New Wilmington business off to a strong start

Chef has rich local heritage

Chris Kueller and Danielle Lavarnway inside Up A Creek.

Chris Kueller and Danielle Lavarnway inside Up A Creek. Photo by Tim Follos.

— Her store offers a varied and appealing selection of gifts and mementos as well as gear for exploring Wilmington’s hiking trails and fishing holes.

The restaurant’s opening nearly coincided with the opening of the new “Poor Man’s Downhill” trailhead in Lavarnway’s parking lot.

The new trail, which links the flume trails, a trail up Whiteface Mountain, and the Memorial Highway trail to Cooper Kiln Pond, is used by snowmobilers, skiers, bikers, and hikers.

“The Great Outdoors pretty much describes where we are,” Lavarnway said. “Why else do you come to this area but to enjoy the outdoors?”

“I have a lot of local people putting their products in the shop, and I try to have what people need for hiking, camping, fishing, boating. I’m going to get a lot more bike stuff this summer; I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came in looking for bike stuff last summer. And then you have the gifts and the little mementos that represent the Adirondacks. It’s a little bit of everything. We provide people with whatever they need.”

Lavarnway said that she expects to expand her restaurant’s hours this summer and that she’s begun the “long process” of getting a license to serve alcohol.

As for the biggest surprise of her first few months in the business, Lavarnway said, “The most unexpected thing is the people of Wilmington. It’s an incredible little place. I bought a business surrounded by like businesses — there are other stores in town, there are other places to go eat — but it doesn’t matter: Everybody’s friendly, everybody’s willing to help you, answer your questions. Around here people are actually helpful. I think everybody has the same goal: to keep people coming back.“

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