HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – To find gifts, jewelry, candy, party supplies, kitchenware and accessories in Hastings, there’s no need to make several stops, thanks to Charmed, a gift shop that opened about a month ago.
Located at 16 Main Street, Charmed offers a wide range of products, including a candy counter that has quickly become a local favorite.
“We’re definitely trying to satisfy that basic gift need,” said Taresa Caruso, manager of Charmed. “I want it to feel like a shop you go into in a village when you go on vacation. People get lost in that stuff.”
Prior to managing Charmed, Caruso owned a gift shop next door for 18 years. The candy counter in Charmed is from her previous store, Caruso said. When Caruso closed her old store, she said customers were worried they wouldn’t be able to find the candy sold there anywhere else, but luckily, Caruso said the same candy is available at Charmed. The candy is delivered weekly from a vendor in the New York area, which Caruso declined to name to protect her secret and keep customers coming back for more.
“It’s really good chocolate,” Caruso said. “The candy is a constant seller. We have kids constantly in here the second they’re given freedom.”
Along with candy, Charmed sells party supplies, including napkins, plates, hats and decorations, stationary, jewelry, a skincare line, candles, wind chimes, scarves, aprons and kitchen accessories. Caruso said she hopes to find room in the store to offer a wider jewelry selection. Caruso said business has been steady since opening, despite the summer months being the slowest months of the year. She said she expects business to pick up as school starts and the holiday season draws closer.
“We try to carry merchandise that you don’t see everywhere. It’s an eclectic mix,” Caruso said. “We want you to get lost and look around for a while. Even if you don’t need something you can treat yourself to a little chocolate, it’s just fun.”
Charmed is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed Sunday. During the holiday season, Charmed has extended hours. For more information, call 914-478-8321.