Canton’s Josh Parker to pitch maple syrup business on ‘Shark Tank’

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Josh Parker prepares to test the density of syrup with a hydrometer in his sugar shack at 2591 County Route 21 in Canton in March, 2016.

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Josh Parker prepares to test the density of syrup with a hydrometer in his sugar shack at 2591 County Route 21 in Canton in March, 2016.

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A sunny summer: Tourism’s peak season a boom for north country

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Scott Garrett, caretaker at Singer Castle, prepares to leave Dark Island Thursday after providing tours of the castle in Chippewa Bay. (Wolf Story)

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Scott Garrett, caretaker at Singer Castle, prepares to leave Dark Island Thursday after providing tours of the castle in Chippewa Bay.

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Ogdensburg unveils new airport as Allegiant Air touches down

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Patricia Arduine, Potsdam, waits to board the first Allegiant Air outbound flight from Ogdensburg to Sanford, Florida Wednesday at the Ogdensburg International Airport. (Robinson's story)

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Patricia Arduine, Potsdam, waits to board the first Allegiant Air outbound flight from Ogdensburg to Sanford, Florida Wednesday at the Ogdensburg International Airport.

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September 2016: Small Business Startup

Maple Rock Bed & Breakfast

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Audrey Roberts sits in the living room of her bed and breakfast, Maple Rock B&B, at 719 Old Potsdam Parishville Road in Potsdam on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Audrey Roberts sits in the living room of her bed and breakfast, Maple Rock B&B, at 719 Old Potsdam Parishville Road in Potsdam on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

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July 2016 Feature Story: Craft Beverage

Tapping into agri-tourism

From left, Kaneb Orchards owners Edward Kaneb Jr.  and Elizabeth  Kaneb  with Kaneb Orchards marketing/sales manager Nancy Badlam at their Massena cider operation. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

From left, Kaneb Orchards owners Edward Kaneb Jr.and Elizabeth
Kaneb with Kaneb Orchards marketing/sales manager Nancy Badlam at their Massena cider operation. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Region’s craft beverage industry diversifies as it grows

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

Twenty-one years after the north country’s first craft brewery, Sackets Harbor Brewing Company, opened in 1995, the craft beverage industry in the region has hit its stride as a major contributor to agri-tourism. [Read more…]

New Potsdam restaurant offers barbecue, bourbon with American flair

Robbie Castro, Potsdam, a bar tender and server at Bourbon Barrel Bar-b-que, makes a Jim beam and lemonade drink for a customer Tuesday night while working at the new Potsdam restaurant. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Robbie Castro, Potsdam, a bar tender and server at Bourbon Barrel Bar-b-que, makes a Jim beam and lemonade drink for a customer Tuesday night while working at the new Potsdam restaurant. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Decked out with American flags, a new downtown restaurant is offering customers smoked meats, warm and cold side dishes and a selection of 20 kinds of bourbon. [Read more…]

June 2016: Small Business Startup

Trillium Center for
Yoga and Health

From left, Shannon Miller, Terry De La Vega, and Jean Benvenuto stand in front of their business, Trillium Center for Yoga and Health, at 25 Market Street in Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

From left, Shannon Miller, Terry De La Vega, and Jean Benvenuto stand in front of their business, Trillium Center for Yoga and Health, at 25 Market Street in Potsdam. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

THE INITIAL IDEA

Timing was everything for the founders of Trillium Center for Yoga and Health in Potsdam. Shannon Miller, an occupational therapist, and Terry del la Vega, a nurse practitioner, were passing the idea of opening a yoga studio back and forth and the concept even led them to checking out a location before it was tabled. [Read more…]

Canton’s Luna Boutique benefits from Roopreneur challenge

Hailey Hodge, owner of Luna in Canton, sits Friday at her Canton business. SUNY Canton management and advertising students presented Ms. Hodge with ways to increase her sales by reaching more college customers. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Hailey Hodge, owner of Luna in Canton, sits Friday at her Canton business. SUNY Canton management and advertising students presented Ms. Hodge with ways to increase her sales by reaching more college customers. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

A business challenge at SUNY Canton has provided a local business owner with ideas on how to connect more with the college student population as a way to increase foot traffic and sales. [Read more…]

New imaging equipment gives Canton-Potsdam Hospital a ‘clear view’ of the future

Danielle Parent, an MRI technologist at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, speaks with Violet Tiernan, of Potsdam, following her MRI on Thursday at the hospital. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Danielle Parent, an MRI technologist at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, speaks with Violet Tiernan, of Potsdam, following her MRI on Thursday at the hospital. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

New medical imaging equipment at Canton-Potsdam Hospital is giving physicians a clearer view of patient care and the future of medicine. [Read more…]

The Little Cake Co. combines Canton sisters’ creative skills

Canton natives Megan Morley, left, and her sister Morgan Hetu, pose for a portrait at their new bakery, The Little Cake Co., at 13 Hodskin St., Canton. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Canton natives Megan Morley, left, and her sister Morgan Hetu, pose for a portrait at their new bakery, The Little Cake Co., at 13 Hodskin St., Canton. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

When The Little Cake Co. opens its storefront at 13 Hodskin St., sisters Megan Morley and Morgan Hetu will be looking to serve their hometown with a creative array of sweet treats. [Read more…]