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Uptown Ossining Celebrates Best Of Westchester Awards

Wobble Cafe, Mike Risko Music and the Ossining Library all won Best of Westchester awards.
Wobble Cafe, Mike Risko Music and the Ossining Library all won Best of Westchester awards. Photo Credit: File

OSSINING, N.Y. -- One of the best places in Westchester might be Uptown Ossining, at least according to Westchester Magazine.

Mike Risko Music, Wobble Cafe and the Ossining Library were all honored with Best Of Westchester Awards from Westchester Magazine. The awards are voted on by readers.

Mike Risko Music won three awards for Best Music Store, Unique Birthday Parties And Best Music School.

"We're super excited," Miriam Risko, who co-owns it with her husband, Mike, said. "We were thrilled when we found out. We are thankful to all the people that voted for us."

Risko said Ossining a great community that supports its local businesses. She was happy to see her fellow Ossining locations also win.

"We're all very involved in the community," Risko said. "It's like we're a family. We utilize each other, and we collaborate and work together. Ossining is a nice place to be. We love being able to contribute to the artistic scene in Ossining."

Wobble Cafe won for best place for dining with kids. Beylka Krupp, who co-owns Wobble with her husband Rich, said she was thrilled to know her customers care about them.

"They're willing to go the extra mile," Krupp said. "They think we deserve it. Some of our customers say they don't want to talk about us because they're concerned the place will be so busy- they won't be able to come in."

Krupp said she trains her staff to make sure they aware of the special needs kids have when they dine out.

"Don't put the food down directly in front of children," Krupp said. "Don't pass plates over their heads. We allow kids to have their moments. If they're screaming, sometimes it's from joy. We should revel in that joy."

James Trapasso, programming and events coordinator at the Ossining Library said he was thrilled to be named Best Overall Library.

"We are thrilled to win," Trapasso said. "The Ossining Public Library deserves it. We do a lot here. We're a busy place."

The library offers programs for adults, kids and teens and features author programs, a concert series and health and wellness events.

"The public thinks the programs are great and they want more great programs," Trapasso said. "We hear nothing but positive feedback for the work we are doing. It really means a lot."

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