All posts by Sharyn Flanagan

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve in New Paltz

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve in New Paltz

“New Paltz Eve” is scheduled to make its sixth annual appearance on Tuesday, December 31 from 1-7 p.m. All activities are free of charge, thanks to support from local businesses and organizations. Most of the fun happens indoors, so the party will go on regardless of the weather.

Alexa Floresta creates quirky merchandise and the vibe to match at new shop in New Paltz

Alexa Floresta creates quirky merchandise and the vibe to match at new shop in New Paltz

The interior of Crust & Magic at 19 North Front Street in New Paltz is as exuberant as its proprietor, Alexa Floresta, who talks fast and laughs easily; her enthusiasm for what she’s doing with her shop is contagious. “I want the space to feel like it’s a celebration,” she says. “It’s about the energy and the vibe that the brand exudes, this raw sort of slimy, crusty realness matched with the magic part: the glitter, the glam, the decadence. This is a place to be yourself, to have fun and embrace who you are.”

New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director

New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director

“Surround yourself with smart people, remove obstacles, and get out of the way,” says Christopher Short. The new executive director of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce is describing his own hands-off type of leadership style, but his concept applies just as well to local entrepreneurs seeking guidance from the Chamber on how to build their businesses.

New Paltz nonprofit accepting funding requests

New Paltz nonprofit accepting funding requests

The Thomas & Corinne Nyquist Foundation is currently accepting funding requests from nonprofit organizations that serve New Paltz. This will be the 16th year the family foundation has awarded these grants. They’re particularly interested in supporting projects where a small amount of money may make the difference between success or failure, with most of the grants ranging from $100 to $1,000. With rare exceptions, the maximum award made is $2,000.