Bottling the Spirit of The North Country: Mountain Spirit Distillery

December, 2018

Tucked into the industrial section on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base there is a bubbling business. Mountain Spirit Distillery (MSD) has found a home in the old Explosive Ordnance Disposal Building. Founding owners Dan Paquin and John Whiteman met while working at J. Hogan Refrigeration & Mechanical in Peru, New York and realized they read more


West Side Story

December, 2018

When the property at 557 Route 3 in Plattsburgh fell into foreclosure local businessmen Ray Beebe and Robin Weeden saw an opportunity. The two men purchased the property which had one long standing tenant — A One Oil. Their intention was to continue business as usual. They would be the landlord and Fred Tuller, operator read more


The Z Group: Innovative. Connected. Attentive.

December, 2018

BACKGROUND What do you get when you mix expert carpentry, passionate service, gumption, and a real estate broker’s license? The result is The Z Group Real Estate, a new firm established by Zachary Latinville in early 2018. Real estate isn’t a new endeavor for Latinville, the business runs in his family. “I had my license read more


Relief Is In The Air

December, 2018

Jessica Gamble’s respiratory problems were the inspiration for the business she opened with her husband, John Hugues, in July of this year. In its first four months, Adirondack Breathe Easy Salt Cave in Peru has had about 800 visitors. Gamble believes halotherapy — an alternative treatment that involves breathing salt particles in the air — read more


Meeting Individual Needs

December, 2018

JS Fit at 18 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh is the place to go if you want to join a fitness center that specializes in small group classes, personal training and individualized attention focusing on strength, mobility and function. I met with Stephen and Jennifer Galietta at their 700 square foot fitness studio where there read more


Your Place Or Mine?

December, 2018

From the north slope of Alaska to South America, Dennis St. Dennis spent a career cleaning oil storage tanks. Refineries hired him to get rid of the sludge that accumulates in tanks and remove the tar-like material — sometimes many feet deep — right down to the metal floor. It was dangerous and dirty work, read more


Doing More

December, 2018

If you’ve never been up the Highlands Road in Keeseville, you might wonder if the name came from some Celtic settlers. If you have been up that way, you know that the road is carved into a small hill rise that is pretty common when you look at the area topography. But what is not read more


Friends In Business

December, 2018

There is an old saying, “Never mix friendship with business.” There may be some truth to that but maybe friendship combined with passion for a product or service is crucial for success. Think Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Bill Hewlett and David Packard, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, or Richard and Maurice McDonald. Or Brian read more


December 2018

December, 2018

Check the internet for information about the longevity of small business start-ups and you will find an estimate that says approximately 50% will still be in operation in five years. While that is a daunting stat the desire to start your own business and be your own boss is still alive and well. In this read more


The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

November, 2018

According to the Surgeon General’s report, “Facing Addiction in America,” addiction is a chronic, but treatable, disease of the brain’s reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. It is not a moral failing. In fact, genetics and life circumstances play a major role in someone’s susceptibility to addiction. For example. those who have difficultly connecting with read more