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, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.