In Hancock, we don’t “go shopping” (unless you’re talking about a trip to the grocery store). It’s just so… yesterday.
We’ve taken a new approach to the shopping experience and we invite you to join in! Instead of parking your car in a lot along with hundreds of others and walking from chain store to chain store, in Hancock, you’ll meander down charming country roads where finding the place is all part of the adventure!
Here is a list of proprietors, proctors, and purveyors of fine goods you’ll want to visit for an authentic Hancock “shopping” experience!
Ray Turner, one of the stars of National Geographic Channel’s popular “Filthy Riches,” is, by all accounts, a fascinating individual. He has worked his little spot on the East Branch of the Delaware River for decades, like his father before him, building his weir each season (no easy task!) to trap the migrating eels that are the staple of his business, then tearing it down again at season’s end. Ray Turner’s “delicacies” range from smoked eel caught and processed right on the Delaware River to smoked cheeses, salmon, trout, and more — all produced in his own smokehouse and sought after by individuals and epicurean establishments around the world.
But don’t go there to gawk; even though he’s an international television celebrity, Ray cherishes his solitary lifestyle on the river and we respect that. But go for an eel or two and he’ll be delighted to accommodate you!
Dick Price is a Hancock treasure! We could use terms such as “full range of tonal values,” “depth and luminosity,” and “emotional perception,” but we prefer simply to say, “Man, he’s REALLY GOOD!” And we mean REALLY GOOD. Dick’s watercolors have won awards in regional and national art shows. But more than that, his work — whose subject matter is primarily the countryside surrounding his home — evokes such a sense of place that to look upon his paintings it to truly look into the heart of Hancock.
Dick is a prolific artist. He’s always busy painting, teaching, or showing his work across the nation. But if you catch him at just the right time and your subject matter sparks his interest, he may just be willing to take on a commissioned project for you.
A dazzling array of colorful direct-import, vintage, and antique tribal rugs awaits you at Camptons art studio and gallery. Procured from the collection of Donna Endres of Istanbul and Samarkand Rug Gallery in Austin, Texas, these unbelievable pieces of useable and hanging art seem custom-made for the modern cabin and contemporary farmhouse.
Camptons also offers handmade mercantile items such as bath products, limited edition t-shirts, prints, and a line of modern camp style furniture.
Hours vary by the season. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Jay Smith is a local producer of all-natural honey and bee products, farm-fresh eggs, and naturally grown produce as well as handcrafted, custom woodwork. The farm shop is just a mile from the Hancock Town Square. Experience Hancock on foot; walk to Smith’s and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river. But be sure to call ahead — hours vary by season.
World’s End carries a variety of supplies for sport fishing, and they can order just about anything they don’t have in stock. Lures, tackle boxes, spool fillers, fishing poles, hooks, flies, nightwalkers, fatheads, mummy worms — you ask for it, they’ll get it for you.
The two enthusiastic young ladies who operate Gracie’s Garden & Gifts bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the Village of Hancock. This family-owned enterprise offers one-of-a-kind floral arrangements and unique, hand-selected gifts for the discerning shopper.
One of the best things about living here in Hancock is being surrounded by small, independent farmers and growers. You’ll find just about everything in season at our market every first and third Saturday during the summer months, as well as products from local crafters and artisans. Check our Events page for the latest updates on who and what you’ll find on the next market date!
On the banks of the West Branch of the Delaware River in Hancock, New York, Dennis Menscer is making some of the finest bamboo rods in the world.
Dennis favors rods that match his own relaxed casting style. His typical rod will be 2 piece, two tips, flamed bamboo, with hand filed and pressed nodes, maroon wraps with black tipping and comes with a handmade sock, aluminum tube and brass cap. A highly skilled machinist, Dennis is one of the few makers today who machines his own fittings and a customer can expect to enjoy handmade ferrules, real seat fittings, winding check and rod tube brass fittings. He also specializes in hollow built construction in his rods between 7 ½ and 9 feet, which lightens the weight and makes the action of his top-of-the-line rods crisper.
Looking for the best natural handmade goats milk soap? Look no further than Willindy Willow Soapworks!
Goat milk soap, unlike synthetic soaps, gives a fresh, natural clean that’s better for your skin, your health, and the environment. Willindy Willow handmade soaps are perfect for washing, bathing, and cleaning.
Lifetime Hancock resident Bill Gross has been honing his skills as a “Master Blaster” for many years. He produces custom sand-blasted items from native Hancock, NY bluestone (in case you don’t already know, bluestone is a “thing” in Hancock… the Statue of Liberty stands on Hancock bluestone!… read more about that here), as well as any type of sign from vinyl to wood, metal, and plastic.
Talk to Bill if you’re looking for an absolutely unique, one-of-a-kind “Proudly Made In Hancock, NY” item for your home or as a gift. He has taken custom orders from clients requesting everything from garden pavers, cabin/house numbers and signs, and bluestone benches to checker/game tables, plaques, bird baths, and sundials. Your custom item is only limited by your imagination!
Just a mile or so outside Hancock Village is Lor’s Landscape & perennials — a magical little world where faeries dwell and all nature of botanical delights await! Housed in a historic train depot, Lori creates beautiful custom floral displays and sells everything from seeds and plants to unique and wonderful gift items for everyone on your list. Lori and her staff also provide stellar landscaping services in the Hancock area. If you’ve been longing for the lawn and garden of your dreams, give Lori a call!
Lori Rae’s jewelry work has been featured in many national publications and in fine boutiques and retailers around the world, as well as in costuming for several television soap operas. Lori finds inspiration for her original designs through the tranquil landscape surrounding her home in Hancock, NY.
If you’re hosting a party, looking for the perfect gift, or just wanting a nice bottle of wine for a quiet evening, the Hancock Liquor Store is your best bet for something anyone and everyone will love. This small store in the heart of Hancock Village packs a big punch when it comes to selection and creative gift ideas. Theresa always makes sure the house is stocked with a multitude of current holiday options, and her in-depth knowledge of regional and international wines is exceptional.
Billed jointly as a souvenir shop, museum, firearms purveyor, outfitter, clothing store, and NY State licensing center, Marino’s is a destination in itself! They are the premier outdoor store in the area, and the courteous and knowledgeable staff have all the insider’s information to make your stay in Hancock a real adventure!
A delightful little gem just 15 miles from Hancock Village up Scenic Byway 97, Eminence Road Farm Winery makes small lots of dry table wine in a barn on the western edge of the Catskills in Long Eddy, NY using vinifera grapes from sustainably managed Finger Lakes vineyards. All wine is fermented by naturally occurring yeasts and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfite for stability.
The winery is open by appointment for tasting and sales. Contact by email or phone to arrange a visit. Eminence Road wine can also be found at local farmers’ markets as well as fine restaurants and wine shops in the Finger Lakes, Catskills, Hudson Valley, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.
So… you’ve had a chance to look around a bit and now you’ve got that twinkle in your eye that says, “maybe it’s not such a crazy idea to move here!” Welcome to Beaver Mountain country! Beaver Mountain Log Homes is the Northeast’s Premier Custom-Built Cedar Log and Timber Frame Home Source… and they’re here, right off Route 17, just outside of Hancock!
Beaver Mountain has built over 2,000 custom log homes in the past 30 years, and they’ve got some gorgeous model homes you can preview on their property… just stop in and ask for the tour!