SHOP LOCAL WITH FEEL GOOD GIFTS
Story/photos: by philippe trinh
Tis the season to be Jolly. And by jolly we mean feel good shopping with no regrets!
Whether you’re looking for something special for your partner, spouse, family or friend- High Falls, New York has all your gifting needs covered.
Our little town is filled with some of the most amazing small businesses. From gift shops, apothecary to great design shops, High Falls boasts some of the best locally-owned stores. They’re newly stocked with hand selected treasures from around the world for your pickings.
If the thought of shopping on Black Friday repulsed you this year- you’re already on the right track. Forget about all the big box stores and support our local businesses instead. Supporting our small businesses means that you’re supporting establishments that our owned and operated by our very own friends, neighbors and community. Help keep our money in High Falls this year by keeping it local.
Below is our recap highlighting our favorite retailers in High Falls, NY, and some really great finds available this year.
high falls mercantile
113 Main Street. High Falls, NY 12440
One of High Falls most highly touted retail destinations, Larry Ruhl’s High Falls Mercantile is a one stop destination for a wide array of gifts and home decor goods. The store has an eclectic and fun mix of unique home furnishings. Larry’s designs have been published in multiple publications including Country Living, Country Home and The New York Times.
At the High Falls Mercantile shop you’ll find their own line of bench-made barn wood furniture, comfortable sofas and chairs. They also have quite a large selection of rugs, throws, pillows, bedding, dinnerware, lighting, apothecary, and special home accessories hand selected from around the world.
Some of our favorites are the apothecary line of luxury soaps, candles and fragrances by Santa Maria Novella, argan oil skin care products by Kahina-Giving Beauty and botanical soaps by Italian maker Nesti Dante and Blithe & Bonny.
If you know anyone with a green thumb, we picked out an assortment of flowers, herbs, and vegetable seed packets from the Seed Library. They’re all heirloom seeds from the Hudson Valley and at only 3.75$ a packet they make great little stocking stuffers from the Hudson Valley.
the green cottage
1204 Route 213 High Falls, NY
Open since 1997, the Green Cottage was conceived by
Dennis Nutley and floral designer, David Urso. They combined their talents to create a store filled with the most beautiful floral arrangements and beautifully paired handmade jewelry.
The shop has a very unique point of view with amazing holiday decorations. They have great unique cards for all occasions and the store is filled children’s books, bath products, jewelry, scarves and hats that are perfect for the holidays!
David is an amazing florist and his impressive bouquets are always fresh, colorful and truly unique pieces of art itself.
If you’re looking for the perfect floral arrangement or a holiday gift bouquet- there is only one place to go, The Green Cottage.
1412 Route 213, High Falls, NY 12440
This is true shopping that you can feel really good about! With treasures sourced from around the globe, Nectar houses Fair Trade items that support wonderful community projects and women’s cooperatives. Conscious of the environmental impact, most of their furniture and gifts are made from reclaimed and “green” materials.
If you’re looking for some really unique ornaments, Nectar has a fairly large selection of ornaments mainly under $15. We’re absolutely in love with the Floating Feather Ornaments by Roost. Inside the perfectly mouth-blown hollow glass spheres and icicles houses the most gorgeous and exotic feathers. They’re wonderful for window displays or dangling from a doorway. Since they’re real feathers, the colors and patterns vary with each set.
“Great Man Gift”
Set of four handmade coasters with Civil War soldier portraits. Antiqued and distressed for a very authentic feel, $32.
Brass claw bottle openers. They look vintage and their eirily too cool to pass up. We picked up a few of these which are perfect for stocking stuffers at only $18.90 a piece.
If you know someone that loves tea, Nectar has a wide array of special teas including some organic teas also sold by the ounce. We picked up a few fragrant teas including their Duchess First Love, Earl Grey, and Dream Tea.
Don’t forget to go across the street and visit their furniture annex store- it’s filled with the most beautiful pieces sourced from exotic destinations from around the world.
415 State Route 213. High Falls, NY
If you’re looking for local and original art, stop by Wired Gallery.
Since its opening in 2012, gallery director Sevan Melikyan has curated 17 group shows and has represented about 65 local artists.
Group Show #7 Closing Reception and Concert: December 15, from 5-7pm Wired Gallery will host a reception and concert to mark the closing of Group Show #7. The concert portion of the evening will be headlined by the duo Whitman & Pantell and singer-songwriter Lenny Kislin (also artists in Group Show #7). “So Melodic”, the Rondout Valley High School a cappella group, will open the concert.
Featured artists: Isaac Abrams, Tricia Cline, Scott Cronin, Toc Fetch, Flying Rainbow Lasagna, Laura Gurton, Jan Harrison, Alex Kveton, Polly Law, Leonard Levitan, Vince Natale, Ze’ev Willy Neumann, Terry Tomlinson, and Lois Woolley.
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/615045378543444/?context=create
Need more gifts?
Be sure to also stop by the below High Fall merchants for other great items. Stop by Linger Apothecary for everything apothecary related. Looking for some great local teas and hand made soaps? Try the Wellness Pharmacy. At the Purple Barn, Liza Jane Norman Designs is all about color and comfort specializing in vibrant and eco-friendly handmade pieces. The warm and cozy scarves, leg, and arm warmers add a little color to a harsh winter and make great gold weather accessory gifts.
8 2nd St High Falls, NY
7 Old State Route 213, High Falls, New York
wellness pharmacy rx
High Falls Emporium
10 Old Route 213, High Falls, NY
Need a bite to eat? Don’t forget to support our local restaurants by dining or purchasing gift certificates at the below locations.
The Egg’s Nest, Depuy Canal House, High Falls Cafe, Hopped Up, The Last Bite, The Northern Spy.