Daily Heller Gives Us a License to Shop

Design author, historian, collector and all around mensch Steve Heller stopped by the shop with his fabulous wife Louise Fili.  They are the ultimate collectors of packaging and design ephemera and have the books to prove it.  I’ve run into them at flea markets and book shows for years.

We’re flattered that they enjoyed Hunter Bee and liked our quirky collection of objects. Steve asked me a few questions about how I made the transition from graphic designer to shop keeper.  His terrific blog for Print Magazine, The Daily Heller is a must-subscribe.

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“There is a revival going on in the small Dutchess County town of Millerton, New York,  a few miles west of the Litchfield, Ct., border. Among the new businesses is the shop, Hunter Bee. Turns out the first name belongs to Kent Hunter, veteran graphic designer, former partner at Frankfurt Balkind and current partner of Post + Beam. Hunter recently settled in Millerton with his partner Jonathan Bee and took over a shop on main street that features American country and industrial pieces to mid-century design classics with quirky folk art and the occasional found object thrown in for interest. During a recent visit, I asked Hunter about his new life after graphic design.”

New York Magazine Discovers Hunter Bee

Our friend, interior designer Matthew Smyth (check out his new book : Living Traditions by Matthew Patrick Smyth) stopped by the shop with Wendy Goodman, of New York magazine’s “Design Hunting” blog.  She seemed to enjoy hunting for goodies at Hunter Bee. We truly enjoyed their visit and sharing our quirky finds.

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Williamsburg on the Hudson

From the venerable general store his grandparents opened in 1919, where you can get hunting knives, cigars, worms, khaki pants and copies of Vogue, Phil Terni has watched Dutchess County’s passing parade for most of his 68 years.

The store has seen celebrated customers — Babe Ruth, Ava Gardner, Artie Shaw, Ruth Bader Ginsburg — amble in and out. And Mr. Terni has seen Millerton prosper as an agricultural crossroads with three hotels served by three railroads, and then decline toward irrelevance as the milk processing plant shut down and the farms died. Still, none of that has prepared him for what he sees outside his door every day.

“Not in my wildest dreams would I have expected this,” he said in the back of the store, with its black-and-white photos of old locomotives, a giant Revolutionary War oil painting, bric-a-brac from a century of small-town commerce. “This never would have entered my mind.”

And yet there it is, everywhere you look: the old diner, renamed the Oakhurst and now serving gourmet curried chicken rolls, organic burgers and venison chili cheese fries; Eckert Fine Art, with its paintings by Eric Forstmann and Robert Rauschenberg; the fliers for the Buddhist Path of Fulfillment retreat; the sustainable agriculture benefit; the artsy, SoHo-esque Hunter Bee antiques; the three-screen Moviehouse on Main Street with its art gallery and cafe.

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