May 2015 Business History: Graphic Controls

Recording a legacy

Graphic Controls Corp’s Recording Chart Division in Clayton. The firm was once a major employer in the St. Lawrence River village. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

Graphic Controls Corp’s Recording Chart Division in Clayton. The firm was once a major employer in the St. Lawrence River village. Photo from Watertown Daily Times Archives.

Graphic Controls provided ‘consistent’ jobs for Clayton

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

When one thinks of Clayton, “waterfront destination” typically comes to mind. But within the past century, the riverfront village was home to Graphic Controls, a Buffalo-headquartered manufacturing plant that produced recording charts for industrial and medical applications. In its day, the firm was one one of Clayton’s largest employers. [Read more…]

May 2015 Small Business Startup: Luna Boutique

Luna Boutique

Hailey M. Hodge, owner,  Luna Boutique. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Hailey M. Hodge, owner, Luna Boutique. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

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May 2015: Business Briefcase

TOURISM

Grant funds tourist attraction in Clayton

National Grid and the Thousand Islands Inn recently announced a $100,000 Main Street Revitalization Program incentive to offset construction costs associated with the inn’s renovation. [Read more…]

May 2015: People on the Move

St. Lawrence County administrator named

B_POM_Doyle_0515_WebRuth A. Doyle, Lisbon, has been appointed to serve as St. Lawrence County administrator. She previously served as assistant county administrator. [Read more…]

April 2015 What’s Happening Here: South Jeff Wine & Liquor

South Jeff Wine & Liquor

Construction continues on the new South Jeff Wine & Liquor, 32-34 W. Church St., Adams, next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The 5,250-square-foot retail outlet is slated to open as early as late spring. Owners William J. and Gordon G. Bonisteel are moving their existing wine and liquor store at South Jeff Plaza. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Construction continues on the new South Jeff Wine & Liquor, 32-34 W. Church St., Adams, next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The 5,250-square-foot retail outlet is slated to open as early as late spring. Owners William J. and Gordon G. Bonisteel are moving their existing wine and liquor store at South Jeff Plaza. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

What: Retail wine & liquor store.

Location: 32-34 W. Church St., Adams, next to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Owners: William J. and Gordon G. Bonisteel, former owners of Big M Markets in Adams and Sandy Creek. South Jeff Wine & Liquor is presently located in the South Jeff Plaza, Route 11, Adams.

Size: 5,250 square feet.

Cost: $175,000 to $200,000, estimated construction value.

Builder: D.C. Building Systems, Watertown.

Completion: Late spring 2015

Local Jobs: Several dozen construction jobs; handful of full- and part-time retail jobs upon opening.

Features: Open floor plan.

April 2015 Business History: F.X. Baumert and Co.

A family dairy dynasty

Above, the F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and  office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century the factory was the largest of its kind in the country. Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

Above, the F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century the factory was the largest of its kind in the country. Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

F.X.Baumert and Co. introduced Muenster cheese to the U.S.

By Lenka Walldroff, NNY Business

From the mid-19th century until about 1930, Jefferson County reigned as the “Cheese Capital of the World.” In fact, at the time, more cheese was bought and sold on the Watertown Cheese Exchange than anywhere else in the world. Jefferson County’s cheese notoriety came from humble origins, however, with the first dairy farm opening in Rutland in 1834 with 20 cows. As road conditions were often poor, or roads were non-existent, travel took significantly longer in previous centuries than it does today. In pre-refrigeration times, this proved problematic for farmers trading in perishable goods like milk. [Read more…]

April 2015 Small Business Startup: Music and Movement for the Extraordinary Child

Music and Movement for the Extraordinary Child

 

Theresa Lorence helps student Justin Haffner sing through a song from the musical “Oliver”  during a recent session at Music and Movement for the Extraordinary Child, Carthage. Photo by Amanda Morrison.

Theresa Lorence helps student Justin Haffner sing through a song from the musical “Oliver”
during a recent session at Music and Movement for the Extraordinary Child, Carthage. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

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April 2015: Business Briefcase

NONPROFITS

Credo tapped for national tobacco control initiative

Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions was recently chosen as the state’s only organization to participate in the 2015 National Behavioral Health Network’s Tobacco and Cancer Control Community of Practice. [Read more…]

April 2015: People on the Move

SLU professor named to research fellowship

Cynthia Bansak, associate professor of economics, has been named a research fellow at Germany’s Institute for the Study of Labor. She earned a bachelor’s in economics from Yale University and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. Before she joined St. Lawrence University in 2007, Ms. Bansak was an assistant professor at San Diego State University and an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. [Read more…]

March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: “Me Time”

When ‘all about you’ is healthy

Laurie LaGorga gives a pedicure at Harmony Day Spa, Watertown. Working women need to take regular time outs for themselves to stay healthy. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Laurie LaGorga gives a pedicure at Harmony Day Spa, Watertown. Working women need to take regular time outs for themselves to stay healthy. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

By Joleene Moody
NNY Business

For years we’ve heard experts tell us the importance of self-care. They even tell us how. Exercise. Mediate. Do yoga. Eat right. Mediate again. But we don’t listen. Or if we do listen, we don’t think “me” time is as important as attempting to do 27 other things simultaneously. [Read more…]