engage them as […]