Upstate Update: Catskill’s Magpie Books

Posted by Susan DeFord on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 5:39pm.

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An Interview with Catskill's Magpie Books

Catskill NY is abuzz with activity. It was recently named the “New Mecca for Artisans” by the New York Times. With it’s close proximately to hip Hudson, reasonable real estate prices, and low taxes, buyers are starting to notice this charming town. New restaurants, cafes, and stores have opened in the recent years. Magpie Books, a used bookstore that also hosts musical events, readings, and even Zen meditation, is at the forefront of Catskill’s renaissance.

I talked to Magpie’s Kristi Gibson about running a business in Catskill and her love of the area.

Are you from the Hudson Valley? If not, why did you choose to make this area your home?

Not originally. I lived up and down the West Coast, in Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado and Connecticut until about 10 years ago. When I first started visiting Catskill, I really fell in love with it. It combined a lot of aspects of many places that I've lived before but in one location. Being close to the city, having a vibrant village life, being close to farms and being able to hike and boat were all aspects of why I love it here.

What are some of your favorite things about the area that only a local would know?

I really like the little old restaurants tucked away in the mountains. There are some really good Bavarian bakeries and bars still hidden away back there. I have a few favorite swimming holes back in the mountains as well. In the village, it's really the ease of making friends and having such a rich social life that doesn't require a lot of planning. Most of us live within the village and can walk to bars and restaurants. 

Tell me about your background. How and when did you started your business?

I was an academic geographer for a long time, teaching urban and community studies. When I decided to leave the university that I was at, I knew I wanted to start my own business and Catskill really needed a bookshop. It was a great fit. 

What are the benefits of being in business here?

Certainly the ease with which you can form a supportive and interesting community around yourself and a business. It's more affordable on this side of the river, so folks can take a risk and more easily start their first business. 

Tell me a bit about how your home and how you found it?

I actually live above my bookshop. After commuting between New York and Connecticut for 6 years, my dream was to have a zero commute. Now I can walk downstairs to my business! 

What would you like others who are considering moving to the Hudson Valley to know?

I think the greatest benefit to living in this area are the small towns and villages that still function as traditional, walkable communities. You can have the benefits of a rural area and still walk to get the newspaper and a cup of coffee in the  morning. Not spending your life in a car but still having access to arts and culture and interesting people is a huge benefit. 

Thanks so much to Kristi Gibson for sharing her experiences with me!

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  • MLS® #: 122170
  • 220 Hamburg Rd
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $1,800,000
  • 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2040 SqFt, 13.5 Acres
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  • 555 Cauterskill Ave
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $1,499,000
  • 4 Bed, 1400 SqFt, 117 Acres
  • Farm
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  • MLS® #: 122039
  • 4555-4563 Route 32
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $980,000
  • 11.5 Acres
  • Commercial
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  • MLS® #: 121502
  • Route 23b
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $975,000
  • 278784 SqFt, 6.4 Acres
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  • MLS® #: 121472
  • Route 23b
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $975,000
  • 6.4 Acres
  • Commercial
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  • MLS® #: 120612
  • 155 Paul Saxe Rd
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $698,000
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 3836 SqFt, 3 Acres
  • Multi-Family
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  • MLS® #: 121806
  • 80 Route 9w
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $599,000
  • 5410 SqFt, 0.53 Acres
  • Commercial
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  • MLS® #: 122810
  • 9 Liberty St
  • Catskill, NY 12412
  • $549,000
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 3000 SqFt, 0.2 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 123735
  • 31 Woodland Ave
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $485,000
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 3000 SqFt, 0.05 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 121326
  • Underhill Rd
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $475,000
  • 5488560 SqFt, 126 Acres
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  • MLS® #: 123648
  • 7 Fox Ln
  • Catskill, NY 12414
  • $449,900
  • 6 Bed, 5 Bath, 3414 SqFt, 4 Acres
  • Residential
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  • MLS® #: 124019
  • 99 Rolling Hills Rd
  • Athens, NY 12414
  • $419,000
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1771 SqFt, 10.6 Acres
  • Residential
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