What’s new in business this summer?
As longer days and warmer weather hit the Tri-Lakes area, small businesses in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid is blooming alongside of nature.
The lineup of this village’s new and developing shops begins in the shadow of the Harrietstown Town Hall with BLD (Blue Line Design) at 47 Main St. Ben Chamberlain owns and runs BLD, selling locally made clothing for an active and eco-conscious lifestyle. Chamberlain also provides freelance design for local branding, recently making T-shirts for The Wild Center and Inner Quest Yoga.
Farther down at 33 Broadway, Craig Bailey and Shamim Allen are plotting the Fiddlehead Bistro, expected to open in November. The eatery will feature locally sourced world cuisine and “green” incentives such as solar panels, low garbage impact and leftovers recycled to organic farms. (Editor’s note: This paragraph has been corrected to add Allen’s name to the restaurant’s ownership.)
Across the street at 36 Broadway, the Left Bank Cafe is expanding in its fifth year of business. The new takeout and patisserie two doors down will retain the cafe’s French bistro style with an expanded menu.
At 65 Broadway, new bar owner Stacey Byno aims to reinvent Captain Cook’s in September as the 1819 Saloon, themed after the settlement of Saranac Lake. Rustic decor, new specials and a rooftop bar are planned.
Away from downtown, the Blue Line Brewery at 555 Lake Flower Ave. is expanding to triple production and become a pizza-serving brewpub. Owner Mark Gillis, who claims to have handled thousands of pizzas in past jobs, expects to open in late July with outdoor seating during warmer months.
Park Street is fertile ground for up-and-coming business.
Bima’s Pizzeria moved to a new location at 95 Park St., offering takeout and a newly renovated restaurant with upscale flair.
Two doors down, Well Dressed Foods is expanding with a deli and cafe. Owner David Tomberlin said the eatery will open in a few weeks and offers prepared foods, soups, salads and gourmet coffee.
Around the corner at 12 Cliff Ave., eight owners have big plans for Big Tupper Brewing. Co-owner Jim LaValley said the brewery, expected to open in 2015, will include two outdoor beer gardens and an indoor brewpub, where visitors can watch the brewing and bottling of beer during meals.
Kricki’s opened in early June at 6 Demars Blvd., across from the softball field. It offers breakfast and lunch, as well as ice cream and slushies to cool off in hot weather.
Below the Lake Placid Summit Hotel at 2375 Saranac Ave., the Strada 86 Italian Restaurant recently opened with indoor and outdoor seating. Jack Cecunjanin is the proprietor.
The Lake Placid Players Sports Bar & Grille has reopened to a three-story complex at 2405 Main St. It has an elevator, televisions and three decks with a fourth one overlooking Whiteface Mountain expected to open in a month.
EarthWise Trading Company has opened at 2565 Main St. downtown. The store has a selection of purses, jewelry, candles and gift items.
Old Door Home Decor has opened on 5970 Sentinel Road, next to the Lake Placid Flower. Owned by Lenny and Debbie Sweeney, the sell-buy-trade consignment shop specializes in unique and repurposed home goods.
LeepOff Cycles of Keene Valley, owned by Mark Nasson, has opened a second location in Wilmington, on state Route 86.
North Pole Resorts, a campground on Route 86, has opened a wine shop.