1. It's in Beacon, New York
What's so great about Beacon, you ask? Everything! From an economic slump and back to a hustle-bustle, Beacon is a resilient Hudson Valley town that has withstood the test of time. During its incorporation in 1913, the newly formed city thrived. The world-famous incline railway was bringing tourists to the top of the mountain where a hotel and casino were built to entertain. At the same time, Beacon was a manufacturing hub, with several brick factories setting up shop and employing thousands (Niche's factory is a former giant fan factory). This lasted through the late 1960s; after that, the factories closed, residents sought malls, and Beacon fell into 20 years of decline. Almost 80% of the city's commercial business spaces and factories were vacant. With the opening of contemporary art museum DIA:Beacon in 2003, Beacon experienced a renaissance of art, culture, and commercialism. New generations moved into the Victorian-era housing, renovated old buildings, set up businesses, and the flourishing community was reborn. Today, Niche is a part of this prospering art and design community.
Good GREAT food and drink
Seeking a snack? A meal? A brew? All three? Beacon's got you covered! Many Beacon eateries use locally sourced ingredients, have regional beers on tap, and feature diet-centric cuisine such as vegan and gluten-free options. Check out The Hop, Dogwood, and Draught for a wide selection of artisanal craft beers. Need a little caffeine in your system or have a sweet tooth? Bank Square and Ella's Bella's are sure fuel your mind, body, and soul...oh, and stomach. For comforting, award-winning, hearty meals, we recommend Homespun Foods, The Roundhouse, and Poppy's Burgers & Fries. Be sure to sign up to get our handy Factory Sale Guide for more information about these restaurants, bars, and cafes, and how to get to them!
3. Breathtaking Scenery
Whether you're at the top of Mount Beacon or down at the waterfront, Beacon is beautiful no matter if you look up, down, or across! June's weather is the perfect time to escape into nature and take a hike, kayak, fish, you name it! Strap on your sneakers or your hiking boots, and bring your kids, your dog, and your sunscreen, and your picnic lunch. There's so much to see and so much sun to soak up in the Hudson Valley! Oh, and the mountain air smells infinitely better than New York City.
4. Super spring SAVINGS!
For two days ONLY, June 13th and 14th, you can score 50-80% off Niche factory seconds and samples. You won't find this deal anywhere else, except for here in the flesh at our Beacon, New York factory. Our warehouse will open its doors to the public where you can browse countless pendant styles for a fraction of the original price. Pick them up, touch them, stroke them, (but don't drop them), and oggle at the wide variety of colors and shapes. This event is cash & carry only! Nearby banks include, Chase, M&T, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Stop by from any time between 12pm and 6pm, but remember, these select styles are available on a first come, first served basis, so come early and start searching for the right pendants for you!
5. Live glass-blowing demonstrations from talented Team Niche
You read correctly - live glass-blowing demonstrations are taking place during both days of the Factory Sale (that's June 13th and 14th, in case you forgot already). All of our products are handmade with love and care, right here, in the very factory you'll step foot in! The art of glass-blowing is sure to mesmerize, impress, and wow! At Niche, manufacturing in our own “backyard” allows us to keep a close eye over quality, which is of utmost importance. Working as a close-knit team gives Niche the flexibility to take on custom projects and to experiment by prototyping new ideas, shapes and colors. “When you get a Niche product, it’s important that you know that it’s made by real human beings in New York in a glass studio built from the ground up. And while that is difficult, it’s much more rewarding to us,” is the loyal philosophy from Creative Director, Jeremy Pyles.
Well, have we convinced you? Between history and scenery, meals and deals, our Spring Factory Sale and Beacon, New York have so much to offer! Start mapping out your route, sites to see, and pendants to purchase!