A new store would save Saugertiesians from having to travel to the town of Ulster to get their latte, mocha, and frappuccino fixes.
After a year of plastic cups, distanced tables and takeout specials, restaurants are finally able to return to near-normal service just in time for summer tourist season. Customers are ready. Restaurant owners are ready. But servers and cooks are not.
The Chill Cricket, a gift shop and gallery featuring paintings, artwork, photography, jewelry, woodworking and more opens in Phoenicia.
It’s as if someone hit the “reset” button along a stretch of the north side of Main Street in the village: three new eateries will have their doors opened by early June, if all goes according to plan. They are: Green Bar, Apizza, and Burger Box.
There’s an exciting new culinary enterprise underway in an old structure in Woodstock: the Millstream Tavern, which opened on April 1 in the 18th-century millhouse, most recently operated as Provisions, at the Woodstock Golf Club. A major renovation, modernizing the building’s systems while preserving its historic appeal, has been completed, and the doors are now open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday.
In another true sign larger entertainment venues are finally awakening from a long slumber forced by a global pandemic, Bearsville Theater hosted its first concert with an in-person audience May 21 and Bearsville Center plans many long-overdue upgrades.
Hudson Valley Sports Cards, a brand new memorabilia and card shop opened by Anna Miressi and Matt Yerkes in Kingston, is aiming to give enthusiasts of all ages a place not just to indulge in collecting, but also to hang out.
Upstate has dropped its lease on Woodstock’s Tinker Street Cinema. On the more hopeful side, it is “in discussions” to purchase the Orpheum Theater in Saugerties.
“I think that many people are trying to take their health and wellbeing into their own hands, and we’re providing tools that can help them do that,” said owner Dana Cooper.
A self-employed executive search specialist for the past dozen years, Saugertesian Andrew Cowan has seen major changes in the country’s employment habits, changes that have mostly accelerated during the now-receding pandemic.