If you haven’t made a trip down the Valley to Hudson, you should put it on your “to go” list. It’s an odd little town- the main drag (Warren Street) has a treasure trove of galleries, eateries, and home design stores that are NYC- tier. However, you step one block off the main drag and you are confronted with, well, borderline slums- proof that this artsy little community is definitely emerging but still very much in the thralls of some hard times.
My mom needed some reclaimed wood for her kitchen shelves (a typical good to be purchasing in a place like Hudson), so Bix and I decided to tag along, since I was jonesing for a trip down that way. Unfortunately, we got a late start (due to nap time) and we had to go on Tuesday, the one day we both have off, so it was a brief and slightly edited trip. You see, many Hudson stores tend to be closed on Tuesday and/ or Wednesdays, something not as common in Saratoga. It is one of the many things I do not understand about this little enclave of artists and artisans (hmm- on second thought, after writing that maybe I’m starting to understand it more…). But my real confusion lies in how these stores, which sell at prices one would expect to see in Williamsburg or the West Village, can survive in a town no where near there and only on five days a week. Saratoga certainly cannot support those prices- I’ve tried carrying higher- end furniture. And let me tell you, it does not move quickly. Maybe it’s because people have become online bargain hunters (myself included), so buying an upholstered chair from us for $1,200 is hard for a lot of people to swallow (even though places like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn seem to sell them like hot cakes). Anyway- I digress. My point is that A.) Hudson is a GREAT interior design source, IF you are willing to spend the big bucks and IF you are there on the 5 days people open their shops and B.) my photos are limited, since we had only a couple of hours, on a day when many places were closed, with a MEGA thunderstorm baring down on us (it was THAT storm- you know, the one last week where people took pictures of golf ball- size hail in their palms?). So, we only made it half way up Warren Street (which is much longer than Broadway’s main district, here in town). So, consider this the preview for a more thorough future post.