Craig and Deanna Muraszewski allowed for plenty of open space when designing Cold Spring General Store. Areas for people to gather and converse, exchange recipes and neighborly advice, as well as buying everyday provisions. The sense of community on weekend visits to Cold Spring inspired Craig and Deanna to leave their New York City lives behind and open Cold Spring General Store thirteen months ago. Craig, who shops at road side farm stands and appreciates the honesty box system, has brought a similar ethos to Cold Spring General Store. Craig formerly worked as a captain at Per Se N.Y.C. and at Foragers City Grocer, a large organic grocery, wine shop and restaurant. Well versed in handling and sourcing foodstuffs, Craig realized that there is an abundance of makers and producers in New York State, and wanted to find a way to support and showcase their work. At weekends he opens the neighboring barn, which is stocked with seasonal produce, and is currently hosting a Syracuse clothing brand, The Local Branch Co. Behind the barn there are a dozen Adirondack chairs available to locals and tired day-trippers alike, to listen to music, relax and enjoy a cold beverage. Craig and Deanna have a dedicated work ethic that has them working twelve hours, seven days a week, but they find they have a more integrated lifestyle, stopping for lunch with friends or running home to put short ribs in the oven for that night’s dinner. They recently renovated a two-bedroom apartment above the general store that is available to rent on Airbnb. In the future they hope to take the general store to the next stage, raising their own chickens, keeping bees and planting their own apple orchard.
61 Main Street, Cold Spring NY