The award-winning redevelopment of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is the anchor project in Hudson River Housing’s work to revitalize the Middle Main Street corridor. This fully renovated historic building is a unique setting for apartments, commercial space, and community use.
Through the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory we’re bringing the rich bounty of arts and food in the Hudson Valley into the city of Poughkeepsie as an educational tool and community connector.
Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Coffee House & Cafe
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory (PUF) Coffee House & Cafe is located in a unique historic setting on the first floor of the factory. The Coffee House & Cafe were created to help launch and strengthen small business, celebrate the culture and culinary talents of our region, and provide a space for the community to come together. Come visit us to see why our mission makes us greater!
Breakfast and lunch are served Monday – Friday from 8am – 3pm. Our menu features an assortment of local made baked goods by artisan vendors such as Sweet Maresa’s, T-Spoon, Horton House Scone Company, and Bread Alone. We’re also proud to feature a variety of baked goods made in house in partnership with youth receiving employment through our Youth LEAP Employment program.
We feature a wide-variety of gluten-free and vegan items, including a fully gluten-free breakfast and lunch menu by Earth, Wind & Fuego. Earth, Wind & Fuego is a social enterprise radicalizing hiring, training and workplace culture to create sustainable solutions to poverty through inclusive training and employment opportunities. As a social enterprise, EWF seeks, builds and sustains opportunities. We envision a community where everyone is able to live out their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and share their #POUGHTENTIAL with the world.
The Coffee House and Cafe space are available to rent for private events and meetings.
Rental rates range from $50-75/hour. Our 2,000 square foot space features abundant natural light, exposed brick, and beautiful reclaimed wood surfaces. The Coffee House seating area and the adjoining open commercial kitchen are both available to rent separately or jointly. Tables and chairs and Wi‐Fi available.
Our space can accommodate parties of up to 75 seated/100 standing.
We love our community! Take advantage of our ongoing specials and discounts:
15% off! Available to anyone with a City of Poughkeepsie Municipal ID card!
PUF Community Discount
15% off! For all kitchen members, tenants, Art Effect employees, and artists – Show us your membership card!
Thursdays are 20% off! Available every Thursday to all college students with a valid student ID! Bring your friends and hit the books.
Special Events & Pop-Ups
The Coffee House & Cafe features a variety of special events, including weekly Pop-Up dinners, Fiesta Friday open mic nights, and weekend brunches. We also offer a variety of locally-sourced gift items, local produce, dairy products, and other items in our Coffee House and Cafe.
Our lobby space is also available for Pop-Up vendors to feature products and services.
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The Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen is located on the first floor of the factory and provides food entrepreneurs and start-ups with an affordable space to develop and grow their business. Our objective is to support you through commercial kitchen access, business development training, and community connections.
With 3,000 square feet of combined cooking, preparation, and storage space, POK is well suited for caterers, food truck operators, retail or wholesalers, cooking or nutrition instructors, food concept developers, or pop-up restaurant space.
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, surrounded by culinary institutions, local farms, food businesses, and diverse ethnic cultures, the POK harnesses our collective love of food to build community pride and connectedness. Kitchen rates are affordable at $25/hour, and hours are flexible and available 24/7. Interested in joining our kitchen community? Set up an appointment to visit our kitchen.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory has a long and storied history. We like to think that we are the next in line of progressive owners of this historic property, restoring it to its rightful place as a key part of the social and economic fabric of the Middle Main neighborhood.
The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory property was built in 1874 as William S. Patten’s Poughkeepsie Live Oak Leather Manufactury, and shortly thereafter became the Dutchess Manufacturing Company, which added on substantially to the original structure.
By 1895 it was William Paulding’s Cooperage. In 1899 the Queen Undermuslin Company was incorporated, and in 1904 it moved from a location on Mill Street into this building, forever leaving its mark on the property now known as the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. The building was remodeled to accommodate the unique offerings of Queen Undermuslins, and was highly regarded as a building entirely run on electricity: “one of the lightest, most sanitary, and most up-to-date factories in the city,” according to a 1911 Poughkeepsie Eagle article.
The garments produced at the factory were held in very high regard, and shipped around the world. The high quality of the product was confirmed by the Galveston Cotton Carnival and Exposition, where Queen Undermuslins took home top prize. The company produced 60,000 garments annually, exclusively for women and children, and able to be procured “at any dry goods or furnishing house of any importance.”
The owners of the factory, Robert Stuart and JC MacLean, were certainly progressive employers. Records show them as successful inventors and businessmen”whose first interest is the promotion of the business, but next to that is the improving of the working conditions of the employees.” Employees (all women) were involved in resolving business disputes, and the grounds were lauded for their beautiful condition, included a perfectly manicured privet hedge, a large flower bed at the front of the site, and even a tennis court for recreation for the employees!
Not much is known about the history of the building from the mid-twentieth century onward. The building was vacant by the 1980s and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, forever cementing its place in history.