One of the coolest parts of Hullabaloo is meeting so many cool local people who do so many cool things! You remember our old pals, returning Hullabalooers Fruition Chocolate and beaconknits, don’t you?...And, allow us to introduce you to two new friends, Cindy Hoose Studio and The Ardent Forager!
Fruition Chocolate, Kingston/Woodstock, NY
Bryan and Dahlia Graham keep racking up the awards for their incredible, handcrafted, “bean to bar” chocolate; most recently, they took home three awards from the Northwest Chocolate Festival. And that’s just one reason this has been a big year for them: they also recently opened a retail location in the heart of Woodstock, where they sell the chocolate bars, chocolate coated nuts and dried fruits, brown butterbourbon caramels (*swoon*), dark chocolate coated jalapeno dusted corn nuts, and other treats made in their Shokan workshop. It’s a labor-intensive process, but the end result is totally worth it. Bryan begins by slowlyroasting and stone-grinding hand-selected organic, fair trade cocoa beans to create an end product that’s not only some of the best chocolate you’ve ever tasted, but also incredibly gorgeous to look at. This winning combination makes their chocolates some of the best edible stocking stuffers imaginable, and terrific gifts for co-workers, hostesses, friends, and anyone with a sweet tooth! We’re so excited that Fruition will be returning to Hullabaloo for their third year!
beaconknits, Beacon, NY
Beacon Knits is back again for Hullabaloo 2015, bringing her hand-knit, one-of-a-kind wool hats and headbands. Because each hat is unique, she’ll have completely new inventory since last year, but they’re just as cool and cozy! Laura believes that each hat is a response to the material chosen—that the colors and fibers she selects suggest a stitch and shape. She’s inspired by combining different fibers, textures, and colors, stitch-by-stitch, into a functional three-dimensional hat. Her work is beautifully finished, inside and out, and very durable. Laura has a hat for everyone—from the ski bum to the fashionista—so give the gift of warmth this winter!
Cindy Hoose Studio, Kingston, NY
We’re excited to welcome Cindy Hoose and her one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures to Hullabaloo! (And we know that once you meet these critters, you’re going to want to welcome them into your home!) Cindy is inspired by vintage children’s books and forlorn expressions, and her stuffed animals and dolls have those “take me with you, won’t you?” faces you just won’t be able to resist. She’s also experimenting with some other mediums (like sewn artwork using encaustics and small creature sculptures using found materials and paper clay) and working on some other hand-sewn gifts. Got a kid on your holiday shopping list (or maybe just a kid at heart)? Stop at Cindy’s table and pick out their new best buddy!
The Ardent Forager, Woodstock NY
Jennifer, AKA The Ardent Forager, thoughtfully curates a collection of props, Americana, heritage brands, and other vintage treasures. Whether you’re looking for a pile of vintage luggage for stylish storage in your Brooklyn studio or old-school wooden arrows to hang above the mantel at your Catskills getaway, Jennifer’s motto is “Yeah, I can find that!” Fruit crates with vivid vintage labels still intact? Check! A “kelliest of greens” Lacoste sweater perfectly preserved from the 80s? Yup! A hauntingly beautiful instant collection of black and white photos? She’s got it! You never know what you’ll find at The Ardent Forager’s table and that’s the way we like it…You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you couldn’t live without (cast iron buffalo bank), or the perfect nostalgic gift (1987 Whitesnake tour t-shirt)! So stop by and welcome The Ardent Forager to her first Hullabaloo!