Economic Stimulus Saturday planned at Community Store

SARANAC LAKE The Saranac Lake Community Store announces Economic Stimulus Saturday, an Open House at the 33 Depot Street office (above HomEnergy Services) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Refreshments will be served and members of the board will be on hand to answer any questions people may have and to accept investments and pledges. An existing investor has agreed to match shares sold that day up to $5,000. As the economic stimulus money flows into the Tri-Lakes over the next few weeks, the Saranac Lake Community Store is hopeful that community members will consider making an investment from their tax rebate to help secure the future of the local community instead of sending money out of the region or, worse yet, out of the country. "As winter gives way to spring, we look forward to a renewed growth in our capital-raising effort, said Board President Melinda Little. We're currently over half way to our goal of $500,000 capital that will allow us to start operations. What better way to use the economic stimulus funds than directly investing in the local economy?" The store hopes to open later this year, in about 5,000 square feet of retail space in downtown Saranac Lake. "We are determined to carry reasonably-priced goods," said Little. So far, people have suggested such things as clothing, shoes, baby supplies, linens and towels, fabric and sewing notions, and craft goods. The store will expand local shopping options, avoiding the need for a long, expensive drive to buy basic essentials. This will keep local dollars at home and help to maintain a diverse and thriving local retail economy."

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