Best of Hudson Valley 2009

It’s that time again, folks. For 23 years, we’ve brought you the Best of the Hudson Valley, soliciting your take on the region’s finest restaurants, shops, services, and people — and offering up a few choice picks of our own. Conjure up a category and you’ll likely find it somewhere on the following pages, from the tastiest shrimp-stuffed jalapeños to what you, dear readers, believe to be the greatest thing about living here. (Hint: it’s big, it’s blue, and it flows in two directions.) So without further ado, we present to you the biggest, the brightest, and the best our region has to offer



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Garden Accessories

Georgia’s Plantomes High Falls
Stone troughs make handsome garden planters, but they’re hard to find and heavy as all get-out. Georgia Terwilliger creates all sizes of troughs and planters, as well as birdbaths and fountain bases that look just like stone but are actually hypertufa (a mix of peat moss, perlite, sand, and Portland cement that’s much lighter). She also makes lovely little stone toad domes with mossy tops. “I’ve been a toad lover from childhood, so I want to help save them,” says Terwilliger, who designs natural-looking homes for our favorite slug controllers. “It’s what I’d like, if I were a toad,” she says. • 518-469-9170

Wallpaper and Paint Store

Sun Wallpaper and Paint Beacon, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie
When it’s time to spruce up your digs, Sun — in business since 1920 — offers more than the standard big-box-store inventory. Sure, you’ll find tried-and-true decorating products, but Sun is also stocked to the brim with other options, like upscale paint brands Farrow & Ball and Fine Paints of Europe. If wallpaper is your thing, you can browse through more than 150 styles in stock, plus choices from top designers like Ralph Lauren. The store also provides online shopping, decorating services, senior and student discounts, and helpful advice from salespeople for those times when you just can’t decide on the perfect color or pattern. • Beacon, 845-831-0093; Fishkill, 845-896-6200; Poughkeepsie, 845-471-2880; www.sunwallpaperandpaint.com

Place for Plumbing Supplies

N&S Supply Brewster, Catskill, Fishkill, Hudson, Kingston, Danbury, Conn.
This third-generation Valley company has been in business for more than half a century, selling everything from tubs to towel warmers, saunas to sinks. It stocks a full range of quality supplies and offer expert advice for residential, business, and specialty projects alike ­— along with top-notch, personalized service. It has also joined the environmentally aware green scene, offering a variety of super-efficient boilers, toilets, showerheads, and faucets. • Brewster, 845-279-8075; Catskill, 518-943-2150; Fishkill, 845-896-6291; Hudson, 518-822-1771; Kingston, 845-331-6700; Danbury, 203-791-9300; www.nssupply.com

Home Fabrics

TWG Fabric Outlet Middletown, Spring Valley
For home fabrics at much-lower-than-retail rates, this 26-year-old family business is an Aladdin’s cave, with more than 1,000 bolts by Waverly, Kravet, Robert Allen, Laura Ashley, P. Kaufman, and other big names. You’ll find velvets, cottons, linens, toiles, tapestries, and lace, and if what you want isn’t in stock, there are countless samples of fabrics you can order. Expect expert help, fabulous savings, and some great finds in the remnant room. Reupholstery and curtain-making services also come at highly competitive rates. One small drawback: it’s closed Friday afternoons and all day Saturday. • Middletown, 845-343-3423; Spring Valley, 845-352-6243; www.twgfabricoutlet.com

Place for Lumber

Williams Lumber and Home Centers Nine locations
Its newest 10,000-square-foot, full-service center in Hyde Park opened in the winter of 2008, and Williams continues to be a mainstay for lumber and all sorts of other supplies, ever since the family-owned business first launched in Rhinebeck back in 1946. The extensive inventory includes plywood, framing lumber, trim, and lots more — it’ll even deliver bigger orders right to your door, for free. You can also find everything from paint to power tools and housewares; check out its big selection of super-durable Carhartt work and outdoor clothes for the whole family. • www.williamslumber.com

Place for Heavy Lifting

Pine Bush Equipment Pine Bush, Holmes
If you’re in the market to buy or rent “a big-boy toy” like a backhoe, tractor, forklift, or other piece of large machinery­ — including low-emission, green models — this family-run business will fill your needs with expertise and fair prices. It offers extensive backup support, 24/7 service, and heavy-equipment-certification training classes. • Pine Bush, 845-744-2006; Holmes, 845-878-4004; www.pbeinc.com

Budget Gift Shop

Bop to Tottom Kingston
It’s almost impossible to visit this esoteric emporium and come out empty-handed — there are so many colorful, inexpensive temptations that owner Karen Clark-Adin has gathered from all over the world. You’ll find quirky toys (including charming, hand-knitted finger puppets for a mere two bucks); home accessories like lamps, bowls, throw pillows, scented candles, and soaps — as well as jewelry, bags, hats, mittens, and such. You’ll also find the distinctive, rustic, black clay La Chamba cookware from Colombia that’s rugged enough to use on the stove top and good-looking enough to go straight to the table. • 845-338-8100; www.boptotottom.com

Wood-carver

R. Stephan Toman at Sonrise Woodcarving Studio Cottekill
In this computer age, it’s something of a marvel that there’s still a call for the kind of meticulous, detailed wood-carving that R. Stephan Toman does. Whether you’re in the market for a highly ornate, heraldic-style mantelpiece complete with scrolls, rampant lions, and the like, or just need a ball and claw foot to repair a damaged antique, he brings true artistry to the job. In addition to architectural work, Toman also makes carved and painted signs and furniture with carved designs, and can reproduce your family crest, should you have one. • 845-687-9139; www.sonrisewoodcarving.com

Stone

Barra & Trumbore Kerhonkson
Marble, limestone, granite, travertine — all kinds of beautiful, timeless natural stone in every color and from all over the globe can be found at the workshop yard of Kerhonkson artisans David Barra and Martin Trumbore. For the past 17 years, the amiable pair has dressed up kitchens and bathrooms with hand-crafted counters, innovative sinks, and curvaceous vanities. To paraphrase one of their slogans: This stone took millions of years to form. Don’t wait that long to get some for yourself. • 845-626-5442; www.barratrumbore.com

 

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