A Holiday Pop-up Shop in North Canaan – JACLYN RYAN OF HITHER LANE

Main Street discovered Hither Lane at a party in Lakeville, CT, not on Instagram or while searching for cocktail glasses on the Internet. This is the story of an international fashion professional who worked for luxury brands like Saint Laurent, only to leave New York City behind to start her own business in the country.

What is Hither Lane?

Hither Lane is a lifestyle e-commerce brand […]

By |December 1st, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

A Passage to India – John Robshaw, Textile Designer

The elephant on John Robshaw Textiles’ sign in front of the moody, gray house in Falls Village, CT, subtly suggests what awaits the visitor to the shop. Inside are the Indian-inspired block-print textiles that have created John Robshaw’s international design reputation – pillows, duvets, blankets, and sheets of cavorting elephants, tropical blossoms, trees, and south Asian patterns swirled together in sophisticated colors. Every corner of […]

By |September 28th, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|


Victoria (Torrie) and Doug Larson arrived in Stanford, NY, seeking more space 15 years ago and created an extra rural life for their family and businesses. I first met Doug Larson, an architect, when he assisted the North East Community Center in obtaining a $500,000 grant to expand its program space in Millerton, NY. Since then, these two entrepreneurs have started their own independent businesses […]

By |July 29th, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|

Bliss Brings Fresh Juice & Smoothies to Red Hook and the Hudson Valley

When Annie Sullivan and her partner Michael Kelly took over their local juice bar during the global pandemic in 2020, their main goal was to provide an outlet for overall wellness to the Red Hook community. 

“Overall wellness from within by feeding your body good things seemed like a noble endeavor, and that’s really been our guiding light as we’ve created every product that we’ve […]

By |July 3rd, 2023|Monthly Entrepreneur|



When Emily Van Steenbergen’s husband Tyler opened a chiropractic office on Main Street in Millerton, NY, he only needed half the allotted space for his practice. Emily decided they should do something with the extra space that aligned with the needs of his clients. So she created a wellness store and brought in natural body products, supplements, palo santo, beeswax candles, soaps, organic chocolate, and […]

By |December 1st, 2023|Business|

Reclaiming Pine Plains – Dale Mitchell of Apex Modular Solutions

I encountered Dale Mitchell after investigating the “mystery” house he owns on Route 83 just past Stewart’s in Pine Plains. (See the article on mystery buildings in last month’s issue of Maine Street Magazine.) Mitchell, a tall older gentleman wearing a flat cap and plaid shirt, agreed to meet me in his tiny office, surrounded by an assortment of other small buildings that had […]

By |October 28th, 2023|Business|

Demeter Home Celebrates its Two Year Anniversary

Demeter Home opened towards the tail-end of the pandemic in September of 2021 in a relatively small space. “When I opened, it was slow because I had to get my name out there. Starting off on the small side of the building, it was hard to get people to notice that there was a new business in town,” says Alex Athanasiadis, owner of Demeter Home.

Alex […]

By |September 1st, 2023|Business|

A New Leaf in an Old Town

Books! Yes, hooray for books! I love libraries, and I love bookstores. If you ask my preference for an amusement park or a bookstore, it’s no contest: bookstore hands down. So it was with a great sense of excitement and anticipation that I entered A New Leaf Used Books on East Church Street just off of Main Street in Pine Plains, NY.  

The store […]

By |September 1st, 2023|Business|
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