By Kicki Storm
If you haven’t already mapped out a summer vacation and started shopping for new beach, barbecue, and travel clothes, head to Purchase Street for one-stop style shopping. Our local boutiques have all you need in fashions, footwear, and products for all your beach, poolside, and outdoor dining fun. Here’s the summer from shop owners and longtime managers on the must-haves for the season.
This family-owned women’s boutique opened its doors in 1980 and has offered one-of-a-kind fashions from around the world ever since. It’s the perfect destination to pick up a cozy sweater or a funky Saturday night outfit. Experienced manager Hayden Maitre loves her Rye clients and will always help you find a great on-trend outfit.
Must-haves: Floral jumpsuit, flowy sundresses, graphic tee’s
SHOES ‘N’ MORE
This family-owned, female-managed shop opened its doors in 1997. They offer the head-to-toe women’s fashion experience — shoes, clothing, handbags, accessories, and gifts — at affordable luxury prices. You’ll find well-known brands and unique pieces along with personal service in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Must-haves: Blue tank dress, strappy espadrille, beach bag totes
Sheryl and Eli Blit, experienced retailers, opened their first store in 1995. They named it after Eli’s hometown in Cuba. His retail background coupled with Sheryl’s experience as a buyer proved to be a winning combination. They started out selling recycled Levi’s and today offer the largest selection of women’s jeans in Westchester County and Connecticut. You can find the latest trends of the season, as well as your everyday basics.
Must-haves: Ripped jeans (as many as you like), daisy necklace, white cotton gauzy two-piece outfit
Owner Ellie Zieminski grew up in North Carolina and moved to New York in 1997 to follow her dreams in fashion. She opened her first women’s clothing boutique in 2003, founded on the premise that women can look beautiful and feel comfortable in their own skin no matter their age or size. Ellie encourages her customers to try on things that might be outside their box, but only purchase things they truly love. Love Bella wants to give you advice like a girlfriend, rather than a client.
Must-haves: Denim dress, floral maxis and midis, neon pink top
Carrie Heffernan Misfit Bazaar is a recently opened luxe wellness boutique owned by Carrie Heffernan. She set out with a passion to open a store selling good-for-you and good-for-the-earth products. Here you’ll find quality apparel and accessories, beauty and skincare, and health & wellness products to nourish body and soul while maintaining standards of eco-sustainability.
Must-haves: CALA de la CRUZ mix and match swimwear, Wonder Valley wonder serum, black serpent necklace
PALMER & PURCHASE
Abby Durkin grew up in retail, watching and helping her mother, Judy Graham open an array of successful stores in and around Rye, most recently Pink, on the opposite side of Purchase Street.
She carries a mix of ready-to-wear fashions, handbags, and jewelry that fit every casual need. And her welcoming, ever-ready crew will help you put it all together.
Must-haves: Emerson white jeans, Love the Label floral peasant tops, Aqua D’Mar raffia bags