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Local gyms hope to reopen soon, but still no date from the state 

Local gyms hope to reopen soon, but still no date from the state 

While fitness centers and yoga studios in neighboring states are reopening with restricted capacity and mandatory mask use, New York has so far kept the doors on these businesses closed. Locally, business owners are frustrated at being left out of the state’s phased reopening plans, with some signing on to a lawsuit filed earlier this month against New York, the state Attorney General’s office, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Catskill Art Supply repurposes its Woodstock location to offer custom framing, copies/graphics and curbside pick-up, moves its Kingston one

Catskill Art Supply repurposes its Woodstock location to offer custom framing, copies/graphics and curbside pick-up, moves its Kingston one

Catskill Art Supply has been a hangout on Woodstock’s Mill Hill Road to several generations of artists. Its Uptown Kingston branch helped build the Ulster County seat’s reputation as an arts center for the region, while simultaneously nudging that neighborhood’s gentrified rebirth. The Kington CAS recently moved from Wall Street to the nearby Kingston Plaza.

New Paltz Stewart’s plan rejiggered to adapt to life in 2020

New Paltz Stewart’s plan rejiggered to adapt to life in 2020

Two of the year’s major themes, racial equity and global pandemic, resulted in the village planning board being asked to modify that approval at its July 21 meeting. The company has agreed to extend time for the construction of a traffic light, as well as time to decide how to handle a long-empty house at 5 Broadhead Avenue on the same lot that’s of historic significance because one of the village’s most prominent black builders constructed it.

Keegan Ales partnership with Clemson Bros. is in the works

Keegan Ales partnership with Clemson Bros. is in the works

Something’s brewing on Saint James Street in Kingston. Tommy Keegan, proprietor of Keegan Ales, has confirmed that he’ll be joining forces with Kenan Porter’s Middletown-based Clemson Bros. Brewery. This gives Keegan, now 49, a way to gradually exit the business he started 17 years ago. As with many business deals, this one has slowed to a crawl under the weight of the pandemic, but the deal could be sealed by fall.

The Well thrift shop reopens in Saugerties

The Well thrift shop reopens in Saugerties

Ulster Savings Bank made a donation to offset the majority of the overhead expenses for the three months The Well was closed. The Well is once again open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The free store is also open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

New Paltz Bagel Café has remained open, even when dough was low

New Paltz Bagel Café has remained open, even when dough was low

If you pull up early enough in the morning outside the New Paltz Bagel Café in the Tops Plaza, you’ll see two oldtimers unpack their folding chairs from their cars, grab their coffee and fresh hot bagels, and sit outside the movie theater. Even though the booths are currently closed at the bagel shop, the culture of community and the friendships that it has helped foster are not.