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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beacon Bits -- Echo Reverberates

Echoes can imitate or echoes can leave a lingering trace. But not so for Echo in Beacon, which is a one-of-a-kind store that entices inter-generational purchases for children and adults with a range of heirloom and educational toys, seasonal clothing and accessories for the fashion forward diva. This Echo is unique and stands alone.


Located in Beacon for 16 years at various locations, this eye-catching double-storefront shop found at the intersection of Main Street and Tioronda Avenue (with its neighbors the Howland Cultural Center and Beacon Falls Cafe) has become the epitome of the success that women entrepreneurs brought to this river town, long before the more recent revival that has brought a host of shoppers and visitors who parade the local streets every weekend of the month.

Owner Karen Donohue has the requisite design and marketing prowess that established this niche design haven, reminiscent of the best of Anthropologie (a globally inspired home and clothing store chain) and Hammertown (located in Rhinebeck and Pine Plains), with her personal twist that feels timeless, yet fresh and new; forward thinking, yet retro; tasteful and stylish, yet affordable. 


Step inside and you will be charmed by all that you see. And when you hear the music playing just the right song - you might feel tempted to dance along and feel the enchantment of this whimsical, yet practical store; but don't worry, you'll be invited to do so in the family friendly venue!

Food for thought:  With all the new restaurants and breweries and places to 'hang out' along Main Street, it is nice to know that Echo exists for all the mundane needs of shopping for new clothes or gifting oneself and others with purchases made at this women's boutique and toy store. A community needs the right mix of businesses that provide all the tools to get through life--food, clothing, home goods, necessities, and yes, even some toys and games. Beacon's turning point may have arrived as more of the previously empty store fronts are becoming occupied, but Beacon will be a better and more livable town when keeping this balance in mind. As they say, 'before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water; after enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water.'

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