More than 75 people attended an open house hosted by the Saranac Lake Community Store's Board of Directors over the weekend.
The board's interim vice president, Gail Brill, says the organization is now building a list of products and brands that community members have asked the store to carry.
The open house was held Saturday at the former Corvo's restaurant on Main Street - storefront the Community Store hopes to lease as the future site of the shareholder owned department store.
Among the suggestions submitted to the Community Store were fabric, kid's footwear, and more.
"We are so inspired by some of the ideas our supporters brought to us," Brill said. "The list was extensive and we will continue to add to it and to listen to the community's wishes as we get closer to opening."
Brill adds that the venture needs to sell 110 more shares in order to reach its capital goal of $500,000. The group has also begun interviewing for the store's manager and assistant manager.
Negotiations with Greg Moore, who owns the former Corvo's building, are ongoing, Brill adds.
The board's interim president, Melinda Little, says the site - which features 5,000 square feet of space - is a perfect fit for the store's needs.
"A makeover of the space will create a warm and inviting place to shop," Little said.