Coming Soon in Catskill: Verdigris Tea & Chocolate

Following up on our story last week about the spate of new restaurants in Greene County, a popular Hudson tea and sweets shop has announced an opening date for a second outpost in downtown Catskill.

Verdigris Tea & Chocolate, the seven-year-old specialty shop and cafe known for its selection of more than 100 teas and many award-winning desserts, is set to debut in an historic building at 291 Main St. on Dec. 1.

The new store, owned by Kim Bach, will serve a variety of beverages, including seven choices of smoothies (available with soy milk), lavender lemonade, iced tea, coffee, espresso and cappuccino.

The baked goods, including vegan, gluten-free and sugar free options, will be made by baker Regina Simmons at the Hudson location and resupplied daily. Scones, muffins, cookies, cakes and tarts make up the menu. Custom cakes for big celebrations can be ordered with two days’ advance notice. A selection of artisanal chocolates made locally by Catskills and Hudson Valley chocolatiers complement the bakery items.

Like its Hudson counterpart, the new Catskill location will host special events such as chocolate and wine tastings, and samplings of goodies from other local purveyors. Recent events in Hudson have showcased fudge sauce from Blue Plate Restaurant in Chatham and a variety of vegan treats made by Raji’s Divine Delights in Woodstock. (Read more about proprietor Raji Nevin in a recent Q & A by Upstate Dispatch.)

A growing number of food and drink businesses are hopping the river to expand into Greene County. Ghent’s Hudson-Chatham Winery opened a wine tasting room in Tannersville this summer, joining Hudson barbecue restaurant American Glory, which launched its second outpost there last fall.

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