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Vendor Profile-3 Spoiled Sisters

#hellofromnoco Here at the North Country Showcase, we have such an amazing group of people who are shareholders, vendors, and volunteers. Every so often the Seven County Explorer blog will feature either one shareholder or one vendor so you can get to know the amazing people who make the showcase the wonderful place it is!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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#hellofromnoco The Seven County Explorer is back with their famously fantastic gift guides! How did they become famous, you ask? Well, the writer is a legend in her own mind and has decided that they are! So she is back with the Father’s Day gift guide for that special man in your life!

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The Death of Retail

#hellofromnoco The retail industry as we know it is dead. There is no reason to beat around the bush about that. The days of going to the department store dressed in your best clothes to pick out anything from new clothes to a couch, to a mix-master are gone. I’m not going to lie; it probably had a lot to do with my generation and our “mall-rat” tendencies! I remember Saturday nights we would hang out at the mall, grab dinner at the food court,  see a movie, and go in and out of the stores thinking we were the coolest. We would spend our allowances on hair accessories, cheap makeup, or anything that was “cool” that moment. I purchased a lot of cucumber melon body spray, lip smackers, and body glitter! But times have changed. Amazon makes it so easy to order things and have delivered in two days or less! All at a lower price then most brick and mortar stores can sell it for. Other online retailers are lowering their minimum for free shipping and taking advantage of the push to order online. And my generation is taking full advantage of that. This is why Bon Ton is closing, why Toys ‘R’ Us went bankrupt, and why so many other smaller shops are failing all across the country. Continue reading The Death of Retail

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Shareholder Profile – Anthony Diagostino

#hellofromnoco Here at the North Country Showcase, we have such an amazing group of people who are shareholders, vendors, and volunteers. Every so often the Seven County Explorer blog will feature either one shareholder or one vendor so you can get to know the amazing people who make the showcase the wonderful place it is!

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Anthony Diagostino

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

#hellofromnoco After a little hiatus, the Seven County Explorer is back! And what better time for a come back then to celebrate the mother of all holidays! (Get it?!). Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13th and if anyone deserves to be celebrated and pampered its mom!

The North Country Showcase has a wide array of beautiful gifts that mom will love. I have highlighted some here, but there are SO many more wonderful options in store. Please stop by and see Bonnie and she can help you #shoptheshowcase by picking out a beautiful and unique gift worthy of the woman you call mom! Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Local Foods and where to find them!

#hellofromnoco As you know from reading my last post (if not, please read it here: Happy New Year Post) I am not big on resolutions but I know that a lot of you readers are! And a lot of resolutions that were shared with me centered around eating better, getting healthier, and eating more local foods. They are admirable resolutions and something that is easily obtained by checking out our locally owned grocery stores. Nori’s which is owned and operated by two local residents and the Potsdam Food Co-op.  A food co-op, or cooperative, is a member-owned grocery store with the store owned and managed by consumer-customers who supply the capital and share in the profits by patronage dividends. Shopping at a food co-op and locally owned grocery stores are a great way to support your local economy and get some amazing, great, and local foods that you may not necessarily find in the big name grocery stores.

Nori’s, located at 138 Church Street (At the Corner of Church and Woodruff) in Saranac Lake, ( is a natural food store, a deli, a health food store, a supplement retailer, a grocery store. They serve a delicious homemade dinner Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 pm to 6:45 pm. The day I visited there was a choice of chicken or tofu General Tso’s. I chose chicken and it came with homemade General Tso’s sauce, fried rice, broccoli, and winter squash Rangoon. It was absolutely delicious and I enjoyed it very much!  They carry a wide variety of products, mostly local, that you won’t find in other stores. My favorite find that day? R&G Cheesemakers’ ( Cranberry Goat Cheese! It was sweet and a little tart with a hint of cranberry flavor, but not overwhelming. It was also a beautiful (and appetizing) pink color! My only problem was that it didn’t make it home! I opened it up to try and kept telling myself “just one more piece” until I found myself with an empty package! I was also impressed by their selection of pre-made foods (salads, sandwiches, and soups) and selection of essential oils and natural cold remedies (because we all know how useful those are this time of year!) If you are ever in the Saranac Lake area this is a MUST SEE!

The Potsdam Food Co-op, located at 24 Elm Street in Potsdam, ( is a member-owned cooperative in St. Lawrence County. They have a wood-fired brick oven bakery in the back of the parking lot that produces some of the most delicious loaves of bread, scones, and naan in the north country that they sell in the store (they have their baking schedule on the website as well). I HIGHLY recommend their cheese scones and the Kalamata rosemary flatbread.  They have a different lunch menu every day with a selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches that are listed on their website. They have vegetarian and vegan options and you can have the sandwiches and wraps grilled if you would like!  They have a huge bulk section full of rice, grains, and some sweets as well as prepacked bulk items that are at a discount then your regular packaged foods. But my absolute favorite thing (except for The Piggery Ancho Chile pork chops they sell in the summer…but that will be in a summer blog post!) about the Potsdam Food Coop is the community events that they host around Potsdam and in store to promote the feeling of community. They have a cheese of the month tasting on the second Thursday of the month each month, they have a wonderful new program called “Dinner’s in the Bag” and you can sample the month’s recipe on the first of each month and throughout the month there is a bag available with all the ingredients you will need along with a recipe, and they have community potlucks, baking contests, and other events throughout the year. And if you become a member (only $25 per year) you save 2% on everything with options to volunteer in the store or on the various committees for a larger discount and a larger sense of community!

Have a favorite place to shop locally? Let me know and I would be happy to check it out and promote it on the blog here! And as always, we want to hear from you! If you have a recommendation for a future blog topic or a question/comment please email me at [email protected]