Pop-up newsstand Cuizinestand offers fresh perspectives
WASSAIC — Over the next few weekends, community members and travelers passing through the region might find themselves drawn to a new installation in the hamlet of Wassaic: Cuizinestand, a pop-up newsstand featuring almost 30 independent publications centered on food, art, wine, culture and other like topics.
Cuizinestand personifies the latest project from Ten Mile Table, a local group driven by a desire to celebrate “the intersection of food, art and culture up and down the Tenmile River,” according to its website at www.tenmiletable.com. Presented in partnership with The Lantern and The Wassaic Project, Ten Mile Table aspires to highlight and nurture the area’s diverse voices and viewpoints through events such as community meals, pop-ups, performances and collaboration. With the installation of Cuizinestand, the aim is to spotlight the inspiring work of countless artists, writers, hospitality workers, wine producers, publishers, designers, photographers and more as featured in nearly 30 publications.
“We wanted to share our love of food and art and culture on the printed page with Wassiac,” Erika DaSilva from The Lantern effused.
Installed next door to The Lantern at 10 Main St., the impressive green and white newsstand was constructed by Matthew Schnepf, the owner of the Wassaic Commons, and a few other community members. With its namesake reflecting a cheeky play on words, the newsstand currently features a unique selection of publications that will be rotated throughout the stand in the coming weeks, including Brunch Club, Chickpea, Dish Rag, Cherry Bombe, Milky Mag, Glou Glou, Salt & Pepper, Compound Butter and other unusual titles. The Lakeville Journal Co.’s Compass will also be available at Cuizinestand this week.
Given the many years she and her husband have spent in the food business, DaSilva has curated a deep appreciation for all the work that goes into these independent publications. As now is not an opportune time to travel into the city and browse its large-scale newsstands, she said they thought it worthwhile to bring a similar newsstand to the local area, adding that “it’s an awesome way to support” independent publications. Additionally, 10% of all sales from the newsstand will go to benefit food justice organizations and local farms, including Harlem Grown, The Okra Project, Rock Steady Farm, Rochester Mutual Aid Network and Food Issues Group.
Fortune favored them last weekend as Cuizinestand had its opening on Saturday, Aug. 1, catching the eye of a wide array of customers. In addition to the striking publications on display, stickers and pins were also sold. As a special treat for customers passing through the hamlet, Schnepf’s two sons, Alastair, 8, and Owen, 10, set up their budding business, Schnepf Bros., across the street from The Lantern where they sold fresh popcorn, Mexican cokes and cards.
Following its opening weekend on Aug. 1 and 2, Cuizinestand will be open to the public from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9, and again on Saturday, Aug. 15.
After it sells its inventory, DaSilva said the newsstand structure will be kept for future installations.
“Hopefully, we’ll sell out by the end of the three weekends,” she said.