The main greenhouse at The Lazy Moose Garden Market in Horicon just west of Brant Lake features a wide array of colorful perennials and annuals, as well as hanging baskets and potted plants. The Lazy Moose, which includes hardware and groceries in its inventory, is opening to the public Thursday May 8. Courtesy photo
A long-awaited enterprise that’s likely to become a main venue in town — not only for vital supplies, but for socializing — is opening to the public this week.
The Lazy Moose Garden Market at 6499 state Rte. 8 west of the Brant Lake hamlet, opens Thursday May 8.
The business — which combines a garden center, a hardware outlet and a general store — is housed in spacious buildings where Brant Lake Supply once stood.
Visitors to the market will find several greenhouses full of both perennials and annuals, plenty of hanging baskets of flowers and potted plants — and gardening supplies including soil supplements, fertilizers and peat moss, bulk topsoil and other landscaping supplies.
The store also features garden art, including intriguing antiques and furnishings fashioned into planters.
The general store includes hardware, tools, plumbing supplies, gifts including home decor items and outdoor deck furnishings.
But that’s not all. The store includes an array of groceries, gourmet items, and gluten-free food.
In the spirit of the rural general store of bygone days, the store will also soon feature a cafe serving breakfast and lunch items including sandwiches, wraps, burgers, soups, salads, bagels and croissants, either for dining on-site in the intimate bistro or for take-out. Pies and breads, baked on the premises are to be featured along with gourmet coffee — will also be served as soon as the cafe’s new kitchen receives certification, which is expected in several weeks.
Construction of the facilities at The Lazy Moose has been ongoing for about a year. Without a doubt, its expansive — there’s about 6,000 feet under roof.
Owners Teri and Paul Schuerlein and sister Kelli Dougan have spent thousands of hours in making the new store a reality. Dougan noted that Lazy Moose’s greenhouse manager Leslie Leombruno will routinely be on hand to offer helpful gardening advice.
Paul Schuerlein noted that since the beloved Daby’s General Store in Brant Lake burned down in 2006, there’s been a void in the local business and social scene — particularly after several other local enterprises closed afterwards.
“We’re happy to be a cornerstone of new commercial activity in town,” he said, observing that another startup enterprise and several business expansions were underway locally. “Brant Lake is due for a revitalization.”
Kelli Dougan said that Roger and Jane Daby, proprietors of the legendary Daby’s General Store, are to be on hand for Lazy Moose’s opening day.
“We want to carry on Daby’s tradition of a well-stocked, friendly country store,” Dougan said. “We’re looking to bring business back to Brant Lake to benefit everyone in the community.”
The Lazy Moose can be reached at 494-4039. Initial hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Paul Scheurlein said, as he offered his thoughts about the enterprise.
“Hopefully, we will do the community justice,” he said.