Values in N.Flushing and Whitestone
BY LISA L. COLANGELO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Exclusive Barber Shop, 25-50 Francis Lewis Blvd.; (718) 321-0242.
Owner Steve Sachakov and his team of barbers offer $11 haircuts and $11 shaves in this cozy, clean shop. Seniors and kids under 12 pay $9. They get an even better break on Mondays and Tuesdays, when Sachakov knocks $1 off the price. “Steve is an excellent barber and has an excellent personality,” said loyal customer Michael Faust, 43. “You can even call in advance and find out how busy the place is so you don’t have to wait.”
Bonnie Brite Cleaners, 29-19 Francis Lewis Blvd.; (718) 352-0045.
This longtime neighborhood favorite offers tailoring, as well as special attention for evening and wedding gowns. There’s a 10% discount for all orders paid in advance, as well as all uniforms. It has a business shirt special: $1.20 per laundered shirt or $10 prepaid with a limit of 10.
Stork’s Pastry Shop, 12-42 150th St.; (718) 767-9220.
This old-fashioned bakery offers everything from fresh bread and doughnuts to hand-made chocolates and wedding cakes. Stork’s has been in the neighborhood for more than 50 years and customers return for the treats they savored as kids. Treat yourself to a black-and-white cookie or fudgy, chocolate-frosted brownie for $1.55 each.
Park’s Seafood and Fish Market, 24-22 149th St.; (718) 961-2536.
The popular fish market draws customers from all over the borough. It offers all kinds of fresh fish and live lobster. Fishmongers will pick out the fish for you and fillet it. The market also has a selection of prepared foods such as $2 fish cakes and $2.50 “real” crab cakes.
Lollipops Diner, 153-31 Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone Shopping Center; (718) 746-4756.
Loyal customers are thrilled that this popular neighborhood eatery, the recent victim of an arsonist, is up and running. Father-and-son owners Michael and Kostas Psillis offer diners full plates of fresh fish, beef goulash, 8-ounce burgers and colorful salads. “We come here once a day, sometimes twice,” said customer Helen Staiano as she munched on a grilled cheese sandwich. Her son, Paul, finished a mushroom burger deluxe. Breakfast specials include coffee, juice, two eggs, home fries and toast for $4.85. One popular dinner special is a heaping serving of beef goulash with noodles, soup or salad for $11.95.
Raindew Family Centers, 25-39 Parsons Blvd.; (718) 762-8862.
You can get almost anything at this jam-packed store, which includes a pharmacy. Bargains include $2.99 sunglasses and 99-cent kitchen towels. But you can also get vacuums, rice cookers and lawn furniture.
Strawberry Farms, 24-11 150th St.; (718) 939-7575.
Crates of seasonal fruit and vegetables are wrapped around the entrance to this busy supermarket. The bounty continues inside, with a large selection of apples, grapes, oranges, watermelon and greens of all types.
The store also offers Italian specialties, including bread, cookies, cakes and fresh mozzarella.
Roberts Bicycles, 33-13 Francis Lewis Blvd.; (718) 353-5432.
This family-friendly shop has been in the neighborhood since 1962. It offers bikes that cost anywhere from $160 to $4,000 and has a layaway plan. Customers come back time and again to service and upgrade their bicycles. Owner Craig Kellem and his staff will overhaul your bike (a full check and restoration of gears, brakes etc.) for $55. They also patch and repair flat tires.
Angel Tips Nail Spa, 153-91 Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone Shopping Center; (718) 767-7770.
Customers love this shop for its prices and its hours. A manicure and pedicure costs about $20. Staff is on hand from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The shop also offers waxing, threading, facials and body massage. Free manicure after 10 visits.
New York Digital Print Center, 153-27 Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone Shopping Center; (718) 767-2467.
This shop offers all things related to printing. But it also has services such as booklet binding, CD archiving, scanning and shrink-wrapping. People come for personalized invitation and cards and well as mailing services.