Local Businesses Set Up Shop At New Welcome CenterPosted: Updated:
The new welcome center built near the Thousand Islands Bridge collects some of the sights, the flavors and the history of the north country and puts it on display for anyone new to the area.
And the people who create those flavors are excited to see where it goes.
"Any foreign travelers, anybody coming through, they can get a little taste of our magic maple syrup, why it's a wonderful thing to be able to share," said Tomm Maxon, owner of Farmhouse Maple in Dexter.
Maxon and his wife are some of the local crafters whose products are sold in the Taste NY store inside the welcome center.
You can also find coffee from Tug Hill Artisan Roasters in that store.
Co-owner Scott Gilbert says this will add another customer base for the coffee company, which launched about a year and a half ago.
"It's definitely gonna be tourist driven, which is good for us, because obviously the hope is they would really like our coffee and then come back and buy it online later on," he said.
Yvonne Youngs, whose jam is sold at the welcome center, has seen her products sell to people in places like Ohio and Colorado because of other locations it has been on display. She hopes it'll be more of the same here.
"That's nice because, just 'cause they buy it here and they're visiting, then it's another outreach across the country that you can ship jam to," she said.
While the opening of the welcome center has not been officially announced by the state, it is open and filled with north country flavor.