July 28, 2013

Business briefs: July 28, 2013


Wine tour

PLATTSBURGH — The fourth annual Adirondack Coast Summer Wine Tour is taking place Aug. 10 and 11 from noon to 6 p.m. on both days.

Participants will spend the weekend discovering the area’s emerging wine trail and sampling the Adirondack Coast’s finest wines and ciders. The Adirondack Coast wine trail travels 66 miles through farmland, small towns and the historic city of Plattsburgh linking seven locations.

Each vineyard and cidery will be offering unique tastings and experiences all included with the purchase of a passport ticket. The passport is $12 and includes one free Adirondack Coast Wine Trail souvenir wine glass and tastings at each participating location.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy local artists and crafters exhibiting at Elfs Farm, Winery & Cider Mill; cheese and chocolate wine pairings at the Champlain Wine Company; light Italian fare with a strolling violinist at Amazing Grace Vineyard & Winery; a delicious dessert pairing at Vesco Ridge Vineyards; self-guided vineyard tours at Stonehouse Vineyard; wagon-guided vineyard tours at Hid-in-Pines Vineyard; and pulled-pork sliders made with hard cider at Everett Orchards Farm Market & Cidery.

Dan Vesco, owner of Vesco Ridge Vineyards, said the tour is a great opportunity for visitors and residents to celebrate the official legislation of the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail.

“Each winery and cidery has worked together on the Summer Wine Tour to promote our local agriculture while providing entertainment and education to guests,” he said.

Designated drivers can enjoy free non-alcoholic drinks and enter a drawing for two tickets to the Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival plus a one night stay at the Plattsburgh Days Inn & Suites.

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Health clinic

SARAMAC LAKE — A free educational event, Living Healthy As We Age, presented by Taher Zandi, Ph.D., will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

A free mood and memory screening will be offered after the presentation. The event is hosted by Third Age Adult Day Center at Lake Colby School, 26 Trudeau Road, Saranac Lake.

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 8. Call the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network at 564-3371 for more information.

Tourism campaign

ALBANY — A new Adirondacks-North Country Tourism Advertising Campaign designed to drive tourism and grow the local economy this summer as the region continues to recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee has been launched, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The campaign comes on the heels of the governor’s inaugural Adirondack Challenge and is part of his ongoing commitment to attract more tourism and jobs to Upstate New York.

“With more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and ponds and stunning natural wonders, the Adirondacks and North Country make for the perfect summer escape,” Cuomo said. “If people see it, they will come, and that’s what this new campaign is all about. We are shining a spotlight on everything this region has to offer because it is back and open for business after being hit hard by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee two years ago.”

Cuomo urged native New Yorkers not to leave the state for vacation this summer and to everyone else looking for the perfect summer getaway to come and experience the Adirondacks and North Country.

In May, Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow New York industries, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State. A recent report by Tourism Economics showed statewide tourism spending up 6.2 percent in 2012 and tourism gains in every region in the state.

Award received

LAKE PLACID — The View Restaurant at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has been honored with its 14th straight Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

The framed certificate, signed by Editor and Publisher Marvin R. Shanken, says, “This restaurant is honored by Wine Spectator for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.”

The View Restaurant was also the recent recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for the sixth year in a row.

“The combination of achievements for The View Restaurant speaks to diners with discriminating tastes,” said Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa owner Ed Weibrecht. “Our staff, led by Restaurant Manager Katie Welch, Executive Chef Jarrad Lang and wine and spirit expert Barry Sears is committed to the highest level of service and satisfaction. These awards are a tribute to them and the food and beverage employees who work with them.”

Welch said The Wine Spectator Award is one of the benchmarks of upscale restaurants. The View offers more than 375 selections.

“Our list encompasses both local and international wines, with an emphasis on quality,” Sears said. “I try to find selections that tell a story about the winemaker. Many of them I know personally and their passion shows through in the wines they make.”

Training attended

PLATTSBURGH — Three NBT Bank branch managers recently attended a management training program, according to bank Retail Market Manager Patricia Garrow.

Sandra Walker of NBT’s Plattsburgh Margaret Street Office, Ellen Bouchard of the Plattsburgh Route 3 Office and Darlene Rowe of the Ellenburg Depot Office participated in the first session of a three-part training program that enhances management and customer-service skills.

“I would like to congratulate these three professionals for beginning this important training program,” Garrow said. “At NBT Bank, we recognize that our greatest competitive advantage is our employees and the service they provide. We encourage them to continue their training to further develop their skills to enhance the support they provide to customer in meeting their financial goals.”

NBT Bank offers personal banking, asset-management and business services through a network of 160 banking locations in five states.

School drive

PLATTSBURGH — UFirst Federal Credit Union will begin accepting school supplies for local schools in partnership with JCEO on Monday.

Every year, school-supply lists get longer and more expensive. Everyone can help by donating items such as notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, markers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, crayons, backpacks, pencil boxes, binders and calculators. Donations can be made at UFirst FCU offices located at 274 Rugar Street in Plattsburgh or 72 Champlain Street inside the Cornerstone Pharmacy in Rouses Point.

“Every donation will assist a local student with their school supplies,” said Linda Bourgeois, president/CEO of UFirst. “It’s nice to see the community come together in this endeavor. That is what credit unions are all about, people helping people.”

Donations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 23. For more information, contact Jody Carpenter, VP of marketing and business development, at 324-5700 or

Services expanded

SARANAC LAKE — Best known as a translation service of English to French, Adirondack Executive Services is now expanding its scope of professional expertise by launching writing and editing services in English as well as in French.

“Accurate grammar and syntax distinguishes professional businesses from the rest, and we found there is a need for such a service,” owner Sylvie Nelson said.

By reviewing projects such as the creation of a new website, revision of an existing one, the launch of a marketing campaign or the publication of an annual report, the company is committed to ensure their customer’s message is concise and professional.

“In the new era of 140-character messages, it is crucial to master the art of writing and editing,” Nelson said. “The process can be complicated and many texts end up being wordy, creating confusion. Adirondack Executive Services can help create a message that reflects its client.”

This new service joins others the firm offers including translation, media and public relations in francophone markets and cultural consulting. For more information, contact Nelson at 354-0418 or by e-mail at

Certificate earned

PLATTSBURGH — Hampton Inn & Suites in Plattsburgh has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award again for 2013.

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this award.

To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. 

“Hampton Inn is proud to be Number 1 on TripAdvisor since its opening in June 2009,” said Christine Hannon, general manager. “Our commitment to cleanliness and outstanding guest satisfaction is recognized by the many travelers who stay with us.”

The Hampton Hotels brand is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment, serving value-conscious and quality-driven travelers. With more than 1,900 properties totaling more than 186,000 rooms in 13 countries and territories, Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company.