KINGSTON, N.Y. — Home Plate Deli & Caterers/Olive’s Country Store & Café will receive Small Business of the Year honors at the 14th annual Business Recognition Awards.
Alex Stier and his wife, Denise, opened Olive’s Country Store in 2003 in Shokan and the Home Plate Deli in 2006 in the town of Ulster. The two sister stores have approximately 17 full- and part-time employees between them, depending on the season.
Stier said Olive’s is what they call the “Gatehouse to the Catskills.” He said it is located right on state Route 28 and operates as a country store and café.
“We’re really a Vermont country store in New York,” Stier said. He said Olive’s, which is also the Mobil gas station, has supplies for fishing at the Ashokan Reservoir or hiking up in the mountains. That includes hunting and fishing licenses, bait, hiking sticks, hatchets, and butane fuel, Stier said. He said Olive’s has also started offering items from different artists that depict scenes of the reservoir or local wildlife. The store also has a variety of other items, like goat milk-based lotions and hand creams, its own jams and jellies, and Bearington Bears.
And on the café side, Olive’s is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, Stier said. He said the offerings include pancakes and omelets, as well as burgers and fried chicken.
As for the Home Plate Deli, that offers traditional deli and catering services, but can also offer an upscale catering service to its clients, Stier said. He said the deli is open six days a week but is closed on Sundays. Stier said the deli has everything from bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches at breakfast to its Grand Slam Breakfast with triple egg, triple meat, triple cheese and home fries on a hard roll. It also has pancakes and French toast, Stier said.
Lunches include sandwiches and salads, as well as burgers and chicken tenders, to name a few.
Stier said he gets a lot of calls to cater business events and lunches and can offer anything from sandwich platters to a lemon chicken or penne a la vodka type meal. He said he has catered for a variety of events, including a veterans’ luncheon and an event on a motor yacht.
With being in two locations, Stier said, his businesses get a lot of requests to help support community organizations like soccer leagues and cancer society fundraisers. He said they will donate gift certificates or food to help out.
“We’ve been blessed with a solid business so, to me, we have to be a part of the community,” Stier said. He added that he was surprised to be named Small Business of the Year. Stier said Olive’s and Home Plate have a great group of customers and a great core staff. The customers and staff allow both businesses to give back to the community, he said.
The awards will honor eight local businesses and community members who have proven themselves to be outstanding members of the Ulster County community.
The awards will be presented at a dinner on Oct. 25 at the Wiltwyck Golf Club, 404 Steward Lane, Kingston. Tickets are $100 per person and the dinner begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ulsterchamber.org.