Restaurants in the Catskills

Success Stories

Greene County is a great place to build a successful business rooted in the fabric of a vibrant community. Steady economic growth, hard work and ingenuity, paired with support and resources has paved the way for a number of businesses, both large and small to establish a profitable location in our area. Check out some of the successful businesses located in Greene County, and read the latest news about businesses opening and expanding every day.

 

A Tale of Two Storefronts – Mahalo and Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty in Catskill, NY

May 25, 2018

Maureen (Mo) Sullivan Kinch had been out of real estate for a while when she bought a relatively well-established downstreet gift shop with a fiercely loyal following of returning visitors.  Mahalo was (and is) the embodiment of the ‘Unique-Boutique-Magnifique’ shopping experience revitalizing small town destinations throughout the Hudson Valley.

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Sustaining a Gardeners’ Destination for Over 60 years in Freehold, NY

April 18, 2018

Heading west on Greene County Route 67 from the hamlet of Freehold, NY, you’ll see the Catskill Creek on your left as you pass the local airstrip just before arriving at Story’s Nursery – growing since 1956.  Started by George Story when Eisenhower was POTUS, the business quickly gained a reputation for producing high-quality trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bedding plants and greenhouse crops. 

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Value-added Manufacturing, Wholesale, and Retail All in One Downstreet Business in Catskill, NY.

March 26, 2018

Ben Lebel & Blake Hays shared a common story long before they ever met (even before they were born).  These entrepreneurs and proprietors of Village Common Mercantile share a passion for uncompromised quality with roots reaching back two generations and 50 years.

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Sfoglini Pasta brings Value-Added Manufacturing Facility to Coxsackie, NY

February 27, 2018

Scott Ketchum & Steve Gonzales had a high-class problem to solve. They needed to add production capacity to handle the growing demand for their product.  The friends had talked for years about bringing a superior, locally produced pasta to New York City, and their vision became a reality in July 2012 when they opened Sfoglini Pasta in the old Pfizer building in Williamsburg, now home to several small food manufacturers.

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Creating a Farm to Glass Brewing Destination in Greenville, NY

January 29, 2018

Tom Vance has a passion – to create uniquely drinkable craft brews with ingredients sourced entirely from New York producers.  Self-described as “Owner-Brewer-Drinker” of Hop Barn Brewing, his current offering of 12 ‘delectables’ (including a Sour, Two Stouts, a Kolsch, an IPA, a Belgian Strong, a Pilsner, a Red Ale and a Cider) are on tap at 94 Maple Avenue, Greenville, NY beginning at 4PM on Fridays & Saturdays.

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An Outdoor Adventure Hidden Treasure in Prattsville, NY

January 15, 2018

Hidden Treasures are never easy to find.  That’s the point, really – the journey to somewhere special to experience something exceptional, off-the-beaten-path, known and loved by those lucky enough to have discovered it. 

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International Travel Site Names 5 Greene County Restaurants “Best In the Catskills”

December 4, 2017

Sheena & Erik (aka DIY Travel HQ) describe themselves as "Partners in Crime & Independent World Travelers" from Adelaide, Australia and New Jersey, USA.  Having visited over 80 countries on 6 continents, they are currently based in NYC and excited to bring their loyal following lots of tips and recommendations from the Big Apple!

Their recent trip upstate produced a variety of blog posts, including the excerpted below that is near & dear to our program…. 

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Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company – the Southern Gateway to the Catskills Beverage Trail

November 15, 2017

Ok – So the quickest way up to Hunter Mountain when driving from the south is to get off at NYS Thruway Exit 20 in Saugerties, then head up Route 32. Just before you leave Ulster County, at the flashing light you have a choice: Bear Left up Route 32A to through Palenville, or Bear Right and continue on 32 towards Story’s Corners.

Here’s A Great Reason to Bear Right at the Light

In less than 3 minutes, you’ll be at the most southern stop on the Catskills  Beverage Trail, some of the tastiest brews you’ll ever find and arguably the Best Pizza ever! (not to mention a menu of amazing Italian-American fare) Joey LoBianco and his family are no strangers to the hospitality business with 3 restaurants across the Hudson Valley, and from the minute you walk through the door, that’s what you feel – welcomed and comfortable with a steadily growing appetite!

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Revitalizing a Rural Town at the Heart of Greene County, NY – The Cairo Development Foundation

October 18, 2017


Ask Margie Juszczak why she established Think BIG – A Tiny House Resort in the town of Cairo, NY and her answer is simple: the Cairo Development Foundation. Co- President Sherry True and Margie met at the Cairo Dog Park and began talking about Cairo, how unique the area is, and the endless possibilities available. (She also learned that in Greene County, Cairo isn’t pronounced like the city in Egypt, it’s Care – Oh)

After careers in the New York Metropolitan area, Margie and her family knew they wanted a lifestyle business Upstate.  In fact, they already owned vacation rental properties in Ulster County. But in their search for the most desirable location for their new venture into a get-away destination based on Tiny Houses and Glamping, they considered three factors Cairo, NY has in abundance:

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Tiny is the New Huge! Think BIG - a Tiny House Resort in South Cairo, NY

September 20, 2017

Thinking BIG is second nature to Marjorie Juszczak and her daughter Melissa.  They are the daughter (and granddaughter) of Bob Malkin – the business man who, with his artist friend Phyllis Prinz created Think Big!®– the line of oversized versions of everyday products that originated with 6-foot pencils and 5-foot Crayola crayons.  Iconic through the 1980s, the Think Big!® retail store originated in SOHO (before it was the SOHO we know) and its products were featured in blockbuster films like BIG and Forrest Gump – both starring Tom Hanks.

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