Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending several hours walking up and down Main Street in Cold Spring, New York. The village, an hour north of New York City, is bordered by the Hudson River to the west, and the Hudson Highlands State Park to the north. If you live in the tri-state area, you might be familiar with Breakneck Ridge and Mount Taurus, popular hikes nearby with spectacular views of the Hudson. Walking down Main Street on any given day, it's nearly impossible to window shop; more likely, you'll leave with something you didn't know you needed. For me, these purchases included citrus rosemary hair serum from Cold Spring Apothecary, a 1950s tray that Jane from Bijou Galleries talked me into, a copy of "Robin Hood" from Ellen Hayden Gallery, and a pot of purple Hyacinths from the Cold Spring Farmers' Market.
Main Street slopes all the way down to the river, and on a sunny day, there's nothing more enjoyable than grabbing a sandwich at The Foundry Cafe (@ 55 Main Street) and sitting on a bench by the river, or having a glass of wine on the balcony of the historic Hudson House Inn (@ 2 Main Street).
In the past, I'd always visited Cold Spring for its antique stores which line both sides of the street (Bijou, Ellen Hayden, and Fountain Square are three favorites), but in under a year, a handful of specialty shops have opened up side-by-side-by-side, breathing new life into a town that has, not surprisingly, been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
NEW STORES OF NOTE
OLD SOULS @ 63 Main Street
Old Souls is a beautifully curated lifestyle shop run by husband and wife co-owners James and Tara Caroll. The store, which officially opened last July and moved next door to its current space last month, features only products by American-made and responsible companies (i.e. Patagonia). The Caroll's also carry a healthy supply of fly fishing and outdoor gear, which is a nod to James's fly fishing passion and to the store's proximity to so many great outdoor adventures. Their space is brimming with stacks of wool Pendleton blankets, Topo Designs bags hanging on the walls (Colorado), a case full of Shinola watches (Detroit), slingshots dipped in neon paint from Hella Good (CA), and stunning glass terrariums from ABJ Glassworks, to name a few. And on any given day, you can find them hard at work while their gentle Great Dane, Percy, ambles up and down the aisles serving as the unofficial mascot for the store.
SWING @ 65 Main Street
Swing, which opened last month, is the brainchild of co-owners and friends Evan Ross and Stephanie Doucette. As soon as I saw the row of neon peeps swinging (literally) in their window, I knew this was going to be a children's shop with personality. Stephanie designs the store's signature clothing line Petite Doucette in NYC (the bloomers below are made of upcycled menswear suiting and are outrageously cute). They prefer to stock their shelves with unique brands that are flying below the radar, like a collection of American-made paper animal mobiles from Pacific Northwest-based Skyflight Mobiles, tie and suspenders for boys from BK-brand Stinky McGee, and super cool rain jackets from France for both kids and adults by K-Way.
COLD SPRING GENERAL STORE @ 61 Main Street
Cold Spring General Store (CSGS) opened its doors on Saturday afternoon by co-owners Craig and Deanna Muraszewski. The store is a celebration of all-things local and organic; they only stock carefully and locally sourced gourmet and artisan goods like Shady Acres organic jams from New York, Revel Mountain coffee from Montana, and dairy, meat and produce from local NY farms like Glynwood, Obercreek, and Longhaul. When I was there, they hadn't yet opened for business, but they had a lovely basket outside their door of hand-picked local "better than organic" salad greens and an honor system set up: "Leave $3 in the box." They also stock home goods, from Rifle Paper recipe tins to Adirondack chairs. I'm really looking forward to paying them a proper visit soon. With exception to the photo of the basket, the shots below were taken by Joe Larese for The Journal News.