The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson, New York

When we heard about The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, NY, we drove there immediately.

Set within a firehouse built in 1889, The Spotty Dog—selling books, beer, coffee, gifts and art supplies—is probably the hippest thing on Warren Street.  And that’s saying something, because Warren Street, with its boutiques, gourmet pizza and antique shops, just may be the hippest street on earth beyond the boundaries of Brooklyn itself.

Inside, our lovely booktender (and store manager) poured us a cold brew to-go (translation: ice coffee) and made every effort not to roll her eyes when a hipster at the bar asked, “Are those cups made of compostedplastic?” But all hail this shop’s hip clientele! Heavily bespectacled and wearing the coolest smarty pants, they enable this rare indie bookstore to stay in business. (Besides, Roz’s new glasses are a tad on the hipstery side. Hmm.)