Best of Hudson Valley 2013: Best Shopping, Boutiques, and Stores in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

PLUS: Readers’ Picks, including best boutique, bargain shopping, fish market, and crafts/hobby store




floristReaders’ Pick Best Florist: Green Cottage

Editors’ Picks

New Vintage Shop

VINTAGE BEACON Beacon
An overnight trip to Beacon in the summer of 2011 changed the entire course of Angela Hasting’s life. The stylist, who had been living in Manhattan with her longtime boyfriend, was completely enchanted with the town; within seven months the pair had uprooted everything and moved into a house in the little river city. But the opening of Vintage Beacon six months later, in September 2012, was the culmination of a long-held dream. “I’ve wanted a boutique for, literally, as long as I can remember; since I was a very little girl,” she says. Now, her shop, located in a tiny storefront near the trendy Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, oozes big-city charm — while offering Chanel at consignment store prices. Part of the fun of shopping here is that the beautiful, oh-so-fashionable Hastings is incredibly down to earth and acts almost like your very own personal shopper. “I hand-select each thing that goes in the store,” she says.
“I choose things based on what I really love, what I find to be special and beautiful.” Hastings says that she now has a group of regulars — both consignors and shoppers (it’s a 60/40 split) — as well as lots of clients from the city. And her Facebook page has even helped her snag clients in California and Montreal. “I could never have predicted that it would go as well as it has,” says Hastings about her first year in retail. “It’s been amazing.” 845-202-7172; www.vintagebeacon.com

Country Decor Home Store

CLASSIC COUNTRY East Chatham
Customers love browsing through this shop’s eclectic collection of furniture, gifts, linens, and housewares, all displayed in a distinctive 1800s Greek Revival building. There’s also a secondary shop in an old barn on the property. “We have a bit of everything, and we especially like to showcase local artisans,” says owner Meg Stratton, who adds that the “great location” just off the Taconic Parkway draws lots of travelers going to and from Connecticut, Vermont, the Berkshires, and Massachusetts. Stratton describes the store’s vibe as “not exactly ‘cozy country’ — it’s not where you’d go for collectibles; it’s more like ‘country-politan.’ ” 518-392-2211; www.facebook.com/classiccountryeastchatham

Native Plant Shop

NATIVE LANDSCAPES Pawling
Owner Pete Muroski launched this business in 1987, with an eye toward sharing his passion for plants and a commitment to environmentally conscious design. “It’s basically a common-sense approach to gardening: Using native plants that are indigenous to our region,” says Muroski, who oversees the company’s landscape design and maintenance services. Their construction portfolio includes stone walls and paths, nature-friendly water features, perennial gardens, and more. Native Landscapes also offers a full-service native-plant garden center to help local gardeners learn about and enjoy the beauty of our region’s flora. 845-855-7050; www.nativelandscaping.net

Place To Buy A Grandfather Clock

DE’S JEWELERS Poughkeepsie
Time is on your side at De’S, a family owned and operated company that’s been in business since 1946. Clocks are one of their specialties; they feature the entire line of Howard Miller timepieces, including grandfather clocks. Choose your favorite style — from traditional to contemporary — and De’S will deliver it and set it up, free of charge. 845-452-0026; www.desjewelers.com

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Diamond Dealer

ZIMMER BROTHERS JEWELERS Poughkeepsie
This Raymond Avenue mainstay has been selling all types of jewelery for a whopping 120 years — so you can bet that they’ve seen their share of rocks in that time. The company carries loose stones from four different brands. And every diamond purchase comes with the Zimmer Brothers Promise: They’ll replace your stone, free of charge, if it is lost or damaged within one year of purchase. 845-454-6360; www.zimmerbrothers.com

Place To Buy Lumber

WILLIAMS LUMBER & HOME CENTERS Various Locations
Another of the Valley’s long-standing family-owned companies (67 years and counting), Williams is the go-to place for do-it-yourselfers as well as professional contractors. All their lumber is personally inspected to ensure only the highest quality products make it to their sales floor. And with eight locations — from Hopewell Junction to Tannersville — buying all the supplies you need for your next project is a snap. www.williamslumber.com

Place To Buy A Tractor

PINE BUSH EQUIPMENT Pine Bush
The Boniface family knows big-boy toys better than anybody else. But it’s really their commitment to customer service that makes PBE the local place to visit if you need to buy or rent a tractor, trailer, backhoe, or other machine. Three locations make it super convenient, too. 845-744-2006; www.pbegroupinc.com

Plumbing Supplies

N&S SUPPLY Various Locations
Faucets and fixtures may not be sexy, but we all need them, and you may well fall in love with the extensive inventory at this longtime Valley business, which now has four state-of-the-art showrooms. They also specialize in heating supplies and even offer a wide variety of environmentally friendly products. 845-331-6700; www.nssupply.com

Wallpaper Selection

SUN PAINT & DESIGN Poughkeepsie, Fishkill
Wallpaper is back in a big way, and this popular decor center is just bursting with a huge selection of gorgeous wall coverings and paints. You can browse one of three showrooms or turn to their highly knowledgeable staff to help pick the perfect product to enhance your home. And once you have the walls all sorted out, you can turn your attention to your windows: Sun has a huge inventory of blinds and shades, too. 845-471-2880; www.sunwallpaperandpaint.com

Auctioneer

GEORGE COLE AUCTIONS & REALTY Red Hook
Going once... going twice... sold! For more than 30 years, George Cole Auctions has been the Valley’s premier auction house. These adroit auctioneers sell everything from antiques and art to cars, boats, and real estate. If you can’t make it to the site, there is even an option to sell your belongings online. And if you’re too attached to that family heirloom to sell it — but would love to know what it’s worth — the company does appraisals. 845-758-9114; www.georgecoleauctions.com

 

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Beer Selection

HALF TIME BEVERAGE Poughkeepsie
Stocking more than 3,000 brews from around the globe, this warehouse-style shop located on Route 9 has long been a mecca for beer buffs near and far. The unique tag system, developed by owner Alan Daniels, breaks the selections down by hops and color. Shoppers are also enticed by a dozen different “beer of the month” clubs, weekly tastings, 12 beers on draft, and the ability to create a case by mixing and matching different brands. The extensive online shop allows you to browse brews 24 hours a day. Look for the giant new Mamaroneck store — it’s more than double the size of the original — to open its doors by mid-November. 845-462-5400; www.halftimebeverage.com

» Meet Alan Daniels of Half Time as part of our Ultimate Beer Guide issue

Readers’ Picks

Antiques Shop

HYDE PARK ANTIQUES CENTER Hyde Park. 845-229-8200; www.hydeparkantiques.net

Bakery

THE PASTRY GARDEN Poughkeepsie. 845-473-5220; www.thepastrygarden.com

Bargain Shopping (TIE)

WOODBURY COMMONS PREMIUM OUTLETS Central Valley. 845-928-4000; www.premiumoutlets.com
SURVIVING SISTERS’ BOUTIQUE Hyde Park. 845-229-0425

Bookstore

OBLONG BOOKS & MUSIC Millerton. 518-789-3797; www.oblongbooks.com

boutique

Boutique

ELIZABETH BOUTIQUE Poughkeepsie. 845-471-9632; www.elizabethboutique.com

Butcher

FLEISHER’S GRASS FED & ORGANIC MEATS Kingston. 845-338-6666; www.fleishers.com

Florist

GREEN COTTAGE High Falls. 845-687-4810; www.thegreencottage.com

Caterer

MAIN COURSE FARM TO TABLE FOODS & CATERING New Paltz. 845-255-2650; www.maincoursecatering.com

Chocolate/Candy Store

ALPS SWEET SHOP Beacon. 888-442-2577; www.alpssweetshop.com

Crafts/Hobby Store

CATSKILL ART & OFFICE SUPPLY Kingston. 845-331-3735; www.catskillart.com

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Deli

ROSTICCERIA ROSSI & SONS DELI Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0654; www.rossideli.com

Farmers’ Market

MILLBROOK FARMERS' MARKET Millbrook. www.millbrooknyfarmersmarket.com

Fish Market

GADALETO'S SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT New Paltz. 845-255-1717; www.gadaletos.com

Fresh Produce

ADAMS FAIRACRE FARMS Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4330; www.adamsfarms.com

Furniture Store

DAVIS FURNITURE Poughkeepsie. 845-204-9090; www.davisfurnitureonline.com

Gourmet Shop

HOMESPUN FOODS Beacon. 845-831-5096; www.homespunfoods.com

Hardware Store

DAVIES HARDWARE Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6741; www.davieshardware.com

Jewelry Store

ZIMMER BROTHERS Poughkeepsie. 845-454-6360; www.zimmerbrothers.com

Liquor Store

VISCOUNT WINES & LIQUOR Wappingers Falls. 845-298-0555; www.viscountwines.com

Menswear Shop

CHANGES FOR MEN Woodstock. 845-679-4750; www.changesformen.com

Outdoor Sports Store

KENCO Kingston. 845-340-0552; www.atkenco.com

Plant Nursery/Garden Store

SABELLICO GREENHOUSES & FLORIST Hopewell Junction. 845-226-5943; www.sabellico.com

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