Shopping: Saturday Night Lights
Between the end of Day Light Savings and the @#%&! economy, we could all stand cheering up. And what’s more delightful than a charming town lit up at a time in the evening when most stores are usually dark. This Saturday, October 18, Millerton should be filled with shoppers in a festive mood. Stores have pledged to stay open until at least 7, and shoppers and browsers are welcome to linger over a sip of wine and a nibble or two of some local cheese, while they chat with shopkeepers and their fellow customers.
Of particular note is the grand opening of 7 Dutchess (photo above), a hybrid apparel and home furnishings boutique that’s on an unmarked side street (in fact, Dutchess Street) right off the main drag (behind Saperstein’s Department Store and right next door to Herrington’s Hardware). If astute shoppers look around and conclude that 7 Dutchess is a little like a cross between the Parlor, the late women’s clothing store, and the Hammertown store, only more Boho, it’s because the new shop is the brainchild of Mimi Harney, who used to own the Parlor, and her new partner, Joan Osofsky, who, of course, still owns the three Hammertown stores. With 7 Dutchess, they’re skewing their famous taste younger and hipper, and the results should inspire those who are (young and hip, that is) and make those who aren’t, wish they were.