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Origin Coffee opening Lake Placid location in December

LAKE PLACID — Saranac Lake’s Origin Coffee is poised to launch a second location in Lake Placid. The new coffee shop will replace Bliss & Vinegar on Main Street, across from the Olympic Speedskating Oval. The shop is expected to open in mid-December. Jennifer Jubin, the owner of ...

Negative tests coming in as COVID-19 hits News, Enterprise office

SARANAC LAKE — An Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter who interviewed voters on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19, and much of the newspaper’s staff has been placed on quarantine until Nov. 17. Six other staff members who work at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News office in ...

Joint Review Board OKs Hotel North Woods renovation

LAKE PLACID — A public hearing on a slate of exterior renovations to the Hotel North Woods drew just one comment Wednesday, Nov. 4. The comment, before the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board, came from longtime Lake Placid resident John Huttlinger, who took issue with a part of the ...

COVID hits Lake Placid News, Enterprise office

SARANAC LAKE — An Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter who interviewed voters on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19, and much of the newspaper’s staff has been placed on quarantine until Nov. 17. At least six other staff members who work at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News ...

Life in quarantine

LAKE PLACID — Tim Chien had done everything right. The local licensed massage therapist screened all of his clients for risk factors, ensured that his practice either followed or exceeded the state’s public health guidelines, washed his hands frequently and he wore ample personal ...

Public hearing held for Hotel North Woods renovations

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board was set to hear public comments the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 4 on an exterior renovation of the historic Hotel North Woods. The 1920s-era hotel is undergoing renovations intended to bring back its original look, when it was ...

New Saranac Waterfront Lodge will ‘soft open’ in November

SARANAC LAKE — The swank Saranac Waterfront Lodge, which has been in the works for more than seven years, will now “soft open” sometime in November. The hotel on the shore of Lake Flower had been set to open its doors on Nov. 1, so folks are going to have to wait at least a few more ...

Sixth-generation dairy farmer

UPPER JAY — Just past another bridge over the East Branch of the AuSable River, a nondescript driveway turns into a collection of early-1900s farm buildings that comprise Sugar House Creamery, a little dairy farm owned and operated by Margot Brooks and Alex Eaton. Under the loom of ...

Governor lets movie houses reopen, with rules

If all your dreams seem to take place in movie theaters, punctuated by trailers and the sound of crunching popcorn, there’s finally some good news. On Saturday, Oct. 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen on Friday. Unsurprisingly, there ...

Lake Placid hotels going ‘gangbusters’ with uptick in tourism

LAKE PLACID — Hoteliers across the country are fighting to keep their businesses open, struggling to attract travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic as bills come due. Lake Placid’s hospitality industry, however, is thriving. Lake Placid hoteliers say travelers are coming in droves, and ...

Local couple plans outdoor market on Parkside Drive

LAKE PLACID — A local couple is exploring the idea of opening up a new seasonal outdoor market at a historic building on Parkside Drive. Emily Rath and her husband Tom have submitted an application to the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board seeking authorization to operate a seasonal ...

Keene store to be one of 17 new Stewart’s Shops built this year

KEENE — Stewart’s Shops is opening 17 new stores this year, including one currently under construction on state Route 73 in Keene and the Indian Lake store that opened on Wednesday, Sept. 23, according to spokeswoman Erica Komoroske. “This shop is part of our $25M investment ... in ...

Black Bear Restaurant owner plans new White Bear

LAKE PLACID — A Lake Placid restaurateur is planning to open up a new restaurant. The proposed parking plan for the new Wilmington Road restaurant came before the North Elba-Lake Placid Joint Review Board on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Zuifer Cecunjanin, a longtime resident whose extended ...

Four Lake Placid hospitality workers found to have virus

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Health Department has identified four cases of employees in the Lake Placid hospitality industry who have tested positive for COVID-19, and department administrators say after completing contact tracing they feel confident they have the cases ...

Restoration in works for Hotel North Woods

LAKE PLACID — Planning for a restoration of the historic Hotel North Woods continues. The new owners of the Main Street hotel, Lake Placid Hotel Partners LLC, submitted an application to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board seeking approval for a number of exterior upgrades to the ...

Real estate trends: Many are moving to the Adirondacks

The coronavirus pandemic has been a boon for the Adirondack housing market, at least for those looking to sell. And homes are selling fast. Local real estate agents say that despite the pandemic and millions of people still unemployed, the number of buyers looking for a home in the ...

Real estate surge in the Adirondacks echoes post-9/11

Local real estate brokers weren’t sure what the market would look like when the economy opened up again — but those who have been in the business for decades suspected that the Adirondack housing market would rebound quickly. There was precedent for that theory: After the Sept. 11, 2001 ...

Big plans in works for Tupper Lake’s old OWD factory

Tupper Lake’s empty but iconic former Oval Wood Dish factory, known simply as OWD, has been recommended as an addition to the state and national Registers of Historic Places — but the village mayor says a deal is in the works for it to be purchased and converted into housing. The ...

Fines to start soon for unregistered rental units in town, village

LAKE PLACID — More than 100 short-term vacation rental properties in Lake Placid remain unregistered. Property owners who don’t apply for a permit soon face fines for noncompliance. The North Elba Town Council and Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees adopted a law regulating short-term ...