Canvas + Clothier Brings the Department Store Back to Poughkeepsie

By Linda Rodgers courtesy of Hudson Valley Magazine. Photos by Dean Kaufman.

This home goods and clothing store in Poughkeepsie is on a mission to bring back brick-and-mortar retail while revitalizing the neighborhood.

There hasn’t been a department store in downtown Poughkeepsie since Luckey, Platt & Company closed its doors in 1981. But last summer, an updated version made its debut on Garden Street, near the westbound arterial. Canvas + Clothier is, as its owners Mary Vaughn Williams and Jillian Grano call it, a micro-department store—a place to buy home goods, clothes for men and women, accessories, and even get a bite to eat.