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This interview with Gina Stoj was conducted on June 27, 2016 at Solaris building-Art Studio, Hudson, New York. Gina studied at Fashion Institute of Technology, The New School and Parsons in NYC. She is from Argentina and is a fashion designer in New York City who moved to Hudson in 2010.
In the interview, she discusses what motivated her to move to Hudson from New York City. She talked about her daughter working for Camphill Hudson, her husband as a politician, and her love for nature. Besides her moving to Hudson to be closer to her daughter, she specifically shared her love for nature and saving energy. She rides her bicycle in and around Hudson city to conserve energy. She loves walking and taking walks in nature. She speaks about her support for the local taxis by tipping them generously. Since she is so generous to the local taxi drivers, all the taxi drivers know her as well.
Gina works at the Solaris gift shop and she is at the local farmers market on Wednesdays selling empanadas. Her best selling empanada is beef. She also mentioned that she buys beef for her empanadas from the local beef farm. Gina also mentioned about how much she loves meeting people at Solaris gift shop and the farmers market. She specifically loves the Spotty Dog and goes there with her friends for Beer and Empanada's. Gina also recollected her memory of her son’s recent visit and how much they enjoyed biking and walking all over the Hudson city.
This interview may be of interest for those who would like to know about Solaris gift shop and local farmers market in Hudson city. It may be of interest for people wanting to know about livelihoods, commerce, women's employment and enterprise, food culture and social life in Hudson, NY. Also anyone interested in where to find the best beer and best empanadas in Hudson City.
Tashi Chodron is the founder of Voices of Tibet – Tibetan Oral History Project and Himalayan Pantry Inc. Currently, she is the Assistant Manager to Himalayan Culture and Outreach Program at the Rubin Museum of Art and consultant on Himalayan Art at Baruch College – Rubin Baruch Project since 2012 in New York City. She recently curated a program to a sold out event in Jackson Heights about Himalayan Food with Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Feels very fortunate to have this opportunity to take the OHSS.
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