SINCE THE DAYS When Albany was a town called Beverwyck, people came to the Hudson Valley to make their fortune. Once these were trappers, farmers, sawyers and wheelwrights or immigrants drawn to America’s canal boom. Today’s influx is similar: farmers, brewers, sawyers, and weavers—but many of them hail from Brooklyn.
“We’re from Brooklyn and we moved here four years ago, typical story,” said Kari Lorenson, who founded KHEM Studios, a furniture and homewares manufacturer, in the city of Stanford with husband Erik Guzman. She was particularly inspired by the light and sky, said Ms. Lorenson, a former sculptor. (The same light caught the attention of Hudson River School painters in the mid-19th century.) For this wave of entrepreneurs, the Hudson Valley is a rich source of resources that have been underexploited since the decades-long decline of the valley’s former wealth and industry became glory. These special conditions fit their mission: to recycle, reuse and/or handcraft locally sourced, low-volume items.
Hudson Valley Weekend Trips: Where to find the area’s best new restaurants, hotels, and kombucha sherbet
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