April 26, 2013

Business briefs: April 28, 2013

Grand opening

WILLSBORO — Willsboro Outdoor World’s grand opening will be May 4. The business is located on the corner of Route 22 and Bay Lane in Willsboro. The location was once Champlain Angler Sports, owned and operated by Jim and Tina Hotaling for many years.

The grand opening will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with special events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Raffles, prizes, food and fun will be offered throughout the afternoon. The recent upward spiral of fisherman attracted to Lake Champlain and its tributaries for lake trout and landlocked Atlantic salmon demands a premier destination point for fishing and outdoor supplies.

Kristen Hotaling, store owner and sole proprietor, has fished Lake Champlain all her life and is a second-generation entrepreneur. Her father has owned and operated Trolling Tina Charters on Lake Champlain for more than 20 years.

“I know the area and I know fishing, so this is my passion and I plan to run this business for the fishermen and outdoorsmen who have my same passion,” Hotaling said.

With her business degree from Plattsburgh State, Hotaling knows the opportunity exists as she has watched the return of fishermen to Lake Champlain after the decrease in fish size and look due to the lamprey epidemic. With lamprey control programs set up both in New York and Vermont, the fish size has increased and the lamprey marks have diminished bringing the fishermen back.

Willsboro Outdoor World will be a premier live-bait and tackle shop in this part of the Lake Champlain Valley region and will offer supplies and resources for experienced or novice fisherman, hunters, hikers and campers.

Rating achieved

PLATTSBURGH — KeyBank has earned its eighth “Outstanding” rating from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for exceeding the terms of the Community Reinvestment Act exam. Key is the only U.S. national bank among the 25 largest to be rated Outstanding by the OCC for eight consecutive review periods, since the act’s passage in 1977.

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