Mother Knows Best…


“This was our Mom’s idea!” The building alternately owned by H.R. Morris in 1838, then Joseph Holmes and James Fulton in 1870, had been run as a general store, post office and trading center. Sadly, when Holmes’ son  Lyman O. retired in 1958, the store closed. Though the building remained in the family, it stood vacant for 18 years. Yet, something gnawed at family Matriarch, Doris Holmes.

She knew all too well, just what the store meant to her, to her family, and to the community where they’d built a life. So, Doris took matters into her own hands. And in 1976 Canal Towne Emporium was born and family tradition was re-established.

Doris sought the counsel of local interior designer Gary Eckhart, who removed past attempts to modernize the store and restored it to its original turn of the century atmosphere, using equipment and furnishings from the original store. Doris died in 2004, but her sons Lyman and Gary, the third generation of Holmes’ carry on.

Today the store specializes in HAND-CRAFTED, ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFTS, FURNISHINGS, JEWELRY, HONE DECOR AND MORE.  Our shelves are lined with history and fine gifts. Step back 100 years and discover pewter, china, linens, candles, hand crafted toys stained glass, and so much more! With penny candy and a pickle barrel too!

We feature many REGIONAL AND NATIONWIDE CRAFTERS.  Also, many popular collectibles abound, such as Boyd’s Bears, Cairn Gnomes, and Lizzie High Dolls. Many of these fine items can be discovered in the upstairs collector’s showroom of our country store! In addition to distinctive and unique gifts, Canal Towne features the finest in hand crafted American Furniture, lamps, prints, and decorative accessories. From oak tables to wrought iron chandeliers, Canal Towne offer formal and occasional furniture that fits into any home.

Old Fashioned Service is a hallmark at Canal Towne Emporium. Everyone is always available to help you. We offer free gift wrapping, complete shipping services, mail and phone orders, gift certificates, bridal registry, and special orders.


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Canal Towne Emporium
107 Sullivan Street
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
(845) 888-2100