Emmanuel’s Marketplace can be spotted and smelled from afar. A 165-foot mural by artist Nancy Ostrovsky paints the market’s exterior with an image of a vibrant, cross-cultural bazaar, made real by the scent of fresh breads and spices wafting through the front door.
People flock to the Stone Ridge business for local and organic produce, freshly made deli salads, artisanal fresh-baked breads, hand-cut meats, and other staples. Its bulletin boards are packed with local news, and regional artists hang their work near the checkout lanes, where many teens have mastered the art of service with a smile.
Emmanuel Gerondaras was born in Morocco and came to America with his mother when he was 11 years old, meeting with his father who relocated to the US in the late 60s. Emmanuel assisted in his parents’ Morocco and US delis before working at Montgomery Ward and managing AMES in Newburgh.
His love of food, however, lured him back to the grocery world, and he partnered with the owner of the Stone Ridge Market for some time before opening his first independent venture in Port Ewen. In 1997, when space became available at the Town Center Plaza, he was ready to open his market.