Archive for July 6th, 2012

Arjuna Shop To Shutter Soon

Sitting to the side of Arjuna’s doorway is a faded blue shutter  that now, somehow, looks like a prop ready to help shut down the store. To the left of a doorway is a chalkboard , unsigned, but most likely from the always engaging proprietress, Toni, that simply says in so many words: “Goodbye.”

Still, on a sunny morning, visitors — mainly women — are streaming into the Central Street shop, walking right past the chalkboard without a hitch as they follow their eyes through the doorway to bright Indian scarves, sparkling French crystal jewelry, funky picture frames and beautiful gold and silver rings from around the world. This is a traveler’s shop, the result of  Toni’s trips to places some of us only dream about.

However, after 20 years and more and more difficulties keeping up with Woodstock downtown rents, Toni has decided it is time to leave. In a rather conservative New England town that also offers several more traditional “gold and pearls”  jewelry stores,  Arjuna was for the free-spirit who sensed a kindred spirit in the wares that had been collected and were now displayed across shelves and counters. The shop was for a woman of a certain Bohemian style.

And then there was Ella, the black lab who calmly lay in the corner or rose from a dog bed for a tail wag. This was an individual space, the farthest one could get from a chain store, reflecting a female adventurer’s sensibilities.

We’ll miss you Toni! You have been such a part of the downtown Woodstock “SCENE” !