Watertown Daily Times

Official: venture could invigorate Potsdam

MAPLE RUN EMPORIUM: Business specializing in all types of maple products is on track to open April 1

By LARRY ROBINSON

JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011

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POTSDAM — A village economic development specialist is pointing to a new retail outlet specializing in maple-based products as the kind of business that could help reinvigorate downtown.

The nearly 2,000-square-foot Maple Run Gourmet Grocery & Gift Emporium is expected to open by April 1 at 49 Market St. The shop will specialize in maple products and crafts, ranging from gourmet and artisan foods and beverages to cookware, kitchen furnishings, bath and beauty care, and scented accessories, according to owner Mary E. Hilton.

She said Maple Run Emporium will highlight products made by north country maple producers and will offer kitchen and pantry furnishings, utensils and cookware from internationally renowned manufacturers.

Ms. Hilton said the store will develop and market its own Maple Run Emporium Private Label brand by working with area artisans to create products for sale not only at the Potsdam store, but also globally through the company's website.