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Railway gives new name to old ski shop space

Colorado exec spends months in North Country helping railway

Iowa Pacific Holdings Special Events Coordinator Debra Goodman is in charge of creating a new retail space -- the Village Shops at North Creek -- at the former Mountain and Boardertown store in North Creek.

Iowa Pacific Holdings Special Events Coordinator Debra Goodman is in charge of creating a new retail space -- the Village Shops at North Creek -- at the former Mountain and Boardertown store in North Creek. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— In the meantime, Goodman is working with vendors and setting up the space. Now that she has a name for the store, a sign can be finished.

Goodman lives in Gunnison, Colo. in a cabin off the grid. She came to northern New York in October to help Saratoga-North Creek Railway with special projects, such as the Polar Express in November and December, weekend concerts at the Tannery Pond Community Center, and the Village Shops at North Creek.

For now, she lives in a camper in Gansevoort and works out of the railway’s office at the Saratoga Springs train station, commuting by train to North Creek on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Once everything is in place at the Village Shops, including a store manager and staff, she will leave for home, driving her camper, two Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (Emily and Inga) and her cats (she won’t say how many) from the Adirondacks back to the Rocky Mountains. She plans to leave in March.

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