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
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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.
My 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.
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
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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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I am thrilled to join Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty in Thornwood, NY! I’ll be posting real estate news & advice on home buying, selling, staging, organizing, maintenance, and how to stay sane through it all.
Anyone can buy, sell, or care for a home on their own. But for such a complicated process (and large investment!) why not have an expert guide save you time, hassle and money? Why not partner with a fear-facing expert and former marketing executive who can hear your hopes and negotiate them into the boldest reality possible? And why not laugh a lot, and HAVE FUN?
Finding home is an adventure. Let’s do this!
“Patty is a skilled listener with unquestioned integrity” – Scott Williams
“Anyone would be lucky to have Patty in their corner.” – Toni Sciarra Poynter
“A complete pleasure to work with.” – Amy Cooper