Field trip: Rye, New York

Escape Manhattan in 45 minutes or less to discover affordable designer vintage, monogrammed home goods and breezy dresses on Westchester's charming Purchase Street, just a few steps from the Metro-North Rye station.

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    Wish

    Wish

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    Edwin Jagger razor with bone handle, $120; shave cream, $24; razor with bone...

    Edwin Jagger razor with bone handle, $120; shave cream, $24; razor with bone handle and badger-hair brush set, $500; at Wish

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    Espalma striped towels, $55 each, at Wish

    Espalma striped towels, $55 each, at Wish

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    Soundview Millworks wooden striped barbecue board, $110, at Wish

    Soundview Millworks wooden striped barbecue board, $110, at Wish

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    Marc Blackwell mix-and-match china, $100--$169 each, at Wish

    Marc Blackwell mix-and-match china, $100--$169 each, at Wish

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    Rhythm in Rye Too

    Rhythm in Rye Too

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    Elizabeth and James chambray button-up, $49, at Rhythm in Rye Too

    Elizabeth and James chambray button-up, $49, at Rhythm in Rye Too

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    Versace tie, $30; David Lance tie, $30; both at Rhythm in Rye Too

    Versace tie, $30; David Lance tie, $30; both at Rhythm in Rye Too

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    Christian Louboutin purple wicker wedges, $90, at Rhythm in Rye Too

    Christian Louboutin purple wicker wedges, $90, at Rhythm in Rye Too

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    Handmade mosaic-covered display guitar, $800, at Rhythm in Rye Too

    Handmade mosaic-covered display guitar, $800, at Rhythm in Rye Too

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    Silver Rush

    Silver Rush

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    Rush woven, charm and chain bracelets, $23--$36 each; stackable studded leather...

    Rush woven, charm and chain bracelets, $23--$36 each; stackable studded leather rings, $9--$23 each, at Silver Rush

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    Rush multicolored beaded wire loop necklace, $48, Silver Rush

    Rush multicolored beaded wire loop necklace, $48, Silver Rush

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    Rush beaded change purses, $38 each, at Silver Rush

    Rush beaded change purses, $38 each, at Silver Rush

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    Longford's Own-Made Ice Cream

    Longford's Own-Made Ice Cream

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    Cookie Monster vanilla ice cream with chocolate-chip-cookie chunks in an...

    Cookie Monster vanilla ice cream with chocolate-chip-cookie chunks in an M&M-candy--infused cone, $5.25, at Longford's Own-Made Ice Cream

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    Rags

    Rags

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    Tailgate Hudson Harbor tee, $40, at Rags

    Tailgate Hudson Harbor tee, $40, at Rags

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    Blue Bird bow-printed blouse, $50, at Rags

    Blue Bird bow-printed blouse, $50, at Rags

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    Vintage-inspired gold cube necklace, $68, at Rags

    Vintage-inspired gold cube necklace, $68, at Rags

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    Replica antique Rye sign, $125, at Rags

    Replica antique Rye sign, $125, at Rags

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    Blush Beauty Bar

    Blush Beauty Bar

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    The spa room at Blush Beauty Bar

    The spa room at Blush Beauty Bar

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    Love & Toast hand creams, $10 each, at Blush Beauty Bar

    Love & Toast hand creams, $10 each, at Blush Beauty Bar

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    Antique-looking rose-gold cuffs, $35 each, at Blush Beauty Bar

    Antique-looking rose-gold cuffs, $35 each, at Blush Beauty Bar

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    Handmade makeup cases created from fabric scraps, $22 each, at Blush Beauty Bar

    Handmade makeup cases created from fabric scraps, $22 each, at Blush Beauty Bar

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    Angela's

    Angela's

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    Chie Mihara cork-and-suede platform sandals, $360, at Angela's

    Chie Mihara cork-and-suede platform sandals, $360, at Angela's

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    We Are Owls printed scarf, $185, at Angela's

    We Are Owls printed scarf, $185, at Angela's

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    Obakki abstract floral-print romper, $335, at Angela's

    Obakki abstract floral-print romper, $335, at Angela's

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    Havana Jeans

    Havana Jeans

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    Citizens of Humanity red rolled-up jeans, $158, at Havana Jeans

    Citizens of Humanity red rolled-up jeans, $158, at Havana Jeans

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    RD International nautical striped shorts with braided rope belt, $78, at Havana...

    RD International nautical striped shorts with braided rope belt, $78, at Havana Jeans

  • BB Dakota trippy watercolor-printed dress, $82, at Havana Jeans

    BB Dakota trippy watercolor-printed dress, $82, at Havana Jeans

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    The Addison Story printed top, $110, at Havana Jeans

    The Addison Story printed top, $110, at Havana Jeans

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Wish

Wish

1. Wish
It's no secret that the country-club set loves its monograms, and personalization fiends can go on a shopping bender at this home-decor and hostess-gift store. Wish provides free customization on anything from Soundview Millworks wooden striped barbecue boards ($50--$210) to Cinda B colorful quilted yoga-mat bags ($79). The hodgepodge displays in the country-cottage-looking space can feel intimidating, since every tabletop is covered and shelves are filled to the ceiling with products, but the friendly staff is eager to help you navigate your way through the dish sets, linens and miscellaneous accessories. While there are goodies from well-known names like Jonathan Adler and Lilly Pulitzer, we're itching to stamp our initials on Edwin Jagger shave sets that include creams, razors and natural animal-hair brushes ($100--$525), Espalma striped towels ($55) and Macbeth Collection printed decoupaged buckets ($45--$95). The boutique is also a go-to spot for engagement and bridal gifts, such as Custom Crystal Designs stemless wine glasses (set of four $55) and Julia Knight sandblasted recycled-aluminum glazed bowls with mother-of-pearl embellishments ($45--$220). 3 Purdy Ave at Purchase St (914-967-2910, welcometowish.com)

2. Rhythm in Rye Too
This earthy consignment store used to be a music shop in the '80s, and when owner Renee Drummond took over the space in 2009, she kept the name and some of its influences. For instance, she carries CDs ($14) from musicians like Gary Lucas and Eddie Condon, and there's a gorgeous handmade mosaic-covered display guitar ($800) perched outside the boutique. But the real showstopper here is the collection of high-quality threads sourced from label-loving Westchester residents and sold for can't-beat prices. There are upscale duds from names like Tory Burch and Carolina Herrera as well as rock & roll Harley Davidson pieces that cater to Drummond's biker customers. The shoe collection is to die for, and your jaw may drop when you don't have to break a Benjamin on Christian Louboutin purple wicker wedges ($90), Chanel pink floral-stamped leather sandals with wooden heels ($89), Tod's men's loafers ($89) and handsome Ferragamo two-tone leather kicks ($89). The purses are equally promising, with satchels and clutches from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors ($30--$1,600). Dress as posh as the locals who reside in the nearby beach mansions, but for a tenth of the price, when you score an Elizabeth and James chambray button-up ($49), a Kenneth Cole vibrant parka ($65), a men's Bill Blass tuxedo shirt ($25) or printed ties from Herms, Versace and Thomas Pink ($30--$50). Finish off your look with a pair of Prada tortoiseshell square-shaped sunglasses ($99), a Fendi gold-and-silver watch ($110) or faux-gold oval cufflinks ($16). 85 Purchase St between Purdy and Theodore Fremd Aves (914-921-1117, rirtoo.com)

3. Silver Rush
Ireland native Denis Mathews teamed up with Malaysian-born Charlie Wong to open this jewelry shop, which holds their two lines, Denis & Charles and Rush; it's the only boutique devoted exclusively to their droolworthy pieces. The duo is passionate about design, and Mathews even headed the first sterling silver collection of Tommy Hilfiger (who resides in nearby Greenwich, CT). One-of-a-kind tribal pieces, including Rush multicolored beaded wire-loop necklaces ($48) and similar-style beaded wire cuffs ($38), are surprisingly lightweight and sure to garner compliments. There's an entire case devoted to of-the-moment Rush edgy leather cuffs ($23); woven, charm and chain bracelets ($23--$36); and stackable studded leather rings ($9--$23). The romantic pieces are standouts, like dangly earrings with green amethyst mixed with pink and green freshwater pearls ($84), vermeil gold earrings with turquoise drops ($81) and splurgeworthy 36-inch--long gold necklaces with purple amethyst stones ($352). Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all purchases through May 31. 81 Purchase St between Purdy and Theodore Fremd Aves (914-921-6000, rushstores.com)

4. Longford's Own-Made Ice Cream
This small, cheerful sugar haven opened in 1995, and it's been sating the sweet tooths of local residents ever since with its irresistible, locally made ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt. Opt for original flavors like blue-dyed Cookie Monster (vanilla ice cream with chocolate-chip-cookie chunks), red velvet (cream-cheese ice cream with red cake pieces) and bear tracks (a mix of pralines, brownies, caramel and Heath Bar in vanilla ice cream). The icy sweets taste best when paired with an M&M-candy--infused cone. A regular double-scoop ice-cream cone costs $5.25, but if you mention TONY, you'll receive 10 percent off any purchase through June 8. 4 Elm Pl between Purchase St and Theodore Fremd Ave (914-967-3797, longfordsicecream.com)

5. Rags
Rye's history is deeply rooted in this men's and women's staple for funky-preppy apparel and accessories. Owner Kevin Butler was born and raised in an apartment above the store, and in 1975 he rented the front of what was once a meat market to sell clothing until he completely took over the shop a few years later. The rugged, Americana space offers replica antique Rye signs (featuring slogans from Playland and school sports teams) painted on bleachers and piano benches ($125). Gents can grab casual threads such as Tailgate Clothing university tees ($40--$50), Earnest Sewn sweater jackets with buttons ($188) and U.S. Vintage 1965 madras plaid shorts ($59), which are great for the golf course. There are also sports-oriented books like Being Sugar Ray by Kenneth Shropshire ($25) and old-school games such as 1930s Pin the Tail on the Donkey ($15). The ladies' section is an explosion of vibrant prints, seersucker and eyelet pieces, plus bohemian garb from brands like Steven Alan, What Goes Around Comes Around, Michael Stars, Nanette Lepore and Free People. Narrow down your search by snatching Ocean Drive bright tie-dyed dresses ($70), Theme chambray tunics with crocheted trim ($138) and Blue Bird bow-printed blouses ($50). You can also find exclusives from locally made brands like Lotte and Lilly sheer ponchos created from thrifted fabrics ($268) and Tailored Tee fitted white long-sleeved tops with mock half button-up collars ($90), made to be worn under V-neck sweaters to provide a popped collar without the bulk. There's also a fairly large selection of baubles, many of which are sourced from London. We adore one-of-a-kind gems like a J.A.N.E Jewelry handmade multihued stone necklace with a chiffon tie ($48) and a green beaded triple-strand necklace ($198). Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all purchases through May 28. 61 Purchase St between Elm St and Purdy Ave (914-967-4144)

6. Blush Beauty Bar
The minute you walk into this cozy, light-caramel--colored beauty-and-accessories mecca, you'll be greeted by the scent of hundreds of different soaps, candles, diffusers and lotions. The girly spot is a beauty junkie's paradise, complete with an intimate spa in the back where aesthetician Mercedes Calderon (who has worked in the biz for 35 years) offers waxing and facial services. Choose from straightforward treatments like eyebrow shaping ($30), classic facials featuring steaming, exfoliation and extractions (one hour $90), and makeup application (full face $60). The boutique feels like the antithesis of Sephora, with a carefully selected roundup of products from under-the-radar brands like Paula Dorf and Bella Il Fiore cosmetics, rather than a collection of the trendiest goods. Treat your skin to B. Witching Bath Co. made-in--New Jersey sunflower salt scrubs ($15) and floral-scented goat's-milk body lotions ($15), or Love & Toast silky hand creams ($10) redolent of honey coconut, sugar grapefruit and mandarin tea. Scoop up a few pots of colorful Urban Rituelle lip balms ($9), which are made in Australia, and then store them in handmade makeup cases ($22) created from fabric scraps by local seamstress Obdulia Prado (who is owner Ana Sobalvarro's mother). There are also home accents, such as Antica Farmacista lemon and champagne diffusers ($26--$62) and Seda France printed ceramic pots containing double-wick candles ($42). Mixed in with the beauty booty are not-to-be-missed jewelry pieces including antique-looking rose-gold cuffs ($35) and bright City Limit slap-bracelet watches ($32). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through June 8. 34 Purchase St at Purdy Ave (914-921-2980)

7. Angela's
If we ever became a real housewife of Rye, this gorgeous, upscale women's boutique is where we'd beg our hubbies to drop $400 on a dress. The inspiration for the two-month-old shop's grandiose decor started with the Trove dressing room wallpaper, which features boxes of people at the La Scala opera theater in Milan (a nod to owner Angela Guitard's daughter, who is a rising opera star). Crystal chandeliers inspired by Sputnik 1960s Russian rocket ships hang from the ceilings, cowhide cream-colored rugs cover the blue-gray wooden floors, and antique mirrors and a colorful entryway mural were originally from NYC's Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Don't skip the back area, where shoppers can grab a gratis coffee from the small caf. You may hear Guitard helping her customers find a rare couture dress to wear to a wedding in Spain over the Italian movie sound tracks playing in the background. Discover both foreign labels (Temperley London from England, Cacharel from France and Camilla from Australia) and New York designers (Tracy Reese frocks, Alexis Bittar jewelry, We Are Owls Scarves and Eugenia Kim hats) on the racks, and run your fingers over luxe fabrics like tissue-paper-thin chiffon, smooth silks, soft suedes and buttery leathers. If you have dough to spend, nab Ali Ro long belted trench coats ($375), Diane von Furstenberg color-block dresses ($365), Obakki abstract floral-print rompers ($335) or Chie Mihara cork-and-suede platform sandals ($360). Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all purchases through May 31. 24 Purchase St at Locust St (914-481-5894)

8. Havana Jeans
While you may bump into a few tweens shopping for summer-camp garb with their mamas, it's worth the stop to find a perfectly curated selection of denim and weekend wares. This suburban chain (with sister stores in Scarsdale, NY, and Stamford, CT, plus an outlet in White Plains, NY) has developed a cult following since opening its first branch in Scarsdale in 1995. Husband-and-wife owners Sheryl and Eli Blit named the shop after Eli's hometown in Cuba, and it quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most popular designer-denim spots (many Westchester natives can nostalgically remember swarming it for old-school velour Juicy tracksuits). The selection stays true to its trendy roots by stocking pieces like BB Dakota trippy watercolor-printed frocks ($82), Market striped jersey maxidresses ($78) and Monroe abstract-pattern tops ($110). Jeans dominate the stock with approximately 15 brands represented, such as 7 for All Mankind, J Brand and Joe's Jeans ($145--$250). Denim standouts include Citizens of Humanity red rolled-up jeans ($158), Mavi boyfriend styles ($88) and RD International nautical striped shorts with braided rope belts ($78). And while there's tons to choose from, it's all neatly organized on the clean white shelves inside the royal-purple-hued space. A small accessories selection by the checkout counter houses such pieces as IsABelt clear waist cinchers that lie flat under tops ($18), Michael Stars beaded thong flip-flops ($38) and long chain necklaces ($18--$80). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through June 8. 16 Purchase St between Boston Post Rd and Locust St (914-481-5202)

GET THERE!
Take the Metro-North (mta.info/mnr, $8--$11) train from Grand Central Station to Rye. The trip should take between 33 and 44 minutes. Once you've arrived, there is also a seasonal shuttle (transportation.westchestergov.com/timetables-and-maps, $2.25) that runs from the Rye train station to Playland and Rye beach.

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