This past weekend was the first annual Phoenicia flea market in Phoenicia NY, a quaint town with one supermarket, one pancake house, one coffee shop, and other small businesses located in the heart of the Catskills about 20 minutes from Woodstock. I hold a close place in my heart for Phoenicia because as a kid I would travel here frequently with my family to go skiing in the winters and hiking in the summers.
The Phoenicia Flea was held at Phoenicia's newest accommodations, a stylish motel called The Graham & Co. It was once known as the Cobblestone Motel, a cozy place to stay with rooms mimicking cabins: wood paneling, carpeted floors and all. Since its closing a team of designers from New York City began working on the space, significantly updating the 20-unit motel. Now, with rooms of modern white walls and reclaimed wood, The Graham & Co. brings the NYC aesthetic to an area that is true to its roots.
The perimeter of the property at The Graham & Co. was lined with white tents that acted as temporary homes to the small businesses, designers, and artists selling their unique speciality goods. We were able to explore each vendor, do a little shopping, and get to know the makers all while enjoying the Catskill mountain scenery that surrounds Phoenicia. Check out the gallery below for an inside look on the flea and all the goodies that we found!
First stop was at PetitFelts - home to needle felted animal finger puppets. To see a children's toy made with such sophistication so perfectly was admirable. The pig sporting a party hat was one of my favorites, but we were told by Jocelyn, the woman who creates these gorgeous play things, that the octopus is the favorite among shoppers. And it clearly is because it was gone by the time we arrived! I had to visit her Etsy shop to see it for myself, and I am so glad I did - you should too!
Escape Brooklyn, the online travel guide for NYC and the surrounding areas had a table set up advertising their site and selling camping supplies, mens clothing, bottle openers and other bits and pieces through The Brew and Compass. Here is where I picked up some balsam fir incense that has my apartment smelling like Christmas in July, and chatted with Erin, one of the founders of Escape Brooklyn, about their website. You can read their review on Phoenicia, NY here and well as check out their other awesome reviews on places to visit. You might feel inspired to take a weekend getaway vacation sooner rather than later!
For me there is nothing better than live art, and watching an artist create something from start to finish is a mesmerizing process. Thorneater, a comic artist, was there in the flesh doing just that, creating portraits of sellers and visitors on the spot! I'm sorry to say I did not have a portrait of myself drawn, but I had a ton of fun checking out the drawings posted by those who had one done by browsing the #phoeniciaflea hashtag on Instagram today. Also sharing a tent with Thorneater was Anna Rexia, an visual artist whose style is truly unique. She was selling stunning handmade horns and flower crowns this weekend, and I caught myself staring at them for longer than I even anticipated (which is a good thing).
I was super excited to discover Hudson Naturals, a new small business that just started up this past year. Christina Silvestris, creator at Hudson Naturals, sells her handmade avocado oil based soaps that help protect against sun damage, reduce wrinkles, and more. On top of these already appealing benefits her soaps smell amazing! Some of my favorites was the rosemary mint and Guinness. Yes, the beer! I purchased the Guinness soap for myself and I am so pleased with it. It smells outrageously good, and my skin felt so good after the first use!
Right about this time was when we needed a pick me up. We drove over an hour, it was hot and humid, and I was getting tired. Luckily Southdown Coffee Roasters was there to provide shoppers with their delicious Honduras Cerro Azul cold brew (awesome!!!!) - Southdown is a small roaster based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and some good news: they are beginning to expand! They are heading east to open their first storefront location in Huntington, NY out on Long Island in the next several weeks, and I can't wait. Since I head back home to Long Island which is where I grew up for the occasional visit, I'll make sure to stop by Southdown for my coffee fix when I need it most (while traveling).
Last but not least is the newest and definitely the most unique independent business on my radar: Small Room Collective. SRC is a mobile shop selling specifically curated goods from all over the country out of a vintage airstream trailer. Though a mobile shop that tours the U.S. making stops at flea markets and pop-up shops all over, SRC ends their journeys in Austin, TX, where it all started. Art, music, clothing, jewelry, and housewares are just some of the goods they offer. I naturally had my eye on some cute necklaces, a colorful North America print, and the throw pillows carefully placed around the shop. Lauren and Travis, the two behind SRC, were super friendly too, and their pup that accompanies them was lounging away being cute as ever. Make sure to check out their website to see if they are making their way to a town near you. Heads up, Grand Rapids, MI - you're next!
Also having made an appearance at the Phoenicia Flea this year that should not go unnoticed are Rebecca Peacock, Wishbone Letterpress, Coppersea Distillery, Fruition Chocolate, Materia Design, Mavis Studio, and more. All in all the Phoenicia Flea was a major success. Thanks so much to The Graham & Co. for bringing together so many talented artists and makers to wonderful Phoenicia. I will definitely be back before the second annual Phoenicia Flea comes around next year, which I am really looking forward to.