May 2016: Small Business Startup

Finally Fresh Barbershop

Ray Cruz, owner of Finally Fresh Barbershop, puts the finishing touches on a client in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Ray Cruz, owner of Finally Fresh Barbershop, puts the finishing touches on a client in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

THE INITIAL IDEA

Massena native Ray Cruz, owner of Finally Fresh Barbershop, experienced his first shave by a professional barber as a child visiting his grandfather in New York City for two months in the summer. [Read more…]

May 2016 Cover Story: Economic Development

Securing a stronger future for the north country

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Despite workforce challenges, regional economic development continues to power positive growth across Northern New York

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A rural and historically challenged region where economic development was often stagnant, the Great Recession dealt a significant blow to New York’s north country as its counties saw a spike in unemployment and manufacturing jobs disappear, including about 600 from Jefferson County alone. [Read more…]

Murray acquires three more downtown properties

Brian Murray purchased 505 Washington St. in 2014 through a bank foreclosure. He has now purchased adjacent buildings at 513 and 531 Washington St. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Brian Murray purchased 505 Washington St. in 2014 through a bank foreclosure. He has now purchased adjacent buildings at 513 and 531 Washington St. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Local real estate developer Brian H. Murray has completed another property acquisition with the purchase of the four-story Rouse Building at 531 Washington St. [Read more…]

Tenants line up as renovations complete at Arsenal Apartments

Brian Murray has converted the former Rodeway Inn at 652 Arsenal St. into mostly studio-sized apartments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Brian Murray has converted the former Rodeway Inn at 652 Arsenal St. into mostly studio-sized apartments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

WATERTOWN — An open house Thursday afternoon at Arsenal Apartments, 652 Arsenal St., revealed that renovations to the building are complete and demand is high among local renters. [Read more…]