01/22/20 7:00am

The creators of Graft Cider are starting a new company, Hudson North Cider Co. on March 1, 2020. They are committed to preserving and maintaining Hudson Valley trails and waterways and will be partnering with Scenic Hudson. The cider will be produced out of their Ann Street facility as well as their new facility on Little Britain Road once construction in complete. The press release is below:

Hudson North Cider Co, a mission-driven cidery, is set to launch in the Hudson Valley and NYC on March 1st, 2020.  Sibling duo, Kyle & Sara Sherrer, creators of Graft Cider, were eager to create something both approachable and unique to their home market. “We wanted to create a high quality, full-bodied, hazy, off-dry cider that would set the standard for NY hard cider in pint form, ” said Kyle Sherrer. With 2/3 less sugar than their largest competitors, Hudson North is on trend for 2020’s “better for you segment.”

Kyle Sherrer was attracted to the Hudson Valley for a few reasons when he moved to the area in 2016: while NY is the second largest apple-growing state in the country, his love for the outdoors made it easy to fall in love with its endless trails. With this in mind, one of Hudson North’s core values is to help preserve and maintain trails and waterways in the area through a partnership with Scenic Hudson and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. 

For those curious where Hudson North sources its apples, a short 30 minute trip north will lead you to Minard Family Farm and Presshouse in nearby Ulster County. Minard sources its apples almost exclusively from the Hudson Valley.  “We have been sourcing juice from Minard for the past three years through Graft, and I’m constantly impressed with the quality of apples coming out of Hudson Valley. It was a natural fit to use these local apples for the base in all of our Hudson North ciders,” said Sherrer. 

“Standard Cider”, Hudson North’s flagship blend, is comprised of fresh pressed NY apples and high-tannin, bittersweet cider apples. Utilizing fresh apples from the Hudson Valley in combination with a lightly sweetened, tanic cider apple, creates a style somewhere in between a sweet, NY state farmstand cider & a European farmhouse cider.

You can also expect “Ginger Citrus”, a seasonal offering, to grace taplines and shelves throughout the summer. Bursting with notes of sweet, lemony ginger and freshly squeezed grapefruit and oranges, this stylish can will surely be a trail favorite. As the leaves in the Hudson Valley change color, Hudson North will roll out its fall seasonal,“Toasted Pumpkin,” while the end of the season will see the launch of “Winter Berry.”

As Hudson North gears up for launch this spring, the team is focusing on an initiative called “Taps for Trails”, formed to generate funds for protecting and growing the Hudson Valley trail system. Through a partnership with distributor Craft Beer Guild Distributing of NY, 10 cents of every gallon of draft cider sold will circulate back to help maintain these trails, while also building awareness of their abundance in the area.  “It’s important to get people to set down their phones and experience the beauty that’s all around us up here,” said Sherrer. They have also partnered with nonprofits Scenic Hudson and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. 

Since 1920, the Trail Conference has been building, maintaining, and protecting trails and caring for the lands they traverse. It’s thanks to the dedication of their volunteers and supporters that all of us who seek the outdoors can have a safe, enjoyable experiences on more than 2,100 miles of trails in the greater New York metropolitan region.
Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley’s prosperity.

Hudson North’s future launch will be coordinated with “Taps for Trails” events around the Hudson Valley, where $1 from each pint sold goes towards maintaining a local trailhead.  With future plans of creating trail cleanups, hiking clubs and more, the new brand will be addressing and building awareness of the surrounding ecosystems while educating participants on the many ways they can give back and assist in keeping the area’s water supply healthy.

You can expect to find cans of Hudson North Cider at Whole Foods, DeCiccos, and Total Wine

12/04/19 7:30am

A few weeks ago I did a post on Colombian and Ecuadorian restaurants opening in Newburgh. It looks like I missed one! Café Colombia will be opening up at 350 Broadway in January 2020, next to Newburgh staples – Rockland Bakery and Tony’s Newburgh Lunch.

The future owners, John and Olga Perez also own ATAX Income Tax, which has been in the city since 2013. They will be open breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have never had Colombian food, you are in for a treat. Definitely try an arepa, pan de queso, and a bandeja paisa! Here’s a sample of the menu:


  • Arepas with cheese
  • Fried arepas with eggs
  • Empanadas  
  • Breakfast sandwiches 
  • Pan de queso (fresh baked cheese bread)

Lunch /Dinner

  • Arepa rellenas ( filled arepa sandwiches with various meats and cheeses)
  • Colombian style hot dogs and hamburgers 
  • Sandwiches, soup, and salads
  • Lunch specials 
  • Bandeja paisa (famous and typical Colombian dish)
  • Fried red snapper
  • Grilled shrimp, grilled beef and chicken kabobs 

12/03/19 7:30am

From the organizers of the Shop Downtown Newburgh, we want to say thank you to all who participated in the shopping small event. It was so exciting to see crowds reaching new parts of the city as they went to discover some of the new businesses that have opened up this year.

As I walked the streets I heard people comment about the spirit of shopping downtown and “this is how it is supposed to be.” Small businesses give a sense of wonder and unexpected excitement that make a city come to life. I watched as people bumped into friends they hadn’t seen in years. They said, “let’s go grab a cup of coffee and catch up,” like a scene out of romantic comedy set in a big city – except it was Newburgh.

My personal hope is that this event, and others like it create positive conversations, spark imaginations, and ignite development in our city. Out of the 38 businesses that participated this year, 8 had opened this year alone. The shopping event focuses on the Liberty St/Broadway intersection and corridors, but the city is so much bigger than that. There is opportunity for those that are hungry. We have a whole city waiting for you.

11/19/19 2:10pm

You are cordially invited to the second annual shopping crawl in the City of Newburgh! 

Shop small, shop unique, shop downtown Newburgh all day long! Spend the day strolling between shops and restaurants all while enjoying the unique experience the city has to offer. Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while enjoying sales, specials, and a chance to win various raffle prizes!

Downtown Newburgh is seeing an increase in new businesses. This year we are so pleased to announce that 38 businesses will be participating in Shop Small Saturday, eight which opened this year alone! Many of these locations were once closed to the public for decades. Now they will be opened for all to enjoy and gather in celebrating new beginnings in Newburgh. 

This is an opportunity to support local businesses coming together to strengthen our shopping districts. 

What: Small Business Saturday
Where: Downtown City of Newburgh. Register at Newburgh Mercantile or APG Pilates
When: November 30, 2019, 11-6pm

Small Business Saturday Passports:

  1. Register and sign up for your Shop Small Passport in Newburgh Mercantile (75 Broadway) or APG Pilates (87 Liberty Street) starting at 11am.
  2. Get your passport stamped at every business* you visit. For every 5 stamps you earn you will receive one raffle ticket. Look for the white and blue balloons. *Restaurants require purchase. 
  3. Bring your stamped passport back to Newburgh Mercantile prior to 7pm for your chance to win raffle prize baskets valued at over $1,500 courtesy of local businesses.

Participants Include: 2 Alice’s Coffee, APG Pilates, Blanca’s Tailoring, Color Cube, Craft Draft, Cream,

Cream Vintage, Design by Sue, DMU Music, Field Trip, Fxded Barber Shop, Grit Works, Hale’s Hardware, Hendley & Co, Hudson Valley House Parts, Kaitlyn’s Creations, Liberty & Beauty, Liberty Street Vintage, M. Lewis Boutique, Mama Roux, Ms. Fairfax, Nail Wig Toppings Bar, Newburgh Art Supply, Newburgh Brewery, Newburgh Flour Shop, Newburgh Mercantile, North Plank Road Tavern, Oliver & Chatfield, Palate Wines and Spirits, Razor Sharp, Rob’s Roast Coffee, Seoul Kitchen, Shapiro’s Furniture Barn, Shelter House Cafe, Society of Lash, Spirits Lab Distilling Co, The Lions Den, Wherehouse Restaurant 

Please distribute widely. We can’t wait to see you there! 

11/13/19 6:30am

It seems we are getting in a new wave of businesses in Newburgh from Colombia and Ecuador. This restaurant, Toquilla’s opened on Upper Broadway and I have yet to try it. Ecuador is famous for their hearty soups, so this might be a place to try on a cold winter day.

We are getting an Ecuadorian supermarket on Broadway that will sell “breakfast, lunch, food, vegetables, fruit, and grain.” This is a large move for this section of Broadway that has many vacant storefronts near 9W. Over the summer the rear section of the building was expanded to create a second floor. It will be very exciting to see more food shopping options that cater to our immigrant populations.

Noches de Colombia is moving to the shopping center just off I-84 on North Plank Road. This will be their most northern location from Nanuet and New Jersey. They have more locations than I can count spread over Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

Don Hugo’s is a local favorite located in Colonial Terraces that serves Colombian food. It’s not new, but worth a mention. Yelp reviews say Bandeja Paisa is amazing and my Colombian friends speak well of it.

10/30/19 7:30am

If you’ve been seeing some work done to the old Warehouse Furniture Showroom on 17k it’s because something brand new will be coming to the 30,000 square foot building. Newburgh Vintage Emporium is expanding! It will feature vintage furniture and clothing, antiques, curiosities, re-purposed and locally made goods. There will be approximately 80 vendors. If you are interested in becoming a dealer, click here.

This is an exciting project as the Vintage Emporium located at the northern end of the city, just of the I-84 ramp, attracts many customers from near and far. Now the city will have a revamped shopping destination in the west end of the city. The owners have given their first location a fresh perspective. It will be exciting to see what they do on 17k!