Humans of the Catskills: Kathy Duyer

Kathy Duyer

Journey to the Catskills:

My husband and I moved to Hobart in October 2014. For a couple of years, we had been looking for an area in which to retire. We were living in the suburbs of Washington DC, and we did not want to stay in that area when we retired. Too crowded, too busy, too expensive, too much traffic, too hot and humid in the summer. We had visited the Catskills a couple of times in the past, always in the spring or summer, and we liked it. We visited again in February 2014, when there was three feet of snow on the ground, and we looked at houses we had seen listed online. On a Sunday morning, we drove into Hobart on Route 10 and saw the sign for the Book Village of the Catskills. My husband and I were intrigued – we both love to read and to roam through bookstores. We kept our appointment to see a house and fell in love with the old Victorian. After our appointment, we walked down Main Street. We met Bill and Diana Adams at Adams’ Antiquarian Bookstore and told them we were considering buying a house in the village. They told us about their journey from Manhattan to Hobart and opening a bookstore in the village. On the way home that day, we decided to quit our jobs and move to Upstate New York! Two months later we bought that quirky Victorian house and a few months later we were moving to Hobart. 


My first career was as an English teacher at a middle school in suburban Maryland just outside DC. After four years as a teacher, I applied to law school. I practiced as an attorney in Maryland from 1980 until 2014 when we moved to New York. I continued to do some legal work for my former law firm after I moved to Hobart. In 2016 my husband and I opened Creative Corner Books on Main Street. In 2021 we opened New York Books & Ephemera in the space adjoining Creative Corner Books. 


The bookstores are my vocation and my avocation – a labor of love! Although running two bookstores is a lot of work, I enjoy doing it. I have learned so much in the years since we opened our first shop and have met so many interesting people. I love searching for great books that my customers will enjoy, especially vintage cookbooks and out of print local history books. Collecting interesting New York ephemera for the shop is also fun. Aside from the bookstores, I enjoy crafts (especially sewing, knitting, embroidery, and weaving), reading, listening to music (especially live music) and antiquing. 

Happiness Is:

Reading a good book while drinking a good cup of coffee, surrounded by my dog Gus and my cat Annie. And spending time with my daughters. And sitting on my deck watching the river on a beautiful sunny day. And sharing a glass of wine with friends. And walking into my well-organized, clean bookstore. And going to a concert. And having a getaway to a B&B with my husband. And lots more stuff!

Favorite Dish:

Anything baked with chocolate!