All posts by peggybellar

Just Shop!

  An interview with Mercedes Gonzalez of Just Shop Why did you decide to open a business in the Catskills?    My “day job” gives me a lot of opportunities to have access to “odd lots” of closeout merchandise. For years, I was hoarding goods to hit a critical mass in order to run a warehouse/sample sale in […]


Cricket & Chris

Why did you decide to look for a home in the Catskills? We had spent many weekends in the Catskills and fell in love with the natural beauty and country vibe. We also didn’t want to be too close to the city – we were drawn to the remote less populated appeal of the Catskills. […]


Roxbury Wine & Spirits

An interview with Jeff Tichenor of Roxbury Wine & Spirits Why did you decide to open a business in the Catskills? When we purchased our home, it was primarily as a second home to escape from NYC. We quickly fell in love with the mountains and wondered how we could make it work to move […]


Home Goods of Margaretville

An interview with Jess Olenych of Home Goods of Margaretville Why did you decide to open a business in the Catskills? I actually grew up in the Catskills, but never really thought about staying here. When I was in college, I did a bunch of traveling and ended up in DC for an internship. There […]


Zone4 Landscapes

An interview with Mel Bellar of Zone4 Landscapes Why did you decide to open a business in the Catskills? My wife and I already loved it here, had friends and owned a beautiful home, so when I left my “high-powered” CTO position at a major advertising firm and well… the obvious thing to do was […]


Scott — Arkville, NY

Why did you decide to look for a home in the Catskills? I fell in love with the Catskills the first time I paid a visit. I’ve been visiting on weekends for a few years and instead of dreaming about a place of my own I made it a reality. How did you end up […]



Roxbury General — Roxbury, NY

Why did you decide to open a business in the Catskills? It was always a dream of ours to open a store together, but it was unattainable in Brooklyn. Knowing a bit about Roxbury and having a house there, we thought it could support a store that fit in with our vision. When Doug decided […]


Carly & Dan — Halcott Center, NY

  Why did you decide to look for a home in the Catskills? We loved the community feel of the region, especially all the young and adventurous people we were meeting on weekend visits. It felt affordable and accessible to us as a young couple. We also love the mountains and the easy drive up […]