Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00
Family-owned community shops are a rare sight these days with Targets and Costcos dominating shopping centers. But with Foresto Tuxedo on Willis Avenue, you’ll get an experience that’s been available for 74 years in Mineola.
“It’s an honor to be able to compete with the big box stores and do good business,” owner Dominick Foresto said. “We give quality products and services; carry all the latest styles and we carry a lot that’s made in the United States.”
Foresto’s parents, Michael and Nancy, started the business in 1940 and it has remained in Mineola ever since. At one point, the empire had five locations.
Styles change with the times; Foresto flows with the trends, but stays true to its roots, offering top notch men’s wear, including Ralph Lauren, Jean Yves, Ike Behar, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Hart Schaffner & Marx, Hickey Freeman and Jack Victor.
“Everything is a slimmer fit look now with slim fit pants and shirts,” said Foresto. “They all want to look like they just got off the red carpet at the Oscars. Everyone wanted to look like The Great Gatsby for a while.”
With prom season around the corner, Foresto’s recently held a fashion show at Mineola High School, where Dominick fit students with men’s wear. Foresto handles Chaminade High School’s graduation and has supplied tuxedos for proms in Mineola, Jericho, Syosset,
Great Neck, Wheatley, New Hyde Park and Westbury schools.
“When students come rent a tuxedo for their prom from Mineola High School, they get a $25 discount,” Foresto said. “It was great helping out the kids. They had a lot of fun.”
For Foresto, he prides himself on his shop having a variety of styles. If it’s for a wedding, prom, business function, etc., he wants Foresto’s to be the one-stop shop.
“We can provide formal wear, either rental or sale, for any social occasions,” he said. “While the Internet does help me with business, Amazon can’t provide what we do.”
Foresto’s is the preferred vendor for Oheka Castle, Crest Hollow Country Club, Jericho Terrace, Inn at New Hyde Park and Cherry Valley Country Club to name a few.
His biggest source of customers? Weddings. “I had someone come in on a Tuesday and the wedding was on a Friday and we took care of them,” Foresto said. “I did 10 tuxedos. I did them that Thursday and a few were picked up 11 a.m. that Friday morning. Having inventory and man power helps.”
Foresto’s was recently voted “Best Pick 2013” by popular bridal website The Knot and one of LIWeddings.com Best of 2014.
Foresto Tuxedo is at 309 Willis Ave., in Mineola. For more information, call 516-746-1410.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.
“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.
Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.
“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.