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.
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 Cappellettisealed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The three month pop-up shop Chime-In is over and now a new fashion boutique called Cream will be moving into 188 Liberty Street. Judging by their Instagram feed, Cream will be carrying high end name brands. To find out more, you can attend their ribbon cutting this Saturday, November 5th at 11am – 12:00pm. They are also hiring. They are looking for a part time sales associate who is reliable, fashion savvy, great with people, and available to work Thursdays and Fridays. If this is for you email email@example.com.
Sometimes when one business closes, it opens the way for a new one to come in. So is the case at 71 Liberty Street. Seoul Kitchen has closed their doors in Beacon, and has now made their way to Newburgh. Korean cuisine is hard to come by in the Hudson Valley, so it is particularly special that owner, Hee Won Marshall would choose to relocate her restaurant in Newburgh. She is a joyful woman, full of smiles and laughter as I caught a few seconds of her time as she was moving in. Hee Won is making friends quickly, already becoming friendly with the owners of the new Calabash restaurant next door. They have all started to bond and depend on each other. The restaurant should open hopefully in November. It will be open for lunch and dinner. You can read all about her story in this Hudson Valley Magazine article.
If this excites you, make sure to visit Seoul Kitchen when it opens, 71 Liberty Street, Newburgh.
The new hardware store in Newburgh is probably the most talked about and mentioned new business in the city. Hales Hardware is located at 199 Broadway in between City Terrace and William Street. All over social media everyone is saying “finally I don’t have to drive all the way to Home Depot!”
In a city with the second largest historic district in NY State, these buildings need a lot of repairs. Hales carries everything for the weekend warrior or contractor. And, they carry plenty that is not in the store. On their soon to be launched website, you’ll be able to order things online and pick them up from the store.
Uncle and niece, Mel and Tracey. They are new to Newburgh having moved two years ago from Harlem and Brooklyn respectively. Tracey loves living in Newburgh, and her witty uncle seems to fit right in.
Support local businesses because they support Newburgh. Keep your dollars local! We are so excited for Hales Hardware!