Who are we?
We are Woodstock Reveries. Well, the shop is Woodstock Reveries and we are the people behind it or actually, inside it. We are a lovely little gift shop in Woodstock, N.Y. (no, the concert didn’t happen here. It’s not our fault).
We sell beautifully curated gifts and most of it is handmade. After all, Woodstock has always been an artists’ colony. Pretty much, if you can’t make something with your own hands, you can’t live here. Unless you sell creations other people make – that’s a loophole.
Anyway, we sell these gorgeous handmade bags, lots and lots of healing crystals, jewelry, candles, mugs, books, dreamcatchers and other things you may not need but you definitely want. What we carry changes all the time as we continue to evolve…findmore incredible artists and get more cool creations. We are always looking for talented artists who want to sell their work on consignment. If you’re interested, you can email us for more info. Other things we sell come from small eco-friendly companies. Everything we sell is vegan-friendly, free from animal products and cruelty-free – we strongly believe in ahimsa (non-violence) and compassion. Peace is not just a symbol on a t-shirt but a way of living.
That’s why our gifts give back to animal rescues and sanctuaries. We donate to many rescues – dogs, cats, farm animals and wildlife. Every purchase helps save animals in need and really, who doesn’t want to help animals?
Why are we “The Hidden Gem of Woodstock?”
We came up with that tag line because not everyone sees us. Seriously, sometimes it feels like we are covered with a cloak of invisibility and it’s not a superpower we want and now it’s even harder.
Our shop was located off the main street in town, down the block and then down a driveway.
Even though we looked adorable, some people would just walk by, eyes on their phones, and not even turn their heads to look at us. Other times, they stopped and looked down the driveway and acted like it was a gazillion miles away instead of a few feet – even people who just hiked up and down the mountain!
But those who made the effort to come inside always (okay, not always but most of the time) said what a beautiful shop we had and what great energy they felt. We liked those people. If they bought something, we loved those people.
But then…we had to leave our pretty little shop. A new landlord bought the building where we lived and worked and suddenly decided he wanted it for himself. So our successful business of four years had to go. We had to find a new place to live and a new home for our shop.
We moved down the road, past the Woodstock Cemetery and across from the Community Center. For over a year, we ran as just an online shop while we looked for a new retail space. But we didn’t find one so we decided to recreate our shop on our front porch.
We reopened on September 22, 2018 which was the 5th birthday of Woodstock Reveries. Woo Hoo!
Look how cute we are – inside and out!!
We are close to town (right across the road from the Community Center) but outside of it so it’s harder to get people to come down this way. Now we are even more “The Hidden Gem of Woodstock.” It feels like we are starting all over again but at least we are here. We don’t give up…ever. We are “the little shop that could” and we are definitely worth the walk!
So who are the people in our shop?
Andrew Cort is kind of like the silent partner of the shop…because he’s quiet. Except when he’s writing. Then he uses a lot of words. All of them. He’s the guy who started the shop and came up with the name of Reveries.
Andrew wears a lot of hats…figuratively. He doesn’t actually wear hats even though we sell them. Hmm…I should ask him about that.
Anyway, Andrew is an interfaith minister so he can perform your ceremony if you want to get hitched. He’s also Woodstock’s favorite chiropractor so if you feel a little bent out of shape, he can fix you up. He’s also an author, a Nautilus Gold Award winner in fact, and all his books are available in the shop in the “Books” section. They’re even autographed!
Check out Andrew’s website www.AndrewCort.com. If you want to schedule an appointment for his chiropractic services which includes applied kinesiology, craniosacral balancing, pain relief and nutritional counseling, email him through his web site or call him at (845) 750-9652
The shop, both online and in real life, is run by me, Rhea. I’m the not-silent partner. Very not-silent. I guess I’m also the manager since I manage to do a heck of a lot. I do the buying and try to figure out what people will think is beautiful, make them feel something in their souls and want to have for themselves. I also do the selling so if you come in, shop online, or visit us on social media (Follow us on Instagram and Facebook), it’s me you’ll have the fun of interacting with. This gorgeous website is designed by me too.
While I sell my photography, digital art photos and recipe books, my greatest talent is finding talented artists and beautiful products to sell in our store.
We sell lots of beautiful crystals. I’m a Certified Master Crystal Healing Practitioner and Animal Reiki Practitioner and I make crystal healing kits so if you need something crystal-related for you or your furbaby, I can help.
Mostly, my mission is to help animals. So far, we have helped over 50 rescues and sanctuaries all over the world. I know, when do I sleep? I don’t.
The guy who maintains the store, takes care of everyone (human and otherwise) and handles all the shipping is Tom, the other silent partner.
Tommy’s my Sweetie. He works hard taking care of all of us (he really has his hands full) and he’s the reason the shop functions from day to day (and why I function from day to day). He is our Shipping and Handling Department and makes sure customers get their packages quickly and safely. If you have a question about shipping, it’s Tommy you’ll be speaking with.
Tommy is also the dog servant and if you’re around, you’ll probably see him walking his master…uh, Benny, outside. Tom is also a librarian and working on his PhD. So he’s not just cute, he’s really smart. But he’s really cute too. Sorry, he’s not for sale.
Who’s really in charge?
It’s all about the animals. We love animals. From the beginning, Rosie and Benny have been the heart and soul of everything we do. That’s why their pictures are bigger than ours. Plus, they are much cuter than any of us. Much.
Rosie was Andrew’s dog (but in our hearts, she was mine and Tom’s as well).
Rosie was a sweetheart who was always up for a belly rub. She even has her own book! “Rosie & Friends: Unleashed in the Berkshires” is the story (slightly embellished) of Rosie’s puppyhood. Rosie passed away on January 8, 2018 at the age of 15, right after we had to leave our home and store. She is the reason I became certified in Animal Reiki. We miss her so much every single day. She is forever the heart of all of us.
Benny is Tom’s and my dog. Benny is always in the shop by my side with his cow-sister Trudy. He’s the guard dog – all 9 lbs. of him. He even has a t-shirt that says “Security” on it. Seriously, he has more clothes than I do.
Benny loves to meet customers and get scratchies and attention. Benny has his own section of our newsletter (make sure you subscribe on our home page) and tries to help other dogs get rescued find homes like he did. Meeting Benny is, in itself, worth the trip to come and see us. Seriously, most of our social media following is because of Benny.