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42 Front Street
Port Jervis, New York

845-858-4942

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Sullivan County Democrat

Cooper Boone

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Foundry42 in Port Jervis wins Top 50 retailer award from Home Accents Today Magazine!

The national trade magazine, Home Accents Today, recently honored local retailer Foundry42 in Port Jervis as one of America's top 50 best and brightest home accessories retailers also known as the Retail Stars list. The “list” the most innovative independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents and accessories which includes furniture stores, home décor boutiques and interior design retailers that are creative in their merchandising, contribute to their communities and distinguish themselves from the competition. Owner Cooper Boone was “blown away” by the award and credits his amazing staff for “giving the store a soul and a place where people want to stay and shop.”


Boone will be attending a VIP dinner at AmericasMart in Atlanta GA this summer honoring the award winners. In the words of Jeff Portman, AmericasMart chairman, president and COO: “These 50 entrepreneurs are set apart as the best and brightest in an industry populated by highly gifted achievers. How good it is to help applaud and celebrate their remarkable accomplishments.”


Best described as a lifestyle store, they offer home goods, antiques, gifts, events, coffees, beers and wines. Foundry42 is located at 42 Front Street in Port Jervis, NY. WWW.F42Home.com.

Hudson Valley Parent

Cooper Boone

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Foundry42, 42 Front St, Port Jervis

An eclectic gathering place is home to a creative workshop, special events and entertainment, education experiences, good food and a coffee bar. The coffee bar features their own combination of beans providing an exquisite coffee experience. 845-858-4942

Times Herald-Record

Cooper Boone

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Foundry 42 earns award for experience-centered retail

PORT JERVIS - Cooper Boone received the first Renaissance Retailer Award at the 68th annual Retailer Excellence Awards for creating a “retail “experience” in a brick and mortar store with his Foundry 42 on Front Street in Port Jervis.

“He was chosen because he created a store that is a creative concept blend with all of what, who and why we love under one roof — gatherings, private events, entertainment and carefully curated products, including furniture he makes,” said Amy Loewenberg, buyer relations manager for Emerald Expositions, the awarding organization, purveyor of 55 trade shows. “Capturing attention is harder and harder. He represents the retail renaissance.”

Boone was given the award at NY NOW, a trade show for home, lifestyle, handmade and gift products, with 5,000 exhibitors and 26,000 attendees, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Boone is a buyer there, and buyers come from around the world, Loewenberg said.

“The retail renaissance movement is an experiential movement, elevating what you experience in a brick and mortar store, what makes you want to go to a store and be faithful to a brand,” she said. “E-commerce retail is important, but 80 percent of purchases are in brick and mortar stores, where relationships with people and products are important. We provide people with tools for evolution in the retail industry.”

Ten other retailers received acknowledgment as “Ten to Watch,” Loewenberg said, noting that, based in New York City, she had been “aware” of Boone and Foundry 42. She called Boone with the news.

“I thought it was a prank call,” he said of the call he received in Atlanta a month ago.

Boone opened Foundry 42 in November 2016, but he said, “I had my eye on Port Jervis for 20 years. It didn’t make sense that the city wasn’t prospering, with its history, train line access, and reasonable property prices.”

The timing of his purchase of 42 Front St. resulted from a period when he was beginning to be a little “stir crazy,” he said. Previously, he was a child psychologist for 24 years, then a country singer and songwriter. He still writes songs.

But after his first year of being a father to twin girls, he said, “I wanted to be engaged in something. I was looking for my next act. Most would have looked at 42 Front and turned around, but I see through walls. It had good structure and original tin ceilings that could be restored.” He tore out eight layers of linoleum, carpet and paint to get to the maple floors.

“I wanted an environment where people wanted to stay, hang out and connect. The trifecta of my brain is food, design and events. I had done all this before, but not all at once,” he said.

Popular events, he said, have included the Hocus Pocus Ball, a Halloween costume event; and Buddy the Elf story time, where Boone is Buddy, reading a story to children, who then decorate cookies. Coming up this month is Unicorn Week, in which Boone appears as a unicorn, and a Hollywood makeup artist makes unicorns of others, who make unicorn dream-catchers and cookies.

His “Cooking with Cooper” event for children is always sold out, he says, and he recently did a live segment of it on a TV show, “Good Day Atlanta.” He said he got an email from a mother about how the class eased her 11-year-old son “out of his shell.”

Boone attributed the change to “social skill building” in the class. He teaches table manners, how to shake hands, make eye contact and behave in restaurants.

“Food is great at disarming strangers. My parents were huge foodies,” said Boone, who grew up in . “I’m still on a learning curve, listening to customers and being flexible. We didn’t have many kids’ events at first. Now we have lots.”

More recently, at his Girls Night Out, he noticed a long line by the tarot card reader. “I said, ‘Look. That’s crazy.’” So coming up are three “Paranormal Suppers.”

NY Now

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NY NOW® Announces Cooper Boone is First Recipient of Renaissance Retailer Award 

New York, NY – July 15, 2019 – Emerald Expositions, the organizers of NY NOW®, announced today that Cooper Boone is the winner of the first Renaissance Retailer Award (REA). The award is for excellence in inspirational retail experience at the independent store level. Nominations were submitted by friends, colleagues and retailers, and the winner chosen by top industry retailers and designers.

Boone is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, clinical child psychologist, televised cook and owner of the award-winning lifestyle storeFoundry42, located in Port Jervis, NY. He has worked with Paula Deen, been featured on Good Morning America and ABC TVs live Nashville Christmas Special. He also toured his live Cooper’s Kitchen show for 10 years with Country Living Magazine Fair.

According to the judges, Boone was chosen because he is a visionary with an innate ability to work from his heart and develop his own beautifully curated universe. They added, “From pairing his own handmade furniture pieces with complimentary architectural gifting items, to developing creative workshops and even brewing their own combination of coffee beans in their café, Cooper continues to provide you an inspirational experience at Foundry 42 and celebrates it with you.”

 “Cooper Boone is the perfect inaugural recipient of this award,” said Kevin O’Keefe, Executive Vice President, Emerald Expositions. “He embodies the spirit of change and makes it his greatest strength by embracing it. We are honored and excited to celebrate his vision and success.”

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Retailer Excellence Awards (REA), hosted by Gifts & Decorative Accessories. The longest standing and most prestigious awards program for independent retailers in the gift and home industry, takes place on Sunday, August 11. Boone will also be recognized at the first NY NOW Awards Party on Monday, August 12.


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About NY NOW

The summer 2019 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle, Handmade + Gift, will take place August 10-14, 2019 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections — HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE — that encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of product categories. Building on the success of the Winter Market, the National Stationery Show® will take place during the same time in the River Pavilion and for the first time, will welcome a new co-location, JA New York, on level one in hals D and E at the Javits Center. Attendees from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries worldwide are expected. 

NY NOW is owned by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space. 

Gifts & Decorative Accessories

Cooper Boone

Cooper Boone to Receive First Renaissance Retailer Award

The award recognizes those that provide inspirational retail experiences at the independent store level.

Emerald Expositions, the organizers of NY NOW, have named Cooper Boone the winner of the first-ever Renaissance Retailer Award, to be awarded during the 68th annual Retailer Excellence Awards held Sunday, Aug. 11, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The event is hosted by Gifts & Decorative Accessories. Nominations were submitted by friends, colleagues and retailers, and the winner was chosen by top industry retailers and designers.

According to the judges, Boone was chosen because he is a visionary with an innate ability to work from his heart and develop his own beautifully curated universe. They added, “From pairing his own handmade furniture pieces with complimentary architectural gifting items, to developing creative workshops and even brewing their own combination of coffee beans in their café, Cooper continues to provide you an inspirational experience at Foundry 42 and celebrates it with you.”

Boone is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, clinical child psychologist, televised cook and owner of the award-winning lifestyle store Foundry42 in Port Jervis, N.Y. He has worked with Paula Deen, been featured on Good Morning America and ABC TV’s live Nashville Christmas Special. He also toured his live Cooper’s Kitchen show for 10 years with Country Living Magazine Fair.

“Cooper Boone is the perfect inaugural recipient of this award,” said Kevin O’Keefe, executive vice president of Emerald Expositions. “He embodies the spirit of change and makes it his greatest strength by embracing it. We are honored and excited to celebrate his vision and success.”

Boone will also be recognized at the first NY NOW awards party on Monday, Aug. 12.

Times Herald-Record

Cooper Boone

Cookbook signing draws crowd interested in healthy eating

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PORT JERVIS - About 30 people seeking healthier recipes gathered recently at Foundry 42 for the “Well + Good” cookbook signing and tasting with co-author Melisse Gelula.

Foundry co-founder Cooper Boone provided hors d’oeuvres inspired by recipes in the book, as Gelula explained the reasoning behind the recipes and noted the wellness notables who contributed them. The contributors ranged from celebrity “functional medicine” physician Mark Hyman and tennis star Venus Williams to Gabrielle Bernstein, whom Gelula called “the Carrie Bradshaw of spirituality.”

“We asked people what they make when they get home hungry at 7 p.m. You cook more healthy food if it’s simple and fast,” said Gelula, who has a house in Narrowsburg.

With her co-author Alexia Brue, she co-founded a popular wellness trend website, wellandgood.com.

As for Gelula’s favorite recipe, that, she said, is chef Jodi Moreno’s white bean egg bake, labeled in the cookbook as being good for skin and being gluten- and dairy-free. All of the recipes specify their bodily benefits and diet suitability.

As one hors d’oeuvre was offered around, Boone pointed out how zucchini “elevated” the lamb in it.

“Think of zucchini with any meat, for health, flair and profile,” he said.

Elsewhere in the room, chatting and sampling at a table were Lisa Haggerty, an optometrist, and Lisa McAteer, a Realtor, from Milford, Pa. McAteer heard about the event from a friend and made a plan to use the cookbook with her two children, ages 12 and 7.

“I’ll have each pick out a recipe from the book. We’ll shop for ingredients, and I’ll supervise when they cook,” she said. “I want to get them interested in cooking healthy.”

Haggerty also wanted better meals for her children, who are 7 and 9. “We have a problem with consistency. We’re always in a rush and don’t have opportunities for wonderful meals together,” she said.

Bonnie Natt, from Middletown, and Eileen Ollinger, from Sugar Loaf, both Realtors, came because they heard Port Jervis is on the rise, and they wanted to eat more healthfully.

“We’re interested in health and cookbooks and a night out,” said Natt, noting that she follows Hyman on Instagram.

Nearby, Kristen Hanson, of Glen Spey, said she came to the event because she had been following Gelula’s food blogs.

“I went back to school to study integrative nutrition,” she said. “There’s so much you can do with food to prevent serious illness.”

Her husband died in 2017 of brain cancer that might have resulted from exposure to toxins in Iraq when he was a Marine, she said. He had been given four months to live, but lived four years, long enough for her to give birth to a second son and also start a nonprofit, Can’t Hurt Steel, to help community members with catastrophic illnesses and provide free or low cost wellness programs.

If they had understood his vulnerability, Hanson said, “We would have eliminated unhealthy foods, minimized sugar and environmental toxins, and eaten more anti-oxidants. I think the majority of illnesses result from poor nutrition and lifestyle choices. It’s easier to prevent disease than do symptom management.”

Good Day Atlanta

Cooper Boone

Cooper Boone has tips for cooking with kids on Good Day Atlanta

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Cooper Boone is an award-winning singer, songwriter, clinical child psychologist, and cook. He lives in Port Jervis, New York where he owns his own lifestyle store and coffee bar Foundry42. He is also the proud father of twin girls. 

This week Boone is in Atlanta participating in a cooking demonstration at AmericasMart.  He stops by Good Day Atlanta to share tips on cooking with kids and is joined by 13-year-old Kira. The two demonstrate how to make parmesan twists and spinach and feta bites. For more information on Cooper Boone click here.  For today's recipes see below.   

Spinach and Feta Bites (Makes 25 bites)

  • 2 cups drained frozen chopped spinach

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 ounces crumbled feta

  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 eggs, divided

  • 1 pound frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • ½ cup pine nuts

Retail Details Podcast

Cooper Boone

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Retail Details the Podcast

Foundry 42 is a lovely lifestyle store in Port Jervis, New York, known for a communal atmosphere. Owner Cooper Boone tells Becky Tyre all about some of his favorite store events and why they were so successful, how listening to his customers dramatically changed the merchandise mix in the store and what simple marketing strategy he values above social media. Cooper shares his love of being a small, independent retailer in this first episode of retailers sharing their insights with other retailers.

Retailers sharing ideas with retailers. Retail Details is a podcast featuring and celebrating independent retailers, their stores and stories, struggles and triumphs. Join host Becky Tyre, founder of the Retail Details blog, as she invites retailers to share what drives them to be creative in cultivating, defining and redefining successful retail spaces along with tips, insights and inspirations.

Edible Hudson Valley

Cooper Boone

A Well + Good Culinary Evening with Author Melissa Gelula at Foundry 42

Cooper Boone (Foundry42) and Kirsten Ey (K.EY Fitness) personally invite you to join them for a tasting menu from the acclaimed new cookbook, Well+Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living.

Well+Good co-founder and author Melisse Gelula will be with us to talk about eating for wellness—from better digestion to better skin. 

Melisse is an internationally respected wellness expert who's been featured on Good Morning America, Forbes.com, the New York Times, and more. 

Each guest will dine on several flights of dishes from the cookbook and will receive a signed copy and photo opportunity with the author! This event is NOT to be missed.

*All event sales are final for each event. No returns, exchanges or refunds are issued.

Date: June 29, 2019 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Location: Foundry 42 | 42 Front Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771 | 845-858-4942

Admission:

$55

Times Herald-Record

Cooper Boone

Stories, music and crafts bring families to Foundry 42

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A chance to make cars that run on balloon power and listen to the story of “Rosie Revere, Engineer” brought over a dozen children and their parents from miles around to Foundry 42, in Port Jervis, on a recent Saturday morning.

After Rich Northrup played a song about Rosie Revere on his mandolin, Cherish Galvin read the tale of Rosie, who liked to invent things and was learning how to cope with failures, like the cheese hat she made to protect a zookeeper from pythons. Her great-great-aunt, also an inventor, told her that the only “true failure” is quitting, inspiring Rosie to try to make a flying machine.

Galvin, an elementary school teacher at Homestead School in Glen Spey, demonstrated how to make balloon-powered cars from a small, flat piece of cardboard, by taping wheels to the bottom and a balloon to the top. Parents and children followed her directions with varying success. But if cars failed to roll, children found that balloons unfailingly bounced and floated.

As Katie McLean, of Milford, Pa., helped her son, Hunter, 2, with putting a balloon car together, she explained how they got there. She works for a Rockland County engineering firm doing marketing, while her husband, Rich, works in Middletown for Johnson’s Toyota, so Hunter is in day care all week. “We try to do something fun on the weekend,” she said. They heard about story time at Foundry 42 from another parent.

Justine Dooley, of Lords Valley, Pa., said she heard about story time from the McLeans, who use the same daycare.

“Story time is a good time out for kids, and parents can associate and talk to local families,” she said.

Chris Palumbo and Beth Flatley began coming once a week with Ella, 2½, after they moved last fall from Brooklyn to Glen Spey, where they were glad to put their children in a Montessori School.

“When we checked out the area, we popped into the Foundry and saw story time,” said Flatley. They still work in the city but were happy for an opportunity to buy land, she said.

Jessica Barry, of Slate Hill, helping her daughter, Hailey, 2, tape wheels to the cardboard, said they had been coming to Foundry 42 story times for a year, twice a week during the summer. “Hailey loves Play-Doh, puzzles, and books,” Barry said.

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” was written by Andrea Beaty, who also wrote “Iggy Peck, Architect” and “Ada Twist, Scientist,” said Gavin. She discovered Beaty’s work when her daughter was 2 or 3, the age of many in her Foundry audience.

“Beaty celebrates the creativity of young girls and their quests to be anything they want to be, as long as they don’t give up, no matter what comes their way,” said Gavin. “I connected to Rosie Revere immediately because my grandmother was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II, working on airplanes.”

Galvin found the balloon-powered car activity while teaching third grade at George Ross Mackenzie Elementary, in Eldred, a few years ago.

“I came across the car made of recycled pieces by accident, but found that the activity could encompass many strands of mathematics and science,” Galvin said.

“The students were given instructions to measure the cardboard to a certain dimension, and they had to calculate the distance their cars traveled down the hallway. Since we were studying mean, median and mode, they could make calculations with the data they collected. The activity wasn’t in any curriculum we were using, but it augmented what we were teaching and allowed the children to learn through experience.”

When Galvin taught the balloon car activity in Eldred, administrators were unhappy that she had diverged from the curriculum, she said. But a severe car accident, when a drunk driver collided with her, resulted in a long recovery period, and she now teaches at the Homestead School, a Montessori school in Glen Spey.

“Montessori methods were running in my blood before I knew it,” she said. “And now I get to teach like that every day and at every story time.”

Free children’s book readings with music and arts and crafts are a regular event at Foundry 42 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday.

Times-Herald Record

Cooper Boone

Ho, ho, ho! Holiday season’s been a merry one for local retailers

Retail isn’t dead. Bad retail is dead.
— Cooper Boone

Craft kits for children to make purses and rockets, a kid’s clothing line sown by a nearby seamstress, and a local skin care line made from plants.

From coffee to carbs, gifts and clothing, Foundry 42 is full of surprises, and the 2-year-old Port Jervis shop has got them whatever the size is.

It’s among the local stores reporting strong holiday sales revenue, with most shop owners expecting growth of around 5 percent this holiday season compared with last year.

Their preliminary predictions mirror the National Retail Federation’s rosy projection that sales revenues could reach $720.89 million for November and December, an increase of between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent versus last year.

That would exceed the past five years’ 3.9 percent average annual increase, making 2018 among the best years since 2006, including 2010 (growth of 5.2 percent), 2014 (5 percent) and last year (5.3 percent), according to the National Retail Federation.

“Retail isn’t dead. Bad retail is dead,” said Foundry 42 owner Cooper Boone.

Buoying this year’s spending, unemployment is near a 50-year low, consumer confidence is at an 18-year high and wages are climbing, said Ted Potrikus, president of the Retail Council of New York, a trade association.

It’s too early to say for certain whether retailers will meet analysts’ projections, given the variability of weather, consumer fickleness and December’s incomplete figures, Potrikus said.

“But the National Retail Federation’s projections are realistic,” he added. “Somewhere in 3 (percent) to 6 percent range is a result we could see in mid-January” when sales totals are tallied.

With the calendar also providing four full weekends of shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, “it’s been a particularly strong season,” said Michael Newhard, owner of Newhard’s general store in the Village of Warwick.

“We had our best day in 20 years this past Saturday (Dec. 15),” said Gary Holmes, owner of the Canal Towne Emporium in Wurtsboro, which sells gifts, clothing and 20 other categories of items. “We’ve had 15-person deep lines, at peak. It was just crazy. But there’s been no tension. Like Woodstock in ’69, it’s been crowded and busy, but with positive spirits and good moods.”

‘Cocooning,’ ‘hygge’ drive sales

Yet, more revenue hasn’t necessarily meant higher profits, as stores flatten prices and discount goods to compete with other shops and e-retailers, local store owners said.

Also devouring margins this year, retailers say, are higher costs for freight, fuel, utilities and labor, driven partly by state mandates, and expenses from tariffs from recent trade wars instigated by President Trump’s administration.

Stores “have to do more volume to increase profits, with better promotions and better discounts,” said Gary Gottlieb, co-owner of the Liberty Trading Post, a giant Sullivan County home goods, hardware and gift store. “We’ve been running aggressive ad campaigns with sharp prices ... and selling goods like Craftsman tools and Weber Grills at the lowest prices allowed” by the brands.

Locally and nationally, this year’s big sellers include housewares, practical home items like kitchen stuff, home bar equipment, small appliances, work tools, winter wear and holiday decorations.

Pine-scented candles and popcorn poppers are the top attractions at the Newburgh Mercantile Exchange gift store, said store co-owner Eric Jarmann.

“If shoppers are looking for something that’s unique and different, they’re going to the small shops,” Jarmann said.

The “cocooning,” wherein Americans more often relax and cook at home, is driving the popularity of home items, comfy clothes and utilitarian goods, according to the NPD Group, a retail research firm. Since the 2007 recession, Americans have been more interested in affordably creating a cozy home sanctuary.

The trend is an embrace of the Danish idea of “hygge” (pronounced “hue-guh”) or appreciating homespun pleasures, while alone or with friends, in casual, comfortable or lived-in spaces.

At Linda’s Office Supplies and Gifts in Goshen, customers come for items like a hand-painted Christmas ornament featuring Goshen Village Hall and clothes like pajamas.

Amid hyper-competition from online shopping options and a surplus of physical stores, the best shops give customers the most reasons to come, said Linda’s store owner Linda Mabie.

“People come for the service, presents wrapped for free, free parking in Goshen in December and our individual attention,” Mabie said.

Rich Gottlieb, co-owner of the New Paltz outdoors store Rock and Snow, agreed.

“We’ve always gone the extra mile for the customer,” said Gottlieb, whose staff gives tips for enjoying local attractions, picking appropriate recreational equipment and using it properly. “We find out who customers are and how they want to brand themselves. In many instances, they want to brand themselves not by what they wear but by what they do.”

Retail industry shakeout

Local store owners say such steps to differentiate themselves are critical given online retail competition.

Roughly eight in 10 Americans are now online shoppers, with one in six buying online on a weekly basis, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center study. All told, one in six dollars spent this holiday season is expected to come from online sales, according to Adobe Analytics, a research firm.

Just as challenging for the area’s retailers is the glut of brick-and-mortar stores. America’s 23.6 square feet of retail space per capita is nearly nine times Europe’s total, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

It’s no wonder nearly 7,000 U.S. store locations closed last year, a record, and almost 5,500 stores have shuttered this year through Nov. 16, according to Coresight Research.

Struggling retailers have been beset by overborrowing, fast-fashion powerhouses like H&M, online giants like Amazon, discounters like Marshalls and high costs from maintaining too many storefronts.

Malls, too, have suffered in recent years. After peaking at roughly 1,500 in the mid-1990s, malls now number approximately 1,000, a roughly 33 percent drop. Unique local stores and shop-local movements are luring people to seek gifts at stores like Newhard’s in Warwick, Newhard said.

“Main Street merchants offer a unique experience that’s hard to commercialize — places that look, sound and smell good, close-at-hand places where you can meet up with your neighbors and you’re not in your car for miles with screaming kids,” Newhard said.

Local retailers say they’re not just individualizing shopping experiences. They’re turning stores into experiential attractions, like Ikea, where shoppers lounge in comfy furniture and eat meatballs.

In Port Jervis, Foundry 42′s owner, Boone, expects his store’s holiday season revenues to soar 45 percent over last year’s totals, by appealing to customers as a gift and homewares store, a coffee shop and a venue for everything from art events to religious groups’ meetings.

“For me, retail is about bringing people together, being a conduit for people to enjoy good food, great music and beautiful things,” said Boone, who sends hand-written thank-you cards to big spenders. “Yes, internet sales are up, but the best retailers are providing a place for people to belong that makes people want to come back.”

The River Reporter

Cooper Boone

Plenty of seats at a well-set table

Cooper Boone curates community at Foundry42

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Thanksgiving is here. Time to unpack the holiday dreams.

We dream about family, traditional food, the scents that remind us we’ve come home. But far too often, those dreams never make it to reality. We get lost in the minutiae, or the family argu- ments or the travel arrangements.

Talk holidays with Cooper Boone, and you come away thinking that the reality should revolve around community and belonging— wherever you find it.

As the shopkeeper at Port Jervis lifestyle store Foundry42, Boone is busy creating retail magic for the season. The shop sells a bit of everything, carefully curated: high-end furniture, vintage

items and home goods in one section; coffee, carbs and gluten-free treats in the coffee bar. The event space allows for live music, medita- tion classes, story time, weddings, dances, the- ater, workshops and more.

But he’s pushing the idea of retail further. In this era of dying shopping malls and the rise of the internet, “I have this concept around shar- ing our area,” he said. “I wanted to use [the shop] as a canvas to showcase the depth of talent here.”

We all crave connection...
When [we] find a place to belong, we’re happier.
— Cooper Boone

Enter WeShare, a chance for local providers of all things lifestyle to get together and talk. From a bystander’s perspective, it is a way for people without retailing back- grounds to get their messages and products out to the wider world, especially in a rural area that lacks opportunities. During the weekend of September 29, Boone recruited artisans, farmers, writers and a smor- gasbord of providers of local goods from the Catskills, the Poconos and the Hudson Valley to participate in what rapidly spiraled from a visit to a full-on demonstration of what the area has to offer.

“The weekend was based on shar- ing, so we simply call it ‘WeShare,’ with the idea that if you share, that very act of sharing will inspire others to follow suit,” Boone said.

The group gathered at the farm- house shared by Boone, his partner Mark Veeder, and their twin daugh- ters to eat, talk and share what they do.

How does that tie into the holi- days?

For many people, the holiday dream is painted by Norman Rock- well, the stuff of connection, based in sharing food and stories.

Before Foundry42, Boone was a clinical psychologist. Now, he’s thinking and talking about the human craving for experience— physical interaction, not just typing words into a computer—a craving that surfaces, sometimes painfully, at the holidays.

“People bond with experiences... We want community.” That, he feels, can be built around good food and events that bring everyone together. Not just with a birth family, but with friends and neighbors, sharing food and talking.

And not just in a house. “At Foundry42, it’s like my big living room... we engage people, encour- age them to stay and hang out.”

Forging ties between people. “When [we] find a place to belong, we’re happier.”

That place can be a house of wor- ship, somewhere we volunteer or the neighborhood pub. It can be a café or an art gallery or a studio where we take classes. It can even be a shop. “We all crave connection ,” said Boone. “Connection and belonging.” Especially at this time of year, especially around the holiday table.

Visit Foundry42 at 42 Front St, Port Jervis. 845/858-4942 or visit f42home.com

Vogue Italia

Cooper Boone

Meetings with Remarkable Men. This title of a famous book by Georges I. Gurdjieff inspires the latest L’Uomo Vogue, which is free with Vogue Italia in November (but also available to buy separately). In fact, “remarkable people and places” is the fitting theme for the magazine’s second issue, following its recent return to newsstands with a fresh editorial formula, a new graphic layout, and articles (also) in English to engage an increasingly international readership.

The new issue therefore tells us about extraordinary places, described by photographers and writers who have opened their book of memories to take readers on a journey to special corners of the world.

 

The people portrayed are exceptional too. There are emerging actors such as Joe Alwyn (we’ll be seeing him in five new films) and stars like Richard Gere. There are LGBTQ families from New York photographed by Ethan James Green, and Hungarian cowboys captured by the lens of Tom Johnson. There are the most outstanding new names in menswear as well as the top fashion authors of the international press.

 

Then there are the men whom Paolo Roversi has selected and portrayed for L’Uomo Vogue, compiling a sensational portfolio that includes his sons, lifelong friends, young actors and old colleagues, perfect strangers and illustrious fellow photographers like Peter Lindbergh. Roversi explains: “It happens in an instant: you see one of those faces and you think, I want to photograph you.

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Cooper Boone of Foundry42, Port Jervis and his booth at the Country Living Fair

Cooper Boone of Foundry42, Port Jervis and his booth at the Country Living Fair

The everlasting patina of the Country Living Fair

The 3-day Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck is filled with antiques, vintage, rustic and handmade items where the pages of Country Living Magazine come to life. The fair is held the first weekend in June.

Cooper Boone opened his lifestyle store, Foundry42 in 2016 in Port Jervis, NY. The store features his great loves: Food, Design/Antiques and Music/Events. The store has been creating many waves, having been written about in Vogue, Out Magazine, Country Living Magazine, NY Times and Naturally Danny Seo Magazine. Foundry42 was recently voted one of the Top 50 Retail Stores in the United States by Home Accents Magazine.

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Best ideas from our Retail Stars

For maximizing exposure, few ideas work better than in-store events. Foundry42 has had contestants from Food Network’s Chopped in for cooking demonstrations and more. Red Door Home creates themed social events, including a Christmas open house, an annual anniversary sale and a spring open house. Each event includes door prizes, special offers and/or gifts with purchases.

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