New York City’s Chocolate Paradise

Prepare your tastebuds for a chocolatey experience for the books, located right in the Big Apple.

New York State’s first-ever chocolate museum arrived in Manhattan on March 6 to feed the curiosity of any chocolate lover, along with their sweet tooth. Continue reading “New York City’s Chocolate Paradise”

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Bald and Beautiful: New Paltz Student Opens Up About Alopecia

Twenty-one year old Abby Shaffer has spent the majority of her life wearing wigs: from long hair to short hair, the darkest brown to the lightest blonde, curly to straight.

When the fourth-year digital media production and creative writing major was about three years old, her hair began to fall out, right around the time her parents were getting divorced. She speculates that while she was not necessarily cognizant of this happening, she was able to sense the stress going on around her.

This was when she developed alopecia areata. Continue reading “Bald and Beautiful: New Paltz Student Opens Up About Alopecia”

Queen of the Cosmos: Local Jewelry Artist Handcrafts the Stars

Deep within the Shawangunk Mountains, there is a special place where herkimer crystals grow out of the ground, sparkling, waiting to be found.

This place is something of a secret and unbeknownst to many; but not to Val Walis, a fourth-year visual arts student who has her own jewelry business: Orion Jewelry Design. According to her Facebook page, all creations are handmade “in hopes of enhancing energy flow of the wearer or room.”

Continue reading “Queen of the Cosmos: Local Jewelry Artist Handcrafts the Stars”

Finding Santa’s Stash: Owner of Antiques Barn an Avid Collector

“Just like you hear them say, ‘They don’t make it like they used to,’ and they really don’t.”

Walter Marquez loves antiques: from his job as owner and manager of the Antiques Barn at Water St. Market, to his 240-year-old home in Highland, to his Santa Claus collection of over 1,400 collectibles of all variations and sizes. Continue reading “Finding Santa’s Stash: Owner of Antiques Barn an Avid Collector”