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These women business owners are paving the way

These women business owners are paving the way

Inauguration day is here, and for the first time in American history the vice president is a woman – Kamala Harris. Women have been increasingly breaking the glass ceiling in a lot iot of places. Five Ulster County women businesspersons – Cheryl Bowers, Lagusta Yarwood, Joan Lonergan, Tamara Ehlin and Karianna Haasch – were asked how they got their businesses off the ground and running, who their supports were, and what challenges they faced along the way.

New Nelly’s offers authentic Dominican food in New Paltz

New Nelly’s offers authentic Dominican food in New Paltz

It may come as a surprise to some Anglo folks who are used to thinking of Latin American food as “too spicy” that this slow-simmering style is the essence of Dominican cuisine. And you can get the real thing in New Paltz these days: at New Nelly’s II, which last year took over the little shop at 235 Main Street that formerly housed Amazin’ Melts, directly across from Ulster Savings Bank.

Frank’s Fresh now open in downtown New Paltz

Frank’s Fresh now open in downtown New Paltz

After Jack’s Rhythms, the longtime occupant of 56 Main Street in downtown New Paltz, closed, Frank Cardella, owner of Frank’s Fresh Pickling Company, saw a perfect opportunity to have just the right place to showcase his Italian-style deli. After spending some time renovating the old music store to fit the needs of a deli, with a place to cook, refrigerate, serve and dine, Frank’s Fresh opened its doors on December 12. Its shelves are stocked with his homemade, original jarred pickles, sauerkraut, relishes, hot sauces, kimchi, spice mixes and gourmet jams.

For Kingston restaurants that opened this year, improvisation and flexibility have been key 

For Kingston restaurants that opened this year, improvisation and flexibility have been key 

The restaurant business is famously tough even in good times. But throw in a once-in-a-100-year pandemic carrying unpredictable restrictions on dining, and it’s no exaggeration to say 2020 was probably the most difficult year to open a restaurant in recent memory. We caught up with five Kingston restaurants — Masa Midtown, Lunch Nightly, Casa Vallarta, Grainne, and Tilda’s Kitchen and Market — to find out how they made it work. 

Veteran chef takes helm at Kingston’s Hoffman House

Veteran chef takes helm at Kingston’s Hoffman House

To longtime patrons of the restaurant, long-time chef Francisco Diaz taking over management comes as welcome news, because no one knows better than him how to prepare its signature dishes. In keeping with its rich Colonial history, the place is renowned for its classic American and Continental cuisine. London broil, prime rib, pastas, chicken and shrimp entrées, along with clams casino and coconut shrimp appetizers, keep bringing customers back year after year. “Our onion soup is one of the most popular dishes all year ‘round,” says Francisco. “We’re not planning to change the original menu.”