Pop-Up Shop Season Has Started! Pop-Up In A Little Beacon Space

Pop-Up Shop Season Has Started!

Want a venue to showcase your talent? Pop Up in A Little Beacon Space! People are always asking us, "What's coming in next?" Maybe it’s you!

We make your setup and promotion really easy! We have two black tables with smooth surfaces, which can get shorter or longer, depending on who is setting up in the room. We have the perfect nook for trying on clothing or just relaxing while others shop. Pop-up events at A Little Beacon Space are always fun and lively. A lovely surprise on your weekend stroll through Beacon!

Coming soon… new shelving we ordered, to give you more retail display options. Watch our Instagram for when it arrives and we set it up!
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Beacon Shops Begin To Open After Major Storm and Power Outages

Beacon, you rock! Recognize these Open signs? Meyer's Olde Dutch and Artisan Wine Shop. Across the street from those two, Notions-N-Potions and Luxe Optique are welcoming customers too. More signs like this are popping up! Hard work continues to restore power and cable, and clear trees, etc. 🙏🏻 Thank you to everyone who continues to help bring us a safe community and modern conveniences! You are all beacons of light.


Latest Updates This Week In The Things To Do In Beacon Guides 5-15-16

Here's a quick list of what we added to ALBB this week so you can plan ahead this Spring.  As the weather gets warmer, there will be more and more fun things to do!

  • Niche Factory Sale: Set for Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, offering amazing discounts - 50% to 80% off!
This date and more are in the Events Guide, organized by month. Take a look to get a big-picture view of your month ahead!

  • Reset & Renew Your Mindset with Kate Rabe: Learn to get more profit for your business at this half-day workshop held at the Holiday Inn Express in Fishkill on June 13th. 
Find direct links to this item and more in our Adult Classes Guide.

  • Compass Arts: New class dates added for June, including Mommy & Me classes
  • Parent & Child Portrait Class with Maria Amor: New Art & Craft location added, Atelier Room 205 at the old Beacon High School. Classes begin in June for 3rd grade through 5th grade.

Find direct links to each of these items in our Kids Classes Guide.

  • ReMade: Added to our Shopping Guide. Located next to Clay Wood & Cotton at 133 Main St., Beacon, NY. 
Visit our Shopping Guide for a full listing of retail options that line Main Street and nearby.

  • The Vault: Visit our latest Restaurant Guide Sponsor, at 446 Main Street. 
You can always check our Restaurant Guide for the latest openings and promotions!

  • The Blushery: Our newest Beauty Guide sponsor. They are giving away 20 percent-off discount cards to be used toward your next spa service. Does it get better? Yes! Enter their contest to win a free spray tan! They're giving one away to someone who checks in at The Blushery with a picture on Instagram by tagging #theblushery #BlusheryBirthday.
  • Twins Barber Shop is our latest addition to the Beauty Guide. Check them out at 349 Main Street.
Find more ways to pamper yourself in our full Beauty Guide


Do you have a class or workshop you would like us to consider adding? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at editorial@alittlebeacon.com. 

Mama Wants: The Shopping & Relaxation Gift Guide for Mother's Day 2016

Happy Mother's Day! Whether you are the mother of a child or of a pet or plant, it is because of your nurturing spirit that these things are growing, and you must be celebrated. While there are a flurry of brunch options around, let's be honest, a mother's work is never done if the kids are around, so she may need some Mommy and Me Time with Me Myself and I. Therefore, we present our Mother's Day Gift Guide for a Mama's Day Out: Shopping and Relaxation.


Brought to you by A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, a walk down Main Street from East to West is just what the day calls for.


Traditionally, you'd pick out a gift for Mom. But strolling down Main Street on a Saturday or Sunday is really fun. So give Mom the day off to shop with her friends or on her own - because even when on her own, she's bound to run into friends. But you know what makes shopping better? A stuffed money-clip. Let us begin!

First of all, when a Mom is shopping for Mother's Day, she may want to get dressed up and feel pretty. Really pretty. This rose pink dress is available at Lauren & Riley, on the East end of Main Street near the Beacon Bagel (also a good breakfast or early lunch location pre-shopping).

Next is makeup, specifically makeup brushes. Much to your surprise, these makeup brushes, which include brushes specifically angled for liners, shadows and blush, are available at Beacon Natural Market. For the last 10 years, the Natural Market has made itself the destination for healthy living and lifestyle, and that includes mineral-based makeup for a clean finish that is easy on your skin.
If her lashes could never have enough coats of mascara, there is now the Society of Lash, who can fix that! Step into this parlor (or ask for a gift certificate), and have individual eye lashes glued to each of Mama's lashes for a natural, yet full-bodied, look.

Next, she's going to want to pick up some of these adorable glass and metal frames just down the street at Reservoir and Wood. These are good for showing off pressed flowers, and pictures that she could get taken and printed at The Pfotoshop in the old Matteawan train station when she stops in the Pfotoshop's walk-in photo booth to take pictures with her kids.
And then yes, she'll need this wireless lacy underthing from Free People, hanging in one of Beacon's newest boutiques, Style Storehouse.

Which might need to be worn under this dress...also at Style Storehouse.

Fortunately for this Mama, there is a 30% off shelf at The Pfotoshop, right across the street from Style Storehouse! The Pfotoshop is the same place where Mom can duck into the photo booth for some quick pics with her girls - friends or kids, or even dogs.


Alright, good job, Mama! You've hit Boutique Row, as I call it, on the East end of town. Now you need to refuel, because you're only halfway done. You're going to head next to the West end for artsy gifts with a bit of a funky twist.

While the espresso pictured here is brewed with TasKafe beans down at Homespun's Dia:Beacon location near the train, Homespun's Main Street location in the middle of Main Street, near "Market Square" (think Key Food's location), is the perfect stop for coffee as you walk down Main Street in shopping mode. Also do get the chocolate mousse pie. Divine.

This happy little radio is a marvelous contraption that not only is a radio, but opens up like a lunch box to eat - I mean - store your phone, which can plug into the speakers and play your tunes. (Also: It's waterproof and sandproof! How cool is that?) Available at Dream in Plastic on the West end of town, or by ordering from their online store.
For artful inclinations, River Winds Gallery has a plethora of beautiful pieces, like this leaf dish with a single red berry, crafted by local artists.
Talk about limited time only... This artist, Karen Madden, is only at River Winds Gallery for a few more days, which includes an artist talk on Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm. Her paintings are actually felted wool with metal.


Brought to you by A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide, a gift certificate to any of these beauty services will go over well.


This is what Mama really wants - a massage. And these two massage providers are having a Mother's Day Special on massage services. These are services you want to stock up and cash in on, because they aren't offered often!

River Therapeutic Massage is offering two free gift certificates for a 30-minute session worth $50 and for a $25 enhancement add-on when you buy a series of six sessions (60, 75 or 90 minutes). Purchases can be made by calling/texting Karen at (845) 379-1956 or emailing her at rtmbeacon@gmail.com. Her studio is on Route 52, right next to the dentist and the Karen's Place hair salon.

A full-body massage in All Sport's zen massage room is $60 for 45 minutes when you purchase by Sunday by clicking here, and can be used 12 months from now. A total deal.


Because precious moments can be captured with just the right lighting, and framed forever. Eva Deitch Photography, a local Beacon photographer, has a Kids package which offers a down-to-earth family session experience. Eva's work walks the line beween documentary and fine art, her sessions playing off the intimate connection of family love and the spontaneity of life.  Book a family session before Mother’s Day to receive a 10% discount on your session (valid until 8/1/2016) and a printable certificate to gift. Sessions are perfect for mothers, wives, sisters, and grandmas! Email Eva at eva@evadeitch.com.




Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

The Coolest Cooler Ever - And Only One Chance to Buy It At Beacon Flea


Of course we had to beeline it to the season opening of Beacon Flea last Sunday, and boy, did it live up to our hopes of finding treasures - and creative genius! What we caught glimpses of via Beacon Flea's Instagram last year became reality with the appearance of custom-made furniture from local favorites like Keith Decent of Sixth Borough Studios and reMADE (formerly known as The Hudson Valley Maker and Artisan Cooperative).

This year there is a new guy on the scene: Robert Powchik, of Powchik Woodworking in Peekskill. Robert had been a vendor at the fair a few years back, and then took the year off from Beacon while he thought about opening a shop on Etsy, or getting any other kind of online presence. Meanwhile, he'd been building and designing away, and brought several of his creations to Beacon Flea and mesmerized anyone walking by, from a woodland throne to benches to this ... the "coolest cooler ever" as we dubbed it in our Instagram last week. And we weren't alone in developing an instant obsession with it!

Lately in Beacon, artisans have been showing off really neat bottle openers at their homes, made by their artisan family members. Like the family duo Pergamena and Outlast Goods. Well, Outlast made a wall-mounted wooden bottle opener for Pergamena, and it's just about the greatest looking thing ever in the kitchen.

Robert has made a standing cooler on wheels (pictured above) with a built-in bottle opener with magnetic powers to catch your falling cap. Yes, that is a standard-issue Igloo cooler nestled snugly into the wooden surround, which has a drain extension out of the wood, finished off with a metal faucet to drain the melted ice and other liquid from the cooler.

Do you need to tip the cooler? No problem! Robert installed the dish rack bar on the left side, which doubles as a bar to easily lift and tip the cooler. All of this is completed by a decorative horseshoe mount on top - or any other decoration you would like completing your cooler lid when closed. The wood has been treated to weather the outdoors, so you can use it without putting it away. Here's the best part (well, the wooden cooler is the best part in and of itself) - you can bring Robert your own plastic cooler and he'll build your wood cooler around that and knock about $25-$30 off the total sales price of the coolest cooler ever, which retails at $200.

This needs to be in your backyard. Need an excuse? Father's Day. But here's the kicker - finding Robert is tricky, as he has no website, so show up at the Beacon Flea to place your order! The Beacon Flea is located behind the gas station next to the Post Office at 6 Henry Street. It's an easy walk, or there is plenty of parking.

Makers like Robert and Keith are filling the lot at Beacon Flea. While Keith may not be there this year because he's in a new retail shop on Main Street (unless he changes his mind...), other collectors are selling their vintage finds, and some of them are putting their own personal stamp on the pieces. Among the treasures awaiting you, this small door with wrought-iron hooks, selling for $40 - or your best offer.

Meanwhile, collectors of the classics will leave satisfied. This vintage drum-set is on the do-not-touch list and is going for $300.

Action figures, from Wrestle Mania dudes to Barbie to Snow White are all here, plus boxes of sorted stuff like Matchbox cars, records, and anything you need. It will show up at Beacon Flea, which is open every Sunday from 8am-3pm. But as with a lot of markets, the only way you can buy it is to show up, making every find super special.

Take pictures of your finds and tag us on Instagram with #alittlebeacon! Can't wait to see what you pick up!

Record Store Day is Saturday April 16, 2016! Where You Will Find Crates to Buy Records, and Why Folks Love Records

Record Store Day 2016 is Saturday! Your list of where you’re going to crate dive and shop for records in Beacon and the Hudson Valley.
For your Beacon trivia, this E.T. is the main storefront display for local record store favorite, Audioccult.
Beginning with a group of independent record stores wanting to celebrate and get the word out about vinyl records back in 2007, Record Store Day was created to show everyone that vinyl records can still be enjoyed. The first Record Store Day was on April 19, 2008, and has turned into a global phenomenon. It is a day that rabid vinyl collectors look forward to - some even camp out for it!

This year, Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 16, and you do not have a travel far to take advantage of all the RSD exclusives. Audioccult, located on Beacon's Main Street across from Key Food and next door to vintage shop American Gypsy (and host of this E.T. pictured here), will be celebrating their one-year anniversary (first opened on April 11, 2015, and covered by A Little Beacon Blog here!) and their doors will open at 9 am.  There will be live music at 1 pm with a performance from Zack Campone.

Here is a list of participating stores in our area:

Audioccult (Beacon, NY)
Sound Shack (Newburgh, NY - you won't find new releases aren't here, as they are into the vintage)
Halfmoon Records (Cold Spring, NY)
Darkside Records & Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Jack's Rhythms (New Paltz, NY)
Rhino Records (New Paltz, NY)
Rock Fantasy (Middletown, NY)
The Kiam Records Shop (Nyack, NY)
Wright Gallery Records (Kingston, NY)

To see "The List" of this year's exclusives, visit www.recordstoreday.com and check out our Events Guide for more happenings coming up!

For the Love of Records

When A Little Beacon Blog's publisher, Katie, first learned about Record Store Day last year, thanks to Sound Shack's promotion of it days before they left their Beacon location for the Newburgh Emproium, Katie's interest in why people love listening to records was piqued. What is it about records that has people so passionate? Do we all need to be buying record players now? It seems so! We asked around and heard from different folks about why they love listening to records. Here is what they had to say:

Photo Credit: The Fleshtones
Ken Fox, a local Beaconite and bass player for The Fleshtones (he also moonlights as an occasional handyman here in Beacon - he's really good!), loves records so much, that he very strategically tiled his kitchen floor in album covers. Says Ken about his love of records, and the difference between records and CD:

"The difference between vinyl and CDs is emotional as well as technical. Certainly LPs sound better, crackles and all. But it's the emotional ties that go with memories of peering through record store windows at new releases, the thrill of gate-fold sleeves and the occasional poster or insert. The way choice LPs feel when tucked under your arm on the way to a party. CDs could never match that."

Photo Credit: The Fleshtones
Special for Record Store Day, The Fleshtones are releasing "End Of My Neighborhood,” composed and sung by The Fleshtones guitarist Keith Streng. Says their Facebook page: "He certainly lets us know he is more than concerned about the re-development of his neighborhood and the concurrent loss, not only of all the things that made the ‘Northside’ of Williamsburg such a cool place to live, but of its human scale as well."

The 45’s sleeve shown here was designed by Herve Peroncini of the Italian band The Peawees. The photos are by Jacopo Benessi before a Fleshtones show in La Spezia, Italy. The songs were recorded with longtime friend of The Fleshtones, Florent Barbier, at Cold Cut Productions Studios. This release is exclusive to Record Store Day 2016.

Photo Credit: airbnb host.
Karen Meyer, founder and massage therapist at River Therapeutic Massage on Route 52, is so fond of records, a record player influenced her pick of airbnb's on an upcoming trip to Nashville for a family reunion. Says Karen:

"I grew up listening to records and still miss the sound of the needle on vinyl. We have a fairly large collection (combined) of albums, but they've been in boxes since before we moved up here in '93 :(
I will be visiting Nashville with my mom for a family reunion this August. We were lucky to get the same airbnb that we stayed in during our last visit - and it has records and a record player. I am looking forward to spinning some country western tunes while I'm there. Patsy Cline, anyone?"

Do you love listening to records? We would love to know why! Tell us in the Comments below.

Sundays Are Complete Again! Beacon Flea Market Opens April 10, 2016

The Beacon Flea Market Opens for the Season April 3, 2016, and has Spent Winter Running Estate Sales

Did you find yourself walking aimlessly down Main Street this winter, taken in with all of the shops of course, but missing your anchor, that nudge in the back of your mind of something you wanted to do but couldn't put your finger on?

That is because Beacon Flea was closed for the season, the outdoor flea market located behind the Post Office in the parking lot at 6 Henry Street that is open every Sunday from 8am-3pm weather permitting. Perfect for walking through with a cup of coffee from a nearby cafe, or full belly from brunch from these eateries or a Belgium waffle at the Yankee Clipper Diner. The flea market will be open again on April 10th through the Fall.

UPDATE: Due to the snowy weather on April 3rd, the original opening day, Beacon Flea moved it to April 10.

When Emma Dewing, Owner and Market Manager of Beacon Flea, announced on her Facebook page that the Beacon Flea had just signed a contract with the city for another near of flea marketing, the post was shared over 65 times. Says Emma: "People are excited for the market to open. It heralds Spring, warm weather, and a terrific social event in the heart of Beacon. On a Sunday morning, customers walk to Main, grab coffee, meet friends and neighbors in the Flea Market and hunt for vintage and handmade treasures! There is a buzz that is just wonderful, and I am so thrilled for Beacon!"

Estate Sales From Beacon Flea

Those in withdraw from hunting for treasures outside could still attend Estate Sales Beacon Flea put on throughout the Hudson Valley.

Photo Credit: From Beacon Flea's Instagram page.

Beacon Flea Now Accepting Vendors

Got something you want to vend? Beacon Flea is now accepting vendors. Welcomed items include vintage, retro, antique, junk, salvage, architectural elements, collectibles, attic clean-outs, yard sale, costume jewelry, art, musical instruments, and hand made items. Any questions, contact Beacon Flea directly for more information: beaconfleamarket@gmail.com  (845) 202-0094.

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Need a Card? For Saying I Love You, Thanks, or to Address Your Inner Awesome Self

Isn't shopping for cards fun? Should you need one today - Valentine's Day - or any day of the week, you could of course find rows and rows of them at Rite Aid, which does carry the popular Papyrus cards that are usually decorated with glitter, or you could find clever cards from artists in your favorite boutique. The best part about this route: The cards carried in each store reveal the personality behind each proprietress or proprietor. Which personality fits you?

Awwwe! A Forever Awkward Together card is precious with this gift set, from proprietress Michelle Caves at Blackbird Attic, on Beacon's east end of town near the mountain.

At first glance, these lovely fonts are so innocent...until you read the kick-ass message!
Find these "glitter and cleavage" or "Being a badass is exhausting" cards in one of Beacon's newest shops, Style Store House from owner Michele Williams, who is actually from Poughkeepsie! #funfact. Style Store House is on Beacon's east end of town near Utensil and the mountain.

If Clay Wood & Cotton owner Kristy Carpenter had her way,
she'd knit all day at home without pants. And she's got the card to prove it.
Plus, find locally designed pottery for your coffee and tea drinking needs. Clay Wood & Cotton is on Beacon's west end of town near Bank Square.
HOT TIP! Some of the most beautiful and creative flower bouquets from Viridescent are at Clay Wood & Cotton today - Sunday!

Are you part of one of those lucky couples who shares the same schedule -
and taste in shows - to hunker down on the couch and binge-watch
shows together? So is Jackie Foley, owner of The Pfotoshop.

And because it's Valentine's Day, you may need a larger
selection of smart love cards, also at The Pfotoshop.

Because really...cats will wake you up each morning with kisses...
and demand to be fed. Wait a minute...aren't you supposed to get
breakfast in bed on Valentine's Day? Or your birthday? Or any day?

YES. One of my favorite cards at Play, on Beacon's west end of town.
Because really, prehistoric reptiles are pretty cool.

Should you need a Thank You card at any time for a job interview,
gift, or just any reason to say Thanks, you've got options at The Pfotoshop,
Clay Wood & Cotton, and Echo.

This is not an exhaustive list, as cards show up in several shops around town at any given time, and this won't be the last stationery roundup you'll get! Keep your eye on another new shop, Wanderlust Gifts near Ella's Bellas, who has a curious collection of just the right things you need for any given moment.

Find addresses and days open for these shops in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide!


Sweet and Spicy Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Beacon 2016!

Y'all. You are in for a delightful weekend in Beacon again! Happy Valentine's Day! We have many gift ideas to warm your heart, because it will be chilly out! Quick, scroll down and see which idea works for your valentine, even if you are your own valentine! PS: Need a card?

Beacon Pantry

Beacon Pantry's owner, Stacey, is the queen of cheeses in Beacon. (She frequently takes trips to Europe to further educate herself.) Thanks to her obsession with flavors, Beacon Pantry is offering a fondue night on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-9pm. On the menu is fondue, but they will also substitute a cheese and charcuterie plate if desired. Each couple receives bubbly fondue with all the trimmings, a bottle of bubbly and a dessert to share! Reservations are required.
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After Ella's More Good Tasting Room


This Valentine's Day Sunday, Ella's Bellas and Drink More Good (we covered More Good's bitters here) have teamed up to introduce After Ella's: More Good Tasting Room for a very boozy Valentine’s Day brunch, which will run from 11am-3pm, followed by an evening of small plates and cocktails from 4pm-9pm. Guest Chef Brandon Collins will be serving up some fantastic food and More Good will be curating the cocktail menu. Normally they serve a light breakfast on the weekend, as seen in A Little Beacon Blog's Best Brunches Guide, but this special brunch opportunity is a treat. Yum.
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A Room With a Heated Stone Floor


Watch out world...one of the sisters of Cedar Lakes Estates, and of the corresponding Instagram account "sistersofcedarlakes," has moved to Beacon, bringing with her the style of the unbelievably beautiful wedding and event venue from Port Jervis (off of I-84's Exit 2). You could book this room with its "heated stone floors, wood burning fireplace and like 100 furry blankets" and take a mini-vacation from Beacon. Just sayin'.
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Beacon's airbnb scene offers many options, from romantic and country to city and lofty. Here are two you'll want to try:

A Room with Quite a View


Lambs Hill is a private equestrian estate on Mount Beacon, with 180-degree views overlooking the Hudson River and Beacon. This private guest house is part of a larger wedding destination spot. During your stay in a beautifully designed luxury suite, you can visit the estate's Icelandic horses and donkeys, or slip into the outdoor hot tub. One mile to Beacon's Main St. and 2 miles to train and Dia.
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An AirBNB in Beacon Special

You can stay for a night in this mid-19th-century Italianate home. Owned by a sculptor, you have a built-in concierge as he is happy to advise you on the local arts and outdoor scene. Just half a block off of Beacon's Main Street, and minutes to the Metro-North train station.
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Lacy Things!

You can thank Christina Faraj, The Bra Fit Expert for the sexy lead photo of this Valentine's Day Gift Guide, as she is selling that matching lingerie set in her shop, located in a permanent pop-up space in Echo Boutique on Beacon's east end of town near the mountain. Walk on down to her shop and you can buy the lingerie set seen here, or any lingerie item, and get a festive valentine gift bag to give your valentine. Pictured here is a matching set, with a black lace push-up demi bra from BTempted. Christina is a professional bra fitter and can get you in exactly the right shape for your body. She can see you on the spot if you need a quick fitting, but if she's not there, fear not, you can grab any style of bra you want and buy it at the sales counter at Echo. The Bra Fit Expert is a Featured Business in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, and she always has something new up her sleeve!

Hot Stone Massage and Melt Those Cares Away

With all of the heavy shoveling you aren't doing this year, I know your body is worn out anyway, from getting your taxes ready, last minute Valentine's Day shopping and teacher card writing, and all of the other things during your day that make you tense. I'm not sure how you are going to make it to March without getting a therapeutic massage from Karen Meyer at River Therapeutic Massage, who has designed a special Valentine's Day massage just for you. Incorporating gently warmed and scented oils, the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage Experience is like no other. These polished stones have ancient healing energy to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit. Luxuriate in their warmth as they ease the tension out of your back, neck and shoulders.

Your session continues with an oil-infused Himalayan Salt Scrub for your hands and feet…and finally, complete your experience with a relaxing and rejuvenating Mini Facial Massage, enhanced with essential oils. Choose from rose, frankincense or several others.

While you’re still feeling the post-massage “glow,” enjoy a glass of wine or mineral water and a light snack. No rush to get back to real life!

River Therapeutic Massage is a featured business in A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide, and each month we are tempted with a new offering! So keep checking here to find out which special Karen will offer next.
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Couples Massage

Maybe you did a couples massage on your honeymoon, or maybe you've never booked a massage with your honey at all. This may be your weekend! Terra Firma Massage is offering an educational twist to this, where you can learn some easy massage techniques to enhance your connection with each other and not feel like you don't know how to give a nice back rub. Giannetta Salon Spa always has available their couples room, which includes homemade banana bread for you to snack on. Amazing, I know! For other sources of massages, do see A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide for many more ideas.

Fun in a Photo Booth!

Adorbs, I know. You too can look this cute and fabulous in the photo booth at The Pfotoshop, who painted the backdrop pink for Valentine's Day! Pfotoshop is a boutique specializing in home decor and gifts and is a featured shop in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide. They're on the east end of Main Street near the mountain, one of a few shops in the old Matteawan train station. And if you need to pucker up for that photo like owner Jackie Foley is here, head across the street to The Blushery, where you'll find a fresh shade of pink or red lipstick.

Do treat yourself to these lovely aromas, the Pfotoshop's newest line of bath and body products.

Roller Skating Date!

I know, right? You're dying to go roller skating with your mate! Well now you can, in Hyde Park at Roller Magic. Hyde Park Roller Magic is also included in our Adults Classes Guide, should you be looking for hula hooping classes...

Going to a Dance


Those Howlands...they are always dancing! Every month,, the Howland Cultural Center has a dance event, and this month it is in honor of Valentine's Day on Saturday night at 8pm. Special refreshments will be served, along with chocolates. This night is also Beacon's Second Saturday, so after you see art by walking our Second Saturday Guide, drop into this dance!

Chocolate and Balloons

Sometimes you need to give balloons instead of chocolate or flowers. Maybe your recipient is not eating chocolate at the moment, or is overwhelmed by the scent of flowers. Balloons are the way to go. My secret balloon source is the little shop in the middle of town that is next door to Trendy Tots, the kids consignment shop. If you have never been inside of this little store, I know that you have walked by it several times. The window is nondescript with old flyers on it, but the woman inside is magical and very busy building flower arrangements and blowing up mylar balloons, and even has an air pump for those of you who need a sea of balloons on the floor or taped to walls for decoration. At the time of the publishing of this article, the photo of her storefront is buried in my files, but I will snap the shot and post it here.

A lot of chocolate was consumed for the writing of this Valentine's Day Gift Guide. These chocolate hearts in particular are from Alps Sweets Shop on Beacon's Main Street. The chocolate-covered Oreos below are famously from Gourmetibles.


Kids Activities


You knew Beacon's bakers were going to do something special for Valentine's Day! The Be Mine Pop UP  is your chance to buy baked goods from 5 Hens as well as sing and dance in Spanish with Lisa Marie and listen to bluegrass music from The Miller Brothers. This is a weekend event, running from Friday at 4pm until Sunday. So get up on it.
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Friday afternoon at 4pm, make cards at The Beacon Bagel with The Beacon Craft Workshop to raise money for the Beacon Soup Kitchen. Kids 5 and up can attend without a parent, and kids 4 and under must be with a parent.
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Work off the Chocolate


Maybe you forwent all of the gifts and went straight for dessert, as was recommended here in last year's Valentine's Day post with the seven sources of chocolates at that time. It's best you go to a boot camp or get some endorphin-producing exercise. All Sport's special Buddy Boot Camp is your chance to come with a friend and work out together in what will be a challenging morning, but so worth it in the end. And you can always relax in the hot sauna to sweat it out even more when complete. This is one of several special classes at All Sport that we keep track of here at A Little Beacon Blog.


This Valentine's Day Gift Guide was brought to you buy (typo intended!) A Little Blog's Shopping Guide. There are plenty more gift ideas out there on Main Street, and we have your full Shopping Guide for when you are out and about! Have A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide open on your phone as you look for gifts for Men, Women, Kids, Foodies, and more.

Downton Abbey Tiaras - Where to Find Them on Beacon's Main Street

Tiaras these days are typically worn by brides. But really, let's be honest, Downton Abbey has inspired an upgrade to the traditional headband for us in current times. This is most pertinent on Sunday nights when watching the final season (weep) of the multi-award-winning show, while drinking a glass of champagne preferably set upon a silver tray (but any old coaster will do). Hot Tip for you: Conveniently on Sundays, Artisan Wine at 180 Main Street offers 15% off of champagne...

The big question is, where can you find a tiara for your nights of watching Downton Abbey? Turns out, there are a handful of tiaras on Beacon's Main Street right now. Seven to be precise. But just like the shrinking aristocratic class, these tiaras are mainly one-of-a-kind in each shop, so hurry in. I walked my way through A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, and here is what is available right now:

Play, located at 167 Main Street near some of your favorite art galleries and the restaurant The Pandorica, is a trusty option for having just about everything. Currently, they have this heart-shaped, rhinestone-studded tiara for $24. You will need to ask the clerk in the store about where to find the tiara, as the location of this one tiara may move around. Play has recently flipped the front of their store to feature more of their jewelry and less of the mini-stickers and candy.

Two different shops on Main Street recommended I try the After Eden Gallery, located at 453 Main Street, the antique shop on the east end of town located near Brother's Trattoria. Sure enough, this gallery too had one rhinestone-studded tiara for $19, surrounded by a lot of other bling. Shop owner Donna was sure to mention: "Every woman needs a tiara." Indeed!


Lorraine Tynne, one of the queens of bridal and bling at many different price-points, was sure to deliver on a tiara. Two, in fact, that could work perfectly with your champagne and remote control. These tiaras (pictured above and below) from their 2016 collection are $125. Do check out the rest of their website for a fabulous selection of designer headpieces.



American Gypsy Vintage, at 263 Main Street next to Audioccult and across the street from Max's on Main, has this leaf-patterned hair accessory that is similar in theme to the one Lady Mary wore to her first wedding. As you can see, this tiara is $5, and it is the only one in the shop.


Season 2 of Downton Abbey takes place during a pivotal time in the world's history - 1916 - 1922, which included the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the Battle of Amiens and the Armistice in 1918, the Russian Revolution and the Spanish flu epidemic. Tiaras become less important to the family at Downton, but are still worn. The era of the flapper style begins, bringing with it the popularity of a flat tiara. Reservoir and Wood, located at 460 Main Street, had these handcrafted "collar" necklaces from local artist Marisa Lomonaco for $650. One of these could work as a tiara if you secured it with bobby-pins or clips and sat very still.

Echo had a few headbands for $34, with stretchy bling, similar to what you might find at Anthropologie. The nice thing about these headpieces is that you could wear them to other events too, not just to your dining room table while watching Downton Abbey.

Share with us please, if you are watching Downton Abbey in any one of these tiaras, or one you already had at home! Even if it is your 5-year-old's!

Cheers :)

NOTE: We were unable to check Nella's Bellas on the west end of town, who usually has a delightful selection of bling, or Lady Gray Bridal, in the center of town.

From Our Sleigh To Yours...Last-Minute Gifts Ideas Actually Purchased

Shopping while getting ready to head out of town can be so fun: As you are rapid-fire pulling triggers on choosing gifts for people on your list, you have no time to second-guess the decisions. Here is a rundown of what you can find on Beacon's Main Street for any last-minute gifts you need to dash to the store for:

Wool-felted soap for amazing exfoliation. We tweeted a Reader Request for where to find soaps in Beacon, and Wanderlust Gifts is one place you might find a twist on a traditional soap gift.
Find This In: Wanderlust Gifts (located on the east end, near Ella's Bellas)

A carry-on-friendly cocktail kit for the traveler on your gift list. My selection was the Champagne Cocktail, for a certain niece on my list who is flying all over the country on business.
Find This In: The Pfotoshop (located in the old train depot, formerly Hair Haven)
Editorial Note: The Pfotoshop is a Featured Business in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide, but this is not a sponsored spot! Pure editorial.

The copper mug that has exploded onto the cocktail and kitchen decor scene - copper mugs for Moscow Mules! I don't even know what a Moscow Mule cocktail is (but the recipe here calls for ginger beer, which you could inquire about at More Good); I am just a sucker for copper accents.
Find This In: Utensil Kitchenware (located on the east end of town, on the big curving bend in the road). I admit, I just cleaned out all of Utensil's copper mug stock, but more inventory will be in soon. One of the Cocktail Kits over at The Pfotoshop is for a Moscow Mule as well. You might even ask Utensil if they have a kit, since they have sugar and spice for just about everything else.

For the voracious reader on your list, Binnacle Books provides Beaconites with nearly instant access to new and used books! The requirement for this gifting mission was to find a book about the Hudson Valley region for a man who is obsessed with learning about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and has read just about every book on both subjects. "The Catskills" is a new release and the authors are from the Hudson Valley. Surely, this reader wouldn't have it yet! There are some signed copies still available in the store.
Find This In: Binnacle Books (located near Get Frosted Cupcakery and Subway; read our feature on Binnacle Books here)

For the avid knitter on your list, an easy pack-it-and-go gift is complementary shades of colored yarn. I am not a knitter; in fact, I have been known to verbally slip and call it "yarning," but pair these shades of gray yarn with a pop of red, and you have an instant OSU (Ohio State University)-friendly gift for someone who loves to knit spirit-wear. Many more color combos, already paired and ready for wrapping, are available in the store.
Find This In: Clay Wood & Cotton (located on the west end, near Bank Square Coffee)

"The Goonies" metal lunch box. I have been yearning to buy one of these metal lunch boxes from Play, and finally have a recipient who may appreciate it. This is for a nephew in medical school who may just be tired enough to get hooked on this lunch box as he takes snacks to and from studying.
Find This In: Play (located on the west end of town, across from Hudson Beach Glass)

For two nieces who are very different, yet really got into a sister-spat over last year's gifts: pretty wall art from Play. This year, they can play Tug-Of-War with these laser-cut floral wallets that feature tons of card slots and pockets.
Find This In: Play (located on the west end of town, across from Hudson Beach Glass)

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!

Come In! Audioccult for Records, Oddities and Pop Culture

True to their name, Audioccult is a place for records amidst the strange and unusual collectible items, many of which hail from the '80s. Located at 267 Main Street, next to American Gypsy and across from Max's on Main near Key Food, Audioccult is a record shop run by proprietor Sean Congdon that is as much a place to buy and sell records as it is to have a friendly experience buying those records. But records are not all that you will find in Audioccult. True to their mission of making you happy, you will find long-forgotten items from an '80s childhood, like a bright green Glo Worm (since sold), the Rainbow Brite horse, Care Bears, and G.I. Joe.

If you have never heard of the word Audioccult, that is because Sean made it up. "Audioccult is a term that encompasses our three primary passions - records (Audio), the strange, obscure, and not easily defined (Occult), and '80s pop culture (Cult)."

Normally very shy of record stores, not being a record collector or owner of a record player (yet), I challenged myself to go into the store to investigate. What I found was a delightfully playful shopping experience, which is exactly what Sean intended. "We're music and art geeks, not music and art snobs - it is our goal to make everyone feel welcome and respected, and hopefully leave the shop with a smile."

So in order to write this post and arrange these photos for your virtual walk-through of the store for A Little Beacon Blog's "Come In!" series, I unabashedly turned on Belinda Carlisle's Heaven on Earth album, and started typing.

Organized in a way that makes record browsing enjoyable, Audioccult also has a designated spot for new arrivals that just landed in the store. This is a much appreciated section for regular record crate diggers.

Vintage display cases line the wall and are filled with items that would be better for little hands not to touch, but are nice to look at.

Where else can you find a Rainbow Brite horse and original My Little Ponies on Main Street? And these might not even be here when you go into Audioccult, as things change in these white cases frequently.

Cheer Bear the Care Bear and an E.T. card game in the same shelf. Priceless.

Is your comic book collection complete without Starsky & Hutch or Dukes of Hazzard? Thought not.

Take a closer look at this picture...you are looking at collectible cards for Growing Pains and 21 Jump Street. These cards are some of the best sellers in the store.

Fievel. In his Fievel Goes West movie that can now be found in gas stations packaged with the original movie (and is a serious tearjerker), an American Tail. Available to you as a collectible card. Or pick G.I. Joe!

Back to the business of records. You can definitely listen to records while in the store.

If you wanted to take a moment to play Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, or whatever Audioccult has on hand at the moment, you could do so on their original Nintendo machine. Not that Audioccult is a store for gamers to stand around playing video games all day, but they do allow for some playing time.

Audioccult does have an online store that has a few unusual items, like a coffin key. As in the real-world shop, you just never know what you will find in there. Open from Wednesday-Sunday, you can also find Audioccult on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @audioccult.

Enjoy your shopping experience! Please take a picture of what you bought and tag A Little Beacon Blog in Instagram! @alittlebeacon. 

Come In! Painted Furniture at HudsonGold Pop-Up Shop in Zora Dora's

Enthusiasts of reclaimed and painted furniture are rejoicing to find HudsonGold open for the holidays in Zora Dora's space on the west end of Main Street, which has become well-known for housing temporary pop-up shops during the winter season.
Painted mason jars hold roses on top of custom fabric.

Recognize the book on the table? It is one of many from Annie Sloan Home, who shares her techniques for painting furniture and even fabric.
Proprietress Laura Klehr Keyes is a furniture painter and an expert with the much-adored line of paint from Annie Sloan Home. If your heart just went pitter patter, then just wait, it gets better. If Laura finds a permanent storefront in Beacon, and if she becomes an official carrier of the line, then she intends to hold furniture-painting classes in brush, wax, sanding and painting techniques. And sell the paint! I know!!

You will find many goodies in Hudson Gold to to make for a pretty home.
Finding gifts for others is easy in Hudson Gold, as the purchases come in crafty packaging. Pick a mason jar, the raised letters of which have been sanded off, painted in a variety of colors, letting a votive candle's light shine through. For $5 each, it is an easy purchase.

Need something quick with big impact for a sister-in-law? Hudson Gold carries products from other brands, like a line of Hudson Apothecary diffusers from Fifth & Madison in lavender, linen or spa water that include the jar and scented sticks. As for the furniture, the finished pieces don't last long in the store. The light blue, heavily sanded table pictured here was gone just a week after this photo was taken.

Open hours are limited and include Saturdays and Sundays, with a "sometimes" Friday and a random day maybe during the week. In other words, if you see the lights on as you're driving by, pull over and stop in.

Their lights will be on and the store open with a special drink for December's Second Saturday.

Hudson Gold is located at 201 Main Street, in what is normally Zora Dora's in the summer.

This article is part of A Little Beacon Blog's "Come In!" series which showcases the inside of shops, stores and businesses you may have been curious about but hadn't stopped into yet.

Swapping Yarn for Wood at Clay Wood & Cotton

Clay Wood & Cotton, at 133 Main Street (on the west end near the train), was one of the first boutiques to carry handmade items in Beacon this decade, and they are getting their hands dirty this week by moving things around to make way for a new home of makers: The Hudson Valley Maker and Artisan Cooperative (HVMAC), a collective of makers and artisans working toward a shared future. HVMAC can only be satisfied when they find discarded or forgotten objects and rebuild them into pieces of beauty, most of which can be used in your home, yard, shed, wherever. The Hudson Valley Maker and Artisan Coop's new shared storefront in Clay Wood & Cotton is just the right fit!

Clay Wood & Cotton owner Kristy Carpenter is shaking up things in her space, half of which used to house shelves and shelves of yarn and knitting supplies, and the other half for silk-screened items, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, and at one point even fabric. Her shop was known for carrying some of the hardest-to-find yarn around. Despite the selection and loyal following of knitters, many purchases were made at big box stores, which is great for the independent yarn makers who have wholesale accounts with big box stores, but not enough for this little store on Main Street. Here's the good news: Small businesses can make change! And that is what Kristy has done.

So - Hudson Valley knitters and crocheters, you're in luck - most of the yarn is 30% off right now. This is your chance to stock up, all you yarn enthusiasts! Hurry in, because Kristy is itching to yarn up new hats, scarves and gloves for the store just in time for winter! Kristy is also quite talented at using yarn for just about everything, like window displays and to organize and display jewelry, so get this yarn before she unravels all of it!

Keep your eye on the shop for its own transformation and selection of pottery, stationery, earrings, and more.

Beacon Reads Bookstore Makes Magic Happen for Howland Public Library

Beacon Reads Bookstore, Friends of the Howland Public Library

Quietly tucked away next to the Howland Public Library is Beacon Reads, a bookstore managed by Friends of the Howland Public Library. For a long time, it has been Beacon's only bookstore (and now has a new neighbor). Beacon Reads is a bookstore that you may have browsed through primarily on the sidewalk, where they put free books out on their rolling cart. But inside are a wealth of books of all kinds, from cookbooks, to finance books, to graphic design books, and many more.

What's more, however, are the contributions that Beacon Reads bookstore makes to the Howland Public Library, by way of Friends of the Howland Public Library. The bookstore exists to fund the library, and their efforts have yielded new public computers for the library by matching funds from the Gates Foundation. Beacon Reads is also a big supporter of the Beacon Bees in the Battle of the Books event, a regional teen literature competition in which Beacon has been very successful, taking first place in 2015, and third place in 2012! Friends of the Howland Public Library pays for the bus to the main regional event, which has been held all over the Hudson Valley, including in Carmel and Hudson. And that's not all: Friends of the Howland Public Library raises funds for the physical state of the library, too. Their accomplishments include matching construction grant funds to improve the library facade, and ongoing work to complete that project. (One famous friend of the library especially liked the whimsical mural: Tyra Banks gave it a shout out on Twitter!)

Best yet? Beacon Reads is open 7 days! Except when they aren't, if a personal matter comes up for the volunteer staff. Stop by on dry days, and you can take a goofy picture as a wise old owl!