Downing Park, the gem of the City of Newburgh is coming back to its full potential thanks to the resurgence of the Shelter House. The cafe plays the role of headquarters to all the new events and activities happening this summer. Come take a look this Saturday for a summer preview! The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 11am.
More exciting news for South William Street. A new ceramics studio has been announced to open this June in Atlas Industries in a studio space facing South William. Called The Newburgh Pottery, the website says they will be offering communal ceramics workspace in a 2,500 square foot studio. They will also offer 8 week courses, workshops, and studio memberships.
According to their Instagram posts, the will have a small showroom, kiln room, glaze mixing room, and air purification system. The build-out should begin very soon. This complements the news released last month of a new restaurant and venue space to open directly across the street at 109 South William Street.
It was exciting enough to learn that a bicycle museum was coming to 109 Liberty Street. Now, we’ve found out that a bakery is coming to the left storefront, the Flour Shop. The paper up in the windows has allowed the original tin ceilings to be visible when peeking in from the sidewalk. The Flour Shop is by Mike Kelly, owner of the Liberty Street Bistro. We can’t wait to see how this all comes together. Opening is estimated for the spring. Follow them on Instagram for updates.
A new fashionista has arrived on Liberty Street supporting the much needed retail component the business corridor sorely needs. Cream Boutique has been voted 2017 ‘Best Current Fashion for a Good Value’ by Hudson Valley Magazine. Morrocan born Amal Ishak (pronounced Em-el) has brought her love for clothes to one of the hottest corners of Liberty, diagonal to Washington’s Headquarters. She’s young, she’s eager and fun. Most of all, she is highly aware of her presence in a revitalizing city.
Educated in fashion retail, Amal worked in fashion retail for three years in Bergen County, NJ. The commute proved to be too long after having her second child. In an effort to be closer to home, Amal and business partner Vinny opened a children’s boutique in Chester called Karapouz Kidz. Being a native of New Windsor, Amal had dined many times at the Newburgh waterfront however, she had never ventured west of Front Street even though she had always admired Newburgh’s architecture. Her momentous move to the City of Newburgh came when she and her husband were trying to find a new restaurant to have dinner without having to drive all the way to NYC. She searched on Yelp and based on reviews the Liberty Street Bistro appeared. As Amal said, “we were beyond impressed. We walked down Liberty Street and felt the energy. I told my husband, whatever is going on here, I want to be a part of it!” Three months later Amal would open her first adult women’s boutique, Cream, at 188 Liberty Street, now relocated to 101 Liberty Street. In June 2017 Amal and Vinny would move their children’s boutique to 89 Liberty Street under the new name, Cream Kidz.
A clothing boutique could be successful in a downtown anywhere, so why the City of Newburgh? Amal says with a sense of responsibility, “because we needed something here.” She loves to boutique shop and hates the mall. She enjoys the personal relationship a boutique allows with clients when they are planning a big day or special event. Amal also admits, “I knew what I was getting myself into. I know I am not in Westchester. I wanted the challenge and I always knew I wanted to be part of the community. Before I opened the boutique I reached out to community organization, We Are Newburgh.” She meets with them once a week and volunteers at many of their events.
Amal wants everyone to feel welcome to shop at Cream and Cream Kidz. Prices are intentionally reasonable. At Cream, dresses are $29.99 and up, tops are $14.99 and up, and accessories run $12.99 and up. Customers can walk in and hear tunes from the Dave Matthews Band or Future. She also sells items through the Cream Instagram profile via direct messages. Cream collaborates with business owners for pop-up events in an effort to give them exposure to the area. Amal says, “after you come here for lunch or dinner you don’t want to jump in your car and go home. Cream enhances the experience of being in a downtown.” She hopes other business owners will take a chance on the city as well.
It’s remarkable to note that Cream’s profits almost entirely come from customer walk-ins, not the internet. Amal has been surprised how well the shop has done. However, her daily postings on Instagram and Facebook are what bring people into her shop. She has been told, “Wow I never expected to find someone like you in Newburgh.” When she ventures around the city, people recognize her or Amal recognizes women wearing her own merchandise.
Amal is hopeful, like the meaning of her name, she has hope for the City of Newburgh. We can’t wait to see you and your businesses grow.
The place to meet people in Newburgh, Blacc Vanilla, had their grand opening this past weekend. The unusually warm October day was the perfect backdrop for their fall themed party. Live music and performances were held in the backyard garden. It was wonderful to see such a diverse crowd supporting owners, Melanie and J’Rod. Keep up the great work! To see inside the coffee shop, click here.
Quietly a storefront on the east side of Liberty Street has been taking shape. Once used as an office, and rarely ever seen open, neighbors are getting excited to see paper up in the windows of 110 Liberty Street. Inside a lifestyle boutique is nearing completion. Owner, Michael Carter is ready to start collaborating with other brands to get the shop up and running. If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or check them out on Instagram here or here.