Our Story 2017-12-04T14:02:08+00:00
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Our Story

We started as weekenders from New York in 1980 and fell in love with the idea of living and owning a business in Rhinebeck. In the spring of 1987 we sold our Manhattan co-op and moved upstate full time. While Dick continued to work for the same business advisory company focusing on the Hudson Valley territory, Barbara started a new chapter in real estate and still holds her associate broker’s license. She left the fashion industry which was fast paced business and demanded travel to such destinations as Europe, the Orient and Central America. The dream was to own the then Hudson Valley Department Store. Now, they could call Rhinebeck—and its easier lifestyle—home.

One East Market Street

We loved the building called One East Market Street and wanted to see it restored. In 1995 we purchased this beautiful and historic three-story building and in 2000 we started restoring it with the guidance of Warren Temple Smith—a wonderful Architect.

At that time of purchase there was no heat, electric, plumbing or separate stair case to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Plans were submitted to New York State Preservation in addition to the local planning board. In 2005 The Department of the Interior recognized the restoration efforts.

The building continues to be a cornerstone of the community with Rhinebeck Pilates thriving on the second floor and Satya Yoga on the third floor since 2001. We have had good karma. There is a separate entrance of 6400 Montgomery to accommodate their customers.

The Rhinebeck Department Store continues the retail tradition started with the former Hudson Valley Store which began in 1946. We are committed to keeping our values as traditional as our merchandise—a selection of Authentic Country Classics.

Commitment to the Rhinebeck Community

We are dedicated to the economic, social and philanthropic activities in our community. We remain playing tennis and doing yoga and pilates. We believe in paying it forward to worthy causes including Northern Dutchess Hospital, Vassar Brothers Hospital, The Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market, along with Rhinebeck Historical, Winnakee Land Trust, Rhinebeck Performing Arts, Upstate Films and Art Along The Hudson.

Barbara was a co-president of the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce from 1992 to 1994, and the store has been a member since 1992. In 2009 with some like-minded business owners we launched a co-op collective, EnjoyRhinebeck.com, to help boost tourism and bring commerce to Rhinebeck.

We share a love for the scenic landscape of this area and Dick will confess most of his Zen moments happened on his tractor.

Please come in and experience for yourself the charm and character of this beautiful building and the family we have built from within.