Small Business Startup: Polar Bear Hockey

A local retailer for all things hockey [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Denmark Gardens

Patsy Makuch opened Lewis County's first apple orchard this year. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Patsy Makuch opened Lewis County’s first apple orchard this year. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Lewis County’s first apple orchard had a successful first season [Read more...]

Small Biz Startup: The Hop

Daniel and Rebecca McDermott reopened the The Hop this summer at 3 Market St. in Potsdam. Melanie Kimbler-Lago/NNY Business

Daniel and Rebecca McDermott reopened the The Hop this summer at 3 Market St. in Potsdam. Melanie Kimbler-Lago/NNY Business

THE INITIAL IDEA The Hop’s new owners Daniel and Rebecca McDermott re-opened the 1950s-style restaurant known for its late night fare after eight years of dormancy after about six months of what Mrs. McDermott described as “a lot of detailed cleaning” and more than $10,000 in small-scale renovations that included a new basement floor, re-painting and new furniture. The Hop opened its doors in early June and had a formal grand opening and ribbon cutting in mid-September.

“We wanted to get all the kinks out on our main food and we had such high success with the Hop to begin with that we never had time to plan it,” Mrs. McDermott said of the decision to delay the grand opening. [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Lake Ontario Pilates

Jennifer Dean inside the Pilates studio she runs on Main Street in the village of Sackets Harbor. Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business


Lake Ontario Pilates owner Jennifer L. Dean is far from her home state of Tennessee, the only place she lived before to moving to the north country last summer.

But thanks to abundant community support, she’s been able to create her own home in Sackets Harbor, launching and single-handedly running a thriving exercise studio on Main Street in the village.

Ms. Dean decided to open the studio after moving to be closer to her boyfriend, a soldier stationed at Fort Drum whom she met through her brother, who also is stationed on post.

She opened the studio on Oct. 15. [Read more...]

Small Biz Startup: Mike’s Pig Pen

Mike's Pig Pen owner Mike Cornell and employee Ann Coburn handle the lunch rush Friday at the former Harby's Hots on Route 11 in Watertown. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

New owner of Harby’s Hots keeps menu the same, adds character [Read more...]

Start-ups climb as more go alone

 Experts point to variety of reasons for uptick in recent years

The number of Doing Business under an Assumed name certificates filed in Jefferson County reached the highest number in a decade with 594 registrations in 2012, possibly the result of state funding cuts hitting the region, a decline in construction on Fort Drum and fewer industry jobs in Jefferson County, local experts say.

DBAs decreased every year over the last decade, from 568 in 2005 to a low of 456 in 2009, before increasing every subsequent year to the high in 2012, according to records filed in the Jefferson County clerk’s office. As of the end of May, 243 have been filed. At the same point in 2012, 290 had been filed. [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Third Eye Theater

Michelle Maphey founded Third Eye Theater this fall in an effort to bring equality to all artistic performances. Photo by Jeremiah Papineau/ NNY Business


One year after starting her own independent interpreting company, Aldebaran Interpreting Services, Michelle Maphey found a way to merge all three of her passions—theater, American Sign Language and education—into a separate, specialized branch. Third Eye Theater, which aims to spread and develop the unique art of shadow interpreting, was born.

Shadow interpreting seeks to “equalize the theatrical experience” for hearing and deaf audience members, Ms. Maphey said. [Read more...]

Small Biz Startup – Mama’s Lil’ Shop of Treasures

Priscilla E. Pooler in her antique store Mama's Lil' Shop of Treasures. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business


Sixty-year-old Priscilla E. Pooler has bought and sold antique treasures with her mother at garage sales since she was a young girl growing up in Lorraine. When her late mother, Ellen E. Pooler, died at age 89 in January, her son inspired her to hatch a small business to honor her mother’s memory.

Mama’s Lil’ Shop of Treasures, which opened at 121 Breen Ave. in April, offers a range of inventory including jewelry, glassware, furniture, CDs, movies and video games. [Read more...]

Small Biz Startup – Old Garage Deli

Jaime Short, owner of Old Garage Deli on Route 11, holds the Thunderbird, a sandwich with turkey, ham, provolone, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. Photo by Justin Sorensen/NNY Business


Jaime L. Short, owner of Watertown’s newest though maybe most unexpected lunch spot, knew when it was time to go out on her own.

After working in kitchens and offices for local businesses for 20 years or more, it was time to start her own business. She’d worked for Dry Hill Ski Area for 16 years and spent last summer in the kitchen at the Crescent Bay Yacht Club, Chaumont. But when the former Ames Bros. Service Center left its longtime home on outer Washington Street vacant, her vision came to life. [Read more...]

Champion boxer starts club

Gordon N. Griffith paints the inside of the old Balmat school Tuesday at Route 812 and County Route 24. Mr. Griffith is turning the old school into a boxing and wrestling club. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago/Watertown Daily Times.

BALMAT — A two-time New York State Golden Gloves heavyweight champion is starting a boxing club in the former Balmat school.

“For a boxing gym, it’s absolutely beautiful,” said Gordon N. Griffith. “We’re close to being ready to open the club up.”

The club will be for anyone who wants to learn how to box or train. [Read more...]