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By Lissa Harris on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 - 10:47 am
The rural Catskills have never been an easy place to do business. When the rest of the country is popping champagne corks and watching the stock market boom, the good times always seem to pass us by. And when recessions hit, the already-hungry local... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 - 2:55 pm
There's a fine line between supporting local industry and trade protectionism. Case in point: Congressman Maurice Hinchey's effort to give the U.S. solar energy industry a boost may be causing some consternation in Beijing. From the New York Times... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 - 12:50 pm
A meeting of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency's board got heated last week when a local dairy farmer chastised the IDA for not doing more to help struggling farmers. The Sullivan County Democrat reports: [Sullivan County Farm Network] co-... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 - 7:35 pm
In the New York Daily News today: A glowing profile of Kingston's emerging high-tech microbusiness community, complete with photos of swank lofts, breathless real estate price quotes, and paeans to the city's thriving art scene. (Oh yes. They even used... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 - 4:29 pm
Jon and Tiffany Kalupa in their new Margaretville store, Reprise. Photos by Julia Reischel. A dingy storefront that has stood empty on Main Street in Margaretville for over a year has been transformed into a men's clothing boutique that wouldn't look out... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 - 10:54 am
The former site of the Chestnut Woods restaurant in Grahamsville. Could the hamlet get a proper restaurant again? Depends on whether Neversink stays dry, its owner says. It's been 75 years since a legal libation was sold in the Sullivan County town of... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 - 1:17 pm
Apparently the spirit of industry is alive and well in Kingston, where a few old-school businesses from the days when steamships ruled the Hudson are still kicking it. Kingston Happenings has a great post today on two of Kingston's historic purveyors of... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 - 11:18 am
Woodstock blogger Shouting Thomas takes a stroll past the vacant storefronts of Tinker Street -- and offers a cautionary rant against opening a cute little bead shop to solve your financial woes: Why do so many people open shops in Woodstock and dump... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 - 4:59 pm
Oneonta's been buzzing lately with talk about the Twelve Tribes, an international religious commune (some might use another C-word) that has been accused of harboring the tastiest sandwich on Main Street. Back in April, I stopped by Common Ground for a... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 12, 2010 - 9:14 pm
The Monticello Wal-Mart has begun seriously beefing up its kosher section. But Sullivan County's independent kosher shops aren't being caught napping by the 800-pound retail gorilla: They're confident they can serve their niche market better. The Times... Read more


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