In the hopes of attracting some of the many hikers exiting or entering the Vroman’s Nose Trail who are looking to cool down and enjoy a drink or small snack, a local couple have opened Under the Nose.
The shop straddles the border of the towns of Fulton and Middleburgh and is next to the West Middleburgh Road parking area of the popular hiking trail up Vroman’s Nose.
“We think there are enough people that hike the trail to sustain our business,” said Lin Quinn, who opened the business Sept. 21 with her husband, Tom. “I don’t anticipate that being a problem,” she said, noting that the trail attracts around 25,000 people annually.
The two-mile trail climbs to 600 feet above the rich farmland of Schoharie Valley, where the cliff tops of the nose provide miles-long views.
The Quinns, who live next door to the shop, were hit hard by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Flooding destroyed a building on their property that once housed a printing business.
But Quinn said her experience in the printing business gave her the opportunity to work with local wholesalers, which is now proving very useful.
“I already have established relationships with a lot of these people,” she said. “It makes things much easier.”
Quinn said everyone in the neighborhood has been extremely supportive of the shop’s opening.
In addition to offering an assortment of home-baked cookies and scones, Under The Nose offers hikers a place to rest and regroup.
“We also have space for people to relax and we have Wi-Fi so people that just want to come in and enjoy a cup of coffee can do that as well,” Quinn said. “There is really no other place in the area like this where you can get fresh baked goods and sit and relax.”
Georgia Van Dyke, executive director of the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, said she believes the shop will be a big hit. She said the hiking trail is a one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the area.
“All of the members of the chamber are extremely happy that Under the Nose is open,” she said. “They should do really well and we will help them to succeed any way we can.”
Phil Skowfoe, supervisor of the town of Fulton, said once word spreads about the store’s opening it will be very successful.
“The people that opened it are good people and I wish them all the best,” he said. “There are a lot of tourists in that area and they should do very well for themselves.”