The village of Woodstock is synonymous with art. While the shops and restaurants that have opened in recent years are less focused on the tie-dye “Voodoo Chili” vibe, their aesthetic and offerings have been around since long before the festival. still coincides with a colony of bohemian artists. What happens here. Craftsmen are highly valued.
Home decor and gift shop Casa Ziki is one of the first artists to join the town center post-pandemic, offering statement homewares and accessories that are both locally handcrafted and sourced from around the world. It offers. A salmon-coloured portico frames royal blue doors, inviting passersby to the Mill Hill Her Road location.
“I think people come to Woodstock to shop because they want to add something unique to their home, whether it’s art prints, handmade mugs, or items that support artists,” said Silvana Kiss, owner and buyer. Zinstein says. “People who walk in here don’t expect to see what they see. It’s a really fun, colorful, eclectic mix of objects and art.”
The boutique stocks a wide range of products including organic kitchen textiles. Unique pottery, from mugs to bongs to Furby sculptures. Throw a blanket or pillow. handbag and sunglasses. And more, all in vibrant colors, offering shoppers a kaleidoscopic sensory experience. Aside from the occasional Bowie or Marley holiday decoration, Kiss eschews the kitsch of Woodstock.
When it comes to local art, you’ll find paintings, photography, and sculpture by a rotating cadre of artists, including artists featured in a variety of media, including Justin Love, Madeline Goodman, and Bill Patrick. “We like to collaborate with local artists and display their work along one large wall, rotating featured artists every four to six months,” Kiss says. Masu. “I want to connect more with artists and artisans at events and such. For example, I did an art opening for photographer Bill Patrick and recently started hosting clothing pop-ups.”
Casa Ziki started as a Brooklyn-based brand, opening its first store in 2019. Two years later, Kiss opened his second store in Woodstock on the site of a former art supply store on Mill Hill Road. “I used to live in Brooklyn, but during the pandemic I spent a lot of time in Woodstock with my girlfriend’s family and fell in love with the city and the Hudson Valley,” she says. “So we decided to open a second store in this location in 2021, right after we had our baby. We know it’s a crazy time to do it, but we found a great space and we’re taking a chance. I felt like I had to grab it.”
This spontaneous idea was also the driving force behind the original store. “I studied finance and also have a business background. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” she explains. “I ran a restaurant in Brooklyn for a while, but then I realized I didn’t want to do that, so I ended up working at a friend’s concept store. I also owned a jewelry brand; I learned a lot about purchasing. One day I was walking down the block and saw a building with empty space. I decided to take it on a whim. We did it as a pop-up inside the building owner’s retail store. We started out and quickly grew into our own space.”
The name Casa Jiki comes from the Spanish word for “house.” Casa, and is a combination of the last names of Kiss and her husband, Sasha Zinstein. Zinstein, who works on Wall Street, is also her business partner at both locations.
Kiss, a self-proclaimed shopaholic, uses Casa Ziki to demonstrate her skills in finding distinctive, high-quality products and solving shopping headaches. “I love buying things, so I needed to make money from this addiction,” she says with a laugh. But her larger goal was to create a space that evokes feelings of wonder and joy.
“I’m always looking for something new and unique, and something colorful and vibrant,” she says. “We love when people come in and be surprised. That’s why we rotate our products and artists often so people can always find something new while coming back.”
This includes pop-ups with artisans connected to the area. This month we’re featuring a pop-up by apparel brand RLC. “I got in touch with the founder, Rachel, through a friend of hers and knew she would be a great fit,” says Kiss. “What’s great about RLC is the craftsmanship. She’s based in the Hudson Valley, and she designs in the Hudson Valley, but the materials are made in small batches in Italy and France.” In the meantime, browse seasonal women’s clothing and accessories made from natural materials such as sweaters, gloves, hats, and knits at Casa Jiki.
“Working with artists is so exciting for us, and we want to go the extra mile to make it just as exciting for the community,” says Kiss. “Seeing people’s excited reactions when they visit is heartwarming to me. I love seeing that. I want you to be amazed.”