NORTH CREEK A broken leg wasn’t going to stop Laurie Arnheiter from expanding her shop, the Hudson River Trading Company. Not now, with big plans for the future.
It was Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 and the sun was shining on Main Street. Laurie and her daughter, Megan Rein Shuman, walked next door to the vacant building she’d just bought, Laurie on crutches with a cast on her right leg and Megan in flip-flops, both smiling for the camera. With the removal of a “for sale by owner” sign on the window, history changed in an instant for the small resort community of North Creek.
Two seasons later, the Hudson River Trading Company at 292 Main St. has a new sister business, the Main Street Outlet Store, located at 290 Main St. Eventually the two stores will be connected by a breezeway, but for now it is the land underneath that’s giving Laurie a chance to move forward with her master plan for expansion.
“This building possesses a tremendous back yard, so when I bought this building, which had sat vacant for six years ... it gave me the back yard,” Laurie said.
It also gives her a chance to install a new septic system for the building she wants to construct behind the Hudson River Trading Company.
“The problem is the septic for this new building in back,” Laurie said.
The health department did not approve the septic system she had proposed for the new building, which will go up once the barn in the back is torn down. Yet the Outlet Store’s back yard is ideal for the new septic.
“I had to go sideways to go back,” she said. “Now that gives me a design center, a great new tenant in the back, and it gives me an outlet center.”