Old Souls, Tara and James Caroll’s shop in Cold Spring is named after James’ fly fishing business, after a compliment given him by a client many years ago. Ideally located on the Hudson River and beside lots of hiking trails, Old Souls supplies goods for ‘field, stream, camp and home’. Three years ago James and Tara, both from Upstate New York, who met in Buffalo, were living in Brooklyn, and would escape city life as often as possible to ski, fish and hike. After buying a home in Cold Spring that was within easy reach of Manhattan via train, James spotted a vacant shop on Main Street and persuaded Tara to leave her finance job to run Old Souls. James designed the shop giving it a warm, comfortable feeling; walls that are clad in reclaimed wood, the antler chandelier and hunting and fishing trophies give the ambience of a cabin rather than a shop. James who also has a hardwood flooring business in New York continues to commute to the city and spends his weekends either in the shop or out on the river guiding and teaching fly fishing. Amber McCoy-Snapp works with Tara and James, and is responsible for the merchandising and buying. As well as being knowledgeable about all the products sold at Old Souls, Amber is a local and very familiar with the river and trails. Last year, Tara and Amber went to fly fishing school in the Catskills. Tara had the opportunity to try out her new skills on a bone fishing trip to Andros organized through the shop, and is now as passionate about fly fishing as James. The Old Souls graphic logo appears on t-shirts and sweatshirts, made locally, and baseball hats made in Seattle. Tara and James are committed to selling and supporting American brands associated with good quality, which grow better with age and can be passed on to future generations. Every weekend day-trippers arrive in Cold Spring, and depending on the season will be buy socks, gloves or sunhats at Old Souls. It is the support of the local community that has greatly impressed Tara and James, and they are inspired to experience the charm of owning a shop on Main Street.
Shopkeeper photo: Kate Daigneault
63 Main Street, Cold Spring NY