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Sugar Loaf Village Celebrates Past with an Artisan Touch

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Just under Sugar Loaf Mountain is a village that runs similarly nowadays to how it did in the 1700's. Time Warner Cable News' Solomon Syed takes a look at why this close knit community could be the perfect weekend getaway and filed the following report.

With a name like Sugar Loaf you would expect something super sweet in this upstate town.
 
"Everything from scratch all natural in our bakery. And it makes a world of difference in the taste and flavor and the quality of the product," says Maria Malara, co-owner of Laura's Sweets.

But the only thing sweeter than the goodies at Laura's Sweets Specialty bake shop, are the people.
 
"We just enjoy the people here, they come in and they are just proud of what they make and it just shows in their work," says Nancy Goree, a Fair Lawn, NJ resident.

The close-knit community of Sugar Loaf Art and Craft Village is located just under Sugar Loaf Mountain in Orange County. The village features dozens of independent businesses all focused on making quality, hand-made products for residents and visitors alike.

"Unique and beautiful and hand crafted, created by someone with love and care and you want that in your home," says Malara.
 
And all that love takes hard work. But artisans in Sugar Loaf say that's sweet too.

"Because we love it. It's a different lifestyle, It's seven days a week. Even when the store are closed, we're there working and making our home products," says Monan Von Uchtrup, owner of 18th Century Furniture. 

"They sell their stuff from the heart, make it from their heart. We just like coming here and talking to the people, they're nice," adds Goree.

The village is also a step back in time. Many of the artisans live and work in buildings straight from the 1700's. That old-fashioned craftsmanship makes it into hundreds of unique products that can't just be found in any mall or city shop.

"We have some many stores and so many things to offer in this town. It's a crime not to come here," says Von Uchtrup.

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