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!

10/22/19 7:30am

A New York City based hair salon has opened a sister salon in Newburgh called Liberty and Beauty at 63 Liberty Street, near the corner of Spring Street. It is a full service salon that even offers curly cuts (my personal need). Owner, Liam Carey, has had his work shown in Elle, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah, The Today Show and more.

For some of you seasoned Newburghers you might remember this location as the old Firemen’s Museum that never materialized. Since then, the storefront has seen a makeover, complete with an elbow sign to direct pedestrians into the salon.

Lower Liberty Street is seeing many new businesses occupying dormant and closed of spaces. If you love local, shop local and support Liberty and Beauty. They are also hiring! Congratulations Liam on your new venture.

10/17/19 1:16pm

On October 15th Newburgh’s newest restaurant, Mama Roux, had a soft opening. The restaurant is located in a decades-long neglected building at 96 Broadway, on the corner of Liberty Street. To delight in the warm glow of the Art Deco sconces while taking in the spices of the Cajun cuisine was nothing short of magical. It’s a space so well designed it feels as though it has always been there. It is cozy, comfortable, and upscale – yet without feeling pretentious. It is the kind of restaurant I would drive an hour into Manhattan for a night out with friends. The food is that good, and it’s here, in Newburgh.

It was truly a special evening, an event that we could all celebrate, a small but immensely meaningful win for the City of Newburgh. Developers are taking a chance on Newburgh, and it isn’t the large scale waterfront developments that receive the most attention. It is the small infill of incremental development that makes a city interesting and exciting. It makes a neighborhood.

From my own personal perspective I love cities and urban environments because of the inspiration and creativity it inspires in my everyday life. Mama Roux is just the kind of place where you go to be inspired – whether it be in your own life or what you might be able to create in this city.

The general sentiment that night was that of gratitude. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this possible in Newburgh.

Regular hours are soon to be announced, but the restaurant will start off opened only Thursday to Sunday, including brunch on Sundays.

Corner seat facing Broadway. Surely to be one of the most sought after spots
07/25/19 3:41pm

The corner of Liberty and South William has another new business opening up called Rob’s Roast Coffees. Opening day will be tomorrow, July 26th at 7am. The coffee shop has a cyclist inspired decor, nodding to Rob’s triathlon love and passion. In his spare time he fixes old bicycles. He was trying to find a location for his shop up and down the Hudson Valley when he happened up Liberty Street in a “happy accident”.

This new venture joins new activity happening on Southern Liberty Street – Oliver and Chatfield, the new space for lease at 42 Liberty Street, new hair salon Liberty and Beauty, and another exciting project soon to be formally announced for South William Street.