Small Business Saturday is the antidote to the Black Friday consumer orgy. This year falls on November 26, and while the Hudson Valley has never been short of cute home furnishing stores, some of the items for sale on Main Street are no different than those available at Big Box stores elsewhere.
There is no such thing as a locally manufactured iPhone (yet). Still, shoppers who want to support small businesses and buy local are in luck. There are many cute shops on both sides of the Hudson that stock regionally made goodies, from knitwear to hair care to jewelry, art, and lots and lots of CBD.
Whatever you’re looking to buy this holiday season, here’s our non-exhaustive list of where to find local – and often sustainable – items in the Hudson Valley on Small Business Saturday 2022.
Splash by Berte Bow Glassworks in Beacon sells some items made in Beacon, including cups and pitchers ($48 each, pitchers $158). The colors are exclusive to Berte. “Our Instagram audience comes up with the names for the colors,” says founder Amy DeSimone.
Berthe also sells Bright Spot candles and tumblers (candles are $68, hand-blown glass is $46) made in collaboration with B-Beacon Mercantile and Bow Glassworks. They are currently sold out, but will be restocked.
Berte’s in Beacon sells locally made items, including splash cups and pitchers in specialty colors.
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In addition to items made in Beacon, Berte’s also sells wares from manufacturers elsewhere in the Hudson Valley, including Tellefsen Atelier Ceramics of Middletown, Apis Apotheca Skincare made in Elizabethville, MLE Goods made in Saugerties, Wild Bower Studio Ceramics of Mountaindale, Greentree Home Contains Beeswax Candles. Manufactured in Treadwell and Sara Mijares Ceramics made in Hudson. Shop in person or online.
Not everything in this beautiful Kerhonkson barn is locally made or sourced, but there is a decent amount and in a wide price range. There’s $24 local maple syrup (from Laurel & Ash Farms in Holmes) and $28 sea salt hair spray (from Hudson Valley brand Captain Blankenship) but also a $498 sweater from Eleven Six brand by local knitwear maker Catherine Carnevale.
For those with a bigger budget in the art market, Ravenwood Kingston sells wall hangings by fiber artist Kat Howard and sculpted ceramics by BDB NY, a design studio in Pound Ridge, that run well into the thousands of dollars. The physical farm store is open the first and third weekends in December for the Holiday Market and you can shop online for Small Business Saturdays.
The Eleven Six / Dana McClure Collab by Dana sweater sold at Ravenwood.
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Canvas + Tailor
This new micro-department store in Poughkeepsie sells sustainable fashion and homewares exclusively made in America. Long-time locals will be familiar with the Utility Canvas item, formerly available locally at the store in Gardiner (now closed). Co-owner Maryvonne Williams says one of the store’s best jewelry lines, Shana Lee, is made right here in Red Hook.
Sunny’s Pops, a well-organized homewares store in Narrowsburg, has received national attention because it is owned by Sunshine Ruffalo, who is married to actor Mark. It is also a big supporter of Hudson Valley producers. There’s even a section of the store’s website dedicated to local artists. Shop in person or online to choose from small flower plates by Jesse Lazar ($75), $550 prints by Catskills-based photographer Marissa Scheinfeld, Dear Botanics branded items “Born at the foot of the Catskill Mountains”, and much more .
Newburgh Mercantile has several Hudson Valley products and none of them will break the bank. Choose from Popsanity Gourmet Popcorn ($9), Custom Newberg Stamped Trays ($12 and up), Local Tree Juice Syrups ($15 and up), Collar City Candles ($9 to $18), Beauty Tea Studio Teas ($9 ) and more. You can’t be wrong.
Visit any location (Saugerty’s or New Paltz) of this bookstore to pick up something from the Hudson Valley author. You might want to check out local garden guru Lee Reich’s latest tome, “Fruit: From the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection,” which he calls “an amalgamation of art, science, and history.”
For kids and teens, get one of the newest from Jennifer Castle. If you know a thriller fan, there’s always “The Deal Goes Down” by Larry Benhart, his most recent book. For more ideas, Inquiring Minds maintains a list of local writers.
Basilica farm and fleas
The Hudson Valley Outdoor Holiday Market of Makers, Farmers, and Collectors will take place in Hudson on November 26 and 27 this year. Expect a mix of handmade gifts, as well as vintage items and gifts from local farmers. There will be over 80 vendors (there will be Bertha). It’s $5 entry (buy tickets online) and an easy way to buy out multiple small businesses at once.
Local artisans, vendors, and farmers return this weekend for Basilica Hudson’s annual farm and flea market.
River Valley Guild
The Guild, a local community for Hudson Valley creatives, hosts several holiday markets over Thanksgiving weekend, including Small Business Saturday, and two more in December. Choose from an art market featuring regionally created art, handmade and small batch goods at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie on November 25, 26 and 27. Or go to The Parcel Flower Company in Cold Spring on November 26. Shopkeepers, lay wreaths, listen to music, eat something. No one would blame you for shopping in both.
DCC Craft Fair Foundation
The 50th annual Duchess Community College’s Holiday Craft Fair is back this year after a pandemic hiatus, held Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 in Pokesee. Expect handmade items from over 100 artists, as well as food vendors. Artists must apply to sell at the fair, and while the rules don’t state you have to live in the Hudson Valley, the DCC takes the handmade part very seriously: being asked to leave and not being asked back the following year,” read the rules. General admission is $6. Proceeds go towards scholarships and other educational improvements.
Food, wine, spirits and CBD
There are so many delicious dishes made in the Hudson Valley that it’s hard to pick just one, but this highly addictive popcorn pop with a cult following at the Solar Popup in Accord is one. Order their holiday tins online to try several flavors at once or buy them by the bag at a local store like High Falls Food Co-op.
Potter’s Table Bakery
Gluten-free chips with seeds made from the Catskills are the perfect combination for holiday cheese collecting. Shop from specialty stores throughout the area, including Accord Market, Black Horse Farm in Athens, and Slow Fox Farm in Rhinebeck.
The old apple trees in this Accord orchard produce a unique, delicious hard cider. Raise a bottle (or several) for anyone on your vacation list — including yourself. If you happen to stop by when the restaurant is open, treat yourself to pasta or pizza.
soft power dessert
These chocolate-covered, CBD-infused gummies are the latest business venture from Lagusta Yearwood, a New Paltz vegan chocolatier (and chef) extraordinaire. Even without the storage for goods, these are about as good a small business Saturday shopping experience as you’ll find. Empire State Development recently announced a $500,000, 6,000-square-foot expansion of Lagusta’s exotic handmade artisanal chocolate factory, calling the company “a local New Paltz treasure.”
CSA Hudson Valley
Buying winter farm stock (for meat or produce, or both) means supporting a local farmer and feeding a family member or friend – a win-win situation. If you’re not sure which farms offer winter stock, there’s a fairly extensive list of Hudson Valley CSAs. An excellent gift for such people who love a CSA share and don’t have a lot of yard space is a compost collection membership with the Community Compost Company in Kerhonkson.