Sound Shack Beacon Moving to Newburgh


A Little Beacon Blog recently announced that Sound Shack Beacon, a local record store, is leaving Beacon due to a 30% rent hike for the entire building. The owners have picked up and moved to the Town of Newburgh at the Newburgh Vintage Emporium. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the future. This is not the first instance I have heard of this, and surely not the last. Will Newburgh be the next move for these businesses, or will they go to other Hudson Valley towns?

-image via Sound Shack Beacon

3 Comment

  • Brick & mortar specialty retail is a tough gig for the privateer. The buy local concept is running out of time as corporates have the advantage to bleed cash while the mom& pop establishments cling to solvency. Yet, the munis continue to give the corporates and non-profits (having morphed into RE holding co.) tax, utility etc. breaks in a futile attempt to bandage the collateral damage of ‘growth’ policies. Even the ‘live-work’ space model currently being resurrected that harkens back to the good ‘ole days is deliberately being closed mouth about its reliance on a subsidized market. Traditionally scarcity and need drove prices (gasp, gentrification), not so in the new norm. Nash is laughing in his grave.

  • Thanks for sharing this post. I agree with Walt 100% the traditional retail model is very difficult to support financially. NVE is a Co-op of 45 different antiques dealers under one roof so we all share in the cost while having a retail presence which in turn keeps the initial cost to open a shop minimal. We staff the store and encourage our dealers to be out and about shopping for new, fresh product for our customer. I wish someone would do a version of this concept based around local artisan foods, drinks as well as local makers….the concept works. There are several very successful marketplaces like this in Anapolis and in Seattle. It’s also easier to fill a small 10×10 space rather than trying to fill a 10,000 sq foot retail space..,I would be glad to consult with anyone who would want to explore this opportunity.

    • I’d love to see a few restaurants embrace the concept, too, Troy. The Newburgh Vintage Emporium is a delightful place and I hope you are doing well these days.