Maple Run Emporium Marks One Year Anniversary with Celebration Sale


POTSDAM, NY – March 16, 2012 – On April 1, 2012, Maple Run Emporium will mark its One Year Anniversary in business at 49 Market Street in Potsdam. To celebrate, the shop will offer special sales, discounts, and events throughout the month of April.


Maple Run Emporium is a maple specialty shop offering gourmet groceries, kitchenware, and gifts. During the One Year Anniversary Celebration Sale, the shop will offer specials on its maple products and also highlight its expanded lines of merchandise with sales on top cookware brands including All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Wusthof.


Traditional pure maple products at the shop are syrup, cream, and granulated and molded sugar supplied by local maple producers. An array of maple-flavored sweet and savory products expands the merchandise mix. Sweet treats include maple cookies, fudge, baklava, granola, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, nuts, and popcorn. Savory maple-flavored products range from trout and jerky to cheese and yogurt, and a host of condiments including maple spices, mustards, dressings, glazes, and barbecue sauces. Maple Run also offers maple coffees and teas as well as mixes for muffins, scones, cake, cheesecake, pancakes, and waffles.


“Over the past year, in addition to continually adding new maple products, we’ve expanded our specialty food lines to accommodate customer requests,” noted Maple Run Emporium owner Mary Hilton. “For example, we stock the Stonewall Kitchen maple-flavored products, and when customers ask for additional items from that brand we are more than happy to order them. The requested products have proven to be popular and have become a regular part of our mix, such as Black Bean Salsa and Hot Pepper Jelly.”


The kitchenware at Maple Run Emporium has also expanded during the past 12 months to include more than double the initial stock. Originally the shop specialized in cookware for pancakes, waffles, and crepes, but has since branched out to include products for all types of cooking and baking including specialty tools for Italian, Mexican, Asian, and Norwegian cuisine. By request, internationally renowned lines including All-Clad pots and pans, Le Creuset stoneware and cast iron cookware, and Wusthof knives are available at Maple Run. “The shop’s location is in the heart of the restaurant district, so we had requests from professional chefs to stock these lines,” said Ms. Hilton. “Also, we have customers who use and collect these brands and wanted a local shop to stock them, so we’re pleased to be able to do that. Also, I’ve had requests for every kind of gadget from avocado peelers to coconut scrapers, so I’ve added lots of kitchen tools.”


Gifts at Maple Run Emporium are predominantly works of art handcrafted by local artists in maple and other woods, as well as clay. Featured artists who work in wood include Jan Close, Gary Pierce, Joe LaRocque, and Bob Pinkerton.  Their art includes bowls, platters, rolling pins, cutting boards, wine stoppers, Shaker style boxes, and pepper and salt mills. Potters and sculptors featured at Maple Run include Andrew Minnery, Nanette Bergevin, Nan Lazovik, and Sara Lynch whose work includes stoneware bowls, pitchers, pie birds, mugs, and baking and serving dishes. Maple Run also offers artful home furnishings including paintings by Julian Vadas and Colin Prahl, as well as unique furniture by Mitchell Despaw.  I’m pleased and proud to be able to present the caliber of fine art our regional artists produce,” said Ms. Hilton. “Showcasing these pieces is not only a service to our customers who seek this level of handcrafted work, but it is also an enhancement of the shop’s ambiance. It’s a treat to shop for groceries in a place with classical music playing and fine art on the walls.”


Maple Run Emporium also offers its own line of maple scented products handcrafted exclusively for the shop by Sunfeather Natural Soap Company of Potsdam. The Maple & Rum and Maple & Lavender scents are offered in body lotions, body scrubs, and soy candles, while the Maple & Rosemary Chef’s line includes hand soap, hand cream, kitchen cleanser, dish & hand soap, and a soy candle. During the holidays, Maple Run introduced packages of scented soaps in Maple Verbena, Maple Bergamot, and Maple Balsam and plans to add those scents to the year-round merchandise line-up.


All told, more than 40 local artists and maple producers have sold products through Maple Run Emporium since its opening a year ago.


In addition to the availability of quality local goods, Ms. Hilton noted that two other factors have contributed significantly to the success and growth of Maple Run Emporium - the shop’s high visibility location on Market Street and the events orchestrated by the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, which draw people to the downtown area.


“We had spikes in sales every time there was a village event – Summerfest, First Saturday, Fright Night, the Holiday Shopping Weekend,” said Ms. Hilton. “It’s really wonderful to have a shop in a town that offers fun events tied in to the local businesses.”


Maple Run Emporium plans further expansion for Year Two, starting in Spring 2012. “We’re adding additional shelving and we’re introducing new and different maple products and kitchenware,” said Ms. Hilton. “We’re looking forward to the coming year and are thankful to the community for its support during our launch year. The One Year Anniversary Celebration Sale in April is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to our customers and to the community for all the support – and of course, we hope to pique the interest of people who haven’t stopped in yet.”


Maple Run Emporium is open every day. New Spring/Summer Hours starting April 1: 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Telephone: (315) 274-0102.