Business
Harzards of new fortunes

Harzards of new fortunes

If the perceived economic potential of a community can be determined by the amount of time it takes shuttered shops to be replaced by new ones bright with hope, then the village of Saugerties is indeed an encouraging location for would-be entrepreneurs. In many cases, shop owners that went out of business this year were...
A cut and a shave

A cut and a shave

The recently opened Union Shave on Partition St. is an old-fashioned barber shop, said David Kolbinski, co-owner along with brother Jake and A.J. Lewis. All the partners have cut hair locally and are bringing their experience to the business. David Kolbinski, who is the brother with whom we spoke for this article, worked at the...
Grist Mill celebrates 40 years in Saugerties

Grist Mill celebrates 40 years in Saugerties

Grist Mill Real Estate celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 15 with an open house at its recently remodeled Main St. office. Artwork by Nancy Campbell and Angela Gaffney-Smith adorned the freshly painted walls, with pressed-tin ceilings above and fresh carpeting below. “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the community,”...
Events play big role in Saugerties economy

Events play big role in Saugerties economy

Each fall, for the last four years, zombies came to roam the streets of Saugerties in the thousands, and those who wanted a glimpse of these brain-eating fiends came along too. They jammed the village and spent liberally in the restaurants and bars. But not this year — the Zombie Crawl has been canceled. It...
Ribbon-cutting at Stella’s Station

Ribbon-cutting at Stella’s Station

A ribbon-cutting was performed by the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Stella’s Station, 114 Partition St., welcoming new owners Alex Lamb and Mike De Poala.
For moms, work doesn’t always pay

For moms, work doesn’t always pay

Many mothers of young children say the expense of daycare means returning to work would actually cost their households money. As local mom Amy Henninger puts it, “I would just be working to pay daycare and it was not worth it to me.” Henninger is not alone. A Pew Research Center study showed that the...
New Business: Annarella Ristorante

New Business: Annarella Ristorante

Joe and Anna Vozzo are the owners of Annarella Ristorante at 276 Malden Turnpike. The restaurant, named for Anna, has been in business since last December. Joe has been in the restaurant business since 1977 and has owned and operated a number of restaurants in both New York and Florida. Annarella is open from 4...
New business: Boudoir Baby

New business: Boudoir Baby

Boudoir Baby, the newest specialty shop in Saugerties village, features a niche within a niche — fine nursery furniture made in America and Europe — and other products for babies produced in large part by local craftspeople. Owner-operator Veronica Ferraro-Holmquist adopts her business philosophy from her father, the late Vincent Ferraro, a man familiar to...
Travel mag says Lighthouse ‘extraordinary’

Travel mag says Lighthouse ‘extraordinary’

The Australian web version of the travel guide series Lonely Planet named the Saugerties Lighthouse number nine on its list of “Ten Extraordinary Places to Stay in 2014.” The list includes locations from around the world, with the Lighthouse the lone American entry. The accompanying blurb describe the rooms’ “quaint touches of Americana – antique...
Dragon Inn addition collapses under weight of snow

Dragon Inn addition collapses under weight of snow

An unfinished addition on the former Dragon Inn collapsed under the weight of snow and ice last week. The original building, closed since the early ’90s, is the subject of preservationist efforts. Fans of Clovelea, the Queen Anne-style mansion crafted by architect Alfred H. Thorp for Saugerties industrialist W.R. Sheffield, generally favor removing the addition...
Electric and gas bills surge for Hudson Valley

Electric and gas bills surge for Hudson Valley

High demand for natural gas during January’s deep freeze caused electricity and natural gas rates to skyrocket last month, leading to higher bills for customers, says Central Hudson. The utility said rates for electricity and gas would be 38 percent and 25 percent higher than last year for the two-month billing period that includes January....
Indoor shooting range approved

Indoor shooting range approved

The Saugerties Town Planning Board approved an indoor shooting range proposed for the former American Candle building on Kings Highway with a few conditions: The mercury vapor lamps on the site should be replaced with metal halide. Five trees would be planted in the front of the property, with some reduction in parking. The shooting...