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The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6381137451/">John Marino</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): John Marino, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse scores high with consumers

Buyers in Syracuse and Albany are finally starting to feel like this year's economy will be better than the last.

Central New York now has the highest consumer confidence score for the past three months among upstate metro regions.  Go to full article
People line up to pay for their items at the checkout area of the Community Store after its opening Saturday morning. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
People line up to pay for their items at the checkout area of the Community Store after its opening Saturday morning. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Community-owned department store opens in Saranac Lake

The first community-owned department store in the state of New York opened its doors in the North Country this weekend.

The Community Store in Saranac Lake traces its roots to the shutdown of the Ames department store chain in 2002. Organizers of the project sold half-a-million dollars in shares to local residents to get the store off the ground. As Chris Knight reports, shoppers who visited the store Saturday liked its selection and its prices.  Go to full article

On-line guide for smart shopping

There's a new way for consumers to find out more about the products they buy. Samara Freemark has the story of a new online guide that lets you look up how good products are for you and for the environment.  Go to full article

Hacketts forced towards bankruptcy

Six national clothing and sporting goods companies are trying to force a North Country department store into bankruptcy. The creditors say Hacketts department store owes them $1.6 million. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake merchants distribute ?buy local? passports

There are two shopping days left before Christmas, and Saranac Lake merchants are offering an incentive to "buy local". The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is handing out shopper passports to help keep local residents shopping for their holiday gifts at local stores. The idea was prompted by the Community Store last month. Todd Moe talks with Kathy Steinbrook, co-owner of Scotts Florist, about the "buy local" campaign this winter.  Go to full article

Strong Loonie Draws Canadians South

Last week, the Canadian dollar, or "loonie", equaled the U.S. dollar for the first time since 1976. Some analysts say it could climb even higher. The shift has meant booming business for many stores in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

USDA's organic label not enough?

You might not be getting what you pay for when you buy food with the USDA organic label. The GLRC's Rebecca Williams explains.  Go to full article

Strong Loonie Brings Canadian Shoppers South

A strong loonie - almost 90 cents to the dollar - is tempting Canadian shoppers across the border. Douglas Hopper has a report from the St. Lawrence Center Mall in Massena.  Go to full article

So... Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada. Most Americans aren't very clear on what "boxing day" means--and neither are many Canadians. Lucy Martin sampled folks in Ottawa.  Go to full article

Potsdam Closer to Walmart Decision

The deep discount giant Walmart is in a full court press to boost its presence in the North Country. Construction is underway on Supercenters in Leray and Lowville. This week, the Malone Town Council approved an environmental impact statement for a Supercenter there. In Potsdam, the town planning board is getting close to voting on Walmart's plan for a Supercenter on Route 11. Critics say the board isn't holding Walmart to a high standard. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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