Business
New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

For a few storefronts in New Paltz, change has come. ShopRite Plaza will see the opening of Just-A-Buck dollar store this August, Twistee Cone is Frosty Rock Creamery reborn under a new name and new ownership, and Dunkin’ Donuts has a slick new makeover. Here’s a little more information about all the changes.   Twistee...
Yankee Folly Cidery in  New Paltz joins the Hudson Valley hard-cider market

Yankee Folly Cidery in New Paltz joins the Hudson Valley hard-cider market

Everybody knows not to judge a book by its cover. Labels and fancy packaging, same thing. Still, it’s hard to resist picking up a bottle of the hard cider produced by the new Yankee Folly Cidery when its label is so striking, a depiction of vibrant red apples and green leaves in a crisply rendered...
Casual eatery at Brookside Farm offers tasty organic food and great views

Casual eatery at Brookside Farm offers tasty organic food and great views

Driving south on Albany Post Road in Gardiner, with eyes on the road and preoccupied by thoughts of errands to run, there’s a fleeting impression of picturesque farms and pastoral landscape passing by. Much of it goes by too quickly to appreciate. But look for the sandwich board on the side of the road approaching...
Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator prepares to welcome its first participants

Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator prepares to welcome its first participants

Community members were invited onto the grounds of Glynwood’s Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator for an open house on Sunday, June 22 as it nears the final stages of repairing the buildings and preparing the land on the 323-acre site for welcoming the first three participants to the new program in late summer. More than...
New Paltz helps homeowners go green

New Paltz helps homeowners go green

Earlier this month, Michael Hein, the Ulster County executive, signed an executive order mandating that the county get serious about green, renewable energy. He’s having Ulster County government buildings switch over to renewable energy-sourced electricity for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015. According to county officials, Hein’s executive order is one-of-a-kind in New...
WCW Kitchens in New Paltz does custom woodworking and home renovations to suit the client’s budget

WCW Kitchens in New Paltz does custom woodworking and home renovations to suit the client’s budget

Who says that going into a woodworking or fine arts program at college won’t help you pay off those school loans or provide a living? SUNY New Paltz graduate Scott Mass, owner of WCW Kitchens, located in the Cherry Hill Plaza in New Paltz, is proof that you can follow your passion without circling the...
Showcase for local artists at Manny’s will feature the work of photographer David Warg in June (with photo gallery)

Showcase for local artists at Manny’s will feature the work of photographer David Warg in June (with photo gallery)

Photographs by David Warg are on display at Manny’s in New Paltz throughout the month of June.   Manny’s Art Supplies on Main Street in New Paltz is one of those quirky, one-of-a-kind businesses that only happen when the same family has been in charge for more than 50 years. The corporate art supply stores...
Handmade & More celebrates 40 years in business

Handmade & More celebrates 40 years in business

Not to be outdone by the twice-yearly competition from the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair, venerable New Paltz retail institution Handmade and More chose the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the store — which, according to vintage flyers on display, actually opened its doors at 6 North Front...
Lush Eco Salon offers sustainable beauty closer to nature

Lush Eco Salon offers sustainable beauty closer to nature

Lush Eco Salon has officially opened its doors in the heart of downtown New Paltz. Raising the industry standard, Lush aims to be the Hudson Valley’s first “clean-air” salon, offering complete eco-conscious hair, skin care and nail services. With more than 20 years of combined industry experience, the founders of Lush, Stephanie Chick and Melissa...
The Repair Café celebrates its first year in New Paltz

The Repair Café celebrates its first year in New Paltz

We all have them: those worn-out things that we just can’t bear to part with for one reason or another. Maybe it’s an old chair that wobbles, but we hang onto it because it reminds us of the person who gave it to us. Or it’s a special toy from childhood that carries with it...
The Postage Inn celebrates 26 years of service

The Postage Inn celebrates 26 years of service

On the drive between New Paltz and Rosendale, there sits a landmark known as The Postage Inn. What drivers might not know is how long it’s been a fixture in Tillson. Back in the late 1980s, James Jerkowski was an aspiring young chef who’d just graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. His dad, George...
Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Coppersea Distilling buys land on Springtown Road in New Paltz to boost local grain

Chris Williams looks down with a proud smile at the rye grains spread on the floor in a rough rectangle. The pile of seeds displays telltale furrows from careful raking. His boss Angus MacDonald reaches down to examine them, noting tiny sprouts protruding from each grain. “I think we’re currently one of a dozen distilleries...