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On Friday, August 11th, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Philmont Trader's opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors had the opportunity to meet Philmont's Mayor Clarence "Skip" Speed, the Main Street Committee President Robin Andrews, and local historian Charlie Nichols. Light refreshments were served and their friends Judy May and Stormy Dave of "Musical Memories" played the classic American standards we all love.
The retail store opened for business on Memorial Day weekend with a splash, hosting a reception for Philmont's Annual House and Garden Tour.
The Philmont Trader specializes in affordable antiques, collectibles, gifts, artworks, children's fashions and toys, jewelry, second hand and consignment items, and generally all-around useful stuff. Their mission is to provide affordable and useful products, support the growth of Main Street commerce, encourage recycling of useful objects, and create employment opportunities for the Philmont community. In addition, they are proud to sponsor local artisans through the Local Artisans Network, created to support and promote the original handcrafted works of community residents.
The talent currently showcased within the store spans the spectrum of the creative arts including original soap making, photography, cards, gift bags, stone coasters, woodworking, music, jewelry, quilting, and much more. The Philmont Trader gladly welcomes your creative works and encourages you to visit the store to support the Local Artisans Network.
The Philmont Trader's customer service goal is simple: they are committed to providing customers total satisfaction. Every time. Guaranteed. They want your shopping experience to be pleasant, rewarding and enjoyable. Whether browsing the store or surfing their website, you can expect courteous reliable service and top quality products. As they further develop the store's website, they are planning to offer online sales via eBay in the near future.
Meet the Staff The Philmont Trader's Owner/Proprietor is Christine Friello-Ryan. Christine is also the Director of Real Estate Strategy at XL America Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. Her long term hope is to be able to work full time in the village and she looks forward to the opportunity to create other businesses along Philmont's main street in the future. Her husband Sean Ryan is a member of the Philmont Planning Board. Sean's passion in life is the restoration of classic cars from the 1960's and 70's. Sean is engaged in construction renovation for historical structures as well as real estate advisory services for Fortune 500 firms.
Christine and Sean originally discovered Philmont in the fall of 2004 by answering a real estate ad for the Harder Mansion on Prospect Street. Mayor Phil "Po" Mossman was the first person they met in Philmont, and when they could not acquire the Harder Mansion they decided they still wanted to reside in Philmont. They purchased a home on Prospect Street, Po helped them relocate to the area, witnessed their elopement in his restaurant on Super Bowl Sunday 2005 (their official anniversary) and officiated their formal marriage that June. Po was a dear friend to them and he will be sorely missed (Mayor Mossman passed away in August of 2005).
The Philmont Trader's Sales Director is Kathleen Boysen, a resident of Bronxville, NY. She is Christine's best friend, and they met way back in grade school. Kathleen and her fiancée, Arthur Pascucci, are planning to move to Beacon, NY during September. Arthur is a driver for UPS and he has generously agreed to support their venture in the store by agreeing to relocate closer to Philmont. Kathleen loves the village and has made many friends during the three months of their operation. Kathleen has two beautiful children, Kasen, age 17 and Kurt, age 15.
About 119 Main Street Nelson and Katherine Sterner of Philmont Properties, LLC own the building at 119 Main Street. The Sterners have been devoting extraordinary amounts of time to the renovation of the store, and the overall building structure which contain two lovely apartments above the store. Their goal is to return this classic structure to it's 1880's glory. Katherine has been instrumental in the renovation of the apartments painstakingly restoring the original woodwork and gorgeous tin ceilings. Among Katherine and Nelson's talents is the art of horticulture and their beautiful planter boxes have already had an amazing impact on the character of Main Street.
Nelson and Katherine also own a two-unit residence at 30 Church Street and have recently completed the full renovation of this structure. The Sterners are important investors in our community and we look forward to their continued participation in the architectural renaissance of Philmont. Contact Philmont Trader Christine Friello-Ryan, Owner/Proprietor
Kathleen Boysen, Sales Director
119 Main Street, PO Box 181, Philmont NY 12565
PHONE: (518) 721-8033
HOURS: Th-Sun: 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Beginning in the Fall: Online shopping 24/7.
Consignments gladly accepted on Sundays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM