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BRONTÉ UCCELLINI, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY “I like communicating with people and helping them achieve something that is theirs,” says Bronté Uccellini of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate. “I thought real estate might be a good way to do what I love and build on it.” The lifelong Red Hook resident got her real estate license in 2016 and has been steadily building her clientele over the past two years out of Berkshire Hathaway’s Rhinebeck office. What she lacks in institutional experience, Uccellini makes up for with millennial marketing savvy, attentive service, and local intel. “You have to know when and where and who. I’m good at paying attention to clients and what they need and keeping track of all the details that can get missed,” she says. Uccellini often stays in touch with clients after closing, checking in to see how things are going, giving restaurant recommendations, and suggesting outings for newcomers to the area. “Seeing people happy is my goal,” she says. Uccellini encourages young potential buyers to reach out with questions about the purchasing process or the financial feasibility of buying. “I tell people not to be intimidated. That’s what we are here for,” she says. “Even if I don’t have 30 years’ experience, I’m relatable and I want to help.” Bronteuccellini.bhhshudsonvalley.com

THE VINYL ROOM

A lifelong music aficionado, John Kihlmire has been collecting vinyl since he was 17. Several years ago, on a 20-day trip out West, Kihlmire stopped off in a cafe in Colorado that had records, books, and vintage pinball machines, and he fell in love with the intimate, retro feel. “The only thing missing was beer,” Kihlmire says. This started the wheels turning, and in September 2017, the seasoned entrepreneur opened The Vinyl Room in Wappingers Falls. The record store-meets-bar has a selection of turntables, cassettes, CDs, and over 8,000 records of every genre. “I do have a lot of rare stuff, but this shop is also really good for someone just getting into vinyl or looking to broaden their horizon,” Kilhmire says. He plays into the nostalgic vibe with retro arcade games like Miss Pacman and an interior pizza window, where you can order from Wagon Wheel Pizza next door. There are six craft beers on tap, plus a selection of local wines, so you can sip while you browse. In case you weren’t sold, The Vinyl Room live music every weekend, a killer lineup of renowned DJs like Pete Rock and DJ Scratch, and soon-coming outdoor seating. Tvrny.com

STUFF

“You don’t have to be a wealthy person to have a beautiful home,” says Monik Geisel, co-owner of Stuff, a new vintage furniture and art boutique in Rosendale. “People think if something is beautiful, there is no way they can have it. So they substitute a poorly made Ikea product. If you come to us we can help your home be beautiful and your wallet be happy.” Geisel and her husband Daniel Goodwin have been hunting bargain antiques, art, and oddities for years, decorating their home, selling to people in the film industry, and amassing a storeroom of treasures. After a successful booth at Kingston’s final Smorgasburg in October 2017, they began contemplating the idea of a storefront in the Hudson Valley. Serendipitously, a space opened up on Main Street, Rosendale, and they moved decisively. By December, Stuff had opened its doors in the former location of Trans-n-Dancen-Drum. The couple works the estate sale circuit, traveling out of state on picking trips with a van and trailer. “We specialize in Mid-Century Modern, a lot of Danish furniture,” Goodwin says. “But we also collect anything really interesting—textiles, lighting, rugs, tchotchkes, art—outsider art specifically and oversized stuff.” Geisel chimes in, “Basically if it has character and we can have it in our shop affordably, we are totally into it.” Stuffhudsonvalley.com

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