06/13/17 7:30am

Newburgh’s newest brewery, Graft  Cider, had their first pop-up last weekend. Located a little further west, this section of Ann Street doesn’t see the same foot traffic as other commercial corridors. All the more reason to check out what goes on behind their closed doors. The pop-up gave everyone a chance to tour the brewery, sample tastings, and hang out at the makeshift beer garden next door.

This was the first of more pop-ups to come. Graft plans on opening their doors every second Saturday during the warm months. Make sure to check out their Facebook page for announcements.

06/02/17 9:23am

Southern Liberty Street is getting a boost in shopping. Newburgh’s fashionista, Amal Ishak, is moving her boutique Cream, from 188  Liberty Street to 101 Liberty Street. She says this new location will be “bigger and better” and she hopes to build on the foot traffic that is increasing in the area. They have been working tirelessly to have the grand reopening in time for the Illuminated Festival.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, Amal and her partner, Vinny, have moved their children’s boutique Cream Kidz from its original location in Chester to Liberty Street as well. This location will also be opened in time for the Illuminated Festival. You can visit them at 89 Liberty Street.

Updates on the boutiques will be posted soon, as well as exciting details about a new juice bar!

03/01/17 7:30am

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The City of Newburgh downtown neighborhood map has been beautifully redone and simplified. It highlights places for food and drink, shops, services, art and design, health and wellness, entertainment, parks, sightseeing spots and municipal services. Get your copy at any of the local businesses on Broadway or Liberty Street.

If you wish to join the other businesses and organizations that appear on this map or make a donation to help keep the map going, please email DowntownNewburgh@gmail.com.

They are accepting submissions from artists, graphic designers and photographers to be featured on the cover for a 4-month duration of each edition. If you would like to feature your work, please email a sample of your work to the email above.

This month’s feature artist is Khalidah Carrington.

01/23/17 11:30am

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Right along Quality Row at the corner of First Street and Liberty, G&H Deli has opened. They cook soul food every Saturday, Wacky Wings Wednesday and food and sandwiches daily. The husband and wife duo were born and raised in Newburgh and love that life is being brought back to the city. Cream Boutique is just around the corner, and together they are hoping to bring people north of Broadway.

12/14/16 7:30am

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Kyle Sherrer and Sae Kenney are the owners of Newburgh’s newest business, Graft Cider. The couple, along with their dog, Lowrider, moved in June 3rd. Although they are just getting started, they have big goals for the cider industry and will be making a mark on the City of Newburgh.

Both Sherrer and Kenney are Newburgh transplants from the DC/Baltimore area. They originally sought to open their business in NYC, but exorbitant prices sent them searching the Hudson Valley. Like many, their search started out in Beacon. Unable to find the industrial space needed to run a cidery, they crossed the river and came over to Newburgh. The city’s rough edges were undeniable, but coming from legacy cities themselves, Newburgh felt just like home.

Once the couple set their hearts on Newburgh, finding a space was another ordeal. They quickly found out that often times industrial spaces in Newburgh are not listed. They were referred to Alexandra Church from the Newburgh Department of City Planning who gave them two contacts. After going back and forth for a few months, Graft Cider found its home on Ann Street next to a Mexican market. A handshake agreement with building owner, Victor Cappelletti sealed the deal. Although the building is newer, it’s far beyond anything they would have ever been able to find in NYC or Baltimore. Perks of their space are the large windows that let in light, high ceilings, wide doors, brick walls and a nice office space.

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Sherrer had training as one of the founding members of the high-end cidery, Millstone Cellars. Graft Cider gives Sherrar a chance to explore his own unique cider offerings based on wild yeast fermentation that he cultivates himself instead of buying cultured strains. The name Graft comes from the idea of “grafting on to the American conscious of what cider is and creating a new concept and vision”. He is trying to introduce another tier of cider to the American market, that in his opinion lacks options. Stylistically the branding comes from the fairy tale world of Graft that the duo created based on influences from the 1920’s and fantasy. The results are distinctive, well-thought-out labeling that is sure to make Graft stand out on its own on any shelf or bar.

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Currently they distribute to New York, Maryland and DC, but if you are looking to try Graft Cider locally, you can find it on draft at Ms. Fairfax and the Newburgh Brewery. Exciting as the cidery is, come spring you will be able to visit their 3 season outdoor cider garden or make an appointment at their future planned indoor tasting room. Obviously Newburgh has a brewery already, but Graft will be offering the very first outdoor tasting room in the city. They also just received a can labeling machine and can production will begin in February.

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This side lot will paved over and serve as a 3 season cider garden that will likely be open Friday to Sunday. Kenney will change the design and set up of the garden with the release of each new cider to reflect label artwork. They want to install a fence and a canvas covering with other enchanting details that will transform the space. The cidery is open to having local food trucks partner with them that have permits.

Graft Cider is still very much in the growing phase, but it is encouraging to see young entrepreneurs choose Newburgh to develop their business. Those taking a chance on Newburgh are an inspiration to us all.

Find them:
218 Ann Street, Newburgh NY
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

12/06/16 7:30am

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Infinity Lounge has been open on Liberty Street since the summer. Apologizes for just now giving notice of this. Many of us refer to 102 Liberty Street as the old Moo & Oink space. It was a gourmet food market that opened in 2008 and barely lasted a year. Since then, the storefront has been vacant. It is quite a large space on the east side of Liberty Street where there aren’t many commercial spaces compared to the west side. Naturally everyone was curious what would end up moving in. Infinity Lounge caters to the Mexican palate and from what I have seen, it’s open in the afternoons till late at night.

The lounge doubles as a venue for private events. I’ve heard of some pretty lavish affairs being held here. Everything from weddings to baby showers.  You will have to contact them for rates. See their Facebook  page for photos and details.

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