Spring has sprung in the Hudson Valley and it seems as if everyone is happier. Being able to be outside and smell the fresh air, bask in the warm sunshine and participate in outdoor activities has been a mood boost for so many people.

As we have already begun spring cleaning, shopping for new clothes for this season and making plans, local businesses have also been busy.

Hudson Valley businesses have changed their menu to fit the spring season, opened their outdoor dining and have come up with delicious cocktails, mocktails and desserts for our taste buds.

Do You Have A Favorite Local Business That You Enjoy Supporting?


Supporting local business is important to me and I'm thankful that I get to do so with so many great options in the Hudson Valley. Most importantly, I grew up going to Stewart's Shops with my family and kept the tradition going.

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At times, my friends will laugh when I mention how much I love Stewart's, it truly has that down-to-earth and inviting feel to it.

Stewart's Shops Are Located All Throughout New York State

There are over 350 shops that are across 32 counties within New York and Vermont. Did you know that Stewart's Shops are the largest employer located in the Capital Region? They not only have shops but also corporate offices and manufacturing plants.

Stewart's Shops Recently Won An Award


With no surprise, Stewart's Shops has won the "Top Workplace Award".

Having a healthy work environment plays a part in our overall happiness. From supportive co-workers to having an understanding leader and most importantly, work that is rewarding is important.

When you stop at a Stewart's Shop, you know that you'll receive friendly service, a variety of food and drink options, a selection of their one-of-a-kind ice cream, and clean restrooms with farm scenery on the walls.

Stewart's Shops Are Also Known For Having The Best Milk


Cornell University stated that they have the best milk in New York State.

According to Cornell University, Stewarts Shop milk is named the best in New York State. 

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Have You Ever Had Stewart's Shops Ice Cream?

During the winter months, I would also go to Stewart's and get ice cream for a mood booster. Even during the cooler months, I get excited to stop in to get a lemonade and one of their bakery items.

According to NewYorkUpstate.com, "Stewart's Shops make the best peanut butter ice cream in North America."

Stewart's Shops Has Released A New Snack, The Perfect Spring Refreshment

Stewart's Shops made an announcement on social media about their new, colorful beverage.

"We're shaking things up, circus style! 🎪 Get your hands on the all new CIRCUS SHAKE, a sweet cotton candy flavored dairy shake refresher that'll take you straight to the circus with every sip! Available now for a limited time!"


This is a great excuse for me to stop into my local Stewarts and try one. I would imagine that this would taste great on a warm, sunny day.

Stewart's Shops Customers Shared Their Opinion On Their New Circus Shake


Stewart's lovers were eager to share their responses in the comments section of Stewart's post on Facebook. With over 132 comments and 248 likes, it seems that this tasty shake is already a fan favorite.

"I can vouch these are really good"


"tastes exactly like their cotton candy ice cream!"


"Very good just had one"

What is your favorite product that Stewart's Shops sell? Share with us below.

Eat Your Way Through The Hudson Valley With The Best Ice Cream

I have always enjoyed stopping by my favorite local ice cream shops and choosing a new flavor. Whether it's a hot fudge sundae, chocolate peanut butter ice cream in a cone, or an ice cream sandwich, count me in.

The Hudson Valley has strange ice cream flavors. From lemon poppyseed to thai iced tea and barn boots, there aren't any boring flavors in our area.

A 'Premiere' Hudson Valley treat shop was expanding their space during the winter months to prepare for a busy summer season.

Thankfully, we have a large selection of local ice cream shops to visit in the Hudson Valley.

4 Hudson Valley Restaurants With the Best Outdoor Dining Experience

Throughout the Hudson Valley, there are plenty of hotspots to sit back, relax and sip on your favorite drink while enjoying a tasty meal for an outdoor dining experience.

Let's take a look at some fan favorites.