Schoony’s wins county business prize

B y Jaime Thomas

Family and community are everything in Bob Schoonmaker’s business. The co-owner of Schoony’s Country Market, who runs the shop with his wife, Dorie, feels he can thank his family, his workers and his patrons for a recent award.

“We’re all about family; we try to run this like a family business with all our employees,” Schoonmaker said. “The community is what makes it, and that’s what I enjoy.”

His wife agrees.

“I think we have a great team of employees and Bob’s got a great supporting staff — he couldn’t do it without them,” she said.

The store was recently named as one of three winners of the eighth annual Washington County Small Business of the Year awards. Schoonmaker feel s that this was quite an honor.

“I was really shocked. I was honored just to be nominated—there are a lot of small businesses in Washington County,” Schoonmaker said. He credits the success of the store, which has been running for five years, to its remaining consistent and steady, and he stresses the importance of an exceptional staff.

“The employees are very reliable and cooperative; I can depend on them,” Schoonmaker said. Even after the store was damaged in a fire several years ago, 13 of the employees waited for the store to reopen and returned.

“I thought that was pretty cool that they wanted to come back,” he said.

Deanna Derway, office coordinator for Washington County Local Development Corp., said a committee interviews local businesses that have been nominated for the award and then decides the winners together.

The winners “give a lot back to the community and are really upstanding people,” Derway said. Schoonmaker fits that description.

“I think it’s an honor that somebody recognized us as a business that’s surviving and doing well in this economy,” Schoonmaker said.

Schoonmaker said he does whatever he can to help the community and other small businesses, and hopes others would take his lead.

“I wish more people would support their small local businesses,” Schoonmaker said. He believes small businesses are what made America and is glad he can survive in such a corporation-flooded environment.

“The employees are fun to work with, the people in the community are fun — this says a lot about a community with all the corporate business that’s going on,” Schoonmaker said.

Schoonmaker, who said he tries to know every customer who comes in, believes the quality of the store’s meat is a big sell. He would love to eventually expand and hopes to one day have a bakery in the shop.

The other 2012 small business award winners are Fronhofer Tool Co. Inc., of Cossayuna, and Wells Auto Parts in Kingsbury. Nominees to be honored include Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill, Carmody Ford Inc., Country Gals Café, Dimensional Mills Inc., Ed Levin Jewelry, Northern Insuring Agency Inc. and Sheldon Slate Company Products Inc.

An awards luncheon will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rainer’s Gourmet Inspirations at B&B on the Green in Kingsbury. Sponsorships are still available, and reservations are required; to reserve a seat or table call 518-746-2290 or visit wcldc.org before Nov. 30 at noon.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , ,

88 to graduate Granville High School Friday

GranvilleCapNGown2016 cmyk

By Krystle S. Morey Eighty-eight “pretty remarkable” young men and women will walk across the stage tomorrow, ending their days […]

Classifieds 06/22/16

State: No audit slated despite village request

Napa Auto Parts Manager Ken Towne said he’s worried about the time it will take a fire department to respond if his store, located across the street from the shut-down Hook & Ladder Co., were to have a fire.

By Krystle S. Morey The state Comptroller’s Office said it will not perform an audit on the Granville Hook & […]

Moratorium OK’d by board

Solar front

By Dan King No new solar farms will be going up in the town of Whitehall for the next three […]

47 to graduate Whitehall High School Friday

Group_School_9613 NEEDS CREDIT

By Dan King Forty-seven Railroaders are getting ready to join the college ranks, the military and the workforce. Whitehall High […]

Weekender – 06/17/16

Lakes Classifieds – 06/17/16

Northshire Freepress – 06/17/16

Lakes Region Freepress – 06/17/16

North Country Freepress – 06/17/16

Classifieds 06/15/16

Torres re-hired after heated debate

School Board 3-Walter Foster

By Krystle S. Morey By a controversial 5-4 vote, the Granville Board of Education agreed Monday night to rehire Mario Torres as […]