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Second Saturday Happenings!

We hope to see you at our Fall Factory Sale, this Saturday, November 8th!  It is also Beacon’s Second Saturday when galleries, boutiques, and restaurants stay open late!  What else is happening on Saturday?  Here are some other events you don’t want to miss!

GALLERY TALK AT DIA:BEACON

From 2-3pm, local art museum Dia:Beacon will host a gallery talk with curator and writer, Sarah Demeuse.  The talk is free with museum admission and no reservation is required.  Demeuse will discuss work by large-scale sculptor and earthworks artist, Michael Heizer, who’s pieces are on long-term view at the museum.   For more information, click here.

BAU GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION

The Beacon Artists Union (BAU), presents bau 119, an exhibit of new work by local artists Grey Zeien, Gary Jacketti, and Eric David Laxman.  The opening reception will be help from 6-9pm at the BAU Gallery, 506 Main Street.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Find out more about the Beacon Artists Union here. This exhibit runs through December 7th.

The Hop Grand Re-Opening Party

The Hop, our favorite local spot for craft beer and great food will be re-opening at their new location at 554 Main Street this Saturday. The larger new space will have a full restaurant and cocktail menu, in addition to quality brews. Not to mention it’s  only a stones throw from the Niche factory! Stop by on Saturday night to eat, drink, and shop the Hop’s amazing collection of beer. Find out more here.

Matteawan Gallery Opening Reception

Group exhibition, Chemistry, opens at the Matteawan Gallery at 464 Main Street.  The show features work by photographers Jill Enfield, Anne Arden McDonald, Amanda Means, and S. Gayle Stevens and focuses on abstract imagery based on experimentation, materials, and process.  The opening reception is from 6-9pm and the show runs through December 21st. Head to the event page for more information.

Take advantage of all Beacon has to offer on this fine Saturday!  There are plenty more events to attend in addition to shopping at our Factory Sale!  Beacon Arts Council has a full listing on their website.  We hope you have a great Second Saturday!

Made in New York

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Niche is extremely proud to be manufacturing our handmade products in New York. It’s not always easy and there are many challenges we face but we love what we do! Watch our video for a glimpse into what it means to be “Made in New York” from our Creative Director, Jeremy Pyles.

“Designing and manufacturing in New York means operating a business in one of the most exciting, but most complex business environments. Manufacturing in general is very, very difficult, but doing it in New York State is even trickier,” Jeremy describes. New York is crowded and expensive and not an easy place to operate a business. With a lot of hard work and a great team, Niche went from one employee to 25 and Jeremy hopes to continue to grow with time.  The team consists of people who studied glass in school, and some who were trained in the craft right here at Niche.  The hospitable nature of independent business plays a major role in the fulfillment gained from locally manufacturing handmade products.


“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,” Jeremy adds. For the last 50 years, most companies design their products in the U.S. and have them made overseas. In this scenario, prices may be lower, but the quality of the product suffers. At Niche, manufacturing in our own “backyard” allows us to keep a close eye over quality, which is of utmost importance, not only to us, but to our clients. Working as a close-knit team gives Niche the flexibility to take on custom projects and to continually experiment by prototyping new ideas, shapes and colors- all right here in Beacon!

In the event you see a Niche pendant online for a lower price, it’s not made by us. There are companies overseas making counterfeit pendants which are nothing more than poor attempts at what we do best- we know because we’ve purchased them ourselves. The companies mass producing these counterfeits don’t have access to our molds, glass recipes or techniques.

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“This is a very sensitive topic for us. Any factory around the world can copy our designs and make them, but the standards aren’t very high…the quality’s not very good. And the thing that is important to us is that,” Jeremy concludes. Niche uses the highest quality of glass, the most saturated glass color, and each beautiful creation is the result of a long and thoughtful design process. It may be easy for another factory in another country to mimic Niche designs, but in the end, the product is not going to be the same.

When you see how a Niche pendant is made, the complex process becomes more comprehensive. Our upcoming Fall Factory Sale is a great time to witness the effort involved in the unique, handmade quality that Niche has to offer!

We’d Love To See You At Our Factory Sale!

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Watch the Fall Factory Sale Video




An Empire Down Under

Recognized for their exceptional craftsmanship, Australian construction firm Residential Attitudes has redefined “multi-family home” with their ultramodern house located in Perth, Western Australia. The design is fluid in its effort to create a space that is both indoors and outdoors.

The Empire

The lower level features sliding doors facing outside in practically every room while the upper level presents an open centre. Residential Attitudes’, “The Empire” exemplifies the quintessential principles in modern design. With an exterior that defies all laws of symmetry, this house is undeniably unique.

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Sunlight shines through the concrete cutouts in the breeze blocks that make up a portion of the upstairs façade revealing a sneak peak of five Niche Pendants inside. Situated above the staircase are a collection of three Turrets, one Pharos, and one Oculo. As the inside reiterates the all-white exterior, the Rose and Crimson pendants give color to the space.

Turret, Pharos and Oculo Pendants in "The Empire" Staircase

Turret, Pharos and Oculo Pendants in "The Empire" Staircase

Photos Courtesy of Residential Attitudes. Click here to view additional images of this project.

Coming Soon: Fall Factory Sale!

Niche’s Fall Factory Sale is happening very soon! Our factory doors will open to the public on Saturday, November 8th between 12:00 – 6:00pm. Take advantage of 50-80% off on factory seconds and samples. Curious to see how a pendant is made? We will be having glass-blowing demonstrations all day by our talented team! Enjoy a tour of our factory and prepare to be amazed by every little detail that happens at Niche. There will be free refreshments and goodies too. We hope to see you there!  Never been to Beacon? Take a look at our guide for insider tips with directions, restaurants, and more!

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Main Street & Great Eats! 8 Restaurants to Sample in Beacon!

This year our Fall Factory Sale lands on Beacon’s Second Saturday Event! On this day every month, restaurants, shops, galleries, and local businesses stay open late to accommodate the crowd. Never been to Beacon? Well, you’re going to get hungry when you see the bounty it has to offer! Here’s a rundown of some our favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and bars for you to sample when you’re in town. Get snacking!

The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls 2 East Main Street

Located in 150 year-old structures that once housed a textile mill and a machine shop that manufactured the first lawnmowers in the U.S., The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls transforms these old factory buildings into one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s best new restaurants of 2013. Situated along the Fishkill Creek, the waterfalls and bustling estuary provide delightful views both inside the dining hall and outside on the patio. The thoughtfully designed interior features contributions from local artisans, including a collection of pendants from Niche! The fare? Steaks and seafoods (even octopus!), unique game birds, soups, salad, and other dishes such as macaroni and cheese and risotto.

Dogwood 47 East Main Street

Established in 2012, Dogwood Bar & Restaurant provides a rustic yet retro social atmosphere and a familiar escape from the day-to-day routine. Offering 16 beers on tap and live music, Dogwood is a welcoming environment for all newcomers to the Hudson Valley. The draft beer menu is meticulously chosen and regularly updated to reflect the very best in quality, seasonal and even local brewery options. Here you’ll find eclectic American pub and comfort food such as burgers (meat and veggie), North Carolina pulled pork, roast beef, fries, wings, soups and salads.  Oh, and they proudly source local ingredients!

Draught IndUstries 394 Main Street

Downtown Beacon welcomes a rookie to the Main Street roster, Draught Industries! Opened in September 2014, the quaint, compact bar says, “some people collect art, we drink it”, which makes sense as they boast 20 rotating draughts and are the proud owners of a Flux Capacitator, a creation which helps to serve beer at correct carbonation levels.  Recently Draught added oysters as an hors d’oeuvre to their bar, but if you’re looking to have a brew…or two…or three…head on over!

Ella’s Bellas 418 Main Street

Cafe and bake shop, Ella’s Bellas, believes that indulgence should hold no restrictions and you will become a firm believer in that mantra as you are greeted at the door with dozens of choices in their glass case of baked goods. Specializing in gluten-free items and even vegan options too, Ella’s has everything for your sweet tooth! Cookies, brownies, muffins, croissants, biscotti, cupcakes, whoopie pies…you name it! The sweet treats are that much tastier because they’re made with local ingredients and lots of love. You’ll find hot and cold coffee drinks, fresh-made lemonade (add blueberries too!), soups, sandwiches, quiche, and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  And every meal in between, with say, a cocktail too? Absolutely!

The Hop 554 Main Street

Craft beer AND artisanal fare?  You’re sure to have a hoppin’ good time at The Hop when they host their Grand Re-Opening at their new location on Second Saturday!  Not just a bar, The Hop takes pride in providing a full retail selection of incredible beer from all over the world.  While they will still be offering tastings, the new location will now extend a full restaurant menu for that hungry stomach!

Homespun Foods 232 Main Street

From the moment you walk through the door, Homespun Foods will have you feeling right at home! Everything on their menu is fresh and homemade from hearty sandwiches to creative salads, hot soups and generous platters.  In addition to your full meal, you can also grab dessert, coffee, local microbrews, and wine.  You can choose to dine inside or outside on their floral-filled patio.  If you happen to make a trip to the nearby art museum, Dia:Beacon, Homespun Foods also operates the museum cafe!

Poppy’s Burgers and Fries 184 Main Street

Hudson Valley Magazine voted Poppy’s “Best Burger” in 2013 and owner Chef Poppy was a champion on the Food Network’s Choppedso you’re sure to pick a winning meal at Poppy’s Burgers and Fries! Staying true to the Hudson Valley cuisine standard, Poppy’s beef is 100% local, grass fed, and humanely raised. Don’t eat meat? No problem! Veggie burgers are served here as well. Choose from a variety of mouth-watering toppings such as onions, jalapeños, bacon, and fried eggs to turn your plain burger into a powerhouse burger!  Poppy’s packs some powerhouse Niche Pharos Pendants, too!

Bank Square Coffeehouse 129 Main Street

Bank Square Coffeehouse is truly a cornerstone of Beacon! After heading up the drive from the Metro North Railroad station or coming from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Bank Square is right there to greet you on the corner of Main Street and Route 9D.  This quaint coffee shop proudly serves beans from Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown, Hudson Valley Fresh milk, a variety of baked goods from local bakeries, and the region’s finest craft beer.  The shop provides plenty of couches to sit with your laptop or lounge around with pals at an open mic night.  Also, the Bank Square staff are proud connoisseurs of amazing latte art!

Team Niche leaves you with one question, “are you hungry yet?”  Be sure to visit some of our friends before and after Niche’s Factory Sale on Saturday, November 8th!