Riverside Iron in Gouverneur preparing for production

Eric S. Tessmer, who recently purchased Riverside Iron in Gouverneur, stands in front of his Gouverneur business, which he plans to rekindle. Jason Hunter / NNY Business

Eric S. Tessmer, who recently purchased Riverside Iron in Gouverneur, stands in front of his Gouverneur business, which he plans to rekindle. Jason Hunter / NNY Business

Riverside Iron is poised to reopen to manufacture miscellaneous and ornamental steel, bringing the potential of more than a dozen jobs.

Eric S. Tessmer closed on the purchase of the business Friday from Duane Winters, who is providing $350,000 in financing.

A native of Gouverneur, Mr. Tessmer has watched the zinc and talc industries fade, along with General Motors in Massena.

“It’s sad to see those jobs go,” he said.

But he is glad to bring back what he can. [Read more...]

Small Business Startup: Smooth Sailing

NORM JOHNSTON n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES  Brett Kessler charter captainFor one Army retiree, setting sail on Lake Ontario is more than just another new hobby. [Read more...]

Flying Solo

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Watertown real estate developer recognized with gold business award in Chicago

Brian Murray’s company Washington Street Properties was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

Brian Murray’s company Washington Street Properties was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A real estate company that has renovated several properties in the city in recent years attracted national recognition for its work this weekend.

Washington Street Properties, formed in 2007 by Brian H. Murray, was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards on Friday in Chicago.

“Three other real estate companies were selected as finalists, so we knew we were in the final four, but it was definitely a big surprise when we won,” Mr. Murray said.

The company has purchased and rehabilitated a number of buildings in and around Watertown, including the lower level of the building that houses Convergys on Arsenal Street, the Lincoln Building on Public Square, the Solar Building, the former Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County Inc. building at 425 Washington St., the Top of the Square plaza and the Palmer Street and College Heights apartments.

Mr. Murray said the company’s approach to real estate development, which often involves renovating neglected properties and leasing them to startups and small businesses, has set it apart from the competition and helped its success. [Read more...]

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

THE INITIAL IDEA

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...]