NORTH CREEK - After a long and complicated process, Dave Backe has now assumed full ownership of Adirondack Spirits in downtown North Creek.
In mid-December, Backe purchased the business from long-time business owner Elliot Monter, who still owns the Grand Union plaza itself. Backe, however, is no stranger to running the business as he managed it for Monter for 15 of its 17 years of operation.
"I feel as though I have grown the business myself over the past many years," he said.
Backe hails from outside Boston in Massachusetts and has been living in Warrensburg since he moved north 17 years ago.
The purchase of Adirondack Spirits took Backe several years. He encountered many problems with acquiring approval from the Liquor Authority and waited many months on loan approvals.
"Once I got into the process, I realized how much it was going to take to make it happen," said Backe. "I was really hoping to be all set by December to not miss out on the holiday business."
His wish came true as he re-opened right before Christmas and saw strong holiday business. No sales records were broken, but Backe was pleased.
Backe is continuing to offer a wide selection of beers, wines and liquors as well as his traditional Wine Club, offering frequent buyers points toward coupons.
Adirondack Spirits is no longer the only place to purchase wine in North Creek. With the opening of bar Vino's wine cellar across the street, Backe is faced with competition, although he doesn't view it that way at all.
In the true spirit of a North Creek business owner, he said, "Any business is helpful to this town and the more that are open, the better."
Since moving from manager to owner, Backe can be found in Adirondack spirits night and day.