Frankly, it’s hard to keep track of all of the sophisticated, sharp-looking products by local craftspeople being sold in Hudson. In just a one -block radius (the 400 block) there were more than enough to fit into the confines of a simple blog post; to make the task more manageable, at least for now, I’ve limited selections to smaller items that one can carry out in a shopping bag (but not so small as to get lost in one).
Culture and commerce’s Sherri Williams, devoted to furnishings and lighting by gifted Hudson Valley designers such as Rob Williams, Steven McKay and Jules Anderson, turns out also to have lots of smalls on hand. Softest and most pliable are hand-knotted netting and leather handbags by Moe Nadel, who lives up the street and who was recently featured in a Register Star article. Williams also has a whole table of nifty easily transportable items such as wooden candle holders, ceramic vases, and trays, all made in these parts. “I never even heard of the word ‘smalls’ until I came to Hudson” she says, “but it’s pretty much what it’s all about this time of year.” (The store is at 428 Warren Street, 828-9219.)
Close by at Mix (438 Warren Street 828-1707) pottery by Jane Arnold and cutting boards made of cast concrete, acid finished steel and butcher block by Joshua Howe are among many locally produced offerings. At Hedstrom and Judd (401 Warren Street 671-6131) mugs in cooly mod colors were fired up in the farther reaches of Columbia County (Spencertown to be exact). –Scott Baldinger