In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
While adults handle all of The Center @ 862's fundraising and fiscal management, the planning and promotion of events is up to a board of teens. The teens have thrown events including DJ parties, live-music nights, and video-game tournaments. Another such event: Mayhem Haunted House, the latest iteration of their yearly yelp-fest, partnered with Fright Room Productions, a cadre of scare experts who transform Supply Field into a deserted mansion that's maybe not so deserted after all. Thrills wait around every corner as patrons?and, if they're younger than 10, their parents?risk an encounter with ghosts, zombies, and ravenous monsters.
On off nights, the center accommodates teens from eighth graders through high schoolers as they play games of pool and pinball or snack on paninis and smoothies. Along with leisure activities, the center?s board schedules educational sessions such as practice SAT and ACT tests or babysitter training workshops, in which students learn bedtime-story alternatives to reading their algebra tests aloud.
Chef Central's kitchenware emporium, awarded Best of Westchester in 2010 by Westchester Magazine, plants chefs amid 21,000 square feet of epicurean aids from all-purpose pots to highly specialized gadgets. Amateur foodies and hard-boiled professionals alike can browse aisle upon aisle of cutlery, books, cookware, and gadgets. Lighting on tasteful treasures such as the Cuisipro stainless steel olive oil mister ($15.99), great for healthful baking and weather-resistant hairstyling, or an OXO salad spinner ($29.99).
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
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+).