266 Merrick Rd. Rockville Centre, NY 516-632-5150
This slick shop, where sneakers reign supreme, looks like the kind of oasis you might find in Manhattan's East Village or Lower East Side. Same goes for the crowds when new releases or limited editions drop - fans have lined up down the block for hours, even in the snow.
All to get their hands on Nike, Nike 6.0, Air Jordan, Puma, Adidas,Reebok, Saucony, Vans, Alife - all your fave footwear labels are here, for men, women and kids. Plus a decent collection of tees, hats, watches and more.
Staffers (a passionate group, who interact easily with newbies and sneakerheads alike) clear out the floor to host semiannual movie nights, where they'll show horror flicks, or romancers round Valentine's Day (hey, the soles are rubber, not their hearts). And they co-host "Get Your Dairy Fix" late-night, discount shopping events with the gals who run Milk & Honey, an eclectic women's shop a few doors down the block.
As for the name? It's inspired by the term used back in the day to describe the smoothest, freshest kicks. But this here's all cholesterol-free - unless you amble round the corner to Five Pennies Creamery (on Park Avenue) to sample any of their 100-plus flavors, all homemade. We strongly recommend you do.
Extra Butter occassionally has movie nights. They project edgy, cultish DVDs, like "A Clockwork Orange" and Japanese horror film "Audition," and turn their sales counter into a concession stand. Call for details.Hours:
Monday, Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm Tuesday - Wednesday: 11 am - 7 pm Thursday - Friday: 11 am - 8 pm Sunday, noon - 5 pm