Doers and Dreamers – Deborah Mills Thackrey

I never tire of tales of circuitous routes taken by people in their lives which have landed them here in our backyard. Of all the places that many have had an opportunity to settle in, they’ve gotten sucked in by the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley and Catskills as well as the vibe of […]

Doers and Dreamers – Tamara Ehlin

Take a great resource like an old building with great ‘bones’, add some imagination, a heaping dose of talent, and execute a plan with a high degree of professionalism and you’ve got a business that hits the floor running. Many of the ‘newbies’ in the Kingston area are recognizing potential business opportunities, bringing their skills […]

Doers and Dreamers – Scott Neild and Michael Cook

Retail shops are a critical component to every business district because they help to make it that area a destination to draw local residents and tourists and entice them to spend more time there. If you look closely, small retail businesses are opening up in each of Kingston’s three business districts (Uptown, Midtown, and the […]

Doers and Dreamers -G. Riley Johndonnell(a.k.a. Uncle Riley)

Hopefully, the realization that art can drive economic development is becoming apparent to those in this community that may have previously thought of art as one of those luxuries only certain people benefited from. However, the value of art as a method of healing and community development may not be quite as visible right now. […]

Doers and Dreamers – Devon Marie Francis

Broadway in Kingston has long been perceived to be mostly a thoroughfare to get between Uptown Kingston and the Rondout. If you look closely however, it is becoming fertile ground for entrepreneurs who are seeing an opportunity for the Broadway corridor to become a vibrant business district serving the needs of the communities adjacent to […]

Doers and Dreamers – Dylan Johanson

“More fun than a barrel of monkeys” is the expression that comes to mind when I think of this week’s Doers and Dreamer’s endeavour. Swinging from bars to bars, vaulting over obstacles, jumping to one object from another would be tasks that lower primates do instinctively and out of necessity. Now, humans are getting into […]

Doers and Dreamers – Lauren Stein

This week’s Doer and Dreamer arrived at her calling via a very circuitous route and we should all be glad that she made the destination that she did. We can all use a little decadent deliciousness in our lives and her spot on the Rondout is full of it. Your name: Lauren Stein Business or organization: Enchanted […]

Doers and Dreamers – Olga Schoonmaker

Always looking for someone that is doing something new and different to feature in our weekly articles, this week’s Doer and Dreamer nails a hat trick. She is our first mom-to-be to be featured, the first native-born Russian, and I’m pretty sure no one has launched a business quite like hers within Kingston’s boundaries. She […]

Doers and Dreamers – Carolina Lopez

The stately Governor Clinton Hotel reflects a presence of past grandeur on one of Kingston’s busiest streets, but emblematic of how things have evolved in this area, it now serves as a residence for seniors with storefronts and office space for businesses. It is fitting that one of those businesses is that of a young, […]

Doers and Dreamers – Maria Cabrera

Every once in awhile, you hear of someone that has a skill that you thought no longer existed in this area and you just go “Wow!”, especially when the ‘word on the street’ is that they are excellent at their craft. This week’s Doer and Dreamer is building her business and reputation just a few […]

Doers and Dreamers – Noé Del Cid

Sometimes a simple, unassuming facade doesn’t do justice to what lies within and it takes a little curiosity and just a tiny leap of faith to discover what may be a unique treasure. That premise probably applies to people as much as anything else as well. Meet this week’s Doer and Dreamer, Noé Del Cid, […]

Doers and Dreamers – David Schell

Many people think that the value of art is mostly in that most forms of art produce an object of beauty or something that invokes an emotional reaction of some kind. Art can also be seen as a form of community building, not only as a means of communicating what may be happening in the […]

Doers and Dreamers – Brad Umble

The arts in the Kingston area are flourishing, not necessarily on a grand scale, but with a whole lot of diversity and level of quality that you wouldn’t expect in a small upstate community. Not only are the visual arts blossoming with many new galleries opening, but the local music scene is becoming even more […]

Doers and Dreamers – Gina Edinger-Carbonari

Many of our previous Doers and Dreamers have been people notably providing value to the community in the form of social services for children, the elderly, or disabled. With approximately 37-47% of American households owning dogs(that’s 70-80 million dogs in total), this week’s Doer and Dreamer is providing services to yet another segment of our community. […]

Doers and Dreamers – Joseph LaLima

Midtown has long harbored many arts-related enterprises that were pretty well hidden, or not necessarily thought of as being related to the arts. Cornell St. has artist housing at the Lace Mills, makers of paints, pottery ovens,  and animatronics, as well as the studio space at Cornell St. Studios. The Shirt Factory, Pajama Factory, and […]