Come In! Craft Beer Shoppe Opens Next To Key Food

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Regulars of the check cashing store tried to go into the brown paper covered door while the Craft Beer Shoppe was transforming.

Regulars of the check cashing store tried to go into the brown paper covered door while the Craft Beer Shoppe was transforming.

What once was a check-cashing store now is a cash-taking store. The Craft Beer Shoppe is now open to Beacon brew fans, from the people who bring you Key Food, specifically Jb Said (Jb with a lower case "b"), who, in addition to keeping his regular responsibilities with Key Food, has branched out on his own to open this convenience shop for craft beer. The Craft Beer Shoppe is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm, with an extra hour on Friday and Saturday, when they close at 10 pm.

Although the windows were covered in brown paper during the transformation, regular patrons of the check-cashing store did try to go in - despite the large, red, lit-up new sign above the door that announces what is inside: craft beer. Now, with the store opened and the left side of the store fully lined with refrigerators, there can be no mistake of what one will find inside.

While craft beer connoisseurs have their favorite spots to pick up beer around Beacon - including Dia Beverage way down 9D past Stony Kill Farm, or the beer store next to the wine store on Wolcott and South Avenue in the Beacon Dental plaza, or even in the gas station in the middle of Main Street (across from Antalek & Moore) that has a surprising selection of craft beer - Beacon hopheads now have an even more convenient location: right next door to Key Food.

Deep craft beer enthusiasts also pick up from local watering holes like Draught, and take home cans from Stock Up.

What's In Stock?

Plenty, according to craft beer enthusiast David Martin, a weekender who usually commutes to the city during the week. In order to stock the shelves, Jb orders from at least 10 different distributors. That doesn't make getting wholesale deals on beer prices easy, but offering a variety of beer is important to him.

"I was surprised to see the prices displayed under each beer," says David. "Usually, you find out the price after you bring it to the counter. I appreciate the displayed pricing. Speaking of which, the prices are on par with everywhere else." 

David's first purchase from The Craft Beer Shoppe.

David's first purchase from The Craft Beer Shoppe.

During our first visit to the store, we tailed Byrdie from Accuprint, another craft beer enthusiast.

Byrdie was pleased to see the variety, including the selection of ciders. Included in the variety are non-craft beers, old trusties for some, like Rolling Rock, Bud, Bud Light, Stella, Blue Moon, and more.

Let's see what's in stock, shall we?

The Craft Beer Shoppe also has drink mixes, and bottles of non-alchoholic beverages, like Fever-Tree Ginger Ale and Tonic Water. Whisky Sour and Daiquiri mixes are also on hand.

Oops, I Forgot Eggs!

They read your mind! In the last refrigerator case, Jb has stocked the 'fridge with organic Pete and Gerry eggs, organic cheddar cheese, Hudson Valley Fresh whole and chocolate milk (how did he know!?!). Even though Key Food's doors are just a few steps away, you could just grab-n-go here. This is the move of a true small-business person, knowing his customers and delivering.

Hot Tip: Shhh... Don't tell Key Food, but the Pete and Gerry's eggs were $4.99 at The Craft Beer Shoppe, which is a steal compared to the $6.49 they usually are next door at Key Food. Not that you all will be storming this case for the low-priced organic eggs. Besides, you could always storm Homespun just a block down for their $4.99 farm-fresh eggs on your way home (if it's before 5 pm), because their dessert and cheese case is always stocked with dozens of eggs you can buy. Same thing at Beacon Pantry a few blocks in the other direction and open later, and Barb's Butchery has stacks of farm-fresh eggs ready for you to carry home when you pick up bacon or steak. There are of course other sources of farm-fresh eggs around Beacon, so you've got options.

But this isn't an article about eggs, it's about craft beer, and this new supplier in town. Have you checked out The Craft Beer Shoppe? Let us know what you think! 

Hydrant Flushing Starting in Beacon April 24, 2017: Watch For Brown Water

From the Mayor's Desk:

The City of Beacon Water Department will be flushing water mains throughout the City starting April 24, 2017 for a four-week period. The flushing will be conducted from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday.

Residents may experience periods of discolored water during this time and should refrain from doing laundry until the water runs clear. If your water is discolored, run the cold water taps until the water runs clear. If you have any questions call the Water Department at (845) 831-3136.

Week 1 – April 24, 2017

Alice Street
Anderson Street
Annan Street
Birch Lane
DePuyster Avenue
East Main
Exeter Circle
Helen Court
Green Street
Jackson Street
Linden Dr.
Louisa Street
Mountain Lane

Week 2 – May 1, 2017

Barrett Place
Deerfield Place
Delevan Avenue
Dutchess Terrace
Overlook Avenue
Petticoat Lane
Phillips Street
Roundtree Court
Robin Lane
Spring Valley Street
Spruce Street
Summit Street
Westley Avenue
William Street
Wilson Street
Vail Avenue
Fishkill Avenue
Franklin Avenue
Kent Street
Lincoln Avenue
Mackin Avenue
Memorial Park

Week 3 – May 8, 2017

Beskin Place
Coffey Avenue
Ellen Drive
Grandview Avenue
High Goal Lane
John Street
Miller Street
Newlin Mills Road

Week 4 – May 15, 2017

Bayview Avenue
Belleford Lane
Branch Street
Dennings Avenue
Fishkill Landing
Rt. 9D near VanNess Townsend Street
Verplanck Avenue
Paye Street
Rombout Avenue
Simmons Lane
Slocum Road
Sycamore Drive
Wodenethe Drive
Van Dyke Avenue
Victor Road
Long Dock Road
Monell Place
Riverfront Park
Tompkins Avenue
West Main Street

Ree-Play Sale Is On - You Get Deals on Kids Gear, Beacon Gets New Park Equipment and Other Help

Turnout at the 2017 opening day for the Ree-Play sale.

Turnout at the 2017 opening day for the Ree-Play sale.

Yesterday was the opening day for the annual Ree-Play sale, a fundraiser for three public parks in Beacon put on by the Wee Play Community Project at The University Settlement Camp at 668 Wolcott Avenue from Friday - Sunday, 9am-1pm each day. Despite my best intentions to get this article written prior to the sale (yay to those of you who saw this article letting you know of the opportunity to donate your stuff), I was shopping this sale bright and early Friday morning to score a simple (yet pricy normally) high chair for a deep deal. This is what you can do too, today and tomorrow. Saturday will have a balloon man to entertain the kids while parents and grandparents shop, and Sunday will be half-price. Oh yeah.

Be sure to watch their Facebook page for sneak peek looks into what is available.

First Day Success

My own bounty. A simple high chair was high on my list, after living through two hugely bulky high chairs.

My own bounty. A simple high chair was high on my list, after living through two hugely bulky high chairs.

Despite the rain, people turned out and filled all parking available in the upper field at the University Settlement Camp, down below at the Beacon Pool, and on the road leading up from the pool to the camp casino building. Shopping was focused, and the line was long, but moved fast.

Ringing in their first day, the Wee Play Community Project reported earnings of $6,000 so far. This is great news for Beacon parks, because the last major donation that Wee Play made was three umbrella shade structures. If you are a regular user of the jungle gyms at the parks, you will notice new equipment here and there to spice things up a bit. Maintained entirely by different volunteers each year, this park system is a huge benefit to living in Beacon. The parks can be found down at the water at River Front Park, near the mountain at Green Street Park, and the Tot Park at Memorial Park, also near the mountain but not across the Fishkill Creek.

Keep Your Eyes Open for Sorted Stuff

There is a. lot. in here, but it is sorted, even down to balls of socks. You'll need to walk slowly, head down, eyes like hawks, to find what you need.

Food and Coffee Yes

You need coffee and snacks. And Wee Play has you covered. The people who contribute to local, but not your run to the mill bake sales, also bake for this one. You can choose from Confetti Lemon Bars, Small Banana Raisin Bread, Monster Cookies, and more. Warm coffee is also available, as are cheese sticks, juice and yogurt for little protein seakers. 

Good luck in your hunting and gathering!

Happening This Weekend - 4/21/2017

It's time for the weekend! From now until at least mid-May, there are lots of events and choices for your time. You could plan by banner hanging above Main Street, but our list will help you lock it in. These weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
There is more parking than you think! We've got pictures.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


Beacon Flea
is the Community Sponsor of this Upcoming Events Guide.

The flea market is open - visit them every fair weather Sunday!


Mini-Steam Fair: Fun with Science Kick-Off
Day: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Closing Event - Hadza: The Roots of Equality Documentary Exhibition 
Day: Friday April 21, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location: The Gallery at Atlas Industries, 11 Spring St, Newburgh, NY
Information >

Beacon Celebrates Earth Day Cleanup
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Location:  Visit Green Beacon for locations

Repair Cafe - Beacon
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >


Ree-Play Sale
Day: Friday - Sunday, April 21-23, 2017
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: University Settlement Camp, 668 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon, NY (Same location as the Beacon Pool)
Information >

Artists Talk! With Melissa Braggins
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Record Store Day 2017
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: An all day affair. Plain accordingly! You don't want to miss Sound Shack and Vinyl Salvage Co. at Beacon Music Factory.
Information >
*Learn more about Beacon's new record store Hudson Valley Vinyl!

Hudson Valley Mac and Cheese Festival
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 1-5pm
Location:  Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery - 100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr., Washingtonville, NY
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Beacon City School Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Earth Day! Celebration at Stony Kill Farm
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 11am-7pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
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"Vegan Love" Book Signing Party
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Binnacle Books, 313 South Williams St, Newburgh, NY
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Story Screen presents “Shakespeare in Love”
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 2:30pm (doors), 3pm (movie)
Location: Old VFW Hall, 43 Kemble Ave, Cold Spring, NY
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Pasta Dinner Event
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 4:30-8:30pm
Location: Lewis Tompkins Hose, 13 South Ave, Beacon, NY
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Beacon Farmer's Market Opens - NEW Outdoor Location!
Day: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Location:  Veterans Place, Beacon, NY
Beacon Farmer's Market is now open on Veterans Place, off of Main Street, during the summer, and no longer down on the water.
Get the scoop in our article! >

Story Screen presents “O”
Day: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 7:30pm (doors), 8pm (movie)
Location: More Good, 383 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Art Stories
Day: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 1pm
Location: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main St, Peekskill, NY
Information >

Artist-in-Residence: Mark Berghash Opening Reception
Day: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Hudson Vally Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main St, Peekskill, NY
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Viewfinder - a new play by Donna Barkman
Day: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main St, Peekskill, NY
Information >


Outrun Autism 5K
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:30am (Registration), 10am (Race)
Location: The Gazebo at 2 Main St, Cold Spring, NY
Information >  

Updated!
Look for new updates, including a horseback riding camp, and the Multi-Sports camp and more from Beacon Rec Center.

For a full list of camps open for registration now (they are filling up!), visit our Summer Camp Guide.
 
Kids Classes Guide Sponsored By:


Zine Meetup @ Z!ne Club
Ages: 10 to 14
Days: Friday, April 21, 2017 (Third Friday every month)
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.
 


Date Night in Italy with Maureen Luchejko
Day: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Beacon Pantry, 382 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >


Kripalu Vinyasa Yoga: May Series

Days: Every Saturday in May
Time: 9am-10:15am
Location: Two Trees Yoga at Sacred Space, 436 Main St, Beacon, NY
Rooted in the Kripalu Yoga tradition, this Vinyasa class series will explore the idea of developing a physical practice by placing postures "in a special way" to deepen our yoga practice. 
Information >

Heart Body Mind Acupuncture
Musical Opportunity:
Maryam is presenting Acupuncture to the community on Saturday May 20th, 3-10pm at the Little Beacon Blog Space, and she's looking for:
"A musician who would be in tune with the healing work, someone who enjoys playing meditation music and would like to join me in the evening while I do acupuncture. This could be an ongoing collaboration for future events. Particularly if you know a Setar player, or someone who plays Persian music and is interested please let them know!  Other musicians are also welcomed. Please email info@heartbodymindacu.com. Thank you!" For more information about Heart Body Mind Acupuncture, please visit their website.
 

 


reMade
133 Main Street

Time flies, but really, who's keeping track? A subtle way of displaying a clock on the wall, made by Beaconite Chris Faroe @faeroplane and available at reMADE. One-of-a-kind reclaimed creations that won't have you counting down the minutes. Looking at the driftwood will keep you in that dock-of-the-bay state of mind.


Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Stunning. That's how they roll at Bellus on Main. But stunning isn't the only catch to what makes it onto the shelves of Bellus. The creation of the design has to be special. These rings are made from recycled spirits bottles, including SKY Vodka, Corona bottles, or Cabernet bottles. Each ring comes with a reference sheet, should you have a preference for consumption.


Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

Tiny baby Ray-Ban sunglasses! At Luxe Optique, and they are as cute in your hand as they are on little faces. You must check them out. Choose from the John Lennon hippie style (left), or the Tom Cruise aviator style (right).




Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

The pop-up shopping night is almost here, where Style Storehouse will host a pop-up shop event at Vino at Crew Restaurant in Poughkeepsie next Friday, April 28th, from 6-8pm. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while you shop for your spring/summer wardrobe!

 



River Therapeutic Massage
Massage Therapy is cumulative, so the more often you receive, the faster your body responds, and the greater the benefits! Pre-book (and keep!) your appointment within 30 days and save 10% each time (same or comparable service of 60 minutes or more, applies to regular fees and cannot be combined with any other offer except Birthday). Peruse River Therapeutic Massage's services, and pick one now.

Visit our Beauty Guide for a complete list of beauty sources in Beacon, including hair, nails, barbers, and even lashes.



Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Daniel Aubry Realty

Several buildings have changed hands on Main Street in the past year. Realtor Daniel Aubry of Daniel Aubry Realty was at the center of one of the biggest sales involving simultaneous properties - 20 of them - on Beacon's West End, all the while representing both parties. We cover how he did it in this article:
"The Agent Who Brokered In A New Era Onto Main Street's West Side - Daniel Aubry's 20-Parcel Deal"

 

Antalek & Moore

Antalek & Moore is conducting Defensive Driving Classes right out of their office in the middle of Main Street Beacon, with Susan Pagones as your teacher during the 6hr long class. Defensive Driving Safety Training has proven to be an effective solution to:
  • Control liability costs associated with work-related vehicle crashes
  • Reduce insurance premiums
  • Reduce motor vehicle incident rates
Fill out the form on their website for updates on next classes.

 

BeaconArts

BeaconArts is a sponsor in the upcoming outdoor market, Self Made, a Makers Collective coming to Beacon on Saturday May 6th from 10am-6am. A Makers Collective brings together the top craftspeople and artisans in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas for a one-day marketplace. The day features 50+ vendors, some which include fashion and jewelry designers, leatherworkers, metalsmiths, apothecaries, natural beauty makers and more. Photo of the banner currently hanging above Main Street courtesy Sound Shack Beacon, who will be playing music on their turntables.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Do you run a business in town, and want to schedule a Ribbon Cutting with the Beacon Chamber of Commerce? Your business can be anywhere - in an office, in a storefront, however works for you to host a Ribbon Cutting event. If you have been in business for over a year already, congratulations! You can still host a Ribbon Cutting, perhaps celebrating an anniversary or a new offering. The Chamber can get creative with you. Click here to learn details about and schedule your Ribbon Cutting.
                                
Tin Shingle

Trying to get the word out about your business? Wishing you could get the media to feature your business, but you don't know how? They do want to, but there are good ways to pitch them, and ineffective ways to pitch them. Tin Shingle is a national organization, and is based in Beacon. Every last Monday of the month, they have a Local Member Meeting. This Monday they are opening it up to all businesses and artists at 10am. Join us! Details are here.

InHouse Design Media

Are you afraid of social media? Do you have a business but dread putting anything out there? Is just isn't your style? Your business needs it, and there are ways to do it gracefully. Book a Private Training Session with us to come up with a plan. Now Mini-Sessions start at $75!

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Meetings, workshops, gatherings, they can all be booked and hosted by you at A Little Beacon Space at 291 Main Street, in the heart of Beacon.

SAVE THE DATE: Kitchen Cuts is Back! Sunday May 7th. Get the kids ready and mark your calendar.

See what upcoming events are being hosted in A Little Beacon Space.

Want to host your event here? Click here for more details and to book online.
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Until next week!

Beacon Farmers' Market Moves Outside To Veterans Place Off Main Street

The Beacon Farmer's Market will be outside on Veterans Place, right off Main Street in between the Towne Crier Cafe and the Post Office.

The Beacon Farmer's Market will be outside on Veterans Place, right off Main Street in between the Towne Crier Cafe and the Post Office.

Lots has been happening in the past years for the Beacon Farmer's Market. Last year, it was turned over to new management under the hands of Common Ground, where it expanded its open season to the Winter by being located inside of the VFW/Bingo Hall, also known as the Memorial Building. Last summer they introduce food accessibility programs by tapping into New York State's Fresh Direct program by accepting SNAP benefits. This summer, the Farmers' Market will stay on Main Street, and move outside to take over Veterans Place, the side street in-between the Town Crier and the Post Office. Opening day is this Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 10am-3pm, rain or shine.

Won't You Be My Neighbor

The Beacon Farmers Market will be in good company, surrounded by new neighbors who welcome the change. Emma Dewing, owner of the Beacon Flea Market, which sets up every fair weather Sunday from 8am-3pm in the neighboring municipal parking lot on Henry Street, is "pleased to have the Farmers' Market up on Main Street. I think that Beacon can only benefit from having both markets and all that Main Street has to offer within a walkable distance."

Beacon Natural Market is located just across the street from Veterans Place, and is also looking forward to the market's new location. Says co-owner Kitty Sherpa: "We welcome the Farmers' Market. We think it's good for our customers and the residents of Beacon. If having the Market here makes the lives easier for our customers, that is something we care about. Going down to the water and then coming back up here doesn't work out as well sometimes for people."

Kitty remembers when the the Farmers' Market was open at that same location off Main Street almost twelve years ago when Beacon Natural Market first opened, although the Farmers' Market was much smaller with a handful of vendors. Now it has 15 or so vendors on any given week, with 27 vendors total in rotating spots for other pre-approved vendors (full list is here)  to pop in during the schedule.

Who Will Be At Market?

A few of market-goer's favorites will be at the new location, like PickleLicious, Hudson Valley Seafood for oysters, shrimp and other fish, and Nana's Home Kitchen, makers of Mediterranean dips and pestos, spinach pies, their famous falafel, and brownies. Local favorite Bank Square from the West End of town will be roasting coffee beans powered by solar power and serving iced coffee. Despite two coffee locations in that area already, Ella's Bellas gluten-free bakery, and Beacon Pantry, lines are still healthy at each Main Street storefront, so there will be enough coffee to go around and opportunities to grab-n-go for people hopping between outdoor markets.

Speaking of specialty food options, look for The New Confectioner, who is bringing small batch, hand packed dairy free frozen desserts, sorbets, vegan ice cream and frozen fruit pops. And look forward to bringing home honey from Steed's Bees, a source for honey from Montgomery, NY..

Enjoy your Sundays!

Kitchen Cuts is Back: Sunday May 7th - Book It For $16 Kids Haircuts

Back by popular demand, the girls from Your Presence Salon are visiting A Little Beacon Space in Beacon from their Poughkeepsie location to cut your kid's hair from 10am-4pm for $16 a head, while the kids and I do facepainting at our even bigger table than last time, to accommodate so many little faces. Facepainting is $1, the proceeds of which are being donated to the Kindergarten Teacher Teams in Beacon City Schools.

The first two Kitchen Cuts raised $60, which A Little Beacon Blog matched to bring it to a total of $130 donated to the Kindergarten Teacher Team at South Avenue School. We have gotten the paint out again to ramp up efforts to donate this amount to the other three elementary schools.

The day is super fun, and is a great chance to get the hair cut of your entire brood - boys and girls - short and long hair. We have cut bangs for the first time, long locks for the first time, and created little Goldie Locks out of the girls with the mini flat iron. This time, we are bringing in an actual hair chair, which I purchased from the Beacon Buy Sell Group for my daughter's desk chair in her room (more fun that sitting in a regular chair, right?).

Walk-ins only. Cash or Credit. See you soon!

Come In! Hudson Valley Vinyl Opens - Buying and Collecting Records

If you were a fan of Audioccult, you were bummed when their doors closed back in February. But when their doors closed, another opened! In less than one month, Hudson Valley Vinyl moved in, and is keeping the crate digging alive for local vinyl record enthusiasts. Chris Reisman, a long time vinyl record collector and buyer from the Hudson Valley (currently lives in Orange County), saw an opportunity to fill the void that would have been left at 267 Main Street in Beacon. 

Chris Reisman's Longtime Passion for Records

Chris always wanted to open a record store and found Beacon to be the perfect place for it, but did not want to compete with another record store on Main Street.  Once it was announced that Audioccult was closing, Chris acted quickly and was able to secure the location, "When I heard Sean was closing, I did what I had to do to secure the space. It happened very quickly and I was just happy I was able to fill a soon to be open void."

Chris has been selling vinyl records for over 15 years.  It began as a hobby but turned it into a career after getting laid off from what he thought would have been his "dream job" in the music industry.  Music has always been a part of his life, and began listening at an early age, mostly to Hip Hop and Thrash Metal. He would seek out vinyl record collections to purchase - even traveling as far as Texas!  As a former DJ back in the 90s, Chris spent a lot of time crate digging for Hip Hop singles before the popularity of vinyl records resurfaced again for the masses.   

Record Stores are Back

What is with the popularity of vinyl records anyway? "I think vinyl is becoming popular again because people are realizing there's something so unfulfilling about listening to mp3s." Chris says,  "Holding the jacket and reading it. These are all things digital formats don't allow you to do. I think people want a tangible object as opposed to a file."  

With Record Store Day this weekend, Hudson Valley Vinyl is not an official participating vendor (this year), but they are a must-stop on your record store travels, as they will have a lot of sales to offer, including $1 records and more marked down items. On my first visit, I walked out of there with FOURTEEN records, and that's only because I stopped myself. I need a reason to go back right??

You will find used albums from a mix of genres like Jazz, Soul, R&B, Rock, Rap, Reggae, Blues, Latin, Disco, Psychedelic, in LPs, 45s, and even CDs.  Not only can you add to your vinyl collection at Hudson Valley Vinyl, but they will buy your vinyl record collection too!  "Record collections that come from radio DJs, club DJs, industry executives, promoters, hippies, and music aficionados. With that being said, we will also still come to see mom and pop's collection."  Just book an appointment

Make sure you say "Hello" to the painting of Jazz musician Joe Chambers displayed over the CDs!

Make sure you say "Hello" to the painting of Jazz musician Joe Chambers displayed over the CDs!

Hudson Valley Vinyl is located at 267 Main Street and is open Thursdays through Monday (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays) from noon to 8pm and until 6pm on Sundays.  Follow them on Facebook and Instagram too and always check with a store regarding their most recent Open hours first to see if anything has changed! 

Beacon Trivia: Before Audioccult was in this space, The Beacon Pantry opened its doors for the first time. It was so successful, that it expanded to a space a few blocks down that offers a patio.

Happening This Weekend in Beacon: 4/14/2017

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It's time for the weekend! Lots of weekend dates are featured from A Little Beacon Blog's Things To Do In Beacon Guides, so be sure to check them during the week.
There is more parking than you think! We've got pictures.
Sponsored by Antalek and Moore for car insurance.


Beacon Flea
is the Community Sponsor of this Upcoming Events Guide.

The flea market is open - visit them every fair weather Sunday!


Easter in Memorial Park
Day: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Information >

Fundraiser: (Re) Fund Planned Parenthood of the Mid Hudson Valley
Day: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 7-10pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space and Beahive, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

W.E.B. DuBois: A Man For All Times
Day: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Kayak and Canoe Storage at Long Dock Park
Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The yearly lottery draw has started for paddlers who hope to store their kayak or canoe at Scenic Hudson's Kayak and Canoe Pavilion.
Information & Application >


Ballet Arts Studio
Day: Start Days/Times Differ Per Class
Location: 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY
Ballet class is fun for everyone, which is why Ballet Arts Studio's Summer Camp program is designed for all ages! Directed by former Rockette Katie Bissinger, kids, teens and even adults will find a class that works. From Pre-Ballet to Ballet Intensive, or Beginning Tap to Ballet, Modern and Jazz Technique.
Registration Information >

For a full list of camps open for registration now (they are filling up!), visit our Summer Camp Guide.


For a full list of upcoming classes, visit our Kids Classes Guide.



New Session Starting:
Studio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults with Kathy Moss
Day:
Mondays, April 17-June 5, 2017
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >



reMade
133 Main Street

Weird Beard candles are back in!! Handcrafted in small batches in the upper Hudson Valley, “these candles have the BEST scents!” according to reMADE owner Liz Ferrara. The makers at @weirdbeardcandleco are passionate about creating fun, distinctive candles. Some of their most popular scents are Peanut Butter Coffee Porter, Saturday Morning Cartoons (which smells JUST like cereal), and The Lumbersexual (campfire and red wine). reMADE also added a SALE section this month! Up to 25% off including some furniture pieces you may have had your eye on...



Bellus on Main
181 Main Street

Boho-chic is in at Bellus on Main with plenty of off-the-shoulder and lacy looks. This shirt dress works on a lot of body types, and is perfect for a fun but casual weekend. Look on the racks in the store and you'll find more breezy looks for summer.




Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

Under the dryer for a change, hair stylist Karen Pickles poses for our our continuing series, "Frames On Faces Of Beacon" for Luxe Optique. Karen is wearing the Dita Fearless that was flawlessly designed for a fierce, fearless, feminine woman. "Karen is obviously killing it!" says Luxe.
Insider Tip: Karen is known for her head and neck massage during your shampoo at The Green Room Beauty Lounge. Schedule an appointment with her quick.


Style Storehouse
484 Main Street

Picture yourself in this whispy dress at Style Storehouse, walking through the Spring air that is just the right temperature of being not too hot and not too cool, warmed by the Spring sunshine soaking into the white fabric. You're dressed and ready to go for anything at Style Storehouse! Located on the far East End of town, around the curve in Main Street. Keep going, like you're headed to Abscission Barber Lounge.


Lauren and Riley
462 Main Street

Ladies, if you wear a size 7 shoe, this is your L.U.C.K.Y. Day. Lauren and Riley is having 50% off all boots and pumps which happen to be mainly size 7. If you like a little polka dot, stripes or flowers in your step, you'll be taking one of these blue shoe boxes home. Lauren and Riley has also just launched their very own product line: Beacon Candle Company. Owner Kim is now head dipper and maker of beeswax candles, a recipe she is devoted to for the benefits the burning beeswax releases into the air to naturally purify it and help reduce allergens.


Visit our Beauty Guide for a complete list of beauty sources in Beacon, including hair, nails, barbers, and even lashes.



The Vault
446 Main Street

The Vault has released their specialty menu for the Spring/Easter Weekend, which will be offered in addition to their regular Sunday Brunch menu. Think Crab Benedict, Ham Benedict, Seared Cod with sage and caper butter served over cous cous, and Lamb. Reservations are recommended but not required, and if the weather holds, enjoy patio seating among their new hosta garden!

Visit our Restaurant Guide for a complete list of eateries in Beacon.
SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

Antalek & Moore

Antalek & Moore wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend for Easter and currently for the Passover period. Representing at the LCWR Conference in Atlanta, they remind everyone to drive safely and pull over if you need to text. Distracted driving is real!
Daniel Aubry Realty
Back in January, Daniel Aubry, the real estate agent whose signs you see all over town, brokered what is possibly one of the largest real estate deals for multiple property parcels in Beacon's recent history. He sold 20 parcels from long time Beacon property owners, the Piccones, to a new family based in the Hudson Valley. Not only that, but he represented both parties in the deal, and planted the seed for the sale. We have the scoop in this Sponsor Spotlight feature.

BeaconArts
Fiscal Project: Beacon Arts and Education Foundation

Fundraising for the Calico Ball is going on now, and sponsorship spots are open for the brochure. The Calico Ball, a treasured tradition, is a dance residency for every 3rd grader in the Beacon City Public School District led by the critically acclaimed Vanaver Caravan teaching artists and dancers. Students learn about different cultures and traditions from around the world and perform in a global dance festival on June 8th, 2017.

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Chamber hosted the Ribbon Cutting for The Inn and Spa at Beacon, and was honored to be part of their opening day. See more pictures and learn about the services offered from The Inn and Spa at Beacon here! Want to host a Ribbon Cutting for your business? Members of the Chamber can get it started by submitting a Ribbon Cutting form here.

Tin Shingle

Trying to get the word out about your business? Did you just realize you needed to be on Twitter and on Instagram? Tin Shingle can help. They have over 250 webinars called Training TuneUps that you can stream anytime from your smart phone, computer or tablet.

InHouse Design Media

Are you afraid of social media? Do you have a business but dread putting anything out there? Is just isn't your style? Your business needs it, and there are ways to do it gracefully. Book a Private Training Session with us to come up with a plan. Now Mini-Sessions start at $75!

A Little Beacon Space
291 Main Street

Meetings, workshops, gatherings, they can all be booked and hosted by you at A Little Beacon Space at 291 Main Street, in the heart of Beacon.

SAVE THE DATE: Kitchen Cuts is Back! Sunday May 7th. Get the kids ready and mark your calendar.

See what upcoming events are being hosted in A Little Beacon Space, and click here for more details and to book online.
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Until next week!

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The Agent Who Brokered In A New Era Onto Main Street's West Side - Daniel Aubry's 20-Parcel Deal (Sponsored)

Daniel Aubry first traveled the world as a professional photographer, visiting over 130 countries on assignment before he chose Beacon, NY, to put roots down in his companion profession as a real estate agent. Quietly located on Beacon's East End of town in an office to the right of the once-derelict Beacon Hotel (which has completed its first major round of renovations), Daniel has recently made a significant impact over on the West End of town, where he closed a deal early in 2017 that transferred 20 units owned by longtime property owners, the Piccone Family, to a new Hudson Valley based family.

You may remember the Piccones from when they hung the banner above Mr. Bell's salon last year. When we wrote an article congratulating Mr. Bell on 25 years of business success, Lucy Malone told us: “Mr. Bell would come on the first of each month to pay the rent. I always asked him how he was. After we said hi, his answer for all the years I was there was 'Excellent.' That is how we started our conversation each month. It always made me smile. Mr. Bell is always smiling. Mr. Bell was an old Nabisco friend to Mr. [Frank] Piccone (his landlord’s father) and he spoke very highly of the Piccone men: Frank, Ron and Jamie, as he knew them all." 

One Building To 20 Parcels Changing Hands

This real estate deal is a unique one, in that Daniel Aubry represented both the buyer and the seller. Early one evening during an event hosted by Scenic Hudson at Long Dock, Daniel planted the seed of the sale to the buyer, who already owned properties in New York and had recently sold one. Daniel, being highly conscientious of taxes associated with the sale of a property, suggested that this new family consider the Piccones' property - before it was even on the market. The building already had a positive cash flow coming in, otherwise known as a "cap rate," or an existing income-generating property that needed ongoing management maintained. 

The original intent originated with one building on Main Street, and resulted in 20 parcels sold to the new owners, who also recently purchased the River Winds Gallery building in a separate sale (not the business, but the building). The Daniel Aubry property sale consisted of business storefronts where Mountain Tops and Miss Vickie's Music are located, residential apartments and houses with Section 8 classification, and empty lots. Sixteen of those parcels are on or are adjoining Main Street. Says Daniel: "The deal grew like Topsy. It is possibly one of the largest real estate deals involving simultaneous property ever done in Beacon.”

Dual Representation & A Business Lesson 

This real estate deal is a unique one, in that Daniel Aubry represented both the buyer and the seller. How does one ensure fairness, you ask? "It was a very organic process," recalls Daniel. "Both parties need to feel that you are representing their best interest. For that, you need to be very clear what the needs and the expectations are of each part of the deal. Because the Piccones were a client before, they had some trust already."

Throughout his decades in business, first as a photographer, an industry he left "before it left me" he says, due to the disruption of the iPhone to the camera market, Daniel has learned to follow his instinct. How did he know that the two parties would work well and maintain trust in this situation? "Chemistry. There are people in life I have learned you can’t do business with. Either they think they are too smart, or something else. There may be a chance to make money, but I’m at a stage in my life where my quality of life is more important to me than making money."

What May Be Next For Buildings On The West End Of Main Street

"These properties were purchased at time when Beacon was like Newburgh, down in the dumps - though Newburgh is now rising," explains Daniel. "The landlords did the best with what they had. They maintained from an infrastructure standpoint, but not a cosmetic standpoint." The Piccones had two full-time staff members to maintain the properties. Those two people have been hired by the new owners, and a property management company that specializes in Section 8 Housing has been hired.

Some of the properties are close to the train station, and several are single-family homes. Where the most impact may be seen is on several vacant lots, where the new owners may do “in-fill development,” where they will create additional housing. "The new owners are wonderful people and have the best interest of Beacon at heart. I think it is good for Beacon. They tend to move very thoughtfully," says Daniel.


Editorial Note: This has been a sponsored article by Daniel Aubry Realty that A Little Beacon Blog's editorial team approved of to write and research, as part of our Sponsor Spotlight series. To see more of Daniel's listings, and to see what else he knows of that is not on the market yet, see www.danielaubry.com for listings and contact information.

 

New Burger Joint To Open In Old Burger Joint - Meyer’s Olde Dutch Replaces Poppy's

The Poppy's sign has come down, but the location at 184 Main Street known for farm to table burgers will open soon under new ownership. Beacon will keep its burger joint.

The Poppy's sign has come down, but the location at 184 Main Street known for farm to table burgers will open soon under new ownership. Beacon will keep its burger joint.

Days after the ink dried on the closing papers for the one-story building at 184 Main Street that up until last week was home to Poppy's Burgers and Fries and owned by its founder Paul Yeaple, the press release went out announcing that the new building owner - Brian Arnoff, owner and chef at Kitchen Sink just across and down the street  - would be opening a second location on Main Street, Meyer’s Olde Dutch, "a casual, modern interpretation of the classic burger joint," slated to open May 2017 in the 184 Main Street location.

Utilizing the new bar that Poppy's had installed during its last round of renovations, Meyer's Olde Dutch will run a full-service bar serving a large selection of New York craft beer, locally produced wine and house-crafted cocktails. Kitchen Sink is known for its selection of New York based wine. They are also known for locally sourced  beef, cheese, and local produce, which will make its way into the new burger joint. Kitchen Sink, followed by Meyer's Olde Dutch, have taken farm to table to a new level by owning a family micro farm, Truckload Farm and Orchard in Hyde Park, which supplies some of the food grown on the farm to Brian's restaurants. Meyer's Old Dutch will offer lamb, chicken and vegan options with multiple toppings and house-made signature sauces, plus hand-cut fries, sweet potato fritters and salads.

The Ultimate Farm To Table Burger Joint

The burger joint at this location wasn't just any burger joint. Poppy's owner Paul Yeaple was a Beacon pioneer of the farm to table experience. When speaking to Southwest Dutchess, Paul reflected: "When I started Poppy's eight years ago, there was no local food anywhere in Beacon. Now it's abundant. Maybe we can go to another town and help incubate a better food situation for them too." Paul certainly has left his mark for farm to table, as Meyer's Olde Dutch will be dressing the burgers with produce from their very own farms. That kind of farm to table match is rare. For more on Paul's thinking on why he closed Poppy's, see Brian PJ Cronin's article in the Highlands Current.

About Meyer's Olde Dutch

Meyers Olde Dutch 's named after Brian's great grandfather Meyer, who once owned and operated Olde Dutch Grocery across the river in Middletown, NY.  “We look forward to bringing the same passion for food that we’ve provided across the street in our fine dining establishment, but in a more casual atmosphere.” The dining at Kitchen sink is already quite casual - a classy casual - with an impressive menu that changes with the seasons and with what's been harvested, presented in a way that is that is a work of art. Can't wait to see what casual looks like in Meyers Olde Dutch.

The goal is to be open by Saturday, April 29, 2017, the day Beacon Barks parades down the street on the West End of town. Take-out is slated to be available from a side-door location down the ally of the building. If the side-door take-out is a new perk of the burger joint experience at the location, just wait for what else Brian has in store. Anyone who has had the grilled cheese or mac and cheese from Kitchen Sink knows that there is something spectacular about it. After years of culinary training and apprenticing, including a stint in Italy where he "developed a deeper appreciation for seasonal ingredients and regional cooking," Brian opened a mac and cheese food truck, CapMac, one of the first food trucks on the DC food truck scene, which he sold three years later before moving back to the Hudson Valley to literally and figuratively put down roots.

Pictured: Brian Arnoff, owner of Kitchen Sink, the new Meyer's Olde Dutch, and of the 184 Main Street building.

Pictured: Brian Arnoff, owner of Kitchen Sink, the new Meyer's Olde Dutch, and of the 184 Main Street building.