Doing renovations on a second home for a Chicago-based client led Dan and Sally Weston to discover the Catskills. “I fell in love with the nature here,” says Sally. “The views, the places you could go on day trips.” So 17 years ago, the Westons pulled up stakes and moved from the Midwest to Tannersville, the Painted Village in the Sky. “Our son was grown up, and we wanted to have an adventure for the next part of our life,” says Sally. “And Iowa is a little land-locked.”
“Our son was grown up, and we wanted to have an adventure for the next part of our life.” – Sally Weston
In exploring their new turf, they discovered the quality of estate sales and flea markets offering irresistible finds. “We loved wandering the region and the neighboring states,” says Sally, “and finding treasures. Eventually we couldn’t keep everything we rescued, so [opening] the store became a reality.” And what a reality they have crafted. Rustic Mountain, which opened in 2018, sells gifts, decor, vintage, and furniture. Their inventory is an enticing array of unique, useful, and graceful objects: glowing rustic wood and stained glass; fine art and jewelry; and lighting, furnishings, and decor that would sync with a wide range of styles, whether you’re going for full-on rustic chic or want a pop of handmade energy to complement a modern or industrial look.
“Wonderful, eclectic, fun people come in here. No two days are the same.” – Sally Weston
“We loved wandering the region and the neighboring states and finding treasures. Eventually we couldn’t keep everything we rescued, so [opening] the store became a reality.” – Sally Weston
Sally and Dan have found their adventure, and happily for us all a big piece of it is happening right here on Tannersville’s Main Street. They’re having a blast providing a friendly welcome and a flow of treasures to their visitors. “Wonderful, eclectic, fun people come in here,” says Sally. “No two days are the same—I do everything from buying to styling to cleaning to gardening to PR.
“People who’ve visited Rustic Mountain praise the knowledgeable hospitality, the selection that smoothly integrates local-made and exotic beauty, and the reasonable prices.
“Great glassware and design finds, as well as some great furniture, and the proprietor is beyond helpful, kind, and friendly! Definitely don’t miss it if you are in the area,” reads a review on TripAdvisor; the shop enjoys a five-star rating there and on Facebook and Google as well.
The Westons are in this for the joy of it, and it shows. “We love the hunt,” says Sally, “what we call picking; it leads us to so many intriguing places. And we love interacting with the people, both the ones we buy from and the ones who come into our store. We reset our stock constantly and try to keep our online presence current too, so returning visitors have a new experience every time; that’s what we love about picking, and we want our customers to share that sense of fun.”
5999 Main Street, Tannersville