Ulster County is more than a week into New York State’s Phase One reopening plan and getting close to Phase Two. Phase One businesses include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail businesses – the latter limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop-off.
There’s a tenth of an acre along Route 32 North in Tillson that is almost like a city borough unto itself. This is the triangular swath of land that is home to Tommy Hayes’ food truck, or as most people just say, “Tommy Dog.”
Those living within a dozen-mile radius of New Paltz now have the option of getting their grocery-shopping done and delivered by an enterprising young entrepreneur named Caden Ganzekaufer. He specializes in visiting more than one store per expedition if you need a greater variety of products than a supermarket carries.
Town Supervisor Bill McKenna said it was perfectly fine for people from the city to come up as long as they are staying in place. Still, he respects hotel operators’ rights to open as that category of business was never made part of the state order. “I hope they’re advising their guests to practice social distancing and wear masks,” he said. “I appreciate that people want to get out, but they should have masks on.”
A long-established family business in Gardiner, Kimlin Energy Services, has run afoul of town officials by forging ahead with site expansions and improvements before obtaining permits to do so.
“We’re seeing tons of people, in particular families, come in to get their old bikes tuned up, repaired, or having to upgrade,” reports Bicycle Rack owner Mike Kilmer.
According to owner Leslie Woodward, nut milks are high in antioxidants, have a lot of protein and no refined sugars. Unlike some other nut milks, which substitute paste for nuts and have fillers, Edenesque’s products are “40 percent nuts. I make it the old-fashioned way. It’s a clean, honest product.”
After winding down his New Paltz business ahead of the gubernatorial order to close up shop due to the pandemic, Jack’s Rhythms owner John Lefsky has decided not to reopen once the all-clear is sounded.
Beginning tomorrow, four Upstate New York regions will be permitted to begin a phased reopening of businesses that have been closed since mid-March. But the Mid-Hudson Region isn’t one of them. We checked in with a variety of local businesses to see how they’re holding up.
Brent Robison and Tom Newton follow their own muses, along with their individual recognition that something inside each man dictates a need to create fiction. The two writers came to a decision to create books, to print literature, via their new Woodstock-based Recital Publishing after they got together several years back and found they had similar interests. They started producing literary podcasts, of their own and others’ work, under The Strange Recital, “a podcast about fiction that questions the nature of reality.”