PUBLISHER’S VIEW

October, 2020

An entrepreneur must love what they do and be willing to put in the effort and the hours to make their business a success. In this issue of Strictly Business we introduce you to people who embody those characteristics: Karen and Creston Billings of Point au Roche Lodge Larry, Joann, Jillian, and Ryan Post of read more


The Glass is Always Half Full

November, 2020

Many businesses experienced the nightmare of furloughing their employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Garvey Hyundai was no exception. Marc Garvey, co-owner of Hyundai dealerships throughout Upstate New York, described the day he had to lay off 112 employees as, “One of the worst days of my life.” To Garvey, his employees are like read more


Unpacked For the Holidays

November, 2020

“For the person who has everything, we have everything else” …Jackson and Callie A set of hand carved loon salt and pepper shakers; handmade pottery and ceramic mugs, plates, jars, and saucers in vibrant glazes that are microwave and dishwasher safe; Christmas Cat hand towels; warm and alluring scarves woven from luxurious alpaca fibers; aromatic read more


Taking A Bite Out of the Restaurant Business

November, 2020

ON A BUSY FRIDAY NIGHT IN ONE OF PLATTSBURGH’S MOST BUSTLING RESTAURANTS, THE HOSTESS AT IRISES TYPICALLY HAS A LINE OF GUESTS WAITING TO BE SEATED. THE KITCHEN HAS BEEN PREPPING FOR WHAT THEY KNOW WILL BE A BUSY NIGHT; SPECIALS ARE LINED UP AND THE BAR IS CROWDED. MOST PEOPLE REMEMBER WHAT THIS WAS read more


CHRIS BOIRE

November, 2020

Hometown: Champlain, NYFamily: Wife, Jennifer, and two childrenEducation: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Colby-Sawyer College in New HampshireOccupation: Co-owner, Boire Benner GroupCommunity Involvement: Serves on the Board for The Development Corporation. Coached lacrosse and basketball with his son and donates time to edit and organize floor music for Trudeau’s Gymnastics Center gymnasts. read more


Hospitality and the Pandemic Pivot

November, 2020

On February 18th Terry Meron flew home from a visit with his grandsons in Denver. A few days later he showed up for work and he has been there every day since. Meron is the owner/operator of five businesses on Route 3 in Plattsburgh: Comfort Inn and Suites, Plattsburgh Brewing Company, Eclipse Fitness, Champy’s Fun read more


Making It Better

November, 2020

On December 1, 2019, MHAB Life Skills Campus had a “soft” opening of its resident-run convenience store, MHAB Fresh, offering healthy foods primarily for its residents, area businesses and neighbors. The “soft” opening merged into a hard reality when COVID-19 became part of our lives. Since that time the team at MHAB has been busy read more


The Right Place

November, 2020

Melissa Owens has been working in hospitality her entire adult life, starting as part of a service team for a local diner. She married, had her daughter, Abbigail, and when the owners sold the restaurant, she began thinking about branching out on her own. Now, ten years later, Owens has built a successful career operating read more


Open for Business

November, 2020

At the corner of Military Turnpike and Tom Miller Road in the Town of Plattsburgh sits a shopping plaza that offers customers a variety of goods and services. Strictly Business spoke with each of the five locally-owned businesses in the plaza to learn about how they are navigating today’s unusual business climate. MAINELY LOBSTER Mainely read more


Champlain Centre Carries On

November, 2020

Champlain Centre, the most northern of Pyramid Corporation’s fourteen malls, has been around since 1987, successfully weathering recessions, fluctuations in the Canadian dollar, the explosion of on-line shopping, and ever-changing consumer preferences. When I was a teenager going to the new mall nearby was a thrill for me. Two levels of upscale stores, an indoor read more