Yesterday, Gossips published a post about the law prohibiting "formula retail uses," in other words, chain businesses, in Hudson. A formula retail use is defined in the law as "a type of retail sales or service activity or retail sales or service establishment that has four or more other retail sales establishments in operation."
Since publishing that post, Gossips learned that Westerlind opened its fourth location in Kingston last weekend. Its other locations are in Manhattan, Great Barrington, and Millertown. Here are notices about the opening in Kingston that were posted on Instagram.
With its Kingston location, Westerlind becomes, by the definition given in our city code, a formula retail use, which is prohibited in Hudson. Yet its logo appears on 417 Warren Street with the message "Coming Soon."
It will be interesting to see what the City does about this. Perhaps, it will be nothing. For at least fifty years, Hudson has had this law on the books:
No person shall use or pretend to use or have any skill in physiognomy, palmistry or like crafty science, or pretend to tell destinies or fortunes.
The law notwithstanding, a business claiming to do exactly what the law prohibits has been operating at 134 Warren Street since the beginning of 2021.