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In Rhinebeck since 2005, the duo has maintained that winning formula along with the fashion sense honed by years of travel to Paris and Milan. "We're always in the store, working, listening, seeing what people want and need," Coviello says. "We carry things that are unique in the area, European knitwear that looks and feels amazing. We're both highly skilled at sizing up a customer and helping them find what we've got that will work. The right look is so very satisfying."
35 Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie
Beth Madsen dreamed of running her own boutique since she was a small child. "It was really the only focus and vision I had in mind," she says. From an entrepreneurial family, she polished her energy by studying fashion merchandising and came home to Poughkeepsie to open Elizabeth Boutique in 2008.
"We have something for everyone," she says. "I've always focused on bringing in brands in that fit real women's bodies. That was always important to me, next to offering quality styles. Over the last few years, I've worked on bringing different price points in for different age groups with some trendier styles to accommodate the younger girls that were on a budget. This past March, I launched "Just B"—an area in our store that focuses on trendier and wallet friendly styles for the younger shopper. My goal is to be able to accommodate any woman that walks through the door, whether she's shopping for timeless pieces, trendier styles, a well-fitted pair of jeans or a dress for an upcoming event. Our job is to help you find what you need and give everyone a great boutique experience."
- Feminine floral details offer a sweet bohemian vibe to any closet, from Elizabeth Boutique in Poughkeepsie.
Cream, located on Newburgh's happening Liberty Street, is Amal Ishak's solution to "the lack of stylish, up-to-date fashion in Orange County. There's not much here but malls. People deserve a personal experience."
Ishak's picks are sleek, gorgeous clothes that make a statement. "I think our vibe is different, our clothes are different," she says. "My mission was to bring in fine fashion at really affordable prices. We mesh urban with classic, bring in things that bridge generations, things that young girls and older women will all love. And it's working! The action on our Instagram is wild. People get excited about what's coming next. I get excited too! I love this stuff. My goal is to have something flattering, forgiving and gorgeous for everyone and to make people feel special when they come in. To make luxury attainable."
Ishak offers limited buys, only restocking a particular item when she's begged to do so. "People are thrilled that we're here," she says. "I get messages from Newburgh old-timers praising our look and our service." In 2017, Cream was named "best current fashion for a great value" by Hudson Valley magazine.
Hamilton and Adams
32 John Street, Kingston
Andrew Addotta and Clark Chaine have created a destination for well-dressed men and those who love them at Hamilton and Adams in Kingston, offering clothes that merge ruggedly casual with beautiful design and hold up from workday through playtime and on through the weekend. There are well-cut plaid and gingham shirts in twill and double cloth, cozy hoodies, T-shirts with local flair ("Upstate & Chill," "Mountains are Calling," Kingston-themed artwork and the store's own "Stay Curious" motto).
You'll also find accessories, personal care products, gifts and home goods that express the same aesthetic: clean, classic lines merging durable, beautiful, and practical. There are fine leather belts and bags, ragg wool beanies and trucker caps, sturdy flip flops, and deck shoes. Beard oils, shave creams, and face balms, along with soaps and washes from Ursa Major, Hudson Made, Duke Cannon, and Casa Posta. Addotta and Chain (their middle names are Hamilton and Adams) are experts at finding items that will help you feel well turned out and carefully tended without a whiff of over-fussy.
- A top and knit trousers from the Aldo Martins Spring/Summer 2018 collection, available at Darryl’s Boutique in Rhinebeck.