May 2016: Feature Story

Sky Skarf takes flight

Amber Stevens, left, and Heather E. Hlad are creators of the Sky Skarf. The product, which provides comfort when traveling, was launched with help from Clarkson University’s Shipley Center.

Amber Stevens, left, and Heather E. Hlad are creators of the Sky Skarf. The product, which provides comfort when traveling, was launched with help from Clarkson University’s Shipley Center.

Lewis women turn airline discomfort into entrepreneurial venture

By Alan Rizzo, NNY Business

When they invented a silk scarf to make traveling by air a warmer, quieter, more germ-free experience, Lewis County residents Heather E. Hlad and Amber Stevens never expected that their invention would get as much feedback as it has, and be used for purposes outside an airplane cabin. [Read more…]

Local entrepreneurs discuss business success at North Country Symposium

For those who have been there and survived, starting a successful north country business is a difficult, but not impossible thing to do, provided the idea is a winner and the entrepreneur a person who is willing to work hard, and seek expert help to get it going. [Read more…]

The Robot Zone set to open Saturday in downtown Potsdam

Lori Green, a sixth-grade special education teacher at Salmon River Central School, right, works with Janice Marlow-Santamore, a sixth-grade teacher at Salmon River Central School, to program a Lego Mindstorm robot Tuesday at the Robot Zone in downtown Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Lori Green, a sixth-grade special education teacher at Salmon River Central School, right, works with Janice Marlow-Santamore, a sixth-grade teacher at Salmon River Central School, to program a Lego Mindstorm robot Tuesday at The Robot Zone in downtown Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Tucked away next to Verizon at 71 Market St., science, technology, engineering and math education business The Robot Zone has moved its operations off campus, and is getting ready for a grand opening this Saturday. [Read more…]

DANC analysis indicates that Potsdam village water is not being paid for

Already dealing with water and sewer lines that are between 45 and 65 years old, the village learned last week that it is losing money on nearly half the water it treats. [Read more…]

Potsdam barber expands to Main Street

Casey Dillon shaves Ted Walrich’s beard Tuesday at his barber shop located at 6548 Route 56 in Potsdam. He just opened a new location at 2 Main Street in Potsdam where he will be working in the afternoon after working at this original location in the morning. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Casey Dillon shaves Ted Walrich’s beard Tuesday at his barbershop located at 6548 Route 56 in Potsdam. He just opened a new location at 2 Main Street in Potsdam where he will be working in the afternoon after working at this original location in the morning. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

POTSDAM — Hoping to increase the exposure of his vintage style barbershop, town resident Casey J. Dillon is transitioning to a downtown location on Main Street and looking forward to capitalizing on a busy area. [Read more…]

Sparx seeks new site for slaughterhouse in Potsdam

POTSDAM — Now that a proposal to build a small-scale slaughterhouse in Canton has failed, United Helpers’s business Sparx is considering a site off Pine Street in the village. [Read more…]

December 2015 Small Business Startup: Robideau’s Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill

Robideau’s Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill

Terrie S. Woodward, restaurant manager. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Terrie S. Woodward, restaurant manager. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

By Alan Rizzo, NNY Business [Read more…]

Potsdam village weighs options in repairing East Dam hydro plant

POTSDAM — Having received an estimate from a hydro consulting firm, the village now must decide what to do with its idle East Dam plant — which could cost up to $1.2 million to overhaul, and cause property taxes to increase 4.5 to 6 percent. [Read more…]

Owners of Potsdam’s 1844 House plan to offer lodging through new bed-and-breakfast

Brian A. and Jenny D. Walker stand in front of their new bed-and-breakfast, the Guest House at 1844, next to their Potsdam restaurant, the 1844 House. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Brian A. and Jenny D. Walker stand in front of their new bed-and-breakfast, the Guest House at 1844, next to their Potsdam restaurant, the 1844 House. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

POTSDAM — With an opening set for today, 1844 House’s new bed-and-breakfast promises to turn the restaurant and adjoining property into a destination not only for fine dining, but for weddings and other gatherings, according to owners Brian A. and Jenny D. Walker. [Read more…]