Our Story

How It All Began
Barb and Dick 1971We started as NYC weekenders in 1980 and fell in love with the idea of living and owning a business in Rhinebeck, NY. In the spring of 1987 we sold our Manhattan co-op and moved upstate full time.

While Dick continued to work for the same company focusing on the Hudson Valley as his new territory Barbara resigned from her love of fashion in design and merchandising and traveling to Europe, the Orient and Central America.

One East Market Street
Barbara and I loved the building called One East Market Street and wanted to see it restored. In 1995 we purchased this beautiful and historic 3 story building and in 2000 we started restoring the building with the guidance of Warren Temple Smith a wonderful Architect.

At that time of purchase there was no heat, electric, plumbing or separate stair case to the 2nd and 3rd floors. Plans were submitted to NY State Historic Preservation in addition to the local planning board. In 2005 The Department of the Interior recognized the restoration efforts.

The building continues to be a cornerstone of the community with Dennis Fox Salon on the second floor and Satya Yoga on the 3rd. Satya Yoga will be going into their 11th year in the building and we feel we have had good karma. There is a separate entrance of 6400 Montgomery to accommodate their customers.

The Rhinebeck Department Store continues the retail tradition that was started with the former Hudson Valley Store 1946. We are committed to keeping our values as traditional as our merchandise selection of Authentic Country Classics and having the store has given Barbara the chance to return to her love of merchandising, fashion and design.

Commitment to the Rhinebeck Community
We are dedicated to the economic, social and philanthropic activities in our community. We remain active in the Rhinebeck community riding horses, playing tennis doing yoga and are devoted to charitable causes including Northern Dutchess Hospital, Remember to Shop RhinebeckVassar Bother’s  Hospital, The Fisher Center for Performing Arts/ Sosnoff Theater, The 5th Grade Whale Watch, Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market, Rhinebeck Crew. From time to time when we could afford it we have given to Hudson River Heritage, Winnakee, Rhinebeck Performing Arts, The Upstate Theater, and Art Along The Hudson.

Barbara was a co president for the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce from 1992 to 1994 and members from 1992.

Barb and Dick 2011In 2009 with some like minded business owners we launched a co op respectfully named EnjoyRhinebeck.com to help boost tourism and bring commerce to Rhinebeck. We work closely with The Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce. By pooling our resources we have been able to do full page ads in the Dutchess Board of Tourism Guide and develop a web site.

We share a love for the scenic landscape of this area and Dick will confess most of his Zen moments happen on his tractor. Thank you for taking the time to read about the history of the Rhinebeck Department Store. Please come in and experience for yourself the charm and character of this beautiful building and the family we have built from within it.