The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s headquarters will not only serve as an educational and cultural hub, but also as a shopping destination for this holiday season.
Soho East Home and Jewelry Collection will use the Mead House as its pop-up store location from Nov. 23 through Dec. 24. Soho East’s owner Stacy Higgins said she chose the Mead House for several reasons.
“First, it is a perfect holiday house—warm and charming,” she said of the Victorian style home. “Second, I am helping the [Dobbs Ferry Historical] society's restoration fund, by paying rent, giving 5 percent of sales and by reserving a space for the sell of books and afghans by the society, in which they will keep all proceeds. I am hoping that my presence here will in turn familiarize people with the Mead House and it's history.”
Soho East has all of its classic merchandise, including: contemporary and sustainable home accessories, stainless serveware, Spanish glassware, designer pillows and throws, and original artisan jewelry. Soho East also sells hand knit scarves and gloves by a local knitting group. There are also paintings and prints by Helen Elliott of Irvington and historical books on the Rivertowns for sale.
Soho East had its original storefront in Dobbs Ferry for 10 years before opening at 94 Main St. in Irvington for about two years. Soho East moved out of its Irvington storefront about two years ago. Higgins lived in Dobbs Ferry for 11 years, where her child went to middle and high school, and recently moved last year to Stamford, CT.
“My customer base is in the Rivertowns,” said Higgins. “I have no desire to open anywhere else. I still love being here!”
Soho East’s first pop-up location opened last year from Thanksgiving to Christmas at 145 Palisades St. in Dobbs Ferry. She was looking for a bigger and more convenient first floor location since last year's endeavor was such a sucess. Higgins said having a pop-up location offers her the freedom to choose when she wants to open.
“I love having pop-up stores, in fact I am hoping to pop-up a few times during the year, not just holiday time, but also spring and summer,” said Higgins. “Most people need a store during key times of the year—weddings, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. I might open for a day or a weekend before those times, using the Mead House as my temporary home for Soho East.”
Soho East- 12 Elm St., Dobbs Ferry (Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, Mead House)
Open from Nov. 23-Dec. 24; Thurs.-Sat from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun. from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Extended hours the week before Christmas)