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Over the river and through the woods

Stickett Inn proprietor Johnny Pizzolato, center, cuts the ribbon with well-wishers for the opening of Annu Juice and The Store, adjacent to the inn in Barryville, NY.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

November 20, 2013

While I may not be going to grandmother’s house, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many have already made plans. Grateful to have options this year, I’m still vacillating, but might make a few stops on that day. Meanwhile, I’ve been traipsing through the woods, putting miles on the truck and hauling the dog from one end of Sullivan County to the other this past week. At times, I manage to cross the Delaware River and experience what Pennsylvania has to offer, but the county I call home ( covers nearly 1,000-square miles, so there was plenty to keep me occupied without crossing the border during the last few days.

It’s always nice to hear of new businesses opening their doors, and Dharma received two invites (“you’ve got mail” takes on a whole new meaning) last week to attend ribbon cutting ceremonies, so I agreed to drive her, take some photos and (her words, not mine) “tag along for the ride.” Our first stop was in Roscoe, NY where Rock Hill’s Sujit Padhiar welcomed Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce ( President and CEO Terri Ward and guests, as he prepared to officially open Roscoe Fine Wines and Liquor for business on Route 206. In typical small town fashion, the only address I could find was “past the blinker, adjacent to the Chinese restaurant,” but wasn’t at all surprised to locate the place with zero difficulty. When asked what prompted the store, Padhiar (speaking directly to the dog) said that “folks had expressed a desire for a wide selection” (which was abundant) of wines and liquor in the region, and that the shop would “absolutely” be stocking locally distilled products. I don’t usually frequent such establishments (doctor’s orders), so I learned something (imagine that!) and was informed that state law prohibits the sale of beer (locally brewed or otherwise) in the store and that Dharma would have to seek that elsewhere. With micro-breweries popping up all over the Upper Delaware River Valley, that shouldn’t prove difficult, (her birthday is on the 25th) so I’m guessing that she’ll be pointing the way.