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February 1, 2014

Pete's Furniture Barn opens store in Oneonta

A Pete’s Furniture Barn satellite store has opened at 457 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

Owner Pete Popek said the Oneonta store focuses on sales of mattresses and new furniture, including futons, bunk beds, living room, kitchen and bedroom furniture. Popek said the store works with four catalog suppliers and is the only sales outlet for Symbol Mattress.

More consumers are shopping for pre-owned items as a result of the slowed economy, Popek said, and the store is expanding its stock of pre-owned furniture, similar to Pete’s Furniture Barn in Undadilla. Store owners are the Popek Family from Otego.

Also in response to economic conditions, the furniture store offers no-interest payment plans without a credit check, among other payment options, Popek said. The Oneonta store opened in August, he said. 

Popek’s Book Store, which was previously located at the Chestnut Street site, has moved into the Carson Hardware building in Otego.

The Oneonta furniture store is open from 9 5 p.m.weekdays and from 9 1 p.m. Saturdays. The telephone numbers are 431-9870 and 643-2682.


The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council has scheduled its first general meeting of the year for the Hampton Inn on River Street in Oneonta at 4 p.m. Feb. 11.

The meeting will address obstacles facing efforts “to grow the economy of the Greater Oneonta area,” Al Colone of GO-EDC said in a memo about group. Questions about development involve futures of the railway yard, downtown Oneonta development, retail expansion on Southside Oneonta, promotion of the agricultural sector, the Oneonta airport and more.


Jeffrey J. Jones has joined the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown as senior vice president of finance and administration.

Jones, who has worked with regional not-for-profit organizations for nearly three decades, replaces Bill Haase, who retired in December after 13 years with the Hall of Fame, a media release said.

Jones previously was at the University at Albany Foundation, where he was chief financial officer and associate executive director. Before that, he was chief financial officer for Bellevue Women’s Hospital and Amsterdam Memorial Hospital. He began his career in 1986 working for Coopers & Lybrand in Albany. Jones has a degree in accounting from the State University College at Oswego.

Jones joined the Hall of Fame effective Jan.15, the release said, and he will be responsible for financial and administrative duties for the organization, including building operations, human resources, accounting and finance.

“Jeff brings a wide array of talents to Cooperstown,” Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said in a prepared statement. “He also has a profound respect for baseball as a fan, historian and many years of youth leagues coaching. He is a solid addition to the Hall of Fame staff, and we are excited that he has joined us.”


Carol Spinelli, licensed real estate saleswoman with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties in Margaretville, has been named No. 1 in “gross transactions - sales” in the Otsego/Delaware Multiple Listing Service for 2013.

Spinelli was pleased to achieve the top sales honor, according to a media release.

“I am fortunate to work with such an incredible team,” she said.

The service covers Delaware, Otsego, Chenango and Madison counties.

Company President Eric Wedemeyer applauded SpinellI’s hard work and service to clients.

“I appreciate Carol’s efforts to be on the cutting edge of the real estate industry,” Wedemeyer said in a prepared statement. “All of us at Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties congratulate her.

Spinelli “discovered the Catskills” more than 25 years ago and soon purchased a weekend home, dividing time between upstate and New York City, where she was a marketing executive, the release said. She and her husband decided to make a full-time move to the region 14 years ago, and she completed requirements for her real estate sales license to start a second career.

Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties opened in Andes in 1971. The firm has offices in Margaretville, Delhi, Stamford and its newest location in Boiceville, which opened in June.

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