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Website lets you know what’s open in the Hudson Valley

Website lets you know what’s open in the Hudson Valley

The COVID-19 crisis seems to have generated an eclectic marketplace of viral ideas unlike any seen before in our region. On the demand side, we have legions of people who need something but can’t get it, whether because of travel restrictions, vendor closures, shortages caused by hoarding, or supply-chain disruptions. On the supply side, we have a number of people with a desire to help, a measure of Internet savvy, and a lot of unaccustomed time on their hands.

Sticky business: Local family, cooped up during pandemic, starts home bakery

Sticky business: Local family, cooped up during pandemic, starts home bakery

What began as a fun way to keep busy, provide some comfort to friends and make a little extra money for rent, has turned into a full-scale baking operation in a one-level house in Gardiner. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a bakery,” said Tanya Santos, a local mother of three, whom, like many of us, has been cooped up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with her family trying to think of ways to stay busy and upbeat. “We were thinking of things we could do and Kaela (her eldest daughter) had rent looming, so I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in having some freshly baked cinnamon buns delivered to them and the response was unbelievable!”

Saugerties bars and restaurants cope with new reality

Saugerties bars and restaurants cope with new reality

Fear not — in these trying times, also-struggling local bars and eateries are here to serve you. Thanks to County Executive Pat Ryan’s Project Resilience, help from local teachers, the Saugerties chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a slew of volunteers, relaxed liquor laws handed down from the State Liquor Authority allowing businesses to provide to-go drinks and the ingenuity of local restauranteurs, Saugertiesians have a slew of free and affordable takeout options available to them until the “new normal” transitions into the typical normal. Drinks are often dispensed either in Chinese food takeout containers or straw-top containers with Saran wrap. “It gives us a chance to stay connected with our customers — it’s a regular customer’s birthday and we were able to send them home with a drink that they have quite often, a peach cosmo, when they come in. It was a nice opportunity to feel normal in this craziness,” said town supervisor and Sue’s Restaurant owner Fred Costello Jr.

Delicious and cruelty-free cuisine in Saugerties

Delicious and cruelty-free cuisine in Saugerties

Thirty years ago, Ronnie Shapiro realized that by making it convenient and simple for others to embrace a vegan diet, she could multiply her own reduction of animal suffering. Now, at Healthy Gourmet To-Go on Market Street in Saugerties, she devises, cooks and packages countless vegan meal packages that get shipped throughout New York and parts of New Jersey.