The Daily Star
---- — Stevens Hardware Co., on downtown Main Street in Oneonta, is closing after 130 years.
The store’s closing date is Nov. 1 and most merchandize will be discounted 25 percent, said Francine Bailey, who has worked at the store with her father and store owner, John Stevens, for more than 20 years. The building at 153 Main St. also will be sold, she said Thursday.
The store, which opened in 1882, was owned by Stevens’ father and his grandfather, Bailey said. Originally the store was a hardware store that offered services, including changing wagon wheels and sleigh runners, she said. But the business transformed into a store more-focused on camping, hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities.
In 2008, the store received the “Business of the Year Award’’ presented by the Future for Oneonta Foundation.
With the changing economy, online shopping and consumer practices of replacing instead of repairing items, the time has come to close, Bailey said. Her father, now 94, is “pretty good’’ health-wise and lives at the nursing home on Chestnut Street, she said, but he hasn’t been working in the store since he broke a leg about two years ago.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Bailey said. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Fudge, gift shop opens
at Southside Mall
A grand opening with a ribbon cutting and free samples of fudge will be presented by Magnolia’s Fudge & Gift Shoppe at Southside Mall in Oneonta at 5:30 p.m. today.
The store is in the site previously occupied by Country Junction, a candle and gift store that relocated to property across from the mall on state Route 23.
Maria Kelso, owner of Magnolia’s Fudge, said she previously had a kiosk at the mall during holiday seasons, and she accepted the mall manager’s invitation to open a store.
Kelso, who lives in East Meredith, said Thursday that she is ``super pleased’’ with business to date because she has been as busy as during the holidays. The store opened in September, she said.
Luisa Montanti, general manager of Southside Mall, and Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director of the Otsego County Chamber, said the public is welcome to today’s opening event.
Kelso, who is chairwoman of the Delaware County Republican Committee and chairwoman of the Davenport Town Planning Board, among other civic activities, said state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Guilford, are expected to attend today’s opening.
Kelso said she has been making fudge for about a dozen years. Her store offers more than 50 flavors of fudge, including sucrose-free and alcoholic versions, she said, and flavors are rotated. Fudge is made on-site at the store in a kitchen approved by the state Department of Health, she said.
The shop also will feature country gifts, maple products, candles and other items made locally, a media release said. Kelso said she has three part-time employees.
For more information, call the store at 353-7200.
Inn reports success, plans
to close for season
Chef Aaron Wratten of the Horned Dorset Inn has reported a successful season at his family’s restaurant in Leonardsville since re-opening in May after a year-long hiatus.
The inn’s menus featured seasonal produce from the inn’s organic gardens, local ingredients and world-class specialties, a media release said. The inn’s owners also inaugurated The Horned Dorset Colony, a foundation with a residency program for writers, painters and composers.
The restaurant is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The Horned Dorset is on state Route 8, less then 25 miles from Cooperstown. For more information, call (315) 855-7898. The restaurant will close Oct. 28 and re-open in May.
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