Our Mission: To Bring Reasonably Priced Goods to Saranac Lake
Melinda: 518-891-0197
Gail: 518-891-0182

Community Store Project
118 Shepard Ave.
Saranac Lake, NY 12983


The Community Store Project of Saranac Lake, New York


"South Dakota Town Creates Community-Owned Variety Store"
New Rules Project, May 20 2009

Chadron Record, Oct 16, 2010
"Community-owned Grocery is the Hub of a Small Town"
The Destin, Oct. 4, 2009
"Investing in a Community-Owned Store"
The Coudersport Mercantile
Community Owned Stores on the Rise
The Epoch Times
July 21, 2009

Thinking Outside the Big Box

"Retail in the Coming Storm"
On Point, NPR radio discussion about the future of retail stores and what will survive the economic crisis.
Oct. 23, 2008
Institute for Local Self Reliance
Strengthening Communities
for more than 30 Years

"Community Owned Stores
New Anchors for Older Main Streets
National Trust for Historic Preservation
May/June 2008
The Hometown Advantage
Reviving Locally Owned Business
"Community Owned Stores Provide an Alternative to Chains"
Slide Show: Buy Local
"Outside the box: community-owned department stores an alternative to big-box chain store"
Community Development Institute
"Testing the Waters for a Possible Trend"
Info on Powell, WY. & Greenfield, MA
"Investing in Cooperative Retail"
"Community Owned Store Looking to Expand"
"Why Local Matters: The Importance of Doing Business Locally"
Homegrown El Paso

Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce
"Powell Mercantile Serves as a Model for Others" S.A.G.A.
Sound Adirondack Growth Alliance
"Powell Pulls Together"
(CBS News Story, 2005)
Save Saranac Lake Coalition
"Making Merc Work" "Community Stores Can Cut the Mustard for the Holidays"
"Small Town Determination Pays Off"   Livingstone Mercantile
Livingstone, Montana
"For Sale By Owners"  Community-Owned Department Stores Replace Chains
"Success Story: Community-owned Mercantiles Lead the Way"  " Community-Owned Stores Provide an Alternative to Chains"
"When Major Retailer Calls it Quits, Town Opts to Open Own Shop - Ely, NV" "Communities Create Their Own Stores"
"Using the Cooperative Model to Provide Basic Community Services in Rural Areas: A Feasibility Study"
(pdf file - discusses several variations of community owned stores, including an assessment of the Powell store)
"Torrington Eyes Community-Owned Clothing Store"