NEWCOMB-During the decade and a half that the former Winebrook Market on Adams Lane in Newcomb had been closed, it has changed hands twice and now re-opens as WD's Country Store.
Warren Kirby and Donna Draper, whose first initials make up the name of the store, purchased the building last April and finished renovations in preparation for their grand opening, which took place Monday, March 7.
Despite a snowstorm that dumped close to two feet of snow on Newcomb March 6 and 7, the grand opening went smoothly, said Draper. Customers trickled in for free coffee and to celebrate the presence of another business within the town's lines.
Last year, Kirby was traveling for work and his job brought him out of state often. He and Draper began looking for a source of income a little closer to home and purchased the store soon afterward.
WD's joins Bissell's Store and the Northwoods Diner and General Store in provideing Newcomb residents as well as residents with groceries and other services. Historically, WD's was owned by the Sweet family and offered a grocery store and deli to the town of Newcomb for roughly 13 years. The building was moved via truck to Newcomb fromTahawus in the early 1960s.
The history of the building still plays a major roll in its business. Customers are welcomed by the store's original sign hanging on the wall amidst Adirondack decor. Draper remembers visiting local stores as a young girl to buy pieces of candy for a penny. She will continue this tradition and offer penny candy for local children at WD's.
Draper will also sell dairy, seasonal, automotive, coffee, and health and beauty products. She hopes to have a deli, offering subs, sandwiches and soups by the start of summer. She is optimistic about what the tourist season will bring.