Doers and Dreamers – Darren Davidowich

Things aren’t always as they appear. Take for instance, a narrow storefront on Broadway in the commercial district on the Rondout. One would never know that tons of deliciousness ships out to dozens of locations throughout New York and New Jersey from a very large warehouse situated behind that storefront. There is elegance in simplicity, and this week’s Doer and Dreamer seems to have set up an operation that he can keep a hand in at all levels and keep their happy juice flowing.

Your name: Darren Davidowich

Business or organization: HETTA Glogg, 85 Broadway, Kingston, NY

Occupation: Winemakers

What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
We make a spiced wine that is originally served hot. While this is not unique in many parts of the world, especially Europe, it is a fairly novel concept to many Americans. As for the way we do business, I think people would be surprised to learn how hands on we are. There are many glamorous depictions of entrepreneurship, what we do on a daily basis is miles from that.

Where are you from originally?
Originally, northern NJ, now I live in Rhinebeck and my partners (all family members) still live in NJ

What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
The vibe of the neighborhood, lots of smart, driven, creative people who really participate in their businesses, this is very energizing to be around. The ideas for possible collaborations are limitless.

What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
Brunette wine bar is a favorite, especially when they are pouring orange wines. Tracy and Jamie have created a unique experience that is fun to participate in.

When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
Rhinebeck and Hudson are two favorites. Rhinebeck is home and it really feels that way – friendly people and many favorite local hangouts. Hudson is a great short getaway – plenty to fill an entire afternoon spanning from lunch to well after dinner.

Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
I still do not know my left from my right [currently holding up a hand to make an”L”]