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Updated: Dec 1, 2023



Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, our rivers, small towns, and a few cities make the North Country a great place to live and to do business. In this issue of Strictly Business, we offer you a look at businesses whose focus is the outdoors.

We begin with Adirondack DreamBuilders which has over 20 years of custom home building experience. Its team is dedicated to not only making clients’ homes beautiful and timeless, but functional, comfortable and affordable.


Black Sheep Gardens – now called Black Swan Floral Designs — has built a reputation as the premier wedding florist in the Adirondacks. Photos of Leah McDaniel’s arrangements show why Florist Review, a respected industry publication, named Black Sheep Gardens as “Best Weddings” in 2020.


For this issue SB reached back 30 years to bring you the story of Gilles Bouchard and the inland marina he built despite the odds against him.


Looking for a restaurant that offers great food in a lakeside setting? You will find it at Doc’s on the Water located at Treadwell Bay Marina.


Next you can read about McLane Power Equipment, an authorized Toro dealership that sells and services lawnmowers and handheld power tools used in landscaping and lawn care. Just what you need at this time of year.


Derrick Griffith gave SB a tour of acres of his product at Hearthside Shoppe/Pavers & Patios. His amazing variety is one reason his company was chosen to work on the Betty Little Arts Park development in downtown Plattsburgh.


This month’s Insight feature, Rick DiStefano, is a North Country native who has impacted the lives of countless individuals struggling with substance use disorder.


And then Garry Douglas wraps up this issue with a report on this spring’s Chamber of Commerce lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. – its first since the pandemic shut down similar efforts.

It’s summer in the North Country. Time to get outside and enjoy all the area has to offer. Enjoy the products and services of local companies both large and small…


And that will be good for business.


Herbert O. Carpenter, Publisher

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