Sculpting blossoms since 1978, the avid arrangers of Tarrytown lovingly harmonize world-spanning flora found from Holland to Hawaii. A crimson triumvirate of classic courtly love, the 3 Red Roses ($44.95+) ornament formal declarations in a pristine clear vase and ribbon bow tie. Teleflora's Zen gerbera bowl ($49.95+) infuses a classic black vessel with warm, vibrant blooms and reignites the age-old riddle of whether the flowers have been potted or the pot has been flowered. Gift baskets communicate partiality in lasting wicker panniers, with groupings such as the Blooming Garden Basket, a display of backyard habitué bedded amid tumbling ivy leaves ($79.95+).
As children, cousins Zak Cassady-Dorion and Charlie Ruehr first bonded over a box of animal crackers. Now that they've grown up, their tastes have changed, and they have bonded over a love of artisanal olive oils. They opened their shop, Pure Mountain Olive Oil, in order to prove to others that a good, quality olive oil can complement almost any dish at any meal. Their shop stocks extra-virgin olive oils imported from Italy, Morocco, Greece, and other nations, many of which the cousins have visited themselves.
The duo encourages people to enjoy the shops healthful oils drizzled over a sandwich to replace butter, mixed with the shop's aged balsamic vinegars to make dressings, or poured over playground slides to make them faster. Zak and Charlie also offer perfect olive-oil accompaniments, including gourmet sea salts, small-batch, air-dried pastas, and spreads, including fig jam and asparagus pesto.
Original Tea Butter Company founders Abbey Haag and Kevin Powell churn out sweet and savory butter varieties that use fresh ingredients along with a blend of traditional processes and modern techniques. To craft each order, the duo employs at-risk and underserved Americans to cull cream directly from whole milk and infuse it with ingredients produced by local farmers. Fruit-tinged spreads include sweet and tangy lemon tea butter and zesty sweet kiwi tea butter, both of which leave tongues happier than a kid with a high-performing 401k. Autumn harvest butter bursts with the natural flavors of apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and garden herb and garlic butter enlivens taste buds with savory notes of home-grown rosemary and thyme. In addition to crafting natural products, the team reaches out to customers through a company blog that hosts helpful recipes and ideas that expand butter use beyond spicing up baked potatoes or freeing a child's head from between banisters.
The hum of engines. The squeal of tires. The thrill of a photo finish. At Elmsford Raceway, competitors enjoy all that comes with a day at the races—just on a much, much smaller scale and without the danger. Equipped with hand controllers, they steer miniature electric-powered replicas of full-size cars around three different tracks. Each of those tracks boasts a different skill level, and, for an extra shot of inspiration, each bears the name of a famous Formula 1 driver.
The world looks a lot clearer once you leave Hudson River Eye Care. Inside the clinic, an optometrist checks for problems and writes a prescription for lenses. Then, you can browse the collection of frames and choose a pair to keep those lenses from running away to join an observatory.