Continuing my walk through Woodstock’s business district, I now flip over to the north side of the street to take a look at Maria’s Bazar, one of the most influential and successful shops in town.
When Maria’s first arrived in town, over 20 years ago, it took the place of a good old boy deli, in a shop now occupied by Oriole 9. Soon, Maria’s was so successful that it needed more space, so it moved to a building just on the edge of the business district.
Maria and Vinnie, the owners of the shop, retired from life in New York City to open an upscale deli. Why they chose Woodstock, I cannot say. They are old fashioned, traditional northern Italians. The great dichotomy of Maria’s is that this deli owned by a big traditional Italian momma, and a retired cop, has been so successful in our little town full of hipsters.