Ribbon-cutting to kick off grand opening activities for the Vassar College Store in the landmark Juliet building, on September 20

Vassar president Catharine Hill, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Board Chairman John Weisman will help kick off a day of grand opening activities for the new Vassar College Store and BurgerFi restaurant in the Juliet building, a landmark in the Arlington neighborhood, on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 11:00am. Also joining in the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Don Simons, a BurgerFi owner, and Michael Gordon, owner of the neighborhood’s Zimmer Brothers Jewelers, who will speak on behalf of the Arlington Business Improvement District.

Special offerings from both the Vassar College Store and BurgerFi will also be part of the day’s festivities. The grand opening for the two businesses is being held in conjunction with the neighborhood’s annual Arlington Street Fair, which occurs noon-6:00pm the same day.

In its off-campus location the new Vassar College Store is taking a different business approach than the former on-campus Vassar College Bookstore, placing more emphasis on merchandise for the general public while still serving the distinct needs of Vassar students, employees, alumnae/i, families, and other visitors (

The BurgerFi restaurant group has come to be known for cooking with all-natural ingredients, building with environmentally sustainable best practices, as well as maintaining a low carbon footprint and strict recycling programs ( ).

At the corner of Raymond and Collegeview avenues across from the Vassar College campus, the Juliet Theater served generations of Hudson Valley moviegoers from 1938 to 1990 and it was the first Poughkeepsie-area moviehouse built to show “talkies.” Its name followed the Shakespearian theme of the local Bardavon and Stratford theaters owned by the same company. And according to the Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, opening night at the Juliet on January 6, 1938 was quite a posh occasion. “The opening had something of the impressiveness of a metropolitan opening night, as a good share of the 500 guests arrived in formal dress,” reported the newspaper.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.


Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 17, 2014