Domestic Dry Goods Company is a new retail concept created and headed by Erin Hinchey, a retail specialist, artist and avid, award winning gardener. Domestic Dry Goods is a retail establishment reminiscent of old-fashioned mercantile stores that provided excellent customer service and high-quality goods that are made in America. We will sell products for the Home & Garden, as well as one of a kind gifts for everyone and every budget....Click Here to Read More
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Rye Brook store celebrates the Maker Movement
by Karen Roberts for LoHud.com
“There’s a story behind everything made here,” says Hinchey.
It sounds simple enough: buy products made by real people, not corporations. It’s called the Maker Movement, and it’s about bringing people in touch with artisanal products and the people who make them.
Erin Hinchey, owner of Domestic Dry Goods Company in Rye Brook, is all in. Her shop carries new and vintage products celebrating for home, garden and personal care, and she holds events like last month’s “Meet the Makers” event, where shoppers can get to know the people creating the products for sale.
“I wanted to give people the opportunity to put a face with products they really like, sample some items and enjoy the day,” says Hinchey.
One artisan, Beth Linskey of Beth’s Farm Kitchen, offers tastings of her popular chutneys, jams, and mustards that have been for sale in the Union Square Market in Manhattan for 30 years. “It’s been amazing especially in the last five years people want local and fresh,” she says.
Alexis Trembone of The Bedford Life designs aprons sold here, and says the popularity of stores like this signify a back-to-the-home movement. She was a handbag designer for eight years until she started designing country-style aprons for adults and children. “I’ve never loved making bags like I do these,” she says. “I know when people buy my product it’s a memory they are building with their loved ones.”
Another part of store owner’s mantra: a Made-in-America philosophy and a sense of conservation. “I think we have to re-train people not to need as much, we just need one well made thing,” she says.
You’ll find traditional wooden toys, but no commercial plastic toys for the kids. There are soy and beeswax candles that are more environmentally-friendly, and her attention to detail like her signature hang tags for each sale item.
“There’s a story behind everything made here,” says Hinchley.
Hinchey explains the origins of the recent artisan trend, started after the economic downturn in 2009, when local artists were out of work and moved to create necessity products.
Customers discovered it didn’t cost much more money than imported items, and they were better quality. “So people started with the Brooklyn flea markets and really started cultivating great artists, it was a movement,” she says.
People here are buying in — and buying. “My customers love the obscure items found locally,” says Hinchey.
If you go …
Domestic Dry Goods Company, 14 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook. 914-481-4822, www.domesticdrygoodscompany.com
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Address // Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, NY (Behind the Rye Ridge Shopping Center)