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).
Reared by a loving family of owner-operators since 1937, Berger Hardware rolls out labyrinthine aisles of home and garden products. Under the umbrella of the nationwide True Value franchise, the shop stocks and replenishes a vast array of standard inventory, seasonal items, and literal nuts and bolts. Knowledgeable staffers draw on their personal tool-wrangling experience to dispense expert advice and connect customers with their ideal equipment.
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+).