Grand Opening! The Crafty Hammer Opens Saturday, June 29, With Wood Projects and Designer Cookies

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Looking for a sweet? The Crafty Hammer’s Grand Opening and Ribbon 🎀 Cutting with Beacon’s Chamber of Commerce is this Saturday, June 29, 2019, and there will be power-drill shaped cookies!! Those will make great fuel for the two days of DIY woodworking workshops for you to enjoy.

Look for blocks of wood you can stencil and paint, as well as other crafty hammer challenges. The Crafty Hammer is located at 4 South Chestnut Street, across from Rite Aid, in the former purple yoga studio spot. What was once purple is now brown - for wood!

The Crafty Hammer is a proud sponsor of A Little Beacon Blog’s Classes and Events Guides, and it is with their support that we are able to publish events you love!

Antalek & Moore Announces New Partnership with Vincent A. Lemma, as Longtime Beacon Advocate Pat Moore Retires (Sponsored)


Antalek & Moore's Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 4 to 5 pm
Where: Their offices at 340 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Stop By! Or RSVP: 845-245-6292

Late in December of 2017, a hand-signed letter arrived in the mail from Pat Moore, partner at Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency. The letter announced his retirement from the independently owned firm Antalek & Moore in order to pursue personal interests, which included traveling with his expanding grand-family. Maintaining independence in the insurance world has been deeply important to Pat, as he reiterated in his retirement letter: “We live in a time of high-level merger and acquisition activities of firms like ours. Maintaining our longstanding independence is proving to be the exception in today’s business environment.”
Of the utmost importance to Pat was hand-picking his successor, Vincent A. Lemma, to join his business partner, Susan Antalek-Pagones, in carrying the business forward into its next generation. Antalek & Moore originated in Beacon in 1853 and continues here today with the new leadership and partnership of Susan and Vincent at the helm. They are hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the transition on Thursday, January 18, at 4 pm. And you’re invited!

About Vincent A. Lemma, Antalek & Moore's New Partner

Vincent (please, call him Vince, he insists) started working with Pat eight years ago during a time when Vince was employed by an insurance agency owned by a bank. “Crazy things were happening with the banks,” says Vince, “and things were happening that didn’t jive with me for our customers.” He reached out to Pat to begin working in the independent world, and their business relationship blossomed.
As a new leader of the firm, Vince is pulling from his experience as an assistant lacrosse coach at several different colleges. As an assistant coach at Randolph Macon College, his team knocked nationally ranked Washington and Lee out of the playoffs in 1997, fueling his competitive drive to work with a team of young people balancing sports, school and teamwork. Coaching also allowed him to leave his home state of New York to experience different parts of the country, and return later to settle down into the insurance profession.
“As an athlete, you need to overcome hurdles to win. In this industry, we face those hurdles on a daily basis. As a coach, you need to understand how to help your employees overcome those hurdles.”
Vince believes that 90 percent of problems in the insurance world are caused by simple misunderstandings, and he aims to educate current and future customers of Antalek & Moore to help them know their coverage. He believes that working with an independent agent gives customers an advantage. “When you’re not working with your agent and your broker, things get difficult, and you think the insurance companies are out to get you. We fight for the insurance company to cover everything they agreed to cover in the agreement with the customer.”
You can meet Vince any time by scheduling an appointment with him, but the most fun way will be to attend their upcoming ribbon cutting, right on Main Street, conveniently located in the middle of town, near Rite Aid. In fact, park in the free parking lot behind Rite Aid and BAJA, and you're on Antalek & Moore's back doorstep! Stop in, welcome Vince to the position, and look for more from this new development at Antalek & Moore.

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East End Rising - Newest Retail Pioneers at 1 East Main

The East End of Beacon is rising, so prepare your mind to create a new route for how you get around Beacon, and what shops you frequent (A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide will help you big time). One of the unique features that defines the Beacon experience is our milelong Main Street. That's because it was actually two towns that merged into one in the early 1900s. So if you don't go to the East or West End very often, or don't know what shops we talk about a lot here at A Little Beacon Blog, you really should be out exploring the other half of your town. A friend who lives in the lofts at the Roundhouse commented that they stay on the East End quite a bit, and don't venture out. When they headed over to the West End one weekend to eat at Kitchen Sink, their eyes were opened and they declared that perhaps they should get a summer home on the West End.

Ribbon cutting for Lambs Hill Boutique

Ribbon cutting for Lambs Hill Boutique

Several empty storefronts have sat either boarded up or under renovation on the East End, and they are starting to bloom, starting with 1 East Main. First to open was Lambs Hill, opened by visionary Charlotte Guernsey of Gatehouse Realty and Lambs Hill - the equestrian-inspired wedding venue up on Mount Beacon. Charlotte is also a painter and a new mother, who doesn't seem to be contained by boundaries of any of these undertakings when she opened the bridal boutique version of Lambs Hill at 1 East Main.

Showroom inside of Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique.

Showroom inside of Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique.

View from the inside of Lambs Hill boutique, looking up past the train tracks at Main Street in Beacon, NY.

View from the inside of Lambs Hill boutique, looking up past the train tracks at Main Street in Beacon, NY.

Next came King and Curated, the combo store featuring Alicia King Photography and The Curated Gift Shop. When you step inside, you get to see the photos (which maybe you've already seen on Pop Sugar or The Knot), as well as shop the handcrafted jewelry, from stamped to bridal.

King and Curated, the combo wedding photography store and handcrafted jewelry store.

King and Curated, the combo wedding photography store and handcrafted jewelry store.

Hand-stamped necklaces in King and Curated.

Hand-stamped necklaces in King and Curated.

This weekend, soapmaker SallyeAnder has been celebrating with multiple events, kicking it off with an industry party Friday night, followed by a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday with live music from The Brothers Miller. SallyeAnder isn't new to being in business or having a brick and mortar location, but they are new to having a retail shop that traditionally relies on foot traffic for customers. SallyeAnder had been in the wholesale business, wholesaling soap to stores and selling their own soap online. This line of marketing requires constant outreach, social media and marketing, which would be absolutely essential for anyone with a storefront off the beaten path or in an area with low foot traffic.

SallyeAnder's kick-off event to their grand opening weekend. Photo Credit:  Russell Cusick

SallyeAnder's kick-off event to their grand opening weekend.
Photo Credit: Russell Cusick

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin for A Little Beacon Blog

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin for A Little Beacon Blog

Inside of SallyeAnder's new flagship location. Photo Credit: Leigh Baumann for A Little Beacon Blog

Inside of SallyeAnder's new flagship location.
Photo Credit: Leigh Baumann for A Little Beacon Blog

Foot Traffic - Is This A Thing?

Every shop that has opened on the East End has been a serious pioneer because there is minimal foot traffic down there. Even more so at 1 East Main, as the building is located down a hill with two ways to get there:

  • Walk past the entire building before turning right down the entrance path, or
  • Park in the free municipal lot near Hudson Valley Brewery and walk behind the building, up the path, and to the shops.

Personally, I've never been a believer that heavy foot traffic is a requirement for having a successful business. When I looked for the office space for A Little Beacon Blog's Space, I knew I wanted it to be a destination for pop-up shops and workshops, and my landlord warned me several times that foot traffic was low. Located across from Key Food and next to a car wash and smoke shop, I wasn't afraid. I knew that the kind of events held in this space required aggressive marketing anyway, and was up for the challenge. So far, all of the pop-up shops hosted here have had very good turnouts for the three days they are here.

Here's another example: The Hop. That restaurant originally opened in 2010 on the early East End of town, across from the Howland Cultural Center, where higher foot traffic on the weekend and in late afternoons or during the week is to expected. But then The Hop moved allllllllll the way around the bend, down at the very end of Main Street, across from the Fishkill Creek waterfall.

They did this because they outgrew their original space. The result? Constantly packed. People drove or walked to The Hop to dine or drink. No natural foot traffic exists at the end of Main Street. Until The Hop came. It created the foot traffic as it became a destination. Then The Hop abruptly closed, and the foot traffic it created ceased. Dogwood is another case in point. Located over the Fishkill Creek, Dogwood is almost always busy, and almost always cranking out events to keep people excited about coming (did you go to their Prom?). Yet another case in point is Stock Up located on Teller Avenue, definitely off the beaten path, yet it has steady customers and busy brunches. Stock Up is the second location for Cold Spring-based business owners who own Marbled Meat Shop, which itself is in rural Cold Spring on Route 9 - not at all within walking distance of Main Street.

Of course, retail stores are not restaurants, with beer and good food luring customers. This is why these shops are pioneers. And pioneers have to work hard for survival. Anyone who sits inside, simply waiting for customers won't get them. One must go outside with physical lures (signs, music, bubbles, aromas, actual people) and shiny objects. Newsletters must spring to life. Postcards. Social media. All of it. Ideas to bring the people will only make the entire area as a whole more fun. Maybe there will be live music each weekend. Maybe there will be workshops and trunk shows. Maybe ... Who knows?

But you know what I know? I know that you, dear reader, are going to start shifting your mind, and heading down to the far East End for makeup and pampering (The Blushery, Greenroom, and Salon Arje), natural remedies for itchy skin or weird things (Heart and Soul with her garden-grown and imported herbs...get the Wonder Salve, it's amazing for itches and eczema), art galleries (BAU, Maria Lago, Russell Cusick and others...check out all of the galleries here). And the strip of shops, from mama/baby at the famed Waddle n Swaddle to newcomers Style Storehouse and Kaight. See all of them in A Little Beacon Blog's Shopping Guide.

So. Much. Enjoy :)


Peoples Bicycle's Lights Stay On Under New Ownership

Back when a few businesses were closing in Beacon, chatter started about People's Bicycle also leaving town. People's Bicycle was originally opened by Jon Miles, who renovated the shop space. Prior to that, there was one other bike shop in Beacon, on the other side of Main Street. It closed a few years ago when the owner, Tom Cerchiara, decided to put all of his efforts into his then-growing land surveying business, TEC Land Surveying PC.

People's Bicycle became the only bike shop in Beacon, and was known for building cargo bikes like the ones you see Zero To Go riding around as they pick up food waste for compost. People's Bicycle conducted regular repairs and tune-ups, and sold Kona mountain bikes. Speaking of mountain bikes, there is quite a scene of sponsored mountain bike riders - gals and guys -  in Beacon, in addition to regular riders who like to go up and down the mountain. Would the town be at a loss without a bike shop?

Tim Schopen thought so. In fact, he believed in the need for a bike shop so much that he purchased People's Bicycle from Jon, and has been preparing for his grand re-opening this weekend, Saturday, January 14. "I have worked in a few different bike shops with the dream to own my own sometime," says Tim. "Bike brands we will carry in the shop are Kona for now, with more to come. There are both mountain and road cyclists in this area, with hopefully more cyclists to come when the Rail Trail comes to town, or the Fjord Trail in a few years."

Trailblazers continue to make new bike paths to make it easier - or more challenging, but in a good way! - to ride around or above Beacon. Tom Cerchiara may now be hooked into his land surveying day job, but he's still on the bike, forging new trails, literally. He's clearing a trail from Gordons Brook Notch up to the Red Casino Trail, between the fire tower and casino ruins. A second, singletrack trail will run along the north side of the access road, and will give cyclists the opportunity to make a quick ride, about 45 minutes to an hour long. That route will also function as an exit trail for rides that run onto the Fishkill Ridge.

With Beacon's (so far) manageable snowfall and population of bike enthusiasts, there is sure to be a need for winter repairs and tune-ups. People should keep the new business in mind as they keep rolling on two wheels instead of four!