Photos courtesy of Field Trip
With its beautiful array of locally made products and its ultra-popular Hudson Naturals skincare line, Newburgh’s Field Trip is definitely worth the trip.
Grace Sanchez thinks shopping small should be a special experience. From enjoying the sights, smells and sounds to cultivating community connections, visiting a local store is an opportunity to spark joy. It is therefore not surprising that his pretty shop Field Trip in historic Newburgh’s Liberty Street is a joy indeed.
Just steps from Hasbrouck House, the Washington Headquarters State Historic Site, Field Trip is packed with high-quality artisan products from across the Hudson Valley, including confections from Fruition, jams from Trade Street, CoPar Avion teas and more. The store is also the flagship retailer and home to the Hudson Naturals herbal skincare line.
Sanchez credits his son Nicholas, an architectural designer and co-owner of local business Terotti, for letting him know the store and skincare line were for sale. Sanchez, who is originally from Los Angeles but has a home in Newburgh, was already in love with the Hudson Naturals line. She purchased Field Trip and Hudson Naturals in September 2021 and intends to fulfill the legacy and vision of former owner Christina Silvestri. “My mission remains rooted in local love, from showcasing Hudson Valley products to being an essential part of the community,” says Sanchez.
To better understand the Hudson Naturals line, it’s crucial to note that all products are made in-house and from scratch. Product specialist Fernando Arce is the expert behind all soaps, lotions, candles, scrubs, face oils and hand sanitizers. The incorporation of local and sustainable vegetable oils, extracts, butters, waxes and plants is fundamental to the team’s philosophy. For example, natural avocado oil is the main base of many products because of its many health benefits, both inside the body and for the skin. Hudson Naturals has 125 retailers, including the nearby Newburgh Vintage Emporium, and hotels such as Mohonk Mountain House and Foxfire Mountain House. Grace’s favorite of the bloodline? “I would have to say Hudson Natural Body Butter. That’s what hooked me from the start and the main reason I’m here today.
With community being a big part of his store’s ethos, Sanchez collaborates with several neighboring businesses. In fact, there are so many women-owned boutiques on her street that Sanchez says they informally call themselves the “Ladies of Liberty.” But his neighbors aren’t the only reasons Sanchez loves the area. Just around the corner from Clark Street is Heart & Soil Flowers, her daughter-in-law’s boutique flower studio. Sanchez now enjoys pop-up tours and has partnered with Heart & Soil for special classes, like wreath making.
With a nice basement space with access to a back garden, Field Trip plans to host events, like a herbalism class led by herbalist Sasha Geerken. Sanchez looks forward to continuing to find innovative ways to engage her customers and the wider community, which she considers an extension of her family.
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