BRANTLAKE-Everyone knows it's difficult to make a business not only survive, but thrive, in the Adirondacks.
Dan and Nancy Freebern, however, have achieved such an accomplishment despite various challenges, with their enterprise Adirondack Pines Bed & Breakfast.
Recently, Adirondack Pines, located in the hamlet of Adirondack was awarded as Small Business of the Year by the North Warren Chamber of Commerce.
The award was presented in an annual awards banquet hosted by the North Warren Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber president Barbara Thomas presented the award to the Freeberns, noting that the Freeberns have demonstrated community involvement, as well as exemplifying staying power and outstanding customer service through Adirondack Pines.
She observed that Nancy Freebern had moved to the North Country in 2001 as a single mother, leaving many lifelong friends behind, pursuing plans to renovate an 1837 farmhouse and open a B&B with a childhood girlfriend. The woman backed out of the proposed joint venture, yet Freebern moved forward in her plans, buying the property in 2001, Thomas noted, praising Nancy Freebern's perseverance and vision.
Whether it was having a new well dug, launching a website, or overseeing a considerable number of renovations, Nancy Freebern accomplished it all, Thomas said.
After meeting Dennis Freebern at a Warrensburg B&B, they merged families and plans for the future, and worked together with energy and diligence to build their business, Thomas said. The Freebern's enterprise now includes vacation rentals, one on the B&B property of 95 acres, and the other in Johnsburg.
Their inn now features updated rooms that offer a fireplace and jacuzzi, and the accommodations and food served reflect the Freebern's outstanding attention to detail, Thomas said.
Also, Nancy Freebern currently serves as president of the Adirondack Bed & Breakfast Association, which represents over 60 B&B. from Saratoga Springs to Saranac Lake. Additionally, Freebern is a member of the Horicon Historical Society, which has many accomplishments to its credit.
Thomas noted that Nancy Freebern has demonstrated her customer service in other ways - as a real estate representative, helping others relocate to the Adirondacks.
She praised Nancy Freebern for her work for the Chamber of Commerce, noting that she was responsible for the publication of the chamber's map, which has proven such a success.
"We are very pleased to present Nancy and Dan with this honor," she said. "May they continue to enjoy success, and we all appreciate what they've done on behalf of area communities and local businesses."