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Shop local businesses this holiday season

Support your community and visit these local shops for your holiday purchases

Support your community and shop local this holiday season

This is the season when we should support the wonderful local retail stores we have in the region while shopping for the holidays. They maintain a local business. They live locally. And they shop locally as well. 

My household has remained quarantined...somewhat. We go the supermarket, do pick up at local restaurants (tonight we ordered from BBQ Brothers), and we frequent our local parks. Everything else is done at home. 

Last weekend my husband and I decided to do what I local. We wanted to buy gifts that are easy to mail, since we are not doing any family gatherings. 

We shopped at SallyeAnder who manufacturers soap in their Beacon factory. They hosted a pop up shop. Went to  Newburgh Mercantile, with its delightful array of wonderful gifts. I bought a group of spices to send to our kids in Troy. Then we visited Oliver and Chatfield, with its eclectic inventory, from pottery to jewelry and more.  Susan, the owner, is a delight to talk to. 

It may take more than a click on your computer screen to complete your order, but these stores will be forever grateful to have you as a neighbor and a customer. 

Scroll through the list and pick items that spark your interest. Then give them a buzz or go visit. Tell them Hudson Valley Parent sent you!

The Book Cove
22 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling; 845-855-9590

The Book Cove is a sophisticated and friendly store in the heart of Pawling. They offer both new and out of print books, as well as the opportunity to experience an independent bookstore at its best. Their staff will be delighted to recommend a book or locate a rare title for you. Complimentary gift wrapping and shipping are available.

Staff Picks:

Preschool Pick: Turtle Walk by Matt Phelan
Follow a family of turtles as they walk through spring rains, summer sun, autumn leaves, and winter snow. A beautifully illustrated story which shows us it is the journey that matters and not the destination.  

Grade School Pick: The Caboose who Got Loose by Bill Peet
The legendary Bill Peet’s classic story of Katy Caboose will have all the little heads of the children bobbing in time with the syncopated rhyme. Bill Peet got his start as a writer and illustrator for Walt Disney Studios, and the charm of early Disney shines through this picture book too.

Tweens Book Pick: Ghost by Jason Reynolds (10 and up)

Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has always been good at running. He can try to outrun his problems, or his past but when he wins a race against the best sprinter in his school, he’s noticed by the track coach. Can he keep running or will his past catch up with him?

Store Hours
(Subject to change due to Covid-19, call for up-to-date hours): Mon- Closed, Tues & Wed 10-5, Thurs-Fri 10-3, Sat 10-3, Sun 11-3. 

Contact us:, Instagram, Facebook

Oblong Books & Music
26 Main Street, Millerton; (518) 789-3797
6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck; (845) 876-0500

They provide free gift-wrapping at customer request! They ship orders across the country and internationally. They are currently offering free media rate shipping on domestic orders over $30! International customers: email them at to place your order.

Recommendations for Parents: 

Preschool Picks: 

Becoming A Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Rebecca Green  
In this picture book adaptation of Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green’s New York Times best-selling How to Be a Good Creature, learn the many surprising lessons animals have to teach us about friendship, compassion, and how to be a better creature in the world. Order Now 

Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love  
Signed copies available! The star of Julián Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return—and finds a new friend—at a wedding to be remembered. Order Now

What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers 
A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm. Order Now  

Grade school Picks

The Deep End: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #15 by Jeff Kinney 
Get ready for the next book in this amazing and beloved series! Order Now  

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake and John Klassen
Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. Order Now 

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson  
From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine. Order Now 


Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn  
Gillian McDunn's heartwarming debut fits beautifully alongside the work of Ali Benjamin and Rebecca Stead. She is a natural storyteller, and the characters she has created here will stick with her readers long after they've finished the book. Order Now 

Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith 
The extraordinary true tales of three Black heroes who took control of their destinies and stood up for their communities in the Old West. Order Now

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley  
Signed copies available! This contemporary middle-grade graphic novel about family and belonging from New York Times bestselling author Lucy Knisley is a perfect read for fans of Awkward and Be PreparedOrder Now

Teen Picks

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone 
Incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas. Order Now 

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston  
A gardener’s daughter and a shape-shifting fox uncover the lies of their magical world while pursued by monsters in Ashley Poston’s adventurous new Among the Beasts & BriarsOrder Now

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn  
Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic. Order Now 

Shopping Hours: Open for browsing Wednesday - Monday 11am - 5pm. Tuesdays: Curbside pickup only 11am - 5pm (closed to the public).  

POW! Card Games & Comics
175 Broadway, Port Ewen; 845-616-5473

POW! Card Games & Comics carries comics, cards, and supplies, but they focus on providing a service for our community! They want everyone to have fun, be able to share their hobbies with others like themselves, and have a place to do that. Come be a part of your local nerd community!

Best Gifts: 

A Graphic Novel:
Graphic Novels are collected editions of comics. They contain full stories of issues that released in single format. Buy these Graphic Novel Collections so that the reader doesn't have to hunt down the issues and they can read the entire story in one book!

Supplies! Supplies can include card sleeves, playmats, comic protective stuff, boxes, dice, and a few other options. Everyone with a hobby needs supplies to support that hobby and you can get those supplies right here!

A Booster Box: A Booster Box is a box full of packs for your fave card game! Pokemon, Magic The Gathering, and Yu-Gi-Oh. Have all of them available! It's the most pricey option of the three, but also the option that packs (pun intended) the most bang for your buck and excitement for the gift receiver!

Hours: 12-8pm Weds-Sat and 12-6pm on Sundays. They do mail orders and can take orders over their various social media outlets. They don't have an online store, but you can find merchandise examples on their social media outlets and can call the store if you have questions. They try to keep things local, but they ship internationally if need be!

Visit them on their 2 social media outlets where they can take orders: Facebook, Instagram

Warwick Valley Olive Oil Co.
Railroad Ave, Warwick; 845-544-7245

With the holidays arriving, they are offering a variety of fun stocking stuffers perfect for anyone. 

Shopping for the grandparents, the kids, teachers, or even the in-laws? Check out their new selection of cookie decoration sets, chocolate-covered treats, and Christmas-themed candies for some quick and easy ideas.

Hours: open 7 days a week; Sundays 10-6 & Monday-Saturday 11-6.
To place an order, call 845-544-7245 or visit their website.

Gift wrapping and shipping anywhere nationwide is available.

Find us: FacebookInstagram 


The Imperial Castle
33 E. Main St., Pawling; 845-493-0428 

The Imperial Castle is toy store for both young and old “kids”! They offer everything from Lego, Nerf, Barbie, LOL, Funko for the kids.

Plus the Hudson Valley's largest vintage selection of toys for “big kids”! They have original Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, HeMan and more!

They are the toy store you remember and not a nameless big box retailer. 

Every child is different and picking the right toy can tough. Below are three lines I think are great for the child in your life! 

LOL Surprise!
Our hottest selling item, girls are flocking to these blind bag style dolls. You get a mystery figure inside each ball, which also includes accessories for it! You try to collect each line to completion and trade with friends along the way. Don’t forget to post and follow the incredibly popular #collectLOL hashtag!!!

Playmobil Sets
Playmobil offers an amazing set of “Imagination Play” vehicles, playsets and figures. The offer amazing variety, from Police Cars and Fire Engines to Scooby Doo and Spirit! They have a variety of sets for every budget, from $9.99 and up. Their current inventory can be found here.

Legends of Goo Jit-Zu
Bringing back the fun of Stretch Armstrong, the Legends of Goo Jit-Zu are just plain fun stretchy dinosaurs with a hit YouTube Series. They’re stretchy or crunchy or gooey but always a ton of fun! Look out towards the holidays as the Avengers join in the fun as well with Spiderman, Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America!!

All our new toys are available for viewing and purchase on their website. They will be updating the site as new products arrive. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram throughout the season! If you need advice on a gift or have questions about their vintage toys reach out to them on social media, call them at 845 493 0428 , or Email the shop owner at They are open Wednesday thru Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 9 to 6 and Sunday 10:30 to 4.

They will extend hours as they get closer to the holiday season. You can order online with a 10-minute pickup window (walk in or curbside), and they can arrange local delivery within the area. They also offer shipping worldwide with a 24hr processing time, so everything goes out ASAP! 

For vintage you can Email, call or message on social media and we can arrange payment and delivery and pickup as well!

Find us: FacebookInstagram  

pv Bicycle Shop
1557 Main St., Pleasant Valley; 845-635-3161

pv Bicycle Shop has been pedaling bikes for the last 48 years. They sell bikes for the entire family from push bikes for the 2 and 3 year olds to the most avid of riders. Our main bicycle lines are Giant and Fuji, and we carry accessories from a multitude of manufacturers. We also service bikes from all manufacturers.

Hours: Tues-Friday 10 to 5; Saturday 9 to 5

Land of Oz Toys & Gifts
41 E Market St, Rhinebeck; 845-876-1918

Land of Oz Toys & Gifts is a beautifully curated Toy Shop, offering high quality and unique Toys & Games, Arts & Crafts , Building and Science toys, baby clothes and accessories as well as heirloom gifts for kids of all ages. 

Preschool Picks:

Magic Touch Deluxe Piano by HAPE
New this year. 6 months plus. 
With the delicate touch of her little fingers, Baby Einstein and Hape’s Magic Touch Piano will let babies create thousands of different songs. Made from wood, this piano toy features magic touch technology – no buttons or keys needed! $42

Plan Toys Kitchen
Sustainable. This beautifully crafted kitchen set includes stoves with turning knobs, oven, a frying pan, a pot and a spatula. With a portable design, it can be used on a table, shelf and even the floor. 3 years plus $95

Teen Pick: 

Made from rare earth magnets, speks magnetic balls are the most fun stress-relief desk toy around. Keep them on your desk to break that pesky nail-biting habit. Ages 14 and up. $28

Store Hours The shop is open 7 days a week. Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm, Sundays 11am-5pm. They offer complimentary gift wrapping all year round.