Hello, Good Buy!Jana Martin | June 3, 2015 | Comment
You can shop the Hudson Valley in one big loop, but you may never want to leave.
East of the Hudson River
Just 50 miles north of Manhattan is the old industrial town of Peekskill, home of Bruised Apple Books and Music: ga-thousands of antique and vintage books, postcards, ephemera, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl fill a time-warp atmosphere (tin ceiling, fusty armchairs).
Keep heading north to tony Rhinebeck: tea-house and clapboard appeal, and a very walkable main drag. Shop Hummingbird Jewelers for luxe-artisanal adornments for men and women—black diamonds, fossilized dinosaur bones, artfully treated 22k gold, like upscale wabi-sabi. Up your kitchen game in bluecashew, where everything is good-looking and useful, from linens to chef’s tools, with great electrics and gadgets A (Alessi) to Z (Zojirushi). Spruce Design + Decor is a renovated firehouse chock-full of iconic 20th-century furnishings and décor. Detour to the nearby village of Red Hook for Basic French: homespun French linens, Breton sailor shirts, droll stationery—French stuff.
Onto Hudson: stalwart brick industrial buildings, upper Hudson River-scented air (smells good), celebrities in disguise, and a certain get-over-it sophistication. But it’s also a mecca for zeitgeist fashion, sans Soho snark: Kasuri has 1,800 square feet of bravura designers for men and women, like Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood. De Marchin is a bastion of chic men’s and women’s apparel, accessories (intensely dapper summer fedoras) and jewelry. And Warren Street’s long been a high/low bounty of antiques and vintage shops: keep walking and you’ll hit Biedermeier to Bauhaus, Shaker to Disney to rare Uzbekistani kilims.
West of the Hudson
From Hudson, cross the Rip Van Winkle bridge into the gritty old town of Catskill, where plans are afoot for a craft, crash, and cook artisanal tourism complex. Meanwhile, Lovely sells authentically local work: brightly mod ceramics, jewelry, funky oilcloth bags, and Beekman 1802 goat milk soaps and lotions.
Head south to Saugerties, where Dig offers trend-ishly casual styles (like Splendid, Freepeople, Wooden Ships, babe-alicious footwear) and Lucky Chocolates crafts delectable organic, fair trade chocolates. But this is the Catskills, so head down to Woodstock to get lumbersexy at Woodstock General Supply: its selection of well-made outdoor gear and woodsy clothing includes toasty wool, Bellroy leather wallets, Fjallraven parkas, Ilse Jacobsen rainboots, and incidentally fab beard pomade. Also on Tinker Street: Little House, a cutely modern revise of Americana new and old, and the Golden Notebook—a truly indie bookshop with stellar titles, rare-ish zines (like artzine Esopus) a good range of Moleskines and spooky Hudson Valley reads.
Swing over to West Hurley for real Catskillian craft culture: Crafts People showcases some 500 regional artists working in clay, glass, wood, cast iron, jewelry, and more. Then, snake south to New Paltz, home of Rhino Records: serious indie cred and incredibly rare vinyl. Finish with a tour of Water Street Market’s boutiques and eateries—art, gifts, antiques, and homemade donuts. From here, Nueva York is a mere 90 minutes away, but it will seem like another universe.