Best of the Hudson Valley 2008


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  Home & Garden

* denotes Readers' Picks


Quickest Bathroom Remodel

Wappingers Falls
What’s the hurry? Why do you need a new bathtub in one day? Well, if you have one bathroom, a general contractor could be there two or three days, leaving you with no running water. If you’re busy, you don’t have the time or energy to do it yourself. Re-Bath will put in a new tub or line your old one, fix your tub walls, install new plumbing and faucets, give you a lifetime guarantee, clean up the mess, and be gone before you come home from work. Re-Bath is a national chain of about 200 stores; Michael Schnorr, a longtime Hudson Valley plumbing contractor, now owns this and two other outlets in the Valley. Re-Bath can also re-sink and re-toilet if you want. “We don’t just cover problems up. We fix them, says marketing manager John Goleeke.

Plumbing Supplies

N&S Supply
(Seven locations)
Whether you’re looking to install a sink, sauna, or anything in between, you’re bound to find it at N&S Supply. Founded by Louis Nussbickel during the Great Depression, this third-generation family-owned business has been providing the residents of the Hudson Valley with quality plumbing supplies and service for all of their residential, commercial, and specialty needs for more than half a century.

Place for Home Spas

Galati Pools & Spas
Hot tubs have come a long way since the ’70s, with their cheesy wood siding and Chablis-sipping, wink-wink reputations. Heck, now they’re even called home spas and are recognized as true therapeutic instruments for such ailments as insomnia, chronic pain, and arthritis. Of course, you don’t have to be infirm to love the warmth and relaxation they provide year-round. At Galati’s state-of-the-art showroom, you’ll find over 32 models from which to choose, with all the bells and whistles — hydromassage spa jets, mood-setting lighting, and soft recessed pillows. Salesperson Robin Nichols, of the Galati family, which has run this company since 1962, reports that her home spa has a waterfall, special lighting, and also a circuit therapy system that focuses water massage on different body parts. “My husband and I use it every day,” she says. Who wouldn’t?

Kitchen Showroom

H.G. Page & Sons
Amenia, LaGrange, Pawling, Poughkeepsie
To many, the kitchen is the centerpiece of a home. That’s why the folks at H.G. Page & Sons have created some of the most spectacular kitchen showrooms we’ve ever set foot in. From beautiful granite countertops to luxurious stainless steel, stunning tile floors, or country accents, they have stunning examples of their product lines all set up, so you can visualize exactly how you want to design your own kitchen. Come scope out the latest trends and ideas.
Amenia, 845-737-8900; LaGrange, 845-223-7200; Pawling, 845-878-3003; Poughkeepsie, 845-452-7130;

Place to Buy Lumber

Williams Lumber
(Eight locations)
Whatever your lumber needs — treated or trim, framing lumber or plywood — Williams likely has the wood in stock, and can even deliver it to your doorstep (deliveries for orders over $300 are free). All of the store's Douglas-fir and spruce-pine-fir, two woods perfect for framing, are kiln-dried in order to prevent bowing, splitting, or any other sort of deformation.

*Furniture Store

Davis Furniture
Futons for the family room and loveseats for the living room — this locally owned and operated business carries dozens of styles for the kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, and office. And don’t worry about overly anxious, paid-by-commission salespeople — the folks at Davis assure us they’re here to help with what you need, not to pressure you.

Gardening Gizmo

Deerchaser by Lee Reich
Forget trying to deter deer with stinky soaps, human hair, or rotten eggs. Garden writer Lee Reich’s invention, Deerchaser, is a harmless device that scares them off using the human voice. A radio and motion detector in one, the battery-run, weatherproof gadget covers about 25 feet with a 110 degree arc. Just tune the radio to a talk show (Rush Limbaugh works well, says Reich), and mount the device on a pole or tree. It turns on when deer get within range, then switches off after they leave. It’s available on-line through several garden supply companies, so peruse the Web for the best price, then say bye-bye to Bambi.


Sun Wallpaper and Paint
Beacon, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie
Wallpaper’s back — and the new patterns available at Sun are far from fuddy-duddy. You’ll find gorgeous papers from Thibaut (one of the last American companies still producing original designs); Ralph Lauren; upscale French designer Manuel Canovas; and the veddy-posh English companies Osborne & Little and Farrow & Ball. There are 50 patterns on the Poughkeepsie showroom floor, plus 400 wallpaper books that each contain hundreds more patterns, using every motif you can imagine — and then some. Daunted? In-house designer Patricia Boyle is there to help.
Beacon, 845-831-0093; Fishkill, 845-896-6200; Poughkeepsie, 845-471-2880;

Home Store

Hammertown Barn
Pine Plains, Rhinebeck
These snazzy stores (there’s also one in the Berkshires) can supply whatever you need to give your home a little cache, from a pink acrylic broom (for a mere $15), to a hand-crafted bed, or a classy couch from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. You’ll find a few well-chosen antiques amid the wool rugs, lovely vintage-style bed linens, patchwork quilts, needlepoint pillows, kitchen, glass- and tableware, as well as fun tchotchkes, candles, and other accessories.
Pine Plains, 518-398-7075; Rhinebeck, 845-876-1450;

Place for Big Boy Toys

Pine Bush Equipment
Pine Bush, Holmes
Should you find yourself in need of buying or renting a tractor, backhoe, off-road truck or any other large piece of equipment, this is clearly your one-stop shop. The folks at this family-run business are longtime equipment experts who will guide you every step of the way with fair prices and exemplary customer service.
Pine Bush 845-744-2006, Holmes 845-878-4004;


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