Best of Hudson Valley 2010

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cow jones industrials bootieGreen gear: Cow Jones Industrials stocks footwear made from unusual materials — but not leather


Eco-Friendly Clothing
Cow Jones Industrials Vegan Boutique

Animal lover and longtime vegan Donna Oakes opened this charming eco-friendly store in 2007 and stocks it with high-quality, up-to-the-minute shoes, handbags, and clothing that prove “compassionate fashion” is every bit as hip (if not hipper) than any other kind. Oakes buys only from fair-trade or vegan companies like Cri de Coeur, olsen Haus, and Vaute Couture. They carry clothes made of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and the latest microfibers as well as shoes, boots, and bags made of anything but leather. “The newer vegan footwear designers are making shoes from recycled plastic and TV casings — breathable, durable, very cool stuff that looks like suede with beautiful texture and color,” says Oakes. Local fashionistas have formed a devoted following — even the carnivorous ones. • 518-392-2139;

Concrete Counter Makers
Counter Culture

Christian Lincoln trained as a painter and sculptor, but wound up working in New York’s dot-com world. After “fleeing for the hills” (aka moving to Woodstock) in 2001, he planned to be a carpenter and furniture maker, but a weekend workshop in concrete reawakened his inner sculptor. Now he employs all his artistic and crafts skills creating beautiful concrete countertops, sinks, tables, mantels, and planters whose subtle earth tones seamlessly fit in to both traditional and contemporary homes. Who knew such a humble material could be so lovely? • 845-399-3843;

Ornamental Stonework
Christopher Layman at Fox Stonework

Stoneworker Christopher Layman builds beautiful dry-laid stone walls, patios, walkways, and steps. But what this self-described “stonescape artist” enjoys most is creating unusual focal points and garden decorations, like the four-foot-tall “vase” on his property. Another specialty is meditation rooms — walled enclosures with pillars, colored stone decorative accents, and perhaps a porthole or two framing a pretty scene. • 518-731-6804;

Modern Furniture Store

High Falls, Hudson
When Don La Fera and Michelle Lay opened their first furniture shop in High Falls 13 years ago, their friends thought they were crazy. How many sofas are you likely to sell in a sleepy little hamlet? Enough, it turned out, that six years ago the couple opened a second, larger branch amid the antiques emporiums in Hudson. Both stores carry sofas, sectionals, and chairs by Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams and Lee Industries — companies noted for their timeless designs, clean lines, and quality construction. You’ll also find tables; buffets; beds; shelving; lighting; and accents like mirrors, candle-holders, bowls, and pillows. • High Falls, 845-687-9463; Hudson, 518-822-0113;

sawkille furnitureSimply chic: A Shaker-inspired table and chair from Sawkille

Rural American Furniture

“Rural” here means point of origin, because the hand-crafted wood furniture in this new gallery/showroom ranges in style from rustic to 21st-century — but it’s all made in the Catskills. Jonah Meyer, an artist known for the twig furniture he created and sold in his quirky Hurley shop, Serv ce Station (sic), teamed up with other artisans inspired by country living for this new enterprise. Pieces fashioned from beautiful woods include three-legged stools and benches, “stump” side tables, beds, and a sleek credenza in oxidized white oak. You’ll also find lighting, sculpture, and art. • 845-876-2228;

Wallpaper and Paint Store
Sun Wallpaper and Paint

Beacon, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie
An editorial favorite (what can we say? We love to decorate), Sun is your one-stop shop for all things décor. Whether you’re handy with a brush or a steam roller, this depot stocks thousands of hues, stains, and wall coverings from dozens of high-end brands — including Farrow & Ball and Ralph Lauren — to color your world. A design-minded staff provides the kind of personalized advice you just won’t find from a big-box store, and frugal folks appreciate Sun’s discount programs and Internet coupons. Looking for more? Each of Sun’s three showrooms offer window treatments, furniture, carpeting, moldings, and other design ideas. • Poughkeepsie, 845-471-2880;

Plumbing Supplies
N&S Supply

Seven locations
Whether you’re looking to update the kitchen with a stunning new sink or give your bathroom a green makeover with an energy-efficient shower and toilet, visiting this third-generation supply store is a must. They offer a huge selection of plumbing products at affordable prices, and their expert staff can answer all your questions. And N&S is conveniently located in seven spots throughout the Valley, with four luxury bath showrooms to boot. • Fishkill, 845-896-6291;

Place to Buy a Tractor
Pine Bush Equipment

Pine Bush, Holmes
Now in business for more than 50 years, PBE is the number-one place to help you get that heavy lifting job done. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy (besides tractors, they also offer backhoes, trailers, forklifts, and other machinery) or just need a repair done, call the experts at this family-run business. And should you have any questions along the way, their equipment specialists are always available to offer backup support. • Pine Bush, 845-744-2006; Holmes, 845-878-4004;

New Specialty Market
Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market

Norwegian beer, anyone? Gluten-free brewskies? How about double-chocolate stout? You’ll find each of these — and plenty more — at this brand-new establishment. Browsing through the changing beer selection — it includes lots of organic and New York State brands — will quickly have you yearning to wet your whistle. There’s a small café on premises, where you can sample a beer (wine is available, too) coupled with artisanal cheeses and smoked meats — many of the other products are from the Empire State, as well. And if a growler is more your style, you can buy ’em and refill ’em here. • 845-876-6992;

New Local Food Market
Otto’s Market

A former VP at Whole Foods, Otto Leuschel opened his store in December 2008 in the space formerly occupied by the Central Market (which had been supplying groceries to Germantown residents since 1927). The market is winning raves by combining the feel of an old-time grocery with a wide-ranging array of foods. (Where else can you pick up both sriracha sauce and Velveeta?) Local products — Ronnybrook Farm dairy items, Rick’s Picks pickles, Eger’s Cider — are a specialty; the spot also does catering, and has a few tables where locals can mingle over espresso and scones (made fresh every day). • 518-537-7200;

Place to Buy a Grandfather Clock
De’S Jewelers

A family-owned business, De’S has been selling bridal and diamond jewelry, watches, pearls, and specialty gifts to mid-Hudson residents for close to 65 years. But those looking for a fine grandfather clock also would do well to head to the Route 9 shop. Offering timepieces by well-known makers Bulova and Howard Miller, De’S expert staff can help you select the clock that will match both your décor and your budget. • 845-452-0026;

Boutique For All Ages
Elizabeth Boutique

Fashionistas of all ages, shapes, and sizes regularly flock to this haute-spot — voted “Best Boutique” by our readers in 2009 — for its varied selection of up-trend attire. Owner Beth Madsen, who sees customers “from 16 to 60,” hand-picks affordable pieces from brands such as Lilla P, Tulle, Free People, Hudson Jeans, LA Made, and the durable, ever-forgiving Spanx (“A must-have for every woman,” Madsen says). • 845-471-2817;

Boutique with Heart
Women’s Work

It may be tucked into an unassuming strip mall on Route 9 (near Marshall’s), but Women’s Work could not be further from your run-of-the-mill chain store. This colorful little boutique just bursts with exotic merchandise — jewelry (think ostrich eggshells), bags, baskets, bowls, scarves, housewares, and that famous marula oil that we’ve touted before — all of which is crafted by women from Africa and around the globe. Proprieter Cecilia Dinio-Durkin, who lived in Botswana for three years with her husband and children, promotes “fair trade” business practices that enable these female artisans to make a decent living. Dinio-Durkin recently returned from a trip to Pakistan where she signed up several new product lines and has led the charge to turn the Poughkeepsie Plaza into the country’s first fair trade mall. So why not stop by — you can pick up a one-of-a-kind gift and support women around the world. Sounds like a win-win to us. • 845-849-1858;

Auctioneer/Auction House
George Cole Auctions & Realty

Red Hook
Everybody knows that if you want to buy or sell just about anything, from antiques to fine art, real estate to off-road vehicles, you need to meet with the absolute experts at this longtime Valley establishment. We’re sold! • 845-758-9114;

harriman clothing companyLooking good: Women’s sportswear — as well as special occasion dresses — can be found at Harriman Clothing Co.

Photograph by Chris Ware

Boutique You Didn’t Know About
Harriman Clothing Company

Tucked between an automotive garage and a café along a busy stretch of Route 17M, this half-boutique, half Army-Navy outpost is a hidden gem. One side of the 8,500-square-foot space is a paradise for “guys who don’t wear ties,” says co-owner Jennifer Carillo. Leather jackets, tee shirts, jeans, and boots appeal to your average (but fashionable) Joe, while men in uniform shop for all sorts of tactical gear, from ballistic vests to batons. There’s outdoorsmen’s and construction workers’ apparel, and even paintball equipment, too. Ladies take refuge in the other half of the shop, where stylists offer customized fittings in brand-name casualwear, glamorous special occasion dresses (which have been worn to the Emmy and Tony awards in past years), sky-high heels, and accessories galore. The store also offers screen-printing, embroidery, and in-house alterations — a rarity these days. • 845-783-6053;

Readers' Picks:

Antiques Shop:
Hyde Park Antiques Center

Hyde Park. 845-229-8200;
The Bakery

New Paltz. 845-255-8840;
Bargain Shopping:
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Central Valley. 845-928-4000;
Oblong Books and Music

Millerton. 518-789-3797;
Surviving Sisters

Hyde Park. 845-229-0425

fleisher's grass fed and organic meatsCut to order: An old-fashioned butcher shop, Fleisher’s offers meats that are free of hormones and antibiotics

Photograph by Jennifer May

Fleisher’s Grass Fed and Organic Meats

Kingston. 845-338-6666;
Main Course

New Paltz. 845-255-2650;
Chocolate/Candy Store:
Commodore Chocolatier

Crafts/Hobby Shop:
Hobby House

Rossi’s Italian Deli

Farmer’s Market:
Fish Market:
Gadaleto’s Seafood

New Paltz. 845-255-1717;

Plant Nursery/Garden Store:
Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist

Hopewell Junction
Green Oak

Hyde Park. 845-229-9111;
Fresh Produce/Gourmet Shop:
Adam’s Fairacre Farms

Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4330;
Kingston. 845-336-6300;
Newburgh. 845-569-0303;
Furniture Store:
Davis Furniture

Poughkeepsie. 845-473-1990;
Gift Shop:
Handmade and More

New Paltz. 845-255-6277;
Hardware Store:
Williams Lumber and Home Centers

8 locations;
Healthfood Store:
Mother Earth’s Storehouse

Poughkeepsie. 845-296-1069;
Kingston. 845-336-5541;
Saugerties. 845-246-9614;
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:

Kingston. 845-340-0552;


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