“There have been people pressing their noses against the window all day. There are four of them doing it as we speak,” said John Krenek, laughing the day before their opening. “I think tomorrow’s going to be absolutely out of control.”
What has the denizens of Kingston’s Stockade peering in like kids scoping out Santa’s workshop? It’s the opening of exit nineteen, the latest home design wizardry from Krenek and partner Jamie Niblock, the team behind Spruce in Rhinebeck.
Ever since its initial opening in High Falls, Spruce has been making waves in the world of design. The Rhinebeck store has been lauded in the pages of Interior Design, Elle Decor, New York Home, and other high-profile publications. Exit nineteen is Spruce, reinvented.
“What we wanted to do was keep the Spruce identity in Rhinebeck and offer something distinctly different here, albeit it will still have our unique stamp on it,” Krenek said. “Having a beautiful 2200 square-foot space allows us to create vignettes.”
The new space has a section for “Asian modern,” a section for “country cabin,” another for “mid-century modern,” and an entire section called “dinner party.”
“The size and scope allow us to express who we really are as designers” Krenek said.
Krenek and Niblock are excited about their new location in Kingston and are already feeling the love.
“Uptown Kingston has the most amazing restaurant and bar scene already, and there is definitely a place for more to do during the day,” said Krenek. “It’s a blank canvas. We love the feeling of being trailblazers, helping to drive the revitalization movement, and we’ve gotten an amazing outpouring of welcome from the other retailers.”
As is the case with Spruce, exit nineteen will be more than a store; it will be a place where Krenek and Niblock will help you find, refine, and craft your home’s look. You can even hire them as designers.
Whether you are seeking a renewed nest or the perfect gift, exit nineteen’s goal is to make sure no customer leaves unsatisfied.
“Every single thing in the store is curated by one of us and hand-selected as something we’d personally put in one of our homes, from a piece of major furniture down to a bottle opener,” said Krenek. “It’s a mix of new and vintage.”
The goal, he emphasized, is to appeal to every person who enters the store.
is open Wednesday through Monday, 11 am through 6 pm.
309 Wall Street, Kingston 845-514-2485