Mansion + Reed is a General Store and Cafe located in the historic Hudson River Town of Coxsackie, NY. Our shop specializes in sourcing goods locally from NY State farms and makers and regionally from talented small businesses. We run a coffee counter serving espresso drinks, lattes, and batch brew using only the magical beans of No. Six Depot Roastery (Stockbridge, MA). Our grocery section stocks a wide range of goodies including milk, local eggs, meats and cheeses, bread from Bread Alone and Chatham's Gluten Free Bakery, pastries, pickles, chocolate, soaps, and gift items PLUS local craft beer & cider! We have just about everything you need for a picnic in the park or a fresh dinner at home with friends and family! Check out our SHOP link for more information and to check out our hours of operation.
We are located on Reed Street which is Coxsackie's most historically preserved section—usually called "downstreet." Tucked right on the banks of the Hudson River, the village's Italiante brick buildings are often framed by ships and tugboats going to and fro in the background. Be sure to take a walk to Riverside Park where you can commune with the majestic Hudson River, enjoy a picnic, birdwatch, or use the boat launch to explore the water. Our storefront has had many incarnations over the years including the "Marion Store" a beloved variety shop from the 1950s.
The village name, Coxsackie (pronounced Cook-sah-kie), is a variant of the Native American word mak-kachs-hack-ing, which is generally translated as Hoot-owl place or place of many owls. The village's main street corridor, designated a National Historic District in 1980, features well preserved 1800s Italianate-style brick storefront buildings. The village was once home to brick foundries, ice houses (harvesting ice from the river), and the American Valve Company. Such industries have since dried up, and you will still see some boarded up windows and empty storefronts along with lovingly restored houses and buildings. But as has happened on the East side of the river in Hudson, NY, people are starting to appreciate the historic character and close connection to nature that the Hudson Valley's river towns offer.
WHO WE ARE
We are Lia and Justine Post, twin sisters, who moved to Coxsackie in the winter of 2015. Lia moved from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, after running an artist collective and gallery for 5 years, Fowler Arts Collective. Justine was most recently finishing her PhD in Poetry at the University of Houston and previously lived and worked in Manhattan. We were both introduced to Coxsackie almost 20 years ago. When we were young pups just out of high school, we took a year off before college to travel and volunteer (at a desert farm in Spain, a monkey sanctuary in England, etc.). We spent an amazing summer working on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and since then, the river towns of the Hudson have held a magical place in our hearts....hence the eventual move to Coxsackie!
We both live right in town and each have a fluffy doggie who might be hanging out in the back of the shop for you to say hello to.