Business

BIG-MESS

CANAJOHARIE - With parts of it demolished, but no owner willing to finish the job, the 27-acre former Beech-Nut plant still stands at the entrance to the village, a problem with no easy solution.Montgomery County Treasurer Shawn Bowerman said property taxes have not been paid for the property ...

Still not frozen

For once, local people are complaining the weather is too warm."It's killing us, to tell you the truth," Jim Blaise, the owner of Royal Mountain Ski Area said of the unusually warm December weather.Last month was the globe's warmest November on record, the seventh consecutive month to reach a ...

Cyber sales

In the past, the Adirondack Country Store relied on a print catalog to keep in touch with its summer tourism season customers in the hope they would order more of the store's items during the Christmas season.That was before the popularity of the Internet and before the store established its ...

Christmas tree season

It takes about eight to 10 years to grow an evergreen tree suitable for sale as a Christmas tree, but it only takes a week or two to cut one down too early.Doug Eaton, whose family owns Bob's Trees, 1227 W. Galway Road, Hagaman, said shopping for Christmas trees started early this season, and ...

The business of being Santa

When Donald Guernsey, of Broadalbin, first decided to take his likeness to Santa Claus and turn it into a small seasonal business, he knew he looked the part, but he still had a lot to learn."You go into this thinking you'll make a lot of money, then you don't, but you don't let that deter ...

Job creation

JOHNSTOWN - For S.W. Skin Care Cosmetics, a $15,000 Microenterprise Grant to purchase new equipment has led to a plan to double the size of the business.Sherry Wieszchowski, co-owner of S.W. Skin Care, said her company, which currently employs eight part-time workers, is planning to move from ...

Toy Cluster

JOHNSTOWN - In a case of multiplication, one collectible toy store has resulted in three independent businesses selling toys and games in downtown.David Warren was one of the founders of the first store, collectible toy store Toying Around, which started out at 12 N. Market Street before moving ...

Perth native hired at research firm

PERTH - Town native, John Orlowski was recently hired as an extension soybean agronomist for the Delta Research and extension center, according to a news release.According to the release, Orlowski attended Cornell University where he earned his undergraduate in agricultural sciences and his ...

The Speedway Effect

The Leader HeraldJOHSTOWN - When Zee Zulfi, owner of ZZ Petroleum, first began building his new gas station at the corner of East Fulton Street and Elwood Avenue, he was always puzzled by why gas cost more in Gloversville than they did at his other gas station in Malta."Gloversville always used ...

Hard Apple Cider

JOHNSTOWN - Growing up on his family's apple orchard Mitch Rogers learned how to make apple wine, also known as hard cider.Rogers, who's family owns Rogers Family Orchards, never believed hard cider, which was once a staple of the early American diet, would ever become popular enough to be a ...

Fitness Business

JOHNSTOWN - When John Hogan first saw the Pylo Soft Box equipment at the Fulton County YMCA, he said he knew his days of lifting weights were over."I've always been as stiff as a board. I primarily used to lift heavy weights but I've found that slowed me down more than anything," Hogan, a 2014 ...

Businesses react to changing venue for holiday tradition

JOHNSTOWN - The Classic Image Johnstown Holiday Parade has long been the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season for retailers in downtown Johnstown.With the recent announcement the 15th annual edition of the parade will be moving to downtown Gloversville, business owners in Johnstown ...

Evolving business

GLOVERSVILLE - Even for local people, the name Robison & Smith was sometimes difficult.Frequently mispronounced or misspelled "Robinson" & Smith, the 100-year-old laundry company has decided to change its name to Century Linen & Uniform, a move aimed at greater clarity ...

Security Enhancement

Starting Oct. 1, small businesses that accept credit cards, -but don't have EMV chip card readers - will be held liable for credit card data breaches like the well publicized cyber attack on retail giant Target during the 2013 holiday season.The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce ...

Thruway stop

RANDALL - A new Thruway rest stop area aimed at helping to promote tourism along the Mohawk River is being constructed this summer in Montgomery County.The rest stop is being built at milepost 187 on the New York state Thruway I-90 westbound, inbetween exits 28, Fultonville, and 29, ...

Animal Land

BROADALBIN - Like an endangered species, Dave Eglin's Adirondack Animal Land is the last of its kind in the local region.But that wasn't always so."?By the year 2000, there were 11 small zoos between Cooperstown and Granville," Eglin said, remembering a period when more businesses were ...

Finally, fireworks!

For decades Jerry Groom, owner operator of Groom's General Store, Route 10, Caroga Lake, has seen the popularity of fireworks among tourists who come into his town."Oh gosh, on Caroga Lake, you wouldn't even have realized fireworks were illegal sometimes," Groom said. "I would've sold them all ...

Top workplaces

Employees at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Townsend Leather and Community Health Center all picked their workplaces as among the top 50 in the Capital Region, according to a survey by WorkplaceDynamics.The survey was broken down into large, midsize and small workplaces, with all three of ...

Music man

JOHNSTOWN - When Mark Nightingale was 15 years old in 1980, living in Galway, he wanted to own a stringed instrument and he knew there was only one way that was going to happen."I desperately wanted an instrument and the only way I was going to get one was if I made it," he said.He constructed ...

Camping season

GLOVERSVILLE - Owning a private campground in Fulton County tends to be a long-term enterprise. Alby Peck said his family has owned and operated Peck's Lake Resort "forever" or at least since about 1889. Peck said he's seen many summers come and go, and the upcoming season looks like a good ...