The Gilded Carriage at 60: Filled with unexpected beauty
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The Gilded Carriage at 60: Filled with unexpected beauty

Marina Basil (photo by Dion Ogust) The Gilded Carriage, a longtime fixture of Woodstock for fine kitchen and housewares, is celebrating its 60th year. Owner Marina Basil says the store, which her mother, Mari Basil, opened in 1959, holds much more than six decades of Woodstock history within its walls; it also contains the memory and legacy of her mother, father, and sister. The Gilded Carriage was originally located in the center of town, but moved to its present location across from the Woodstock Library in the mid-60s. Marina’s father Victor, a hairdresser and sculptor, expanded the then-small house to accommodate the store’s wares. Marina’s mother Mari was an artist who refinished furniture and worked with gold leaf — hence the moniker, the Gilded Carriage. Mari also loved to cook. According to Marina, it was her mother’s fine taste and eye for design that set the store apart. “She used to create these beautiful displays,” said Marina. To enter the Gilded Carriage today is to be immediately mesmerized by rows of colorful Le Creuset pots and pans, richly scented soaps and candles, custom-made towels, and ceramic dishware which cover the shelves and tables. The sunlight-suffused room to the right […]

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