Improve the community in different ways – River Journal Online – News for Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Cortlandt and Peekskill
Periodically, River Journal highlights new and notable companies and organizations in river towns. Here are three that deserve recognition.
JCC shame on the Hudson
371 S Broadway, Tarryville
Born out of acute necessity at the start of the Covid pandemic, the Community wardrobe provides a free and dignified shopping experience to any member of the community in need. After occupying a series of temporary locations, the Community Wardrobe has found a permanent home at Shame JCC. This move has allowed them to keep the shelves and shelves well stocked so that in addition to the quarterly “shopping days”, they can be available at any time to meet the immediate needs of community members, as they l did when several local families lost everything in a recent fire.
This collective effort led by PTA Jumpers members Elissa Smith, Daphne Uvillerand Sophia Ranaand Diana Loja, Sleep Hollow Community Liaison, leveraged the momentum of support from across the community to take their vision from inception to completion in just five weeks. The community rallied behind the mission, donating not only clothes and shoes, but also clothes racks, hangers, shelves and thousands of volunteer hours. They describe the process as “enchanted and magical, people were dying to find a meaningful and tangible way to help their community members.”
During the first days of racing at the JCC, the community locker room was able to dress 162 adults and 121 children from sleepy hollow, Tarryvilleand surrounding towns.
And these women aren’t slowing down. Recent launch of a satellite store in Sleepy Hollow High School where students can pick up daily necessities as well as the clothes they need for a variety of school events such as school concerts and a prom. The focus on the environmental aspect of “thrift” by student leaders has removed the stigma of wearing used clothes and made it a cool trend for everyone.
61 Main Street, Tarrytown
Owner Benny Castro grew up in the restaurant and hospitality industry in a family rooted in the Spanish restaurant industry in New York. Several years ago, he began to recognize the charm of a more personalized dining experience that comes with being a community restaurant and turned his attention to towns along the Hudson River. Opening of its first store in Piedmont in 2018, he perfected his Spanish tapas and authentic dishes and achieved Spain’s prestigious restaurant certification.
Committed to providing the same high-quality menu items and dynamic, stylish dining experience to foodies across the river, Castro recently opened its second location on Tarryvilleis the main street. Although still in the soft opening phase to ensure consistency in food and service, Basque Tarrytown is already off to a great start. The guests welcomed this new establishment and are excited to have a new flavor profile in town.
Committed to using the highest quality ingredients, the menu offers a wide selection of classic and modern tapas from the regions of northern Spain, authentic paellas that are finished in the oven for the perfect combination of crispy and tender rice, accompanied of a beer and wine. list almost exclusively from Spain. Focused on personal hospitality and good food, you can expect a warm welcome and a tasty meal that just might inspire you to start planning your next trip to Spain.
General of Rivertown
105 Main Street, Ferry Dobbs
After moving into the Dobbs Ferry Brooklyn community in early 2020, Holly Pilch took a break from her film and television career and began to focus on being more there for herself, her family and her community. In the process, she realized that river towns care deeply about and depend on their small businesses. Not just as a place to get goods, but also as a way to weave community, focus on what matters locally, and uplift a community and all of its members.
Committed to putting purpose before profit, Pilch opened General of Rivertown in the heart of Dobbs Ferry. The boutique specializes in offering a rotating inventory of gifts, homewares, jewelry, toys, and other items to enhance everyday living. Everything in the shop is sustainably, sustainably, and ethically made from growers in the USA as well as a selection of hyper-local artisans.
This conscious company is reinventing the shopping experience, from expansive stroller-friendly islands, a craft space for kids, artisan exhibits, conferences and a cozy gathering space for adults. . The store is organized to ensure everyone is comfortable and community bonds can be built. Slowing down the shopping experience also allows shoppers to learn the story behind products and producers.