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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.