Monday, January 18, 2016

Hippie barn

There’s a bit of a boardwalk between Sunshine Studios’ parking lot and front door. At the lot end two buddha statues, both seated in the garden with closed eyes, greet visitors. If that’s the sign you’ve been looking for, you’re in the right place.

Sunshine Studios has been at its Middletown location, at the corner of East Main Street and Dunning Road, for almost 20 years. The store is a treat for hippies, young and old, and remains a primary destination for incense, tie dye cloting and tapestries, silver jewelry, smudge sticks, bumper stickers, books, oils, gemstones, pottery and the like.  

With shelves, racks and showcases literally overflowing with color, shine and inspiration, the shop is a refuge from the January cold. It’s less than an hour drive from the site of the original 1969 Woodstock site. The famous festival was actually set to happen on an industrial site in Wallkill, the next town over from Middletown, but was moved a month before the August festival. Posters with the Wallkill location were printed and can still be found today.  

Whether you’re familiar with the Age of Aquarius because you lived through it, heard that Fifth Dimension song, or just have a tie dye cover on your phone, a trip to Sunshine Studios is a treat for all ages.  

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