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Where to Find the Hudson Valley’s Best Shopping and Services in 2021

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Photo courtesy of Georgia Blue Flower Truck

On the hunt for the perfect home accessories, birthday gifts, or clothing? These Best of Hudson Valley shops have just what you need.

ATHLETIC AND CASUAL KICKS

Pegasus Footwear

For more than 30 years, this classic shoe store has been the Valley’s go-to for trendy and comfy footwear. A variety of styles are available, like clogs, sandals, and hiking shoes. Pegasus even has some vegan leather options.

New Paltz, Rhinebeck, and Woodstock; pegasusshoes.com

ARTISAN JEWELRY SHOP

Mary MacGill

Germantown’s quaint Main Street offers a surprisingly bespoke shopping experience. One of the standouts is Mary MacGill, a jewelry shop where simple and elegant 14K gold jewelry (with semi-precious stones and baroque pearls) is crafted by hand. You’ll also find some casual clothing and a rotating selection of home and art items, all chosen with a sophisticated eye.

Germantown; marymacgill.com

BRIDAL BUSINESS EDUCATOR

Megan Garmers

Bridal entrepreneurs: brush up on your I dos and don’ts of wedding business with MG Hair & Makeup’s masterclass curriculum. It teaches the ins and outs of the biz, from business strategies for team management to advanced makeup techniques. You’ll be learning from the best, too; MG’s makeup artists and hair stylists have a wealth of knowledge to elevate your custom look and event.

New York; mghairandmakeup.com

CUSTOM FURNITURE

Milne, Inc.

This is not your typical design company. At the spacious atelier in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood, visitors can browse through carefully curated selections of vintage, industrial, antique, or custom pieces. Can’t find a piece that calls to you? Milne Inc. will source or create it.

Kingston; shopmilne.com

GLASSWARE SHOP

Hudson Beach Glass

Striking, original glassware is on full display at the Hudson Beach Glass studio — housed in a restored 19th century Beacon firehouse. The shop offers a glittering array of designs, from barware and blown vases to glow-in-the-dark marbles. Upstairs, visitors can watch demonstrations of glass blowing and view art installations.

Beacon; hudsonbeachglassshop.com

HOMECOMING

The Snooki Shop

Nicole Polizzi, the iconic Jersey Shore cast member has journeyed from beach boardwalks to her native Hudson Valley. Snooki returned home to bring her signature style to her second brick-and-mortar store in Beacon (the other one is in Madison, NJ). Though you won’t find DJ Pauly D or JWoww the shop offers plenty of animal prints, bright colors, and homages to the show. Snooki pops in occasionally, so be sure to give her a warm Valley welcome.

Beacon; thesnookishop.com

BOTANICAL SHOP (SOUTH)

Bridge Street Botanical

Green your scene by heading to this quaint shop off Nyack’s Main Street for living décor, like a 4” Brazilian tropical plant called Freddie (cute, right?) or a 10” monstera deliciosa, which has pretty, palm-like fronds (despite a name worthy of Little Shop of Horrors). Don’t miss the lovely selection of planters, gifts, personal-care items, and whimsical home accessories.

Nyack; bridgestreetbotanical.com

Photo courtesy of Bridge Street Botanicals

Photo courtesy of Bridge Street Botanicals

MOM & DAUGHTER DESIGNS

Abigail Rose & Lily Too

If you’re looking to spruce up your fall wardrobe with unique items, look no further than this women’s and children’s boutique. Abigail Rose & Lily Too features a well-edited collection for women and children, plus vintage finds, accessories, and gifts.

Nyack; abigailrosestore.com

NEW BOUTIQUE

NicólJoë NY Boutique

This mother-and-son duo relies on their keen sense of fashion to offer Hudson Valley residents trendy men’s and women’s fashion staples at affordable prices. At NicólJoë — a fusion of their names, Nicòl and Joseph — expertise in merchandising management and vintage branding fuels an extensive collection of hip clothing, accessories, and shoes.

Pawling; nicoljoeny.com

NEW JEWELRY STORE

LaViano Jewelers

Despite opening amid a pandemic, this jewelry store is already setting the gold standard among purveyors of sparkling treasures. LaViano Jewelers dates to 1843, which explains its extensive knowledge of appraisals, repairs, and custom designs. You may fall hard for a vintage Rolex or brand-spanking-new diamond drop earrings during your visit. Consider yourself warned.

Warwick; lavianojewelers.com

PANDEMIC PIVOT BY A BRAND

Ziel/Hudson Valley Mask

Fashion startup Ziel opened a Newburgh factory to produce on-demand, private-label apparel. But when COVID hit, Ziel’s founder, Marleen Vogelaar, transformed it into the Hudson Valley Mask Company. Its production line now makes masks, isolation gowns, and shoe and head coverings for the medical community, plus masks for the public. They’ve also donated PPE to first responders and others in need.

Newburgh; hvmaskco.com

PLACE FOR BEGINNING KNITTERS

Loopy Mango

The luxurious feel of Loopy Mango’s super-soft bulky yarns is an invitation to creativity — and warmth all season long. A rainbow of fun colors is available in 100 percent natural fiber merino wool, alpaca, mohair, and cotton yarn. Crochet or knit a beanie and cardigan to fight the incoming cold with one of their DIY kits, or purchase knitwear from their online shop.

Hyde Park-based; loopymango.com

MOBILE FLORIST

Georgia Blue Flower Truck

Business is booming and flowers are blooming for this charming mobile florist. Whenever its blue 1950 Ford pickup — acquired from a barn in Georgia — appears at a farmer’s market, private event, or business, it’s quite the showstopper. Pails along its sides overflow with locally sourced buds, which depending on the day, can include everything from cattails, cockscomb, sunflowers, and eucalyptus.

Throughout the Valley; georgiablueflowertruck.com

Photo courtesy of Georgia Blue Flower Truck

Photo courtesy of Georgia Blue Flower Truck

SHOP FOR HANDMADE ARTS & CRAFTS

Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village

There’s no shortage of local flair in this cute, quirky crafts town. Many artisans live where they work — with some of the homes dating back to the 1700s. You’ll find furniture, jewelry, candle, and soap makers. There are resident artists, photographers, woodcarvers, and stained-glass makers, too. Sugar Loaf also boasts eateries and a performing arts center.

Chester; sugarloafnewyork.com

VINTAGE TOYS & COLLECTIBLES

Imperial Castle Toy Shop

Committed to offering customers “an experience you can’t get anywhere,” Johnpaul Ragusa — vintage toy collector and owner of Imperial Gunnery — and his team have created a place for toy lovers of all ages. Offering exceptional customer service and a wide selection of inventory, your trip to this Valley gem will be an experience you’ll remember.

Pawling; imperialcastletoyshop.com


READERS’ PICKS

Antiques Shop
Newburgh Vintage Emporium Ware-House
Newburgh
newburghvintageemporium.com

Auto Dealership
Ruge’s Automotive
Rhinebeck
rugesauto.com

Auto Repair
Foreign Car Specialists
Poughkeepsie
foreigncarspecialistsny.com

Baby/Children’s Clothing Store
Waddle n Swaddle
Poughkeepsie
waddlenswaddle.com

Bargain Shopping
Elite Repeat Consignment Boutique
New City
eliterepeatny.com

Bridal Shop
Wild Blooms Bridal
Wappingers Falls
wildbloomsbridal.com

Car/Limo Service
Hudson Valley Concierge Service
Poughkeepsie
hvconcierge.com

Computer Repair
IT Connections
Poughkeepsie
itconnectionsny.com

Consignment Shop
Elite Repeat Consignment Boutique
New City
eliterepeatny.com

Crafts/Hobby Store
Hobby House
Poughkeepsie
hobbyhouse.business.site

Fabric Store
Beetle and Fred
Beacon
beetleandfred.com

Florist
Flowers by Angel
Poughkeepsie
flowersbyangel.com

Gift Shop (not at a hotel)
Lilly Rae in the Hamlet
Highland
lillyraeinthehamlet.com

Graphic Design
Tipsy Social
Pleasant Valley
getwithtipsy.com

Hotel Gift Shop
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz
mohonk.com

Jewelry Store
Kaliada
Warwick
kaliada.com

Luxury Rentals
LaGrange Farms at Overlook
Poughkeepsie
lagrangefarmshvny.com

Menswear
Last Outpost Store
Beacon
lastoutpoststore.com

Outdoors Sports Store
Northern Dutchess Archery & Sportsman Supply
Red Hook
ndarchery.com

Senior Living Center (East of the Hudson River)
Vassar-Warner Home
Poughkeepsie
vasserwarner.org

Senior Living Center (West of the Hudson River)
Woodland Pond at New Paltz
New Paltz
woodlandpondnp.com

Shoe Repair
Kim’s Shoe Repair
Wappingers Falls

Shoe Store
Pegasus Footwear
New Paltz
pegasusshoes.com

Ski Shop
Potter Brothers
Fishkill
potterbrothers.com

Specialty Store (non-food)
Fashion Shop – Tara Snyder
Poughkeepsie
Find them on Facebook

Tattoo Parlor
Graceland Tattoo
Wappingers Falls
gracelandtattoo.com

Related: This Is the Perfect Way to Spend a 24-Hour Day Trip in Kinderhook

Toy Store
Land of Oz Toys & Gifts
Rhinebeck
landofoztoys.com

Vintage Clothing Store
Cream Vintage & Consignment
Newburgh
creamnewburgh.com

Website Design
Tipsy Social
Pleasant Valley
getwithtipsy.com

Wedding Photographer
Lauren Gorish Photography
Rock Tavern
laurengorish.photography

Wedding Planner
Gina Maloney Events
Woodstock
ginamaloneyevents.com

Wedding Venue (East of the Hudson River)
Revel 32
Poughkeepsie
revel32.com

Wedding Venue (West of the Hudson River)
The Thayer Hotel
West Point
thethayerhotel.com

Womenswear
Fashion Shop – Tara Snyder
Poughkeepsie
Find them on Facebook


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