I was fortunate to attend a '60s theme party at HarborLinks celebrating a close friend's "special" birthday. Being a flower child for the evening came naturally to me. All the guests enjoyed their Afros, love beads, ruffled shirts, tie-dye, peace signs, go-go boots, bell bottoms, micro minis, and most importantly, the music. Shag, in Roslyn Village, is dedicated to the art of being uniquely hip, named after the best of the psychedelic '60s, Long Island style. Belts, handbags, jewelry and clothes are hand-picked by the owners to personify its non-conformist vibe. When you shop in Roslyn, you are bound to find something one-of-a-kind and you support our tax base to boot. In these times, it's more important than ever.
As my girls have grown, I have shopped Lester's over the years and witnessed its growth from a tiny store to a bigger one to a giant one, with several locations in the tri-state area. They support our community by donating to charities that help care for our kids like the Children's Medical Fund, Project Heal among others. Our kids love to organize and participate in the fashion shows Lester's helps make happen.
We are also fortunate to have the incredibly talented Dr. Joanna Dolgoff of Dr. Dolgoff's Way as a neighbor, to help us when our kids need nutritional guidance. She is an advocate for our children with the wherewithal to make a real difference. And Pet Pantry has been providing our pets with the very best, right here in our neighborhood.
For a community that values education above all else, we have a proliferation of tutoring services and classes right here to support our hardworking students. As someone going through this for the second time, my advice is to stay calm and go with your gut. Like most things, there is a match that best suits you and your child. In alphabetical order: A List, Barbara Becker, NJL College Prep, PowerPrep and Testakers are some that are local and regular advertisers in our papers. And if you have not made summer arrangements for your teens, Musiker Tours has been a mainstay in our village for as long as anyone can remember. Call Camp Experts for ideas for kids of all ages.
Business is brisk at Gershon Jewelers on Glen Cove Road in Greenvale.If you have jewelry in your drawers gathering dust, trade them in with Freddie or Jason. Gold is at an all-time high and they specialize in estates.
Personally, the economic downturn is more familiar to some of us who grew up with little. Recycling, not taking things or others for granted, living with less and respecting the environment are not new concepts; they resemble some of the ethos of the '60s. We have come full circle. Greener Country opened up in Jericho to offer products without chemicals or waste. Check it out and live smarter. Small steps make a difference.
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Lillian Litvack is an account executive for Anton Community Newspapers. You can email her at email@example.com.