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Phoenicia’s Arts & Antiques hits its stride

Phoenicia’s Arts & Antiques hits its stride

It’s taken a few years, but the building once occupied by the Phoenicia Pharmacy has developed into a cheerful, bustling market and community space, with two rental areas in back, an art gallery, and an abundance of unusual and esthetically intriguing items for sale.

Image Works heads for its closing

Image Works heads for its closing

In Mark Antman’s memories of the start of Image Works, the local photo archive company he’s currently in the process of closing after 36 years, lies a metaphor for much of what constitutes the Woodstock experience of commerce, creativity, and a continuing consensus that character matters.

Tiny Staniker carries the finery at Lily’s in Woodstock

Tiny Staniker carries the finery at Lily’s in Woodstock

“I’m known for dresses and partywear,” says Tiny Stainker, fanning out the skirt of a velvet dress in her boutique, Lily’s, next to the Woodstock Village Green. She also sells streetwear, winter hats and scarves, nightgowns, kids’ clothing, cards, chocolate, and an eclectic mix of other items. Most of what she sells is designed by artists she has connected with in her 25 years of running a shop in Woodstock.

Woodstock’s Herwood Inn is small and complete

Woodstock’s Herwood Inn is small and complete

The proprietors of the Herwood Inn seem to have thought of everything. Bed platforms flush with the floor, so nothing can roll underneath, including dust. A curated vinyl collection and record player in each of the four bedrooms. Readily available yoga mats and blocks. The Herwood, which opened this September in Woodstock, has been designed and equipped with meticulous attention to detail.

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.”