A Local’s Guide to Upstate New York with Mercantile Owner Brent Ridge
In 2006, partners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge were working as an advertising exec and physician in NYC. Thinking they'd spend some nice weekends upstate, the following year they bought Beekman 1802, a historic farmstead in Sharon Springs, NY. Soon, however, that plan was turned on its head when the 2008 recession hit and they lost their jobs back to back. Luckily, the blow turned out to be a serendipitous one as it sent them upstate full-time, where they threw themselves into producing soaps and cheeses and began turning a profit off their farm and mercantile. Now, with more than ten years of upstate living under his belt, Brent Ridge gives us the low-down on the best things to see and do in the bucolic region.