SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has officially moved into its new home on River Street at the North Elba Townhouse.
Executive Director Sylvie Nelson announced earlier this year she was interested in moving the offices to a more visible location that offered more parking and better signage. The chamber reached a partnership agreement with the Town of North Elba and the Lake Placid-Essex County Visitors Bureau to occupy space at the townhouse.
Chamber employees said the move is much welcomed, and that visitors and locals alike have already taken notice of the organization's new location.
Adrienne Relyea is the chamber's membership services director.
"I can tell you that since we've been open we've had over 30 visitors that have just been driving by and saw the sign and came in," she said June 16. "I really think it's been a successful transition."
Sylvie Nelson said that the smooth transition between buildings was a pleasant surprise.
"It was a lot better than we anticipated," she said. "We were very well organized and had everything kind of lined up ahead of time. After that it was just a matter of moving the big pieces. That was done within two hours. Putting everything back together took a little longer and we're still in the process of reorganizing, but overall it's very manageable."
The new location features more space for the chamber to highlight community events and businesses. The townhouse's layout also allows for chamber staff to be more accessible. Nelson's former office was upstairs and on the opposite side of the Harrietstown Town Hall from Relyea's desk.
Parking won't be an issue at the new location, Nelson adds.
"There's plenty of space here for people to park and come in and take a look around," she said. "It's also great for people who are walking along Lake Flower."