Gratitude Alert: Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency As Lead ALBB Sponsor

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During this holiday season, we’re sending out a simple message of gratitude to one of our first and longest sponsors: Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency. I first met Susan Antalek Pagones during a joint BeaconArts / Beacon Chamber Member Mingle at St. Rocco’s, and it is an evening I will always remember for its illumination of how history is handed down in Beacon.

Right after introducing myself and saying I had just moved here and where my house was, Susan turned to her colleague, Terry Williams, to ask her: “Who’s house is that?” Now, I knew whose house it was from the young family we bought it from (they bought it years ago, and opted to move closer to the mountain), but Susan and Terry knew it from the two generations of the family who had lived there prior.

I have since heard about this other family from our first plumber who could identify the pipes in the basement as his own among the other pipes that were not his work. The next person who knew our home better than me was a handyman I hired for my office to hang an OPEN sign from the ceiling, who it turns out, was friends with the son of the family who owned our home decades ago. They have since both turned into professional home improvement professionals, which makes sense when I notice the creatively custom built details around our home.

Susan teaches me about community-centered business all of the time. Susan, her partner Vince Lemma, and their team of dedicated agents can help make insurance easier for you (home, condo, renters, business, health, car, etc.). Learn about how in this exclusive interview with Susan Antalek Pagones here, and the interview we did with Vince here.

Thank you Team Antalek and Moore for supporting local media and A Little Beacon Blog!

3 Public Hearings Tonight: Arcade Law, Signs Law, Municipal IDs - Tonight's City Council Meeting

Tonight, there are 3 Public Hearings scheduled for the 12/17/2018 City Council Meeting, in which you are invited to contribute your opinion and feedback about drafts of laws put before the City Council. This is your chance to speak in public to the City Council so that they may consider your thoughts before signing proposed legislation into law.

Usually what happens at the meetings is people or a single person attends, voices his or her opinion at a podium, and the City Council considers what they said. The City Council may then take the draft of the law back into a “Workshop” where they meet again to talk about it in detail, and/or the City Attorney may take notes from the City Council and make changes to the draft law, and present it again. If no one shows up to a Public Hearing, the City Council has what it needs in the draft law to vote on the proposed new law or change to an existing law, and possibly sign it into new law that night if they get majority votes from themselves.

Here’s What’s On Deck Tonight:

“SIGNS” - HOW SIGNS HUNG OUTSIDE IN PUBLIC VIEW ARE TREATED
From the City’s Agenda: “A continuation of a public hearing to receive public comment on a proposed Local Law to delete Chapter 183 entitled “Signs” and to amend Chapter 223 Sections 15 and 63 of Code of the City of Beacon, concerning sign regulations in the City of Beacon”
Background: Highlands Current reporter Jeff Simms has been covering this signage development that was triggered by a large white political sign hung on a building on Hanna Lane that can be seen on Rte. 52. You can read about that here from June 2018, and here from November 2018. According to the November article: “The law was called into question after the city repeatedly clashed with Jason Hughes, a business owner who hung politically topical banners on the side of a warehouse he owns that faces Route 52. The draft of the new regulations would require permits for certain signs but not others…Real estate and construction signs, for example, would be allowed in residential zones without a permit, as would lawn signs (not exceeding 3 square feet) for elections, yard sales and other events as long as they were removed within seven days after the event took place.”

MUNICIPAL IDs
From the City’s Agenda: “A public hearing to receive public comment on a proposed local law to create Chapter 42 of the Code of the City of Beacon to establish a Municipal Identification Program in the City of Beacon”

ZONING LAW TO ALLOW ALL ARCADES, NOT JUST VINTAGE ARCADES
From the City’s Agenda: A public hearing to receive public comment on a proposed local law to repeal Chapter 223, Article III, Section 24.8 and to amend Chapter 223, Attachment 2 of the Code of the City of Beacon concerning amusement centers containing only vintage amusement devices”
Background: Proposed new business offerings at a property at 511 Fishkill Avenue, which is in Beacon but just outside of Downtown Beacon past Autozone, include a brewery, an arcade, an and event space. The property owners are seeking the allowance of an arcade, without being restricted to vintage arcades that offer machines that were built prior to 1980.
Deep Dive: We took a Deep Dive into this one, to see what it was all about, and you can read about it here.

Drafts of the laws, emails from people, and other supporting documents that are to help educate everyone before a Public Hearing are linked with each agenda on the City of Beacon’s website. To help with the ease of use, we have republished those here in our format to help keep things easy to find (we love our Search bar!)

Many other items are on the agenda for the City Council to discuss among themselves, but in public. A Little Beacon Blog has published the entire agenda for tonight here to help you keep up. We do this for all of the City Council Meetings (started doing it about a year ago). When a video of a City Council Meeting has been published, we re-publish it with its dedicated meeting web page as well.

Brewery, Arcade and Event Space Proposed for 511 Fishkill Avenue As Industrial Arts Brewing Co. Looks To Expand To Beacon

The large property of 511 Fishkill Avenue (aka Rte. 52), which is between AutoZone and the Healy Dealership, which is in Beacon, but outside of downtown Beacon, has been acquired by Diamond Properties, a commercial real estate and property management business located in Mount Kisco, New York. This is the old Mechtronics building on 9 acres of property. The property is a 147,500 sf, two-story flex/industrial warehouse and office building and includes loading docks, warehouse, office, and on-site parking, according to the website of Diamond Properties.

The vision is to transform part of the space into a Warehouse, Brewery, Accessory Office, Arcade and Event Space, to accommodate Industrial Arts Brewing Company who would be a tenet in the building, according to the Application submitted by the applicant, DP 108, LLC.

Industrial Arts Brewing Company, who is based in Garnerville, NY, is looking to expand in Beacon by way of this location. The plan would be a new brewery production space with warehouse capacity, and an event space on 2nd floor of the building which could include arcade use. The architect for the project is Aryeh Siegel, who is the architect behind several projects under construction in Beacon, as well as completed projects.

While the intent of use for an arcade is there, Beacon has an older, or vintage if you will, zoning requirement on the books that does not allow for arcades in Beacon, unless they are offering vintage machines.

An excerpt from the arcade zoning law reads like this (which was posted with the 12/11/2018 Planning Board agenda): “Such amusement center shall contain only vintage amusement devices that were built prior to the year 1980 or noncomputerized devices with the exception of first generation computerized games such as those manufactured prior to 1990.”

The requirement also has provisions for noise levels, and that windows are to be kept closed, and doors “open only during ingress and egress,” as well as a calling for no vibrations to occur off the premises. Children under the age of 18 years old would also not be allowed to be in before 3pm (school release time), and that age range cannot operate the machinery after 10pm.

The Public Hearing was triggered after a representative from the project came before the Planning Board during a Planning Board meeting on 12/11/2018 to review the application to amend an existing Site Plan Approval and needed zoning law changed to allow amusement centers that include more than vintage.

During the 12/11/2018 Planning Board meeting, it was explained it this way: “Right now, amusement centers are prohibited unless they are vintage amusement centers. In which case they are allowed by special permit. We are taking that distinction away and just saying ‘Indoor Commercial Recreation is a permissible use.’” The Planning Board discussed amending the old zoning requirement, and then sent their unanimous recommendation of “Yes, Amend” to the City Council for a vote.

In order to vote, the City Council must hold a Public Hearing to hear opinions from the public, which is scheduled for today, Monday December 17, 2018. An email from a Beacon business owner, Paulette Myers-Rich, who owns No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works on Main Street in Beacon, is on file to be present during the Public Hearing, in which Paulette asks that the special permit remain in the legislation in order to give more selection to which business opens where.

According to the proposed draft change of the law, the only proposed change coming from the City Council’s attorney seems to be to the vintage aspect of the zoning requirement.

 Screenshot of the  proposed Draft Change  of the arcade law, which is what is being discussed at a City Council Public Hearing Monday, December 17, 2018.

Screenshot of the proposed Draft Change of the arcade law, which is what is being discussed at a City Council Public Hearing Monday, December 17, 2018.

Holiday Hours for Beacon's City Hall

From the desk of Beacon’s City Administrator, Anthony Ruggiero, the Holiday Schedule Hours for City Hall are as follows:

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve ½ day
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day Closed
Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve ½ day
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day Closed

As for upcoming City Council meetings:

“The next meeting is January 7, 2019 which is our reorganizational meeting and both a Workshop and a Council Meeting.”

Restaurants That Are Open Christmas Eve and Day in Beacon - 2018 Edition

  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

One of the things that make the Holidays so wonderful is the FOOD! The special meals that bring us all together. Some families have their big meal Christmas Eve while others have it on Christmas Day. If there is a day you plan on dining out, our trusty Restaurant Guide is always here at your service. In this case, we saved you some time in finding out who on Main Street will be open and closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Who’s Open Christmas Eve/Day?

BJ’s Soul Food Restaurant at 231 Main Street will be open Christmas Eve 7:30am-9pm and Christmas Day 7:30am-6pm.

Isamu Sushi at 240 Main Street will be open both days with their regular hours.

The Roundhouse at 2 E Main Street will be open in the lounge on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 3pm to 10pm

For Those In Need:
The Springfield Baptist Church is serving Free Christmas Dinners Christmas Day from 12pm-3pm. They will deliver three or more dinners. For delivery, call 845-464-2480. The church is located at 8 Mattie Cooper Square in Beacon.
- First reported by the Beacon Free Press

Who’s Open Christmas Eve Only?

Barb’s Butchery 11am-6pm (menu for grilled food is available)
Bank Square until 6pm
Tito Santana’s until 4pm
The Pandorica until 5pm
Homespun until 3pm
Zaitun - reg hours
Max’s on Main until 6pm
Enoteca Ama until 10pm (final seating 9:30pm)
Cafe Amacord until 10pm (final seating 9:30pm)
Glazed Over Donuts open 8:30am to 12:30pm
Yankee Clipper Diner until 3pm
Ella’s Bellas until 3pm
Brother’s Trattoria until 10pm
Beacon Falls Cafe until 3pm
Sukhothai until 9:30pm
Melzinga Tap Room until 7 (final seating 7-7:30pm)

Who’s Closed Christmas Eve/Day?

Chill Wine Bar
Kitchen Sink
Meyers Olde Dutch
Baja 328
Quinn’s
Draught Industries

Are You In This List?

This page right here is one of our most popular pages in Google around Christmas time. Everyone starts Googling who is open on Christmas Eve and Day!

If you run a restaurant and it’s in Beacon and not in this lineup, please email us at editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com! We literally called everyone, so you might not have been able to answer the phone when we called. Don’t be shy! Let us know.

If you are a business not in Beacon, but want to be included in this list, consider an Article Sponsorship! We’ll get your logo and business name listed here.

If you are in this list, and you just want to say THANKS, you can also do so with an Article Sponsorship with your logo listed!

Happening This Weekend 12/14/2018

There is still one night left of Hop & Shop Beacon, NY - TONIGHT! So get out there and explore the many festive shopping, services, sales & specials on Main Street. You can find a list of participating businesses as well as a color map to plan your trip on their Facebook Page and see what's available on their very lively Instagram page
 

SEND 'EM IN!: Your Holiday House Lights. We'd love to make Beacon into its own Holiday Lights Show, but need your tips! Sometimes we drive around hunting for house lights, but we can't get everywhere. Don't be shy - show us your inner Griswold! Submit a photo of the outside of your house to editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com for consideration. Perfection and grandness not required. Just fun.

Let's get to the Things To Do!
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5th Annual Toy Giveaway In Honor of Carmen Viruet-Senato
Day
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Lewis Tompkins Hose Co #1, 13 South Ave, Beacon, NY
Information >

Holiday Fair & Market
Day
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Jct, NY
Information >

A Christmas at Boscobel with The Putnam Corale
Day
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 4:30pm & 6pm
Location: The Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
Information >

The Beacon Sloop Club Holiday Sing
Day
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 6-9pm
Location: 2 Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY
Information >

A Winter Afternoon Of Music With Goldee Greene & Friends
Day
: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 5pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 


 
5th Annual Reservoir Maker's Market
Day
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 10am-8pm
Location: 1154 Route 9D, Beacon, NY (corner of Main St)
This warehouse is a new location for a pop-up, and it's right around the corner from Beacon Creamery, next to Gianetta Salon & Spa on Wolcott (aka 9D)
Information >

Pop-Up at Create Space
Day
: Saturday, December 15th-23rd, 2018
Location: 145 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Co-created by Kelly Kingman, this pop-up is offering classes, interesting gifts and vintage apparel, plus refreshingly original giftwrapping services.
Information >

Check out the Pop-Up Guide for more upcoming Pop-Up events.

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
You may have Vision Insurance benefits to use on glasses, eye exams and contacts before the year ends! Use them to get the most from your insurance. The staff at Luxe Optique uses an easy app that will submit your out-of-network insurance claim for you - simply provide them with your insurance information. Eye exams are available almost every day of the week, so walk-in or make an appointment: 845-838-2020
 
 
BOUTIQUES IN THE MIDDLE
 
 

L a M è r e Clothing + Goods

436 Main Street
Today (Friday) is the Hop and Shop and April from L a M è r e is celebrating with 15% off the entire store, and drinks from 5pm-9pm! Cheers in the mini-bar in front of the store.  Prices are friendly, like an $88 BB Dakota sweater, and be sure to hit the Clearance Rack in the back - you might find a $36 skirt. But that's not all - cozy blankets, sunglasses, bags, shoes, and athleisurewear-wear is also inside.

 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Here's a sneak peek of some of the accessories that are on sale today at Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique during Hop & Shop. This is great timing for any Holiday or New Years parties. Their stylists are always on hand to help you choose accessories and belts for your sparkly visions.


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! L a M è r e Clothing + Goods, Luxe Optique and Lambs Hill.


 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!

UPDATE:
Foodie staple Stock Up has announced their last day in Beacon, which will be December 30th. This isn't the last you'll see of Chris and Lisa, as they are digging into their meat shop roots at their original shop, Marbled Meat Shop, in Cold Spring, where you'll be able to find variations of their sandwiches. Come see them in Beacon before their last day.
Read more about their plans here >


 
 
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!
 
 
 

DIY Holiday Giftwrap Workshop + Lab
Day
: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Pop Luck, 145 Main St, Beacon, NY
This space is also known as "Create Space" and is near to Utensil's new location. This class offers "refreshingly original" techniques to gift wrapping, and is happening surrounded by gifts and vintage items you can buy.
Information >

Pelvic Floor Workshop with Cait Van Damm
Day:
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 1-3pm
Location: BeBhakti Yoga, 89 DeWindt St, Beacon, NY
Ladies: TAKE THIS CLASS. We're not taught about these muscles in regular workout routines!
Information >

Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 


Imagination's Playground Block Party
Day
: Every Friday
Time: 9:30-11am (yes, yes, the time has passed, but mark your calendar for next week)
Location: Beacon Rec Center, 25 West Center Street, Main Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

Little Rascals
Day
: Every Friday
Time: 12-2pm (yes, yes, the time has passed, but mark your calendar for next week)
Location: Fishkill Rec Center, 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Information >

Informal Pokemon Players Meet-up
Day
: Every Friday
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

Dungeons & Dragons
Day
: Every Friday
Time: 3pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

Open Greenhouse at Stony Kill Farm
Day
: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Information >

Imagination Playhouse & Compass Arts Presents: It's A Secret!
Day
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Information >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.


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A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree Near Beacon, NY

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Your hunt for a Christmas tree in or near Beacon is going to be a satisfying one. Below, you’ll find different local Christmas tree lots from which to purchase your live tree. The lots will smell heavenly, as the aroma is bursting from the trees. If you are totally out of decorations, and need a place to start, you could go to Brett’s Hardware in Beacon for the Christmas tree stand, the lights (both for your house, your tree and for other outdoor decorations like a mini-light show).

You could also go to Home Depot in Fishkill for Martha Stewart brand shatter-proof ornaments and other staples for indoor and outdoor decorating. If you change your mind on a real tree and instead opt on an artificial tree, you could head back to Brett’s or read our faux tree roundup.

SUNNY GARDENS NURSERY

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Sunny Gardens Nursery is the nearby nursery located on 9D a little ways past Stony Kill Farm as you head toward Poughkeepsie. The nursery is open Spring, Summer and Fall, and for the Winter, opens its lot for the Christmas trees, wreaths, and decorated wreath balls.

Drive into the parking lot and step out, and it smells. so. good. The pine fragrance is accented with a slow burning fire as the staff keeps warm around a fire-pit off to the side until you find your favorite tree.


CHRISTMAS TREES FROM BEACON'S FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Christmas tree shed from the Beacon Engine Fire Company next to Dogwood's parking lot.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

The hours kept by the Beacon Fire Engine Company to sell Christmas trees are usually steady from year to year.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Beaconites can also buy a tree that benefits the Beacon Fire Engine Company, which is one of three fire companies in Beacon that respond to fires. To buy a tree from these firefighters, look for them the lot next to Dogwood's parking lot (a single rope separates the two parking lots), which is on the east end of town, over the Fishkill creek, near the mountain.

A perfect December day might include a dinner or late lunch and a beer at Dogwood, followed by a Christmas tree pickup.
Location: 60 East Main St. 
OPEN:
Wednesdays to Fridays, 5pm- 9pm

Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm


FISHKILL FARMS

Wow, what a beautiful location to go buy a Christmas tree from at Fishkill Farms, which involves a short trip on 1-84. In addition to the fragrant trees, you may also smell the homemade donuts being made fresh every morning, and look in their store stocked with their apples and home-grown organic veggies, eggs, and fresh-pressed cider. Plus, Santa is visiting on Saturday, December 15, 2018.


VERA’S MARKETPLACE & GARDEN CENTER

Speaking of homemade donuts, more homemade donuts are in Cold Spring at Vera’s Marketplace & Garden Center, and they are famous. The garden center is located in a strip on a rural part of Route 9, and it shares its location with The Pantry and Marbled Meat Shop. You will not leave hungry on this tree hunt when you get it from Vera’s. Getting there from Beacon is easy.


ADAMS FAIRACRE FARMS

And of course, you can buy your Christmas tree from Adams Fairacre Farms on Rte. 9 in Wappingers Falls. Adams offers a big selection of small and large trees, and walking through their tree nursery at night is always a lovely, fragrant experience.


CHOP YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE

If you’re the real adventurous type want want to cut down your own Christmas tree, you could try Battenfelds. They offer wagon rides, Santa sightings and do sell other Christmas decorations. Just a heads up, though: they do open at the end of November, so you may need to go early in the season if you want more of a selection. You could also visit TJ’s Tree Farm in Highland, which opens on Black Friday. They offer pre-cut trees, as well as tress you can cut.


BIG STORE OPTIONS - HOME DEPOT AND PARKING LOT NEAR WALMART ON ROUTE 9

If you're a recent transplant from NYC, then buying a Christmas tree from Home Depot on Rte. 9 (to the right off the ramp from eastbound I-84), or from the parking lot across from Walmart on Rte. 9 (to the left off the same ramp) won't feel that much different from picking a tree from a pop-up Christmas tree lineup on Broadway.

Where To Buy A Faux Christmas Tree - And Could It Cure Your Cold?

 Faux Christmas trees were the answer to this family’s recurring sniffles and chronic coughing.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Faux Christmas trees were the answer to this family’s recurring sniffles and chronic coughing.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

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Most of you are searching for where to buy a real Christmas tree in Beacon right now. And why wouldn’t you be? The hunt for the live Christmas tree is the most fun part of the start of the holiday season! But did you know that your Christmas tree, and any live garland, might be bringing on that mystery cold you just can’t kick?

I know - I’ve been a denyalist for years about this, until I went to the ER in Poughkeepsie two Christmases ago with really bad asthma cough, and actually got better at the ER, surrounded by goopy, miserable people. Here me out:

The Christmas Tree Can Bring On Allergies, Causing Asthma, Runny Noses, Prickly Skin

Pretty much every year, I get really sick. We all do, right? It’s normal. While at an in-law family Christmas dinner down south years ago, where the halls are decked with loads of garland, I basically had to sit outside in the cold fresh air for most of the dinner preparations, while my head calmed down and I could breath again. I called home to my mom, telling her of my symptoms. “You’ve always been allergic to the Christmas tree!” she said. Oh yeah…I forgot.

I forget every year. Two years ago, while pregnant with my third, my asthma was really acting up. But it wasn’t like an asthma attack, it was a simple tickle-cough. Totally normal, right? Doesn’t everyone have a tickle-cough? At the Holiday Family Fun Night in the school cafeteria, PTA parents were handing out the wreaths that families bought as part of their fundraiser. I was slowly fading away into a head fog, but just thought I was tired. Eventually I couldn’t speak to people anymore, without coughing. I was whispering.

The next morning, I called my midwife to ask her if it was safe to take my kid’s inhaler while pregnant. My kids both have asthma coughs, so I’m a professional nebulizer person. Her response? “I can hear you not breathing. I can hear you pushing the words out. Take yourself to the ER to measure your oxygen.”

Great. So off my dad and I went to Vassar. The waiting room was overflowing with the flu. As my dad Googled how to fix the computer board on our broken washing machine (darn that thing! buy the cheapest washing machine with the least amount of bells and whistles!!!), my lungs started clearing up in this germ infested room. After half an hour, we left. And I remembered about the Christmas tree.

Therefore, out went the live Christmas tree, and so began our hunt for the fake Christmas tree!

The Hunt For The The Fake Christmas Tree

We went to #allthestores to find the perfect faux Christmas tree, and wowzers, there are fun selections. Clearly we will be having several different trees because it’s too hard to pick just one, but we have many options for artificial Christmas trees here in Beacon and in the Hudson Valley:

Faux or Artificial or Christmas Trees In And Around Beacon

BRETT’S HARDWARE - 18 West Main Street, Beacon NY

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Brett’s Hardware (True Value)

Your closest and friendliest option, Brett’s Hardware at 18 West Main Street in Beacon, NY down toward the train near the Hudson River has all the things you need for a faux Christmas tree Christmas. With rainbow pre-lit trees, prices start at $89 for a 7 foot tree (has plugs for the lights running down the tree) and $149 for a 7.5 foot tree (no plugs to fiddle with in the tree, so piece it together and it works once plugged in at bottom) - BAM! You’re done.

But you want more lights, and more lights you shall have. Brett’s has different colored Christmas lights, and the laser lights that all the neighbors are getting. You want some instant holiday stars? You got ‘em. There are different styles and prices of the laser light spinner as well. Brett’s Hardware also has plastic bin containers to store your ornaments and decorations.

Brett’s Hardware is open until 8pm every weeknight, so if you’re commuting home, just stop on by. Brett’s is open ‘till 7pm on Saturdays, 5:30pm on Sundays, and 8pm every weeknight. Brett’s is in the True Value family, so they can get in on good group pricing.


Pier 1

Way up Route 9, you’ll find Pier 1, which is near a Starbucks to help get you through the afternoon shopping. There are beautifully bushy white artificial Christmas trees there, but they start at $400. If you weren’t planning on investing in a faux Christmas tree this year, you might want to put this on your wish list for Santa for next year.

Target

Target in Poughkeepsie is where I got my smallish silver tinsel tree for about $80 for my office here at A Little Beacon Space. I was looking for a pink tinsel tree, like Howling At The Edge Of Chaos has in her storefront window

Rite Aid

Located in the middle of Main Street in Beacon, you may find some short, waist-high faux Christmas trees that could fit in a small window - with white frosting on the tips. After three years, the white frosting one of of ours just turned yellow. Soooo….

Happy Decorating!


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Holiday Present To Yourself: 119 Howland Avenue

Just because this InstaStory photo turned out so cute, we’re bringing it up to the blog! 

Why not a house as a holiday present to yourself? This house at 119 Howland Avenue is in a charming area of Beacon, giving you real mountain-side living. This side of town is very hilly, so even driving around on the back-roads will debut new views for you. If you like getting lost exploring, that’s totally possible here. 

See all of the pictures and pricing in the full listing here in A Little Beacon Blog’s Real Estate Listing. 

This house is represented by JonCar Realty, and we thank them for their support! Call them for a showing: 845-831-3331. 

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Stock Up Sandwich Shop To Close; Owners Expanding Marbled In Cold Spring

  Photo Credit: David Ray Martin

Photo Credit: David Ray Martin

Chris and Lisa, the owners of Stock Up, the sandwich shop in Beacon as well as Marbled Meat Shop in Cold Spring, announced their intentions to close their Beacon location by December 30, 2018. The 29 Teller Avenue location was the former home of longtime local favorite, The Copper Roof, which was a deli. Stock Up opened in early 2016 with the intention of making responsibly sourced meat and a variety of vegetables more accessible to Beaconites.

Closing a business is always a difficult choice, filled with many variables leading up the decision. According to their announcement made on Instagram, the main reasons were the need to spend more time with their young family, and the reluctance to raise prices or change their high-quality offerings in order to increase profit margins.

 

Stock Up’s Announcement via Instagram:

Hey Neighbors,

December 30th will be our last day in Beacon. We gave it everything, met some incredible people on the both sides of the counter, and really enjoyed our time here. We can no longer put our energy into 29 Teller Avenue. Our kid misses us and we are spinning our wheels to keep our doors open week after week. So many of you want to know what happened. The truth is, we could not make this space and this overhead work without a significant increase in menu prices or a complete overhaul of the program. We weren’t up for either. We’ve taken side jobs and cut our team in half. 2018 saw a significant drop in sales across the Hudson Valley and we’ve fallen too far behind to make it through another Hudson Valley winter. We can go on and on. Instead, let us focus on the positive. Come see us in the next three weeks, share a sandwich, a beer, a story. We will miss being part of the neighborhood but know that this is the best thing for our family.

 

Other Beacon businesses like Hudson Valley Vinyl, Titos, Ella’s Bellas, The Studio Beacon, Artisan Wine Shop and Echo rallied around the restaurant in the announcement’s Comments section, and even Black Vanilla from across the river in Newburgh, as well as Signal Fire Bread and Industrial Arts Brewing and voiced their support and respect for such a hard decision.

Stock Up Devotees Lament And Vow To Eat As Much As Possible Until Last Day In Beacon

Stock Up started as a promise to people who loved good, clean, food. They sprouted their own quinoa in their basement. They cured their own meat. Important to them was offering serious cuts of responsibly sourced meat and poultry, paired with seriously good for you vegetable and grain options.

Customers’ reactions were swift to immediately crave menu staples like:

  • The Big Bird (fried chicken, stock up sauce, natural pickles, crisp greens, on organic Bread Alone brioche)

  • The Breakfast Bird (fried chicken, bacon, fried egg, Mike’s Hot Honey and crisp greens on organic Bread Alone brioche)

  • Downstate BEC (two fried eggs, housemade heritage bacon, cheddar, and spicy ketchup on organic ciabatta)

Over 220 comments have been made so far saying goodbye on the announcement post, including these:

@icicles2 “I’m so sad. Stock Up is our favorite place. This is going to leave a huge void.”

@pipsqueeaak “Literally in tears. You guys will be missed so freaking badly.”

@thyme_co “I’m so sorry to hear this. Thank you for your wonderful food! You’re an inspiration. Good luck on your next adventure!”

@janellefelder …”I will forever be craving your fried chicken sandwich. Best ever! Will get a couple of more in during your final weeks. Best of luck to you in the future.”

@laur1025 “Barry will definitely miss the smell of cured meat when he plays in the backyard.”

@huggyhbomb “We will just have to get in the car and come see you at Marbled Meat Shop.”

The Good Food Dream Continues In Cold Spring at Marbled Meat Shop

Some of Stock Up’s offerings can be found in Chris and Lisa’s original shop in Cold Spring, Marbled Meat, which involves a beautiful drive down a wooded section of 9D, and then crossing over to the rural section of Route 9 (a good excuse to get to know the differences between these closely named roads!).

While the full menu of Stock Up will not be available, the couple is offering a small lunch menu and more prepared foods in Marbled. Said owner Lisa Marie Hall in the Instagram comments of the announcement: “We will be going back to our meat shop roots.”

Marbled Meat Shop opened in Cold Spring in 2014 in the compound of shops on Route 9 that include Vera’s Marketplace (famous for their homemade donuts, mozzarella, produce, and amazing everything) and The Pantry (famous for their expanding line of roasted coffees). This is quite a delicious strip of food heaven!

According to an e-newsletter from their neighbor The Pantry on November 8th, 2018, Marbled Meat Shop expanded to offer more: “As new ideas continued to develop, Chris and Lisa were unsure if an expansion would be possible at Route 9 or if they would need to relocate. The Giordano family (who owns Vera's Marketplace & Garden Center) graciously designed new larger space for Marbled so that they could have more retail and production space. Come on by and see their new special space, located between Vera's entrance and our storefront.”

Chris and Lisa have explained on their Marbled Meat Shop website that they considered moving their Cold Spring location in order to expand their business in the direction of a wholesale sausage, house-made cured meats and charcuterie options. Their landlord responded with a plan. Says Chris on Marbled’s website: “Dominic called us in to hear their proposal. He stood in the center of Vera’s market, and said ‘you’re not going anywhere, we will make this work.’ What came next was a plan that kept us, The Pantry and Vera’s operating under the same roof while giving us the space we need to grow.”

Beacon Destinations For Responsibly Sourced Meats and Vegies

While there is a void with Stock Up gone (most of the renters of A Little Beacon Space like edible Hudson Valley would get their catered lunch from them!), there are other options for high-quality, creative food. Barb’s Butchery is extremely selective with their meats and is known for constantly inventing new flavors of their sausage, which are celebrated during their annual Sausage Fest. Homespun is a Beacon staple (with a second location down at Dia) and Kitchen Sink and Meyers Old Dutch offer farm to table - some of which is from their own family farm. Beacon Pantry is known for their European selection of cheeses (and recently expanded in their location to make cheese and their sit-down cafe exclusive of each other). Beacon Natural has a daily selection of freshly prepared foods for a quick but healthy lunch or dinner, and Ella’s Bellas is the destination for gluten free baked goods and cafe experience. Beacon’s Farmer’s Market, which has moved to their inside Winter location at the Memorial Building (aka the Veteran’s Building) also makes available fresh produce, meats, poultry, fish, pickles, baked goods, and even home goods from a variety of vendors and farms.

Even more delicious restaurants are available in Beacon. Just check A Little Beacon Blog’s Restaurant Guide to learn more about them.

Wishing Chris and Lisa all of the best as they grow in new directions!

Christmas Trees For Sale From Beacon Engine Fire Company

 Christmas trees for sale in the Beacon Engine parking lot.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Christmas trees for sale in the Beacon Engine parking lot.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

In case you wanted more warm and fuzzy feelings about where you are getting your Christmas Tree this year, the Beacon Engine Fire Company has gotten back out their X-MAS TREES sign and filled the lot with plump trees, ready for strapping to the top of your car.

The Christmas trees are being sold from the Beacon Engine parking lot at 60 East Main Street, right next to Dogwood’s parking lot. A single rope divides the lots. Open Hours are from Wednesday - Friday 5pm-9pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm.

Speaking of, you can make an easy night of it with dinner at any of the restaurants on the east side, like Dogwood, Melzingah Tap House, or Sukhothai. See A Little Beacon Blog’s Restaurant Guide for more dinner ideas.

Looking for other places to get your tree? See our updated article, ”Where To Buy A Christmas Tree in Beacon NY.”

Share pics of what you get! Tag A Little Beacon Blog in your Instagram photo @alittlebeacon.

PS: The City of Beacon Fire Department reminds you to not leave cell phone chargers plugged in! They are a fire hazard.

Pop-Up Shop Is OPEN! Holiday Artisans At A Little Beacon Space

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WHERE: 291 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
The Telephone Building
First Floor, First Door
WHEN: December 8th
Saturday: 11am-8pm

Going on now for one day only, the Artisan Holiday Pop-Up Shop at A Little Beacon Space! Most of these artisans are not in stores, so you can only find them during pop-up occasions such as this. Organized by Susan Labodin, designer and founder of Allegory, this pop-up shop features 5 talents: the painter Anna West, the ceramics artist MossPocket, the fabric enthusiast reklaimed, and the fun dog collars (she brought the ones that you can color!) Teller Hill.

This pop-up shop is extra special because one of the artists, Kat Stoutenborough of reklaimed, was an original pop-up shop creator here in Beacon. Some of you may remember Cherry Bomb, which exploded into Zora Dora's for at least two years during the winter season (the spot has been occupied by different pop-ups ever since).

Kat's creation inspired A Little Beacon Blog to incorporate pop-up shops into our business model when we took the office space on Main Street in the Telephone Building. Kat's ability to bring dozens of artists together in a retail community during the winter months was exceptional, and created lasting relationships.


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ALREADY SHOPPED
Not gonna lie...we have already shopped this pop-up and did take home a few spoons - but left some for you! The reklaimed pins are flying off her table, Teller Hill's adult-coloring dog collars are a no-brainer for the dog owner on your gift list.

Second Saturday! Beacon Gallery Openings for December 2018

 Clockwise from top right, Second Saturday works by Jesse Bradford at Mother Gallery; Bakkun at Clutter Magazine Gallery; Hudson Beach Glass; Karl LaLonde at RiverWinds Gallery; and Lindsey Buckley at Bau (Beacon Artist Union).

Clockwise from top right, Second Saturday works by Jesse Bradford at Mother Gallery; Bakkun at Clutter Magazine Gallery; Hudson Beach Glass; Karl LaLonde at RiverWinds Gallery; and Lindsey Buckley at Bau (Beacon Artist Union).

Happy Second Saturday, Beacon! December’s #2Sat is one of the most vibrant days of the year around our little city, with hints of peppermint and straight-up magic in the air, pop-up shops, craft fairs, tree and menorah lighting, and Santa! But that’s not even all of the weekend’s cool happenings. For more details, check our Events Guide

Amid the festive hustle and bustle, don’t forget about the art galleries! There is so much new art to see! A gaggle of group shows this month offer a really efficient way to see new work. You’ll find a broad spectrum of artists at each of Mother, Catalyst, RiverWinds, Clutter, Hudson Beach Glass, Photo Book Works, bau, and The Lofts at Beacon galleries. (A tip: Many galleries are showcasing small, giftable items this month with price tags to match.) Curious about more galleries, or more specifics? We've got it all covered in Beacon's most comprehensive Art Gallery Guide

Big thanks to BeaconArts, the masterminds and promotional powerhouses behind Second Saturday and so many Beacon events! And thanks to the sponsors of A Little Beacon Blog, whose support allows us to produce the content we bring to you. Stop in to support them while you're out and about doing Second Saturday!

Happening This Weekend - 12/7/2018


It's December's Second Saturday and maybe one of our most favorite Second Saturdays of the whole year!  Businesses and galleries will be open later and the streets will be busy with Holiday shoppers, art lovers, theater lovers checking out "A Chorus Line" by The Beacon Players, and tree lighting spectators.  See A Little Beacon Blog's Second Saturday Art Guide here.

Maybe consider taking a FREE yoga class at Firefly Yoga in Fishkill Saturday morning to get grounded first. 

SEND 'EM IN!: Your Holiday House Lights. We'd love to make Beacon into its own Holiday Lights Show, but need your tips! Sometimes we drive around hunting for house lights, but we can't get everywhere. Don't be shy - show us your inner Griswold! Submit a photo of the outside of your house to editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com for consideration. Perfection and grandness not required. Just fun.

Let's get to the Things To Do!
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The Beacon Players presents “A Chorus Line”
Days
: December 7,8,9, 2018
Time: 7:30 (Fri & Sat), 2pm (Sun)
Location: The Theatre at Beacon High School, Beacon, NY
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The Judith Tulloch Band & Might Girl
Days
: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 7:30pm (Doors)
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Beacon, NY
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Breakfast With Santa
Day: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 11am
Location: The Towne Crier 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY
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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “FDR Home for the Holidays at Springwood”
Day:
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 
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BeaconArts + City of Beacon’s Bicycle Tree Lighting
Day
: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 4pm activities start, 5pm Santa arrives and tree is lit
Location: Pohill Park/Visitor’s Center / Intersection of Main Street + 9D
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All are welcome to participate in this community gathering sponsored by the City of Beacon Recreation Department and BeaconArts. Bring your own mug for hot cider or hot chocolate!


Meet The Artist : Stan Lindwasser
Day
: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Oak Vino, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
Meet the Artist: Stanley Lindwasser! Stanley is exhibiting his 2018 collection of paintings at Oak Vino. This is your chance to talk to Stanley about how he paints, as well as his view of color, paint and texture. Read more about his method in Chronogram’s article. And see how one of his paintings looks in this light.
Thank you to Stanley and his wife Helen for supporting A Little Beacon Blog with this sponsored listing!
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Live Concert: Nate Wood's fOUR
Day:
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 9pm
Location: Quinn's, 330 Main St., Beacon, NY
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No Strings Marionettes
Day
: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 1pm & 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Get Lit Beacon - Literary Salon
Day
: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 


 


Artisan Pop-Up Shop
Day
: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 11am-8pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Work:Shop Winter Market
Day
: Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2018
Time: 10am-6pm (Sat), 11am-5pm (Sun)
Location: Wickham Solid Wood Studio, 578 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Vintage Holiday Pop-Up
Day
: Saturday & Sunday, December 8-9, 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: OPEN SPACE, 510 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Manitou School Holiday Bazaar
Day
: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Manitou School, 1656 Route 9D Cold Spring, NY
This shopping experience is a fundraiser for the school, which has been offered a $3,000 matching grant.
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Check out the Pop-Up Guide for more upcoming Pop-Up events.

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 

Luxe Optique

183 Main Street
www.luxeoptique.com
(across the block from Beacon Bread Company)
You're seeing clearly, 30% off Henau frames. This aint your order-over-the-internet glasses, this is real glasses couture. If you were looking for an entry point on one of the higher-end lines in the store, this is it. Go into Luxe Optique this weekend - or any day of the week - to try on a pair! You will be amazed at how good you feel.

 
 
BOUTIQUES IN THE MIDDLE
 
 

L a M è r e Clothing + Goods

436 Main Street
Did you get invited to a Holiday Party and have nothing to wear? Take yourself on down to L a M è r e right now this instant. We put this outfit together for you - black sequin pants with a white sweater with unforgettable feathers on the shoulder. All for easy prices, as the brands she curates are French Connection and others. Follow her Instagram @lamereclothingandgoods to see what just came in.

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Stunning! If you want to be put into the Holiday mood, walk the strip at 1 East Main Street to see what Lambs Hill has done to their windows (this is near the mountain and the old train tracks). Magic is going on inside. BTW: there is a retail space available next to Lambs Hill, if you were looking to plant some roots down in the Retail space...


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! L a M è r e Clothing + Goods, Luxe Optique and Lambs Hill.
 


 
Thank you to BAJA for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
 
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!
 
 
 
FREE Yoga Community Classes
Day
: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Times: 8:30am, 10am, 12pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
A Little Beacon Blog’s Managing Editor, Marilyn Perez, will be one of the graduating teachers leading one of the classes!
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Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.

For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.
 




Saturday Studio at Dia:Beacon
Day
: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 10:30am
Location: DIA: Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.


Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
REAL ESTATE LISTINGS
Will you be the next owner of this house? This unique property is nestled between Rombout and Academy (driveway is one of the first on Rombout Avenue near South Avenue Elementary, but the address is 7 Academy Street in Beacon, NY). The renovated kitchen and carefully crafted outdoor spaces are quite desirable. This is a house + carriage house in one. Perfect for a live/work opportunity.
Real Estate Agent: JonCar Realty
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BICYCLE TREE LIGHTING
Saturday, December 8th.
4pm:  A Festive “Kick Off” with dancers from Yanarella Dance Studio
4:30pm: 7th Night of Hannukah  – BeaconArts + Beacon Hebrew Alliance Bicycle Menorah Lighting
4:45pm: Community Caroling with Gina Samardge and Compass Arts
5pm: Santa arrives led in by the Beacon Music Factory’s one and only Women’s Drum Core! Countdown to the Bicycle Christmas Tree Lighting
Santa will be staying to greet families until 6pm
       
A Little Beacon Space
THIS SATURDAY!
Saturday, December 8, 2018
An Artisan Pop-Up Shop for 1 Day Only! Featuring Allegory (jewelry), Anna West (paintings), Teller Hill (eco-friendly dog accessories), Reklaimed (fabric flowers and more, and is the original pop-up shop creator of Cherry Bomb!), Moss Pocket (small batch ceramic wares)
Details >

Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Looking to spotlight your new space to the community? Join the Beacon Chamber and throw a Ribbon Cutting or host a Member Meeting.
Learn More >
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Tin Shingle is a training platform for business owners, artists and makers looking to build their brand and get the word out. Tin Shingle reveals the secrets of the magazine industry to help you get featured in one, and gives fresh ideas for approaches to social media. Follow along with their latest industry articles.
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Food For Fines Going On Now At Howland Public Library

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The Food for Fines program at Beacon’s Howland Public Library is going on now through December 30th. This is your chance to do double-duty on clearing your late fines at the library, as well as donating to a food pantry.

While the program is called Food for Fines, the library is encouraging you to donate other toiletry items like tampons, adult diapers (Depends), and even new socks. People do a lot of walking, and it’s hard to do in run down socks. Conveniently, Rite Aid is located almost across the street, where you can find a lot of these items! Think baby formula, toothpaste, shampoo….anything you would want for yourself.