Since then When Albany was a small town called Beverwyck, people flocked to the Hudson Valley to make their fortunes. These people had been hunters, farmers, sawmills and turnkey men, or immigrants drawn to America’s canal boom. Today’s influx is similar: farmers, brewers, sawmills and weavers — but many of them hail from Brooklyn.
“We’re from Brooklyn and we moved here four years ago, so that’s a typical story,” says Kari Lorenson, who with her husband Erik Guzman founded KHEM Studios, a furniture and home furnishings maker, in the town of Stamford. Ms Lorenson, a former sculptor, said it was the sun and the sky that gave her special inspiration. (The same light caught the attention of the painters of the Hudson River School in the mid-19th century.) For this wave of entrepreneurs, the Hudson Valley was a rich source, and since the valley’s previous wealth and industrial decline, It has been underused for a decade. glory. These exceptional conditions fit their mission: to recycle, repurpose, and/or handcraft locally sourced small-batch items.