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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Boutique with Heart

Surviving Sisters Boutique Hyde Park
Founded by Kim Miller, a 2003 heart-attack survivor, this eclectic one-stop shop raises heart-health awareness — while raising the bar, too, on the latest trends. In addition to an extensive clothing collection tailored for all ages and styles, the boutique’s two floors also house a café, lounge, and disco (complete with a dance floor, strobe light, and glittering mirror ball) where shoppers can shake off stress with a quick bite and some dancing. Fund-raisers and collaborations with local organizations promoting heart health are aplenty, such as the American Heart Association and Marist College’s recent Red Dress Project. • 845-229-0425

Jeans Selection

Madina Park Boutique Wappingers Falls
A fashionista’s fantasy, this cozy boutique boasts a stellar selection of on-trend tops and dresses, but it’s their denim collection that we rank second to none. From casual to classy cuts ­— in more washes than you can shake a finger at — this shop stocks its shelves with only the best: AG Jeans, Blue Cult, Citizens of Humanity, Paige Premium Denim, True Religion — you name it, Madina’s got it. • 845-223-6103;

Boutique to Spot a Celebrity

Pique Boutique Rhinebeck
There isn’t a more satisfying daydream than the one where you emerge from your favorite shop, decked out in your latest acquisitions Carrie Bradshaw-style, to find a hunky Hugh Jackman waiting in the cobblestone square outside. Think it’s never going to happen? Think again: Pique Boutique — nestled between Bread Alone (see pg. 35) and the Byrdcliffe Gallery in the Courtyard at Rhinebeck — is known for attracting some noteworthy celebs, thanks to its chic, New York-style fashions away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This summer, Jackman, the star of Wolverine, joined pals Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban for some shopping there before attending a friend’s wedding. Other stars who’ve been spotted: David Bowie and wife Iman; Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick; Natalie Merchant; Jimmy Fallon; and Mia Farrow, a Pique regular. • 845-876-7722;


George Cole Auctions & Realty Red Hook
Anything goes at this landmark Valley auction house, where George Cole has been in the fast-moving business for more than 30 years, auctioning and appraising anything from antiques and fine art to farm equipment. Got a building or a boat to unload? They’ll do that, too. Enthusiastic crowds come to browse and buy at Cole’s auction gallery, where the bidding can get intense; estate and other sales can also take place on-site, and they’ll coordinate Internet bidding. Items are of excellent quality and hand-picked by the staff; one recent sale, for instance, included both an authentic horse-drawn carriage and an original Milton Avery artwork. • 845-758-9114;

Hudson Valley-Themed Jewelry

De’S Jewelers Poughkeepsie
The business was started by two families back in 1946, and De’S has been a fixture in the Valley ever since. They offer a large selection of wedding and religious jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants; plus watches, clocks, and other special gift items ranging from crystal and brass to pewter. De’S features one especially nifty item — a sterling-silver Hudson Valley Bead that’s a perfect add-on for the popular Chamilia customized bead bracelets. Each bead or charm is engraved with the words “Hudson Valley” on one side; there’s an apple, bridge, and sailboat on the other facets. A charm-bracelet version is available, too, in sterling or gold. We might not be able to wear our love of the Valley on our sleeve, but now we can on our wrists. • 845-452-0026;

Fine Art Jewelry

Hummingbird Jewelers Rhinebeck
Now at a new location downtown, this family-owned, full-service jewelry shop showcases gorgeous stones and pieces created by more than 75 American and European designers. Hummingbird also features its own workshop where a master goldsmith can help create the ring, brooch, necklace, or other piece of your dreams; restyle an existing item; or restore that antique family heirloom to its original shimmering glory. Their one-of-a-kind “bling” is the real thing; unique wedding and engagement rings are a specialty. • 845-876-4585;

Consignment Shop Block

Love Me Too Times and Be Mine Again Beacon
Beacon wins big for its arts and culture scene, and now the charming river town can add affordable style to its list. Made with the recessionista in mind, Love Me Too Times and Be Mine Again consignment boutiques — both a hop, skip, and one-piece jumpsuit away from each other on Main Street — offer the perfect combo of recycling and shopping for the family on a tight budget. Lightly used, high-end fashions (think Donna Karan, Coach, and Gucci) often fill their racks, but it doesn’t end there. In addition to clothing and accessories, each shop boasts lots of extras: Be Mine Again carries home décor and antiques, and Love Me Too Times holds regular music and art events.
• Love Me Too Times: 917-273-9418;
• Be Mine Again: 845-234-0672

Trendy Ski and Snowboard Apparel

Potter Brothers Ski and Snowboard Kingston, Middletown, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hancock, Mass.
Since their family sporting-goods store first opened in 1945 in Kingston, Potter Brothers has expanded into a one-stop destination for all you’ll need to hit the slopes in style. They’ve got boots and bindings; high-tech helmets and goggles; and guys’, gals’, and kids’ ski apparel galore. If your thing is environmentally friendly cross-country skiing, you’ll find just what you need. And if hot-dogging is more your style, check out the snazzy snowboarding equipment. You can also plan ahead and pick up discount lift tickets to several local slopes, including Hunter and Windham, while you get your gear. • Kingston, 845-338-5119; Middletown, 845-344-2680; Poughkeepsie, 845-454-3880; Fishkill, 845-297-2941; Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, Mass., 413-738-5413;

Readers' Picks

Antiques Shop: Hyde Park Antiques Center
Hyde Park. 845-229-8200;

Bakery: The Pastry Garden

Bargain Shopping: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Central Valley. 845-928-4000;

Bookstore: Oblong Books and Music
Millerton. 518-789-3797;

Boutique: Elizabeth Boutique
Poughkeepsie. 845-471-2817;

Butcher: Fleisher’s Grass Fed and Organic Meats
Kingston. 845-338-6666;

Caterer: Main Course
New Paltz. 845-255-2600;

Chocolate/Candy Store: Krause’s Chocolates
Saugerties. 845-246-8377;

Crafts/Hobby Shop: Hobby House
Poughkeepsie. 845-297-3341

Deli (tie): Rossi’s Italian Deli
Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0654;

Deli (tie): K & D Deli
Hyde Park, 845-229-8344;
Poughkeepsie, 845-229-8344;
Poughkeepsie, 845-625-2058;
Poughkeepsie, 845-471-1607

Fish Market: Gadaleto’s Seafood
New Paltz. 845-255-1717;

Farmer’s Market: Rhinebeck

Florist: Green Cottage
High Falls. 845-687-4810;

Fresh Produce: Adams Fairacre Farms
Poughkeepsie, 845-454-4330;
Kingston, 845-336-6300; Newburgh, 845-569-0303;

Furniture Store: Davis Furniture
Poughkeepsie. 845-473-1990;

Gift Shop: HiHo Home Market and Antique Center
Gardiner. 845-255-1123;

Gourmet Shop & Plant/Nursery Garden: Adams Fairacre Farms
Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4330;

Hardware Store: Davies Hardware
Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6741;

Health Food Store: Mother Earth’s Storehouse
Poughkeepsie, 845-296-1069;
Saugerties, 845-246-9614;
Kingston, 845-336-5541;

Jewelry Store: Zimmer Brothers
Poughkeepsie. 845-454-6360;

Liquor Store: Arlington Wine and Liquor
Poughkeepsie. 866-729-9463;

Menswear Shop: Pleasant Valley Department Store
Pleasant Valley. 845-635-2220

Outdoor Sports Store: Kenco
Kingston. 845-340-0552;


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