Name: Kitty & LT Sherpa
What is the name and nature of your business?
Beacon Natural Market ~ Independent Health Food/ Natural Market
When did you launch your business?
Did you start in Beacon?
If yes, why did you decide to start your business here?
We co-owned another store in Bronxville that opened in 1999. We wanted to own our own and relocate to the Hudson Valley.
Is there one thing about your business that you would really like folks to know?
We work very hard to provide the best selection of organic, local, and artisanal food products along with a comprehensive inventory of the finest natural body care, vitamins & remedies, and green products for the home. And we have a great Organic prepared foods deli & juice bar and, of course, kombucha on tap!
When did you become a member of BeaconArts and why?
When we were preparing to open in August of 2005, we became aware of how active and organized BACA was at promoting art and commerce in Beacon–there was no one else doing anything close–no chamber of commerce, etc. So although we were not an arts-based business, we joined to take advantage of and join that effort.
Where are you from originally?
I was raised as an air force brat, so I moved around alot–I was born in Germany and ended up in Alabama before going to college here in the northeast and settling in New York. My husband LT’s family is from Nepal, of course, being Sherpas–but he was raised in the foothills of the Himalayas of India, in Kalimpong near the Nepalese border. So his journey here is from the Himalayas to the Highlands, by way of NYC.
What is your favorite book?
Hard to pick, but I’ll say The Alvin Maker Series.
Do you have a favorite place, event or thing to do in Beacon?
Tough to pin down. Just walking out the door of almost anywhere in Beacon, the view of the mountain is everpresent and breathtaking. Of course, I also enjoy walking the great trails of Dennings Point and Madame Brett Park, which are so easily accessible. And there is no shortage of events right here on Main Street to take advantage of–now music along with the continuing visual arts scene, with Local 845, Beacon Music Factory, the Towne Crier, and many other independent events; and now there’s also the Beacon Indepnedent Film Festival. And I’m a true foodie, so I get happier with every new food establishment that opens.
How do you think Beacon is different from other Hudson Valley cities?
The sense of community I see and feel. I am privileged to witness that daily, as I run a business on Main Street and am also a resident. And the close proximity of all the benefits I mentioned above.
Using your imagination, describe Beacon five years from now.
Uh, I’m gonna go a little zen on you here and say I try not to do too much future thinking–I’ve got my hands full just trying to stay in the present moment, and Beacon in the present is pretty great. Although I do think a certain duo needs to reprise the comedy shows in the auction house, and my imagination/wishful thinking says there will also be a movie house.