This month, Garry and Diane Kvistad sold Woodstock Percussion, Inc. to Sullivans, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based home-décor business that distributes its products to more than 15,000 retail stores and has expanded into other significant outlets. The price was not disclosed.
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Sullivans has acquired Woodstock Percussion, Inc., which will function as a subsidiary under Sullivan, Inc. After five decades of leadership in the industry, Woodstock Chimes founder Garry Kvistad has chosen Sullivans to lead his company into its next generation.
Residents raised alarms over a proposed Dunkin’ drive-thru at the corner of Routes 28 and 375 in West Hurley and its impact to traffic, safety, garbage and aesthetics at the gateway to Woodstock and surrounding Catskill Mountain communities. Dozens spoke at the August 30 continuation of the Hurley Planning Board public hearing on the Dunkin,’ formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts, at the corner where a travel agency and an Allstate insurance office now exist in West Hurley. Plans are for that building to be demolished to make way for the Dunkin’.
A prominent property, the former Woodstock Automotive garage at 39 Mill Hill Road just sold for more than $1 million while a handful of others including what was once the iconic Café Espresso, are on the market or pending sale in this wild real estate market amid changing town demographics.
And as of today, the cultural/business initiative known as BluePrint is, materially, just a series of Covid-safe summer events on a makeshift stage in the parking lot on the former IBM campus. But BluePrint is a vision of, and a proposal for, something much more: a kind of making good on the defaulted promise this building represents.
Like the Catskills themselves, the local real-estate market has its ups and downs. Right now, prices for single-family homes in Ulster County are on a strong upward slope.
If you’ve been shopping for a new or used car in the Hudson Valley recently, you may have noticed a diminished selection and higher prices. The reason is a global shortage of semiconductor chips that shows no sign of ending any time soon.
There’s a high-end artisan chocolatier in town now, enviably perched right on the edge of the Village Green, in the space that used to be a Win Morrison real estate office at 2 Old Forge Road. And the chocolates are divine. It’s only a matter of time before visitors won’t dream of leaving Woodstock without a box of EJ Bonbons tucked in their totebag.
“We wanted to use really cool apple varieties— funky, weird, wild apple varieties that we were surrounded by,” said co-founder Martin Bernstein. “Most of those orchards are totally wild or were planted by settlers way back when.”
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