"The single most important thing we're doing is trying to reach back and project the legacy of [legendary talent manager and entrepreneur] Albert Grossman, who created the compound," says John Fitzgerald, one of the partners running the Bearsville Theater compound near Woodstock.
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, the Hudson Valley's "cultural park for dance," was founded in 1990 to afford professional dancers the space and time they couldn't afford in Manhattan, and often sees former students return again as renowned professionals.
In creating the Source Adage-NYC ambient fragrance line, its designers sought to imbue every aspect of their product with neoclassical style that would transcend cliché, from the signature black glass vessel to the scents within, which incorporate notes like exotic wood, fruit, fine bourbon, and fresh tobacco.
Bethel's Catskill Distilling Company and Dancing Cat Saloon owners Stacy Cohen and Monte Sachs keep showing the world why they make the perfect host and hostess in a spot renowned for peace, love, and music.
"People walk by and think, 'Pretty window—probably an expensive store,'" says jeweler Bruce Lubman, owner of Hummingbird Jewelers in Rhinebeck. "But service is our real strength; in the workshop we do goldsmithing, repairs, restringing, restoring, repurposing—there's basically nothing we can't do in-house."
Lately, galas and openings increasingly share calendar space with the many, many meetings attended by Nancy Richards, who's been with the Village of Catskill for 17 years and is currently community development coordinator, point person for parks and recreation, and secretary to the planning and zoning department.