ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Fathers can be hard to buy for, which is why going local is often best. You're not only doing good by supporting area businesses, you're treating dad to something unique to Rockland. What follows is a sampling of options. Feel free to add more ideas on our Facebook page.
For the Biker: Family-owned Valley Cycle Shop in Spring Valley and Bicycle Depot in Pearl River have everything you need to outfit Dad in style. Along with bikes, you'll find bags, baskets, fenders, helmets, bicycle covers, cycling apparel, pumps, racks, cycle trainers and more. Treat Dad: Bicycle Depot, 9 E. Central Ave, Pearl River, (845)735-8686; Valley Cycle Shop, 139 Route 59, Spring Valley, (845) 356-3179, www.rocklandbicycles.com/ .
For the Beer-Lover: Hello, Defiant. This Pearl River brewery, known for its ales and lagers, is celebrating its tenth year in Rockland. And there's not just beer, folks. Defiant is also known for its low key atmosphere and fun events, including its wing and mac nights and its freshly made barbeque. Another idea: get Dad a growler or gift card at Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe in Nanuet. Treat Dad: Defiant, 6 East Dexter Plaza, Pearl River, (845) 920-8602, www.defiantbrewing.com / or Growler & Gill, 148 NY-59, Nanuet, (845) 507-0899, www.growlerandgill.com/ .
For the Chocoholic: There's loads of sweet treats at Chocolaterie in Nyack where you can also win two baseball tickets to a subway series Mets vs Yankees at Citi Field, on August 2 in the shop's raffle. Treat Dad: 6 S Broadway, Nyack, (845) 348-9899, www.chocolaterie-nj.com/ .
For the Fisherman: Matt's Sporting Goods in Haverstraw features a long line of fishing rods, apparel and gear. There's also a nice selection of kayaks. Treat Dad: 242 Route 9W, Haverstraw, (845) 429-3254, www.mattssportinggoods.com/ .
For the Music Lover: Plan an evening out atThe Turning Point in Piermont where you'll always find an interesting array of live music and other events. Treat Dad: 468 Piermont Ave., Piermont, (845) 359-1089, www.turningpointcafe.com/ .
For the Sentimental: Homemade gifts are the best. Have your kids create something memorable like a mug or picture frame at Jill's Ceramics in West Nyack. Treat Dad: 180 Germonds Rd., West Nyack, (845) 623-4975, www.jillsceramics.com/ .
For the Cook: Give Dad a cooking class with Chef Lisa of Simple Earth Cuisine, a personal chef service catering (no pun intended) to Rockland County. Treat Dad: (917) 696-1284, www.simpleearthcuisine.com /.
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