NORTH CREEK ANTIQUES:
Jim Scaccia Jr’s new antique store opened its doors Feb. 1, on Main Street in North Creek.
Once inside the quaint shop you’ll find one of a kind collectables including a variety of antique fishing lures, baseball gloves, large antique trunks and much more.
Those looking to find something rustic like an old buck saw or a pair of primitive snowshoes should look no further than North Creek Antiques.
Scaccia said he and his father, also Jim, have been picking their entire lives through garage sales all over the Northeast.
“It’s addicting, half of the stuff in the store I’m going to have a hard time parting with,” said Scaccia.
Originally from East Greenbush, Jim said his parents live in North Creek and after visiting the town he immediately fell in love.
“The way all of the businesses work together is just unbelievable,” said Scaccia. “Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming and that’s hard to find.”
Scaccia hopes his new business will attract folks from the Saratoga and Glens Falls area because of the train access.
Saratoga and North Creek Railways runs a train from Saratoga to North Creek with stops in between from April to October.
“We’ve gotten our items at very good prices and in return are able to offer great prices to our customers,” said Scaccia.
THE GORE MOUNTAIN LODGE:
When the Parobeck family purchased what used to be the Valhaus Motel on Peaceful Valley road in North Creek in July they saw the potential for the entire property.
Mark Parobeck renovated all 12 rooms, artistically designing them throughout the facility.
New floors were installed, bedding and bathroom upgrades were also priorities.
Solar panels, on demand hot water and insulation were also added to maximize efficiency in the building.
“One of the reasons we made the purchase is because it’s the closest hotel to Gore Mountain,” said Marks brother Matt Parobeck.
The newly renovated Lodge is conveniently one of the stops the shuttle makes to transport people just minutes to Gore.
Matt has been blazing cross country ski trails on the 14-acre property for something extra for visitors to do to stay active and appreciate the wilderness the area has to offer.
The Lodge offers a variety of rooms ranging from contemporary with modern décor to rustic with Adirondack charm.
“A two night minimum is required to stay here but we’re hoping for a lot of weekly and monthly rentals,” said Matt.
Claudia Creuteburg, a monthly renter, said she chose The Lodge at Gore Mountain because of its location and friendly staff.
“The shuttle is very convenient, my husband and I can take turns watching our little one and still have our vehicle here. The three minute trip up the mountain doesn’t hurt either.”
Though they were a little late opening this year due to renovations, the Parobecks are hoping to be booked for the season next year. For more information visit http://goremountainlodge.com/
THE BLACK MOUNTAIN LODGE AND RESTAURANT:
Black Mountain Lodge reopened on Route 8 in North Creek on Nov. 30 after being purchased by Buffalo native Mark O’Connell.
“We had a local following as soon as mid December,” said OConnell.
The 25 room lodge offers Adirondack style rooms just three miles from Gore Mountain.
O’Connell said that the facility is still expanding and constantly coming up with fresh ideas to attract new cliental.
A game room is currently under construction in the building’s basement and there are plans for cross-country ski and snowshoe trails on the 9.5-acre property.
Mark also plans to install 12 solar panels to make the facility as efficient as possible.
For summer activities O’Connell is planning an outdoor patio area with fireplaces and possibly a volleyball court.
After purchasing the Lodge, Mark brought a long time friend and Buffalo chef along with him. They specialize in Buffalo style wings, pizzas and sandwiches and have several local beers on tap.
The dinning area offers a massive fireplace with Adirondack décor.
The restaurant staff uses Ipads to take orders, which immediately print in the kitchen to make the ordering process as efficient as possible.
The restaurant has one bartender and three waitresses on staff and is open seven days a week.
Hours include, Sunday-Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 3-10 p.m. Every Thursday night is wing night.
Fore more information visit http://www.theblackmountainlodge.com/