Press-Republican

June 2, 2013

Two more businesses open in Rouses Point

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

ROUSES POINT — Two more new businesses have opened in downtown Rouses Point with assistance from Microenterprise Program grants.

Rose Letourneau opened Border Boutique, located at 117 Lake St., on May 21. Tammy and Richard Seguin opened the RP Beer Emporium, located at 77A Lake St., on May 24.



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Both received $35,000 through the grant program, which has so far provided funds to five businesses in the village. 

FASHIONS FOR ALL

Border Boutique offers a variety of fashions for everyone in the family, Letourneau said, as well as a section dedicated to wedding gowns and formal wear.

“I started thinking about this venture a year-and-a-half ago. There was nothing like this in Rouse Point,” she said.

That includes clothing for children from newborns to size 14, men’s wear, girl’s juniors fashions in sizes from 0 to 15 for those 12 years and up, misses sizes from small to extra large, women’s from sizes 14W to 18 W and women’s plus from 1X to 3X.

The store also carries footwear, purses and wallets, ties and belts, hats and scarves, undergarments, perfume, fine jewelry and more.

The slogan is “Fashions and More at Hometown Prices.”

Letourneau said she gets a lot of her inventory from Canada, where she works with two companies and is on the verge of working with a third. She has also acquired goods from Massachusetts, Florida and Tennessee.

Renovations of 3,600 square feet at the former Kathy’s Furniture have been ongoing since mid-February, Letourneau said. There are several wall displays, multiple clothing racks and display cases for the jewelry.

She is now assisted by one full-time and one part-time employee.

Border Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted. Canadian money is currently accepted at par.

For more information, call 297-3750.

EMPORIUM RENOVATION

The owners of RP Beer Emporium bought the West’s Liquors and Wines building in December and had been renovating the space until they opened.

They offer 71 brands of beer at present, and plan to expand that as the business grows. The selection includes domestics, craft beers and micro-brewery offerings.

Gluten-free products such as Redbridge sorghum-based beer and Angry Orchard cider products are included. There are also several non-alcohol beers.

Customers can choose a package of all one type or build their own six-pack of several different types.

The latter goes for $9.96 a six-pack.

A variety of Seagrams Escapes and Mike’s Hard products are also available.

RP Beer Emporium also carries cheese spreads, sausages and bacon from Oscars, located in Warrensburg. They also carry Fire in the Mountains salsa, which is made in Milton, Vt.

There is a selection of jams and jellies from Surprenant’s Berry Farm in Mooers and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, based in Grand Isle, Vt.

Cabot cheese will soon be available.

“We’re looking for more local food vendors,” Mr. Seguin said.

There are also chips and other snacks, as well as picnic supplies.

“We have the stuff to use for a party, combined with your favorite beer,” he said.

They also carry a variety of mixers and juices for the people who shop at the liquor store so they can get what they need in one stop.

The shop is within walking distance from the marinas in Rouses Point, which should really propel business in the warm weather months.

GRANT HELPFUL

The grant funds helped speed the opening of the business, Mr. Seguin said. 

“Otherwise, it would’ve taken a couple years,” he said. 

There are two employees at present, with a third coming on board soon to work on weekends. The Seguins fill in as needed.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Payment can be by cash, check or major credit card.

Mr. Seguin said they are in the process of setting up a gift-card program.

Mrs. Seguin said several businesses have agreed to work together to promote downtown during the town-wide garage sale scheduled for June 22. Several area vendors will have exhibits in the village park, and customers can get cards stamped at local businesses to qualify for a raffle drawing.

RP Beer Emporium also has a Facebook page. For more information, call 297-2752.

OTHERS RECEIVED FUNDS

Letourneau said Melissa McManus, the village community development consultant, was very helpful in securing the grant funds.

“I just think that’s a wonderful program,” Letourneau said.

The other three businesses to receive grant funds are expected to open or expand in the near future. Those are a bed and breakfast owned by Bill and Ann Carey that is going in the old part of the former Cedar Hedge Nursing Home; Northeastern Woodworking, which Scott Bleau already operates from his home (he plans a storefront display in downtown Rouses Point); and Border Runners, a freight forwarding business under development by Ron LeBlanc.

McManus said these businesses show the benefits of the Microenterprise Program, which was awarded funding from the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal through the 2011 North Country Regional Economic Development Council plan. 

The five new businesses, along with The Squirrel’s Nest Restaurant, owned by Melissa Baker, have provided positive signs of growth in Rouses Point, she said.

“When we applied for this grant funding, this is exactly what we hoped would happen,” McManus said.

The program requires successful applicants to go through 16 hours of business training. That was provided by Jim Murphy of the Adirondack Economic Development Corp. based in Saranac Lake.

Email Dan Heathdheath@pressrepublican.com