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The Wandering Eye: A Day Trip To Germantown

Our blogger, interior designer Carey Maloney, and his partner Hermes Mallea, an architect, are principals in the M (Group).

Germantown, New York is now officially a ‘destination.’ With shops! And places to eat and sleep. OMG — we are all stunned.

Two weekends ago as I trolled the aisles at Otto’s Market, Germantown’s nerve center, a friend asked, “Have you been to the new shop at the garage? Opened today.”  That stopped me in my tracks. He continued, “It’s called Luddite. They just moved from Brooklyn.” So I strolled over — with very low expectations.

Well, this cynic was blown away by Luddite. The handsome space is filled with lighting and furniture that owners Luke Scarola and Rebecca Squiers search out, restore, and refurbish. No funky newly ‘made up’ anglepoise lamps here — the real things with a few bruises or blemishes work for us. Wait until you see their antique holophane glass globes, shapes and configurations I have never seen. Luke is a fount of information. By the time Hermes and I left after our second visit, we were schooled in oil, gas, kerosene and early electric lighting. We LOVE that. 

And the stuff is moving. I coveted an amazing dentist’s light for a client’s breakfast room. (It had four holophane bullets on a long swinging arm with counter weights. Very cool.) I made the mistake of not putting it on hold and it was gone five days later. 

After Luddite, stroll over to Eve’s International. Eve calls it a flea market. But it’s your better class of flea market, because Eve has “an eye.” Good books, fun objects. We seldom (never) leave empty handed.

Stop at our local package store, Lawlor’s, for some Dutch courage. Grab breakfast or lunch at Otto’s and pick up a new rake and pet Hansel and Gretel, the resident cats, at Germantown Variety.

Tired yet? Check into the Central House Hotel and stick around for dinner at Gaskins, our fantastic new eatery. The fried chicken is subliiiimmme.

You can even detour a mile off Route 9G and visit our wonderful local historic site and state park, Clermont, to get a little Columbia County culture. [Ed. note: For more Columbia County highlights, check out this week’s story about the Historical Society’s 100th birthday.]

What started as an homage and introduction to Luddite has turned into a jaunt through Germantown. Hey, a few years ago there was nothing to jaunt to — now we are an official destination with actual things to do and places to eat and sleep. I’m still stunned.

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