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12 Days of Warren Street

Just as soon as the last zucchini was picked from the garden, it seems all of the leaves fell, everything turned a crispy muted orange and I was pulling the turkey out of the oven (thanks Dog Wood Farm!).  And with that we assume the pizza position on the Black Diamond that is 2017’s Holiday Season.

Settling in to my first winter as a home-owner, there are a lot of “fun” things to do — cutting my own tree, hanging stockings, stockpiling a cord of wood. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of Warren Street, plenty of gifts, delicacies and merriment to partake in.

With Winter Walk behind us, I invite you to join me in a digital Deer Hudson advent of sorts where I’ll post a festive selection here every few days.

Let the cheer begin:

On the twelfth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me,
twelve simmering spices, eleven souvenir Earls, ten delicious grilled prawns, nine woven wool throws, eight double handle dog leashes, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. I can’t think of a better duo to close out 12 Days of Warren Street than the women of 2 Note. Carolyn and Darcy’s gracious, warm personalities reflect Hudson itself, and I just love going into their space. All of 2 Note’s amazing original scent products are crafted and packaged by hand. I dare you to leave their shop empty-handed or with a chilly heart. Today’s recommendation is the Simmering Spice, a little treat for your stove and your senses.

Simmering Spice, $25
(free holiday shipping on orders over $100 for you out-of-towners!)

2 Note
255 Warren Street

Wed – Sat 11AM-6PM, Sun Noon-4PM

On the eleventh day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, eleven souvenir Earls, ten delicious grilled prawns, nine woven wool throws, eight double handle dog leashes, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. Earl Swanigan is Hudson’s unofficial town artist. Virtually every business you walk by has one in the window, every home you visit has one in their kitchen, and every antique store has about 25 stockpiled in their shop. Subjects range from dogs on skateboards, dogs on skis, dogs at the zoo, dogs at the bank, farm animal portraits, and a NSFW series we won’t speak about here—it’s the holidays! While I myself don’t own an Earl yet, there was one I had my eye on. A dog and human in a boxing ring, the victorious dog having just punched out the human, human on ground. This conceptual masterpiece was going for a cool $200, and that was about $150 more than I was willing to spend. Whether you are into dogs or just into supporting the local arts, there’s just the Earl for you waiting at one of Warren Street’s many antique shops.

“An Earl,” prices vary

Eustace & Zamus
513 Warren Street

Thurs – M from 12PM

Antigo
337 Warren Street

M – F from 11AM

On the tenth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, ten delicious grilled prawns, nine woven wool throws, eight double handle dog leashes, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. Rivertown Lodge, what can I say, you have my heart. Besides a personal affection for the staff, this cozy little spot always has its door open. It’s where I learned of tiny wood stove logs, where I take my friends (and myself) to brunch, and where I’ve met a lot of fellow Hudson creatives. For dinner, Rivertown Tavern does not disappoint. Their holiday decor is not-to-miss, this year’s a particular favorite. Nestle into a corner booth and let Gabby Gulielmetti from Bonfiglio Bread serve up a feast fit for an ice queen (including prawns!).

Grilled Head-On Prawns, Harissa, Pistachio $22

Rivertown Tavern
731 Warren Street

Dinner Fri – Tues 5-10PM
Brunch Sat + Sun 8AM – 2PM
Bar 5PM – late

On the ninth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me,
nine woven wool throws, eight double handle dog leashes, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. One can never have too many throws, especially in the winter. I have been eyeing some pretties over at one of my all-time favorite shops, MINNA. Specifically the Abstract Throw in hunter green made by a women’s cooperative in Uruguay. I would pair it with a chic ceramic pipe, book on women designers, and large helping of mint chip ice cream in a red clay bowl (all sold at MINNA! Well, besides the mint chip), and settle in until Spring.

Abstract Throw Hunter Green (also comes in blue!), $325

MINNA
421 Warren Street

11AM-7PM
Closed Tuesdays

On the eighth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, eight double handle dog leashes, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. It’s a personal goal of mine to own a lot of dogs — just have them running around my sprawling farm estate while I sip sweet tea on my porch. Currently I own only one dog and an estate without a farm, but soon I will need seven additional double handle dog leashes, and I will go to Valley Variety to buy them. I love this store for its literal variety of products perfect for gifting, living, or treating yourself to something well-designed you didn’t know you needed, but are really glad you bought.

Double Handle Dog Leash, $50

Valley Variety
705 Warren Street

Mon-Sun 11AM-6PM

On the seventh day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. The holidays are a time to tell people what you’ve been up to the past year, show them your children in matching outfits, marvel at your decorated mantle, wish them health and peace. For me, holiday cards are the only time of year I hear from some of these people, but I enjoy the update nonetheless. ProPrinters is our town’s go-to spot for anything print. I’ve used them for everything from small postcards, to blow-up event posters, to an annual report. Not only are they friendly, nice and prompt, but super focused on environmental best practices, which will make you feel even better about mailing that girl from high school a staged photo of your two-year-old.

ProPrinters
59 Fariview Avenue

M – F from 8AM

On the sixth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me,
six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. The first house gift I gave myself was a set of emerald green linen napkins from Hawkins New York. Available in 12 colors (perfect for mix and matching), I recommend pairing them with some pork and beef meatballs, a glass of Merlot (natural, obviously), and a sensible slice of flan.

Simple Linen Napkins 20×20”, $18 ea

Hawkins New York
613 Warren Street

M – Sat  from 11AM, Sun from noon

On the fifth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me,
five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. Little known fact, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale not only serves beer, books, and those funny graphic socks, but they also have  a small art store in the back for all your card-addressing needs. Located in a firehouse erected in 1889, it’s where I get the pens that I draw these very Deer Hudson illustrations.

Sakura Pigment Liner Pigma Micron Ink Pens, $2.95

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
440 Warren Street

11AM-9PM; Sunday Noon-8PM

On the fourth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me,
four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. I’ll never forget the day I went into Flowerkraut to talk to Mairead about doing florals for our Ladies Choice Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood event. I was in awe of her hutzpah to create such a magical shop of flowers and treasures. Not to mention her husband’s sauerkraut, a staple of any Hudson Valley meal. Among other delicacies, the hues of candlesticks are a beautiful hostess gift year-round for your favorite elves.

Tapered Candlesticks: small $5, medium $6, long $7

Flowerkraut
722 Warren Street

 10AM-6PM, Closed Tuesday

On the third day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen and an amber necklace from the Bee’s Knees. The restaurant and club at Helsinki Hudson is an old standby of mine. Whether feeding my Southern mother, entertaining out-of-town friends, or catching a band I couldn’t get a ticket to in Brooklyn, it never disappoints. And just in time for the Holidays, Hedda Lettuce, Hudson’s favorite “eco-friendly drag queen,” is performing on December 17th. A truly Holy Night.

Dirty Martini, $10-ish

The Restaurant at Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street

5-10PM

LETTUCE REJOICE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR WITH PIANIST PAUL LESCHEN, $20
Club Helsinki : tickets here
December 17

Doors 5PM, Show 7PM

On the second day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me,
two bowls of ramen and an amber necklace from the Bee’s Knees. There are few things more comforting in the winter than a glass of red wine and the Big Bowl of Noodles at Food Studio. Open every night including the elusive Tuesday dinner service, the cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and pork buns if you need extra insulation, are just the thing to warm you up. Pro-tip: the portion is easily big enough for two, and that’s coming from a healthy appetite. Have your leftovers for breakfast the next morning.

BIG BOWL OF NOODLES (aka RAMEN): Raven & Boar pork bone broth, alkaline noodles, roasted mushrooms, pork shoulder, bok choy, nori, soft egg, $18

Food Studio
610 Warren Street

from 5PM

On the first day of Christmas (read: whatever holiday you celebrate)…
Warren Street gave to me,
an amber necklace from The Bee’s Knees. It’s no secret to up and downstat-ers alike that the amber necklace is the accessory for a teething baby. Succinic Acid, the key ingredient in amber, is also found in heart medicines, vitamin supplements, topical creams for arthritis, and is a natural anti-inflammatory — translating to a perfect gift for the whole family.

Amber Necklace, $23

The Bees Knees
725 Warren Street

Closed Tuesdays

Alison Matheny is reporting live from all the blocks of Warren Street, the fast lane on the Taconic, and the meat freezer of your CSA. She is an artist, and owns the design studio BEST with her friends, co-workers, and dog, Violet.

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