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Release Date: April 20, 2017

For many years now Robyn and Danny Santiago have been building their home away from home, Villaggio Italiano in Hartsdale. Robyn was a bartender, and Danny was a waiter. After many years, they fell in love, got married, and bought the same restaurant that they met in. Now they have a family at Villaggio’s consisting of both their staff, that has been together for over 30 years and their customers that have been coming in with their families for just as long. It’s like coming home.
Recently they have opened their second location, Villaggio’s of Dobbs Ferry and they would like to extend an invitation to the community and surrounding towns to join them in celebrating at their ribbon cutting ceremony on April 22nd directly following the Dobbs Ferry Youth Little League Annual Opening Ceremony Parade. Welcome them to the neighborhood while they welcome you to the Villaggio’s family. We hope to see you there!
Villaggio's of Dobbs Ferry  GRAND OPENING 11 AM
20 Cedar Street
Dobbs Ferry, New York



From: Geraldina Shabani [mailto:info@geraldinascouture.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:20 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Geraldina's Couture, Hartsdale, NY


Sent on behalf of Geraldina Shabani


Dear Mr. Feiner,


I would like to tell you about my exciting new business, Geraldina's Couture.  As a couturier, I design, make and sell highly fashionable clothing.

After working for 5 years with Dolce and Gabbana, Dior, Fendi and Peggy Jennings, I have decided to realize my dream to start my own business.

I have opened a design studio in Hartsdale, NY in Westchester County where I can welcome customers, custom design their most special occasion outfits, fulfill their needs and make their dreams come true.

A customer may come in with a photograph of a gown they like and I can create it for them in their choice of fabric, color and detail.  If they are not sure what they want I suggest what would be appropriate for their  silhouette, style and the occasion.  With approximately 12 measurements, I can transform a few yards of fabric into a magnificent bridal gown or ultimate occasion outfit.  Anything is possible at Geraldina's Couture!

My family still owns a clothing manufacturing company, which enabled me to develop my passion for this type of work very early in life.   I made my first dress at age 10.  At 18, I worked in my uncle's fabric business which educated me in the nuances of every fabric..  I studied all facets of clothing design and execution in school including pattern making  by hand using geometric measurements - distinct from computer generated shapes.  I have worked in all lines of clothing: men's, children and women and possess the skills of a master seamstress and tailor able to work in the most intricate of fabrics, beading, furs and sewing techniques.  

Before coming to the U.S. in 2010, I had my own tailoring shops in Albania and in Greece.  On the second day after arriving in New York, only able to speak 3 words of English, my 13 year old son acted as my interpreter when I answered an ad for a seamstress for a high end designer.  After demonstrating my ability for 2 hours, I was hired on the spot.

While there is a popular tailor shop across the street from my boutique, he has already sent over customers to me because he doesn't want to do the detailed work of deconstructing a garment and redesigning it.  I can do the most complex fashioning in a very short time.  I have remade high fashion gowns scaling them down 6 sizes because the customer like the style and couldn't get her size.  I redo and refresh vintage items so that a  Mother's or Grandmother's dress can be worn today with a perfect fit.


Best Regards,


Bianca Reyes, Assistant to Geraldina Shabani



Geraldina Shabani, Owner

12 E. Hartsdale Avenue

Hartsdale, NY 10530

Store: (914) 607-2643

Cell: (917) 862-6281


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