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.
Rain. Snow. Sunshine that just won't quit. None of that matters at Fairview Golf Center. The center's two-tiered covered driving range stands in defiance of the elements, letting golfers of all ages and skills launch balls towards five target greens spaced from 60 to 200 yards. A total of 76 tees blanket the facility, and the structure's lower level stays heated during winter months.
Golfers can work on their game by themselves at the range or take advantage of private sessions from Fairview's faculty of PGA instructors. These experts also host group clinics for kids and adults. Golfers who want to practice putting or fishing balls out of a water hazard with their toes can head to Fairview's outdoor mini-golf course.
Before a game, golfers head to the pro shop to stock up on equipment. Staffers there often have customers hit a few balls at the range. That way, they can fit the best wood or iron from brands such as Titleist and Nike.
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.