May is almost here and many little ones will be getting ready to make their first Communion, a holy rite a passage for Christian children. For such a special occasion, little girls traditionally dress in all white in gowns that resemble mini wedding gowns. But where does one go to shop for a Communion dress in Long Island? We’ve done the research for parents to make things easier. We have chosen shops that feature both Communion and Christening dresses on Long Island, and many also include children’s formal wear. Here’s a list of specialty shops and locally-owned and operated boutiques on Long Island.
Cold Spring Harbor - Pashley Children’s Boutique
The success over the years of Pashley Boutique can be largely contributed to its traditional dress styles and great customer service in a warm atmosphere. With a full line of special occasion clothes for both girls and boys ranging from layette to teen, this shop has a beautiful selection of designer special occasion clothes. They also sell sterling silver gifts, offer complimentary gift wrap, and sell many accessories all under one roof.
Location: 169 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Hours: Daily 10 am-5:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm-5 pm
Contact Info: 631-367-8737
Islip - My Little Rascals
For all children’s formal wear needs, this specialty shop is quaint yet offers great customer service, friendly smiles, and classic choices. Offering Communion dresses, Christening gowns, suits, and accessories, parents will be able to dress their little ones from head to toe.
Location: 474 Main Street, Islip, NY
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Weekends 10 am-5 pm
Contact Info: 631-581-1390
Lake Grove – Little Dickens Shoppe
Featuring a large selection of Communion and Christening gowns, Little Dickens has an extensive collection of children’s formal wear. The displays are as beautiful as the dresses, and the service is personal, attentive, and makes customers feel special. They love to tailor outfits to fit unique needs and likes, and will happily bring everything one needs for the special day. They have a full line of accessories and hats. Little Dickens carries formal wear as well as all types of clothing for boys (newborn-4T) and girls (newborn-size 6).
Location: 2677 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove, NY
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 am-5 pm, Sunday 12 pm-4 pm, closed Tuesdays
Contact Info: 631-471-3643
Merrick – Cathy’s Touch
Known for luxurious fashions for both boys and girls, Cathy’s Touch has a selection of designer and upscale fashions for every special occasion. The shop features attire for newborn children to young teens. Cathy’s Touch carries accessories, gifts, and a full line of Christening, and first Communion dresses.
Location: 67 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10 am-6 pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11 am-8 pm, Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Contact Info: 516-377-1127
Patchogue - The Colony Shop
A family tradition for over 60 years, The Colony Shop has been the “go to” spot for special occasion dresses and suits for little children for years. With dress clothes showcased in plastic coverings, parents will appreciate the attentive and knowledgeable staff as well as the old world charm of this shop. They carry apparel, shoes, and accessories for all of communion needs such as headbands, socks, accessories with crosses, Communion novelties, and gifts. The Colony Shop is a well established store, perfect for all children’s formal wear needs.
Location: 31 East Main St. Patchogue, NY
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am-7 pm, Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm, closed Sunday
Contact Info: 631-475-0070
Smithtown – Little Shop for Babies
For parents looking for something a little more unique, the Little Shop for Babies fits the bill. With a full line of Christening and Communion ware as well as gifts, accessories, and novelty items, they have it all. “Different is our Specialty” is a motto they work very hard to maintain, and if parents don’t see what they want, the ladies of Little Shop will assist in finding it. They carry high quality specialty items and have been in business for nearly 18 years.
Location: 42 Terry Rd., Smithtown, NY
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Contact Info: 631-366-2229
Wantagh – Charlotte’s Kids
With a large selection for both girls and boys, parents will have no problem finding a special Communion or Christening ensemble at Charlotte’s Kids. The shop features suits, tuxedos, first Commuinion dresses, Christening outfits, gowns, and “after” ceremony party outfits. With personalized bibs, blankets, socks, shoes, and many other accessories, parents will find everything they need in one convenient spot. Friendly service, available stock, and lots of attention make Charlotte’s Kids a special shop for special occasion needs. Competitive pricing and free gift wrap offered. The shop accepts all competitors coupons.
Location: 3265 Merrick Rd., Wantagh, NY
Hours: Monday-Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Contact Info: 516-799-8041
By Michelle S.