NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (May 18, 2018) – Four startups supported by The Accelerator, the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s business incubator, will showcase their products at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets during Memorial Day Weekend.
The companies – Melo, Goats in a Coat, Farm Body and Lucky Bug – will take turns displaying and selling their wares from a kiosk in the Hamptons District of Woodbury Common from May 18 through May 29.
“This is an exciting opportunity for these small companies to market their products to shoppers visiting Woodbury Common,” said Laurie Villasuso, the Chief Operating Officer of the Orange County IDA. “Visitors from the United States and across the world will be able to try their products, and this could potentially boost their market and improve sales.”
Woodbury Common is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily but will have extended hours Friday, May 25, to Monday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to mark Memorial Day.
The Accelerator helps emerging businesses by offering them affordable, high-tech office space and guiding them through the early phase of growth. This includes assistance in marketing and help with writing business plans. The Accelerator has two locations – Middletown and New Windsor – and is expanding. The Accelerator Without Walls, or AWOW, brings the onsite services of The Accelerator to existing business in Orange County that need help with production and development support, rehabilitation, marketing and public relations and investment readiness. The services are free of charge and the support is confidential.
Like all The Accelerator business, the four that will sell their products at Woodbury Common are local, started and nurtured by Hudson Valley residents.
Based in the Middletown Accelerator, Goats in a Coat makes handcrafted bath and body products, including handmade goat milk soap, sugar scrubs, bath teas and handmade spa products.
Lucky Bug manufactures environmentally conscious baby clothing, using Oeko-Tex 100 percent certified bamboo viscose jersey that is printed with non-toxic dyes. The clothes are designed and sewn in New York and the company is based in the New Windsor Accelerator.
Farm Body, which operates out of the Middletown Accelerator, uses locally sourced ingredients to produce skincare products that help people with allergies, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and the effects of chemotherapy. Many of its products are manufactured using milk and honey from local farms and beer, wine and cider from local makers.
Melo designs and manufactures unique, stylish bags for the fitness market. Its products are popular in Japan and are known for their obsessive attention to detail. Melo is located in the New Windsor Accelerator.
The companies will keep to the following rotating schedule at Woodbury Common:
Goats in a Coat: May 18, 22, 24, 26 and 28
Melo: May 19, 20, 26 and 28
Farm Body: May 20, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29
Lucky Bug: May 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27 and 29