The Best of Pleasantville Insider 2019

Best of Pleasantville Insider 2019 – VIDEO

What a year! When I started Pleasantville Insider last holiday season, I wanted to spotlight local businesses and give buyers considering moving here a sense of what makes our village different from other suburbs. It has been so much fun getting to know (and hamming it up) with local leaders – if you haven’t introduced yourself to these fabulous neighbors do it – the best part of living in a small town is the people! Check out the video highlights. MANY THANKS to all who have participated, subscribed, & shared – much more to come in 2020!


Posted on December 30, 2019 at 7:51 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Shopping, Westchester | Tagged

Meet Pleasantville Bakery’s Beloved “Q”!

Step inside Pleasantville Bakery & Cafe in Pleasantville, NY and time stands still. Q, the owner, greets you with a smile and asks you how you are, and you realize the answer is “a whole lot better now!” No matter how busy our days are, we stop to connect, make sure we’re all right, and realize this is the best part of having a hometown. Then tasting the best rugelach or cupcake you’ve ever had is literally icing on the cake!

I first met Q when I was in the middle of moving to Pleasantville and worried about, well, everything. He welcomed me and my family with open arms. Before long we were finding every reason to have a celebratory cake or pie. “Since moving to Pleasantville, we eat a lot more cake!” our daughter observed. Why not, when there are so many delicious ones to try? I’m ordering “Welcome Home” cakes for my buyers for when they move to their dream home. Maybe they’ll offer me a slice :).

What do you love most about the neighborhood?

“I never knew what community was until I got here. If there’s a problem we come together and support each other. I love the good positive energy floating around Pleasantville.” – Q, Pleasantville Bakery

What is a day in the life of a baker like?

I get here at 3 am to bake the breakfast pastries, danishes, rolls, crumb cake, muffins. The apple crumb coffee cake is a favorite of our customers.
At 6 am we start on the showcases, baking cookies, pies, and whatever birthday cake orders need to be filled. I try to make the cakes as good as possible, because I want to keep friends like Patty coming back!

What is your favorite item here?

My favorite is the raspberry rugelach. I also love to bake cookies. Every time I give a child a cookie their expression is something you can’t put a price on.

Why did you set up shop in Pleasantville?

I feel like the universe brought me here. I was looking for a bakery for so long, and this was the bakery I found at exactly the right price. This was the perfect fit. I never knew what community was like before I came here. I grew up in a small family in the Bronx. I love that family is #1 here. And as you go through life you realize many of the people you meet become your family, and that’s definitely the situation with me and a lot of the customers that come in here.

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:44 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Pleasantville, Shopping, Westchester | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

New Year, Fresh Start at Kimberly House in Pleasantville

Who’s looking for a fresh start this New Year? I sure am!

It’s time to clean out, which means going to Kimberly House for a delicious home fragrance to take away the “dogs-cooped-up-for-the-winter” scent in our house and replace it with something more uplifting. Owners Hendrien and Simon Dewhurst always have just the right thing, showing me wild-harvested oils from Africa.

I breathe deeply. My blood pressure drops, I dream of faraway places. My daughter has to poke me to bring me back to reality. By the time I’m done admiring the handmade and fairly traded natural soaps, jewelry, linens, and decor I’ve selected just the right gifts for clients, hostesses, and colleagues for the next several months.

Look out 2019! We’re organized! We’re energized! And we smell amazing. #shopsmall #shoplocal

What do you love most about the neighborhood?

Pleasantville is beautiful, and bringing the beauty of my native South Africa here feels just right. – Hendrien Dewhurst

Read more local business profiles at:

Kimberly House basket -pattyanker.randrealty.comKimberly House Handmade Soap

Posted on December 30, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Pleasantville, Real Estate, Shopping, Westchester | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Best Sparkling Wines for the Holidays? Ask Best Wine Purveyors Proprietor Thierry Pradines

What’s better than sipping delicious sparkling wine to toast the holidays? Why, sipping 6 different kinds with renowned expert Thierry Pradines, proprietor of Pleasantville’s own Best Wine Purveryors, of course! My husband, mother-in-law, and I were happy as could be at their weekly wine seminar on Friday which focused on holiday bubbly. I learned a lot, including why a $130 bottle of Champagne costs that much, and how prosecco gets its fizz in a fraction of the time and price. Thierry’s stories, sprinkled with folklore and fact, made each sample stand out.

Our favorites: Val D’Oca, Prosecco 2017, Veneto, Italy; Jean-Baptiste Adam, Cremant d’Alsace Rose Brut NV, Alsace, France; Neveran, Gremillet Brut NV, Champagne, France.

Purchases of 6 bottles of sampled wines are discounted 10% – we left with bottles we’ll be proud to pop at our holiday gatherings this season. Next up; Best of 2018 sampling on December 28 at 7 pm!

A Conversation with Thierry Pradines, proprietor of Best Wine Purveyors:

Describe your business:

Best Wine Purveyors is a retail wine store unlike any other. Every wine we carry has been hand selected as the best from different regions, varietals and price points. We sample 8 wines a day in our drawing room like atmosphere and offer weekly tasting seminars. We welcome patrons to spend time here, learn about wine, and have a wonderful experience.

Why did you choose this profession?

I was born and raised in Fronton, France, a small Southwest village where wine has been made since the thirteenth century. My family owns vineyards and makes wine, so I’ve been involved in every aspect of the process. I’m proud to have also earned certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust – the most highly respected wine education program in the world. And I really love wine.

What do you love most about the neighborhood?

Pleasantville is full of people who care about quality and want special experiences. You can find the best of everything here – wine, food, services, culture. If you speak to proprietors they have traveled and worked with the best in their businesses. It’s a pleasure to learn from each other.

Anything exciting going on that customers should know about?

We have weekly wine tasting seminars on Fridays at 7 pm – we just toasted the holidays with a tasting of six sparkling wines – and our next will be the Best of 2018 on December 28. Reserve a spot early, as they often sell out.

Posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Pleasantville, Shopping, Uncategorized, Westchester | Tagged , , ,

Holiday Shopping for the Perfect Gift in Pleasantville

Patty Anker and Matt Jaros of Glass OnionMy lucky colleagues are getting treasures from Glass Onion Originals this year! Why is this special? Matt Jaros, owner, says “We’re proud to carry handmade pieces by American artisans and craftspeople,” and the originality shines through. I asked Matt and his sales associate Pam to help me pick the perfect gifts for my real estate mentors. I came away with a beautiful brass necklace with crystals in the Better Homes & Gardens Rand green, and the perfect key pendant for a realtor who helps so many unlock doors to the houses of their dreams.

Glass Onion originals jewelry

They also have stunning accessories (clothing and home decor) – give yourself plenty of time to peruse! #shoplocal #shopsmall #westchestersmallbusiness

What do you love most about the neighborhood?

“Pleasantville is charming – but what is charm? It’s the villages, the shops and the people. We are grateful for our neighbors and visitors who shop local and help us create the charm we all love.” – Matt Jaros, owner, Glass Onion Originals

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 3:57 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Pleasantville, Real Estate, Shopping, Uncategorized, Westchester | Tagged , , , , ,

What’s Hot in the Hudson Valley Economy?

What's Happening in the Hudson Valley

Did you know the Lower Hudson Valley is both #NYBioHV (an epicenter for biotech), and the fastest growing food and beverage region in New York? Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation CEO Mike Oates gave a state of the region talk at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors conference on Monday. Highlighting exciting developments like the rise of SUNY New Paltz as a center for 3-D printing, and the Culinary Institute of America‘s starring role in TasteNY, Oates also announced a new HVEDC partnership with Rand Commercial  and invited businesses with workforce needs to reach out to HVEDC for referrals to organizations with people, particularly disabled workers, who are ready to work. For realtors grappling with the effect of new tax laws on our area, it was an energizing reminder of all that’s great about living and working in our corner of the Empire State.

Interested in the future of commercial real estate in our area? Check out the Hudson Valley Visionaries event on April 12 at Marist College.

“Economic Development in the Hudson Valley” was hosted by the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) which advocates for realtor and homeowner interests.

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Real Estate, Westchester | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Pleasantville Fall Festivities!

Autumn leaf

Do you love Halloween screams of terror or delight? Either way, Pleasantville’s got you covered this fall weekend.

First, the Jacob Burns Film Center is hosting its fifth annual Halloween movie marathon/costume contest/stay up all night terrified party on Friday, Oct 26. Attention Teen and Tween Anker: You are not allowed to attend.

Then (and much more my speed) on Sat Oct 27:

Pleasantville’s Halloween Ragamuffin Parade and Harvest Festival! Kids and pets parade in costume, activities galore, what’s not to love??
And of course, the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market (the region’s largest year round farmer’s market and Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester for the past 5 years in a row!) will be going from 8:30 am – 1 pm with live music from Susan Kane starting at 10 am.
Round out your day with a visit to hike the trails and ooh and ahh at the leaves at Rockefeller State Park.
Fall is sooooo beautiful in Northern Westchester. Let us brag. Come eat doughnuts. Everyone’s happy!

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 9:05 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Pleasantville, Westchester | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Empowering Women: Networking with Eileen Fisher and the Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce

Eileen Fisher

“Women know our time is now.” – Eileen Fisher

What happens when you gather women professionals with fashion icon Eileen Fisher and the Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce? An networking event full of possibilities. A shockingly low 1% of women-run businesses make it past $1 million, Fisher reported. It made me realize again how exceptional it is to be part of a women-led company. Thank you, Sherry Chris! (Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate CEO). Thank you, Marsha Rand! (Founder, Rand Realty).

I enjoyed connecting with local women-run businesses like MadeByRK Bakery in Dobbs Ferry (custom cookies by Karen Chow may be future client gifts!) and Lynne Palumbo of Lynne Palumbo Organizing (decluttering, anyone?). May we be the rising tide that lifts all boats!

Read more:

The Journal News exclusive with Eileen Fisher

The Power of 10: Insights with Sherry Chris

Hudson Valley Magazine, Best of the Lot: Marsha Rand

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 3:50 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Empowering Women, Real Estate, Westchester | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Real Estate Photography: Getting Your Home Ready for its Close Up

Real Estate Staging and Photography

We all know how critical real estate photos are – with a quick click through, buyers can sense if a property appeals to them on a gut level. Very few people connect viscerally to chaos (in a positive way, anyway). Our lives may BE chaos but hope springs eternal for the next home. So clearing clutter and positioning furniture to keep the bones of the space the star, are first steps.

A professional real estate photographer with an eye for detail can make the difference between a space that looks dark and cramped to one that looks like a place you’d like to call home. Bringing out a space’s best qualities without trickery (pictures that make a tiny space look huge are my pet peeve – disappointing buyers once they see it in person isn’t a great way of building credibility) is often simply a matter of removing distractions, and using proper lighting, angles, and technique. “Move the dish soap” and “Let’s take that over again without the trash can,” are signs of a real estate photographer who cares that the listing is as strong as it can be. Pedro Sousa (pictured with me above), of  Jump Visual makes listings shine.

Want to see what we were shooting? It’s coming soon…stay tuned!

Posted on October 5, 2018 at 4:28 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Real Estate, Westchester | Tagged , , , , ,

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Updates Women’s Council of Realtors on Local Economy

George Latimer at Women's Council of Realtors

George Latimer at the Women’s Council of Realtors State of the County Event

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gave his first State of the County talk to the Women’s Council of Realtors Empire Westchester at the Knollwood Country Club on September 24. Addressing the many needs of a diverse county that holds cities and suburbs, a prison, an airport, and a budget of $1.8 billion, Latimer presented a compelling case for why we pay the taxes we do. “Whether or not you ride the Beeline bus, the bus is essential for employees who work at our local businesses,” he said. “Sewage treatment isn’t something you think too much about, but believe me, it’s something you want to be taken care of.”

He also assured real estate professionals that he understands the property value concerns in areas surrounding Westchester Airport and is looking into plans for maintaining control of it, and is following closely the progress of the co-op bill that would set a time limit for co-op board decisions and require written explanation for rejections. For a business that is all about location, location, location, it was great to get a local view of how the county runs and to see the impact the National Association of Realtors can have in advocating for sensible legislation.



Posted on September 26, 2018 at 10:04 pm
Patty Anker | Posted in Real Estate, Westchester | Tagged , , ,