A Spring Reception to Welcome Luddite, A New Antique Store in Germantown
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Two weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, not only did we welcome the returning robins and blooming crocuses of spring, we welcomed a wonderful new business to Germantown, a favorite town of ours just two hours north of the city. It was together with Gaskins that we organized a gathering of friends, locals, and makers to toast and celebrate the opening of Luddite, a beautiful new antique store relocated from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with a focus on early electric lighting, owned by Germantown residents Luke Scarola and Rebecca Squiers.

We were so excited to hold the party in their store, an airy space teeming with the couple’s distinctive finds and country sunlight beaming through the windows. Guests drifted in from the crisp, cool air, arriving with their sincerest congratulations and good wishes.

Fragrant bouquets of Icelandic Poppies, arranged by floral designer Ariel Dearie, set the perfect mood for a spring reception. Sarah and Nick Suarez, owners of Gaskins, prepared a delectable spread of cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm, cut up chorizo, and flaky biscuits from Bonfiglio & Bread in nearby Hudson, while Field Apothecary and Herb Farm’s Dana and Michael Eudy kept glasses filled with a trifecta of delicious herbal beverages.

“We are thrilled to welcome Luke and Rebecca’s beloved antique store to Germantown,” says Sarah. “Treasures from Luddite can be found in our restaurant, like the striking bar lighting fixture that Luke restored from a pool haul in Maine. We were already neighbors and friends, and are so happy to have them as fellow local business owners. They’ve created yet another reason to come seek out our little hamlet for the day.”

We are so thankful to play a small part in the flourishing of upstate communities and look forward to welcoming more exciting businesses to the region.

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  Set in a 1922 Packard car showroom on rural Main Street, Luddite is just around the corner from Gaskins, and a short walk down the road from Otto’s Market, Germantown Variety, and Central House.

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  The Hudson Valley has been home to Luke and Rebecca for many years; they moved from Cold Spring to Germantown three years ago with their young son, Jude. “We love Germantown and are excited to be even more a part of it with the opening of our store,” says Rebecca.

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  Everyone got to know each other a bit better over soda flavored with mint and anise hyssop; “The Astrologer” — a signature cocktail made with herbs grown on Michael and Dana’s farm; and Hetta Glogg, an aromatic hot mulled wine infused with fruits and spices that is bottled in Rhinecliff, NY.

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  Brunette Wine Bar’s Tracy Kennard and Kingston Wine Co’s Theresa Drapkin share laughs over cocktails. At the start of the party, Tracy came bearing daisies for Luke and Rebecca in a tiny amber glass dropper bottle tied with bakery string.

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  “I thought the Icelandic Poppies would be the perfect pop of color for an early spring cocktail reception,” says Ariel Dearie of Ariel Dearie Flowers.

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  Germantown locals, Hartland Brooklyn’s Alane Hogan and her husband, Matt, gathered to welcome Luddite into their tight-knit community.

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  An antique store just might be our new favorite locale to host a party as the remarkable finds are not only beautiful to admire, but with the additional variety of seating and tables, it is nearly tailor-made for mingling.

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Thank you to all who attended and to those who so generously contributed to such a warmhearted event. To Luke and Rebecca, we wish you nothing but great success with your new store!
Co-hosts and Decor: Gaskins and Luddite
Refreshments: Gaskins and Bonfiglio & Bread
Cocktails: Field Apothecary & Herb Farm
Mulled Wine: Hetta Glogg
Flowers: Ariel Dearie Flowers