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The Best Places for Holiday Shopping on Staten Island’s North Shore

We can hardly believe the holiday shopping season is upon us! Friends, family, co-workers; it seems like every year our lists grow a little bit longer. While some shoppers will instantly flock to their laptops in search of the best deal, Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty likes to keep it local. Some of our favorite places for unique gift-giving options are conveniently located right in the heart of the bustling north shore of our borough. So, if you’re looking to cross some names off your holiday shopping list then check out these recommendations for the best places for holiday shopping on Staten Island’s north shore.

Forest Avenue Shopping Center, Port Richmond

Located at the corner of Forest & Barrett Aves., this retail space originally opened in 1957. An open shopping mall, with over 800 parking spaces, Forest Avenue Shopping Center is home to about 20 retailers. In 2015, the area was completely renovated providing shoppers with a beautiful new façade to enjoy as they shop. PetSmart, TJ Maxx, Party City, and Michaels Craft stores are just a few of the fantastic stores in this development. Work up an appetite searching for deals? Trust us, you’ve come to the right place! This complex offers an array of restaurants where you can grab lunch before resuming your holiday shopping marathon.

Empire Outlets, St. George

Right outside the Staten Island Ferry terminal lies an oasis of more than 350,000 sq. feet of retail space in New York City’s first outlet mall. Empire Outlets features over 100 designer stores and 3.5 acres of outdoor green space. Tenants include such notable retailers as H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Nike Factory, and Gap Inc.’s subsidiaries Banana Republic and Old Navy. Even Ebenezer Scrooge would agree that the deals at Empire Outlets simply can’t be beat!

Wicked Stitches, West Brighton

Wicked Stitches in West Brighton embroiders monograms and other designs on any item you bring into their store, without having to buy one of their items first. So, if you want a personal item you own already to be embroidered, they can do it for you. Wicked Stitches also allows you to buy from their line of products to embroider for gifts this holiday season. Monograms start at $5 and up. It’s the perfect place to purchase a custom gift this holiday for a friend or business owner.

Richmond Hood Company, West Brighton

Staten Island is an obscurely special place. It’s New York City without a question, but it’s also a proper small island community. The Richmond Hood Company’s goal is to showcase and celebrate this unique cultural blend while offering a nice mix of footwear, apparel, eyewear, accessories, and skate goods. This specialty shop sells products that are hard to find and represent the local flavor with their selection of t-shirts, hoodies & gifts representing the whole island.

Hall of Frames, Grasmere

Is there an art lover on your list? Hall of Frames in Grasmere sells local artists’ paintings in the store. You can also buy the art in a custom-made frame. If you don’t want to buy the original painting, you can buy a print of the painting instead. Stocking stuffers rejoice, the store also sells other local business items including soaps, scarves, and jewelry.

Honor Wines, St. George

Honor Wines is a family-owned wine shop that specializes in organic small-batch, delicious, unique wines. The establishment’s knowledgeable and approachable staff will be only too happy to assist you with selecting the perfect bottle of spirits to take to your holiday party or to give as a holiday gift. Bonus tip, the store hosts a meet and greet every Friday where friends and neighbors can sample some of the store’s unique stock. Buy a bottle as a gift and take one home for yourself.

Gifted, West Brighton: Gifted is a kaleidoscope of curious trinkets, classic toys, handmade jewelry, small-batch sweets, bath & body products, men’s grooming gifts, scented candles, tabletop gifts, and fashion accessories. The store is a celebration of all seasons, traditions and occasions – including the holidays! They offer great gifts for men, women and children. In addition, Gifted ships nationwide and offers in-store pickup. You can’t beat the convenience or the selection at this north shore treasure.

As your dedicated Staten Island Licensed Real Estate Broker, Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty wants to help you get to know and support our local small business owners. So, get out there and enjoy the season in some of these north shore establishments that will undoubtedly have the perfect presents for everyone on your list!

Find a great deal or unique gift at one of these locations? Message us or tag us on one of our social media handles. We wish all of our friends and followers a Happy Holiday from Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty, 4 Minthorne Street, Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847

More about Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet stressful time, so finding the right realty is an extremely important decision. We believe that there are two kinds of Real Estate professionals: those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling and buying a home, and those who don’t. If the idea of buying or selling a home is perplexing to you, look no further: we work with integrity and knowledge to guarantee that your experience is unmatched.

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Top 10 North Shore Spots To Treat Your Valentine on Staten Island!

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Where To Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the North Shore of Staten Island

Every February 14th, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Long celebrated as a day of romance, February 14 is usually a day dedicated to expressing one’s affection for their sweetheart.

Whether you are planning a grand gesture of romance or have something simple yet meaningful in mind, here are my top 10 picks on Staten Island’s North Shore for those who are hoping to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one!

Clark’s House of Flowers

1875 Victory Blvd |  (718) 442-6453 | website

Sam Gregorio’s Florist

814 Forest Ave |  (718) 447-7673 | website

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without red roses- the traditional symbol for love and romance. Staten Island’s North Shore has florists that are there to help you send the perfect message of love.

Alfonso’s Bakery

1899 Victory Boulevard | (718) 273-8802 | website

If you’re not in the mood for chocolates, check out Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe for delicious Valentine’s Day fondant cakes, heart-shaped cookies, Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries and other scrumptious treats.

Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria

1758 Victory Blvd | (718) 981-0887 | website

If you love thin crispy pizza, definitely try Joe and Pat’s heart-shaped pizza for a romantic spin this Valentine’s. Family owned and operated since established in 1960.

Honor Wines

36 Bay Street | (718) 954-0452 | website

If you’re looking to celebrate with a toast this February 14th, check out Honor Wines. Lori’s top picks for Valentine’s Day include champagne, sparkling rose or Cremants. Check out my video interview with Lori!

Waterfalls Restaurant

2012 Victory Blvd. | (718) 815-7200 | website

Spend Valentine’s Day enjoying Italian cuisine prepared by a family owned business, with old style recipes passed down from generation to generation. Reservations required. Love artichokes…must try the scrumptious stuffed artichoke!

Blue Restaurant

1115 Richmond Terrace | (718) 273-7777

Enjoy a special three-course dinner and a beautiful view of the North Shore waterfront to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. http://www.bluerestaurantnyc.com/menus/valentines-day-menu/ for information on how to make a reservation.

Check out my dining review!

Beans and Leaves Café

422 Forest Avenue | (718) 448-0276 | Yelp

A must try, a great place that the locals love…Valentine’s Day treats available, red velvet cocoa and lattes and red velvet pancakes and waffles. For those who want to add a personal touch to their night out, call ahead and the staff will work with you to provide the perfect atmosphere and ambiance for you and your date.

Lee Sims Chocolates

422 Manor Road | (718) 448-9276 | website

Lee Sims a must have for homemade delicious chocolates. Tradition and four generations family owned and operated. Valentine’s Day treats include chocolate covered strawberries, cherry cordials and so much more. My new favorite: the Peanut Butter Smoothie- chocolate coated whipped peanut butter with crushed peanuts on top. Scrumptious!

A Valentine’s Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes, and Standards at The St. George Theatre

35 Hyatt Street | (718) 442-2900 | Visit The St. George Theater’s website more details.

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre will bring a weekend of romance to the St. George Theatre in a Valentine’s Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes, and Standards, on February 13, 14 and 15, 2015. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 718-442-2900.


If you find yourself on Staten Island for Valentine’s and fall in love (that is, with Staten Island), please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Honor Wines


As the only “organic” wine shop on Staten Island, Honor Wines sells a wide variety of organic wine, and only sells wine from growers who specialize in small-yield, well-crafted, natural wines from small farms and businesses, where do I find this shop?

  • 36 Bay Street, Staten Island New York 10301
  • Hours: Monday-Closed, Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00-8:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 12:00-9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00- 5:00pm
  • Weekly tastings every Friday: 5:00-8:00pm

Honor Wines is owned and operated by native Staten Islanders, Lorie and Robert Honor, and is located in the heart of St. George. Offering quality wines at affordable prices, Honor Wines is a warm, inviting and authentic place, owned by individuals who strive to build relationships with their customers and are committed to their neighborhood.



SINY North Shore Buzz – Honor Wines In St.George

Join SINY North Shore expert Holly Wiesner Olivieri as she interviews people, businesses and homes in Staten Island’s North Shore community. This episode highlights helpful informative tips about wine, from owner Lori Honor, in her cozy warm organic wine boutique located in St.George, across from the Staten Island Ferry.

Meet one of St. George’s newest small businesses, Honor Wines; a “organic” wine shop that opened in the heart of St. George just over one year ago. Located at 36 Bay Street and directly across street from the Staten Island Ferry, Honor Wines provides the greenest borough with organic, natural and sustainable wines, derived from small-yield crops, hand-harvested grapes and traditional methods of farming. In this episode of North Shore Buzz, Holly interviews Lorie Honor, owner, who explains the difference between organic and conventional wines, the proper way to pour and taste wine, and the relationship between wine and food. For more information on Honor Wines, visit their website at www.honorwines.com.

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