First Shareholders Meeting

by Melinda on January 25, 2012

The Interim Board of Directors has just announced that the first Shareholders Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 8th at 6 pm at Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake.

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Upcoming Events at The Community Store

by Melinda on January 17, 2012

If you’re starting to suffer from a bit of cabin fever, we have the antidote with our roster of upcoming events. Mark your calendars and plan to join us.

  • Saturday, January 21st – 11 am – 3 pm.

 Local author, George Bryjak, will be on hand to sign his book, “The Power of the Dark Goddess”

  • Saturday, January 28th – noon – 3 pm.

Photographer in residence at Blue Seed Studios, Shaun Ondak will talk about his work and do a demonstration.

  • Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th

Join us for our “Wigwam Weekend Sock Blowout” A special purchase of selected fashion styles and colors for EVERYONE in the family – Men, Women & Kids, all priced to “walk out the door” at $7.99.  This special event is for two days only, so don’t wait. Come early for best selections. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Be “styling” at Winter Carnival with your new pair of Wigwams from The Community Store.

  • Saturday, February 11th from 10 am to 1 pm.

Local Candle Crafter, Sue Amell, will be demonstrating how she produces candles.

We will also have hot chocolate on hand to ward off the cold during the Winter Carnival Parade.

  •  Tuesday, February 14th – All Day

Our Red Heart Yarn Event. See January 8th Blog Post for Details.


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We’re happy to share the news that we’ve just brought in a number of new items that community members have been asking for:  Men’s Boots,  Men’s Suspenders, more styles/sizes of Ladies’ Wrangler Jeans and some colorful Bath Sheets.  Please keep the suggestions coming….



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Call for Submissions for Red Heart Yarn Event

by Melinda on January 8, 2012

Everyone’s invited to The Community Store’s  First Annual Red Heart Yarn Event on Valentine’s Day, February 14th from 9 am – 6 pm.

The Day will include:

  • An Exhibition of Locally Produced Knitwear*
  • Special Red Heart Yarn Promotions
  • A Beginner’s Knitting Class Workshop from 10 – 11 am
  • And Refreshments

* Call for Submissions – We invite local knitters to submit their products for the Exhibition.  We’ll include up to ten submissions of hand-knitted items on a First Come, First Serve Basis.  Just drop it off at the Store by January 25th.  The public will have a chance to vote on their favorite items between Jan. 27th – Feb. 14th and a first and second place winner will be chosen on the 14th.

For questions, contact Stephanie DeJoseph at 354-8173.

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What’s Going On Behind That Sign?

by General Manager on August 21, 2011

The Community Store Opening Soon
You’ve probably noticed a few changes on the exterior of our building. The upper deck is gone…

But as you can see, the changes on the inside are even more dramatic.


Community Store Site Demolition 1

Communitiy Store Demo 2

Once the demolition is complete, we’ll be able to renovate, stock the store and OPEN!

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North Woods Engineering has completed the drawings for the renovation of 97 Main St.  This paves the way for renovation of the site to begin.

We’re hoping for a Store opening late this summer.  There are a few more things to finalize before an official statement can be made.

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Following commencement of operations last month, The Community Store board moved quickly to formalize operations, announcing the hiring of Craig Waters as manager and Stephanie DeJoseph as Assistant Manager.  Craig and Stephanie will be busy in the coming months, hiring additional staff and moving the Store from idea to reality.

The Store also signed a lease for 97 Main Street this month, so we’re poised to move forward.

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Since October of last year, the board of the Community Store of Saranac Lake has been considering the former Corvo’s Restaurant as a possible site for the Store.

This winter there was an open house at the site, so that members of the community could tour the space and make product suggestions.

The board also began interviews for key positions.

Today, The Interim Board of Directors of the Saranac Lake Community Store is pleased to announce that it has reached the $500,000 threshold necessary to commence operations. In practical terms, this means that funds invested to date can now be released from escrow allowing the company to enter into commitments and move forward with preparations for opening its doors during the coming summer.

Those interested in investing in this unique community-based venture can still do so — the public offering* remains open until June 22, 2011 and share subscriptions can be accepted up to $600,000, allowing for increased operational flexibility.

Said Melinda Little, President, “this is the result of many years of hard work by a dedicated group with the support of this incredible community. We offer our deep appreciation to all those who have shown their faith in this concept by investing. Attaining this milestone allows us to hit the ground running as we move ahead to secure the property, make the necessary renovations and hire key staff.” Preparations have been underway for some time on all these fronts in anticipation of achieving this level of equity capital. “Now the real work begins!”, added Little.

Alan Brown, Treasurer observed, “with over 600 investors averaging about $800 each, this is a truly grass-roots venture.” Investors include permanent residents of the Tri-lakes region, seasonal residents and others with an affinity for the area and who feel inspired by the self-reliant spirit that gave rise to this project. “I feel privileged to be a part of a community that can raise this amount of capital, particularly in the face of these difficult economic times”, said Brown.

press release

Lease negotiations are underway with Greg Moore, owner of the former Corvo’s restaurant building and bids will be sought from local contractors for the necessary renovations and alterations in conjunction with Mr. Moore. In addition, organizers have been interviewing candidates for the key staff positions of Manager and Assistant Manager and it is expected that employment offers will be made soon.

“This is the first of its kind in the Northeast”, said Gail Brill, Vice-President,” and, as much as anything else, it’s about building a sustainable local community. In this way we keep economic activity as locally-based as possible and help maintain the vitality of downtown Saranac Lake.”

The Saranac Lake Community Store is raising capital* to open a community-owned retail department store that will enhance the sustainability and self-sufficiency of the retail economy in the Tri-Lakes by providing a range of reasonably-priced goods not readily available in the locality.

*Shares are sold by prospectus only to residents of New York State ref. 07-1504

Product ideas should be mailed to

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The Community Store in Saranac Lake Passes the $400K Mark

by General Manager on October 31, 2009

This month The Community Store passed the $400,000 mark and announced its official name:  The Community Store in Saranac Lake.

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Saranac Lake Community Store Passes the 300K Mark

by General Manager on August 31, 2008

This month, following an event held at Pisgah Lodge, the community store passed the $300,000 mark, with total of $311,500 raised to date.

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