Laurie Arnheiter and daughter Megan Rein Shuman remove the “for sale” sign after buying the building next to the Hudson River Trading Company in North Creek on Sept. 13, 2011. The new building is now the home to the Outlet Store.
continued With the new shop, Laurie now has three business locations, including the Hudson River Trading Company store on Route 9 in Queensbury, which specializes in fabric with fabric professional Dana Carvajal. The Outlet Store gives her a chance to move seasonal items out of storage.
“Instead of packing away things to pull out for next season, I can put them on sale,” Laurie said. “I can create another shopping opportunity on Main Street.”
The Outlet Store features men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing for all seasons, plus footwear and furniture.
“What I brought over here is beautiful clothing — ISIS, Royal Robbins, ExOfficio, Woolrich — really tremendous lines, but I don’t have a full size run in them,” she said. “This is like a scavenger hunt. This is fun. Let’s see if I can find something that is really spectacular at a really great price.”
The building is partially renovated already, including the apartment above the store, which will be rented out seasonally to visitors. The apartment will give Laurie an opportunity to show off designs — from fabric to furniture, fixtures and accessories — that work well in an Adirondack home. And it won’t be rustic. They do that next door.
“When people come into Hudson River Trading Company, what they see predominantly is rustic, and rustic is a lot of what I sell,” Laurie said. “But I want them to see that we’re more than that.”
The new design center helps Laurie achieve that goal, strategically placing new, unusual and unique things that fit into an Adirondack lifestyle.
“A lot of people in this town come in and say, ‘Laurie, we really want to support local business, we really want to support you, but we don’t want twigs in our house,’” she said. “I have an alternative. I can share something with you that’s vintage, that’s Stickley-like, that’s Arts & Crafts ... that really works in an Adirondack home.”