Schroon's Severance Store Shuttered

The Severance Store at the north end of town -- once known for its kick butt subs, and a much needed stop for travellers on the ADK Trailways Bus Line -- has closed, Schroon Laker has confirmed.

The store’s last day in business was Sunday. Multiple sources told Schroon they had noticed recently the store’s food inventory was low, the quality of their famous subs had declined and the availability of certain grades of gas was not always in stock.

The business was purchased about 18 months ago after being on the market fore more than a year. The new owners were from the Capital District. 

It is not known if the closure is for good, or if the current mortgage holder, the last owner of the business, will call the loan in.

Also unknown is its status as an official Trailways Bus Stop. The store was an official pick up and drop off point for passengers heading south to New York via Albany, and multiple stops north.

Passengers used the store as a chance to load up on subs and other snacks, as well as a bathroom stop.

The store closure joins a list of other eateries that have closed in the last two years, including The Paradox Store, Joanie’s Baked Goodies, El Mexicana Restaurant and Mr. P’s Mountain Smokehouse and Shelby’s Kitchen Therapy.

On the good news side SEVEN  businesses have opened in that time, bringing in thousands of tourists, while serving hundreds of area locals: Sticks and Stones, Paradox Brewery, Barley and Vine (in the Town Store), Pinecone Mercantile,  Northwoods Bakery, Witherbee's Lakeside cabins and the newly revamped Adirondack Inn.

Then there's the Schroon Lake Marina, which  -- under the guidance of Craig Kennedy -- has undergone a massive expansion, with several new service buildings and a newly expanded and renovated big city style showroom.

The marina offers a huge inventory of  new and used boats, docks swim platforms, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, outboard engines and an amazing array of accessories.

6 PM UPDATE: We were remiss in our original reporting by not mentioning another new business, that's adding to the allure of downtown: Anthony Ruiz's Giant Mountain Studio, which houses a world class fine arts gallery and is the headquarters for a photography and web business. (That brings the count to eight  new businesses!). 

For information on the purchase of the closed properties listed here, contact Brooke Clarke, by clicking here. Brook is an official sponsor of


Saturday Profiles: Lisa Hess-Marks




The opening of Pine Cone Mercantile on Main Street Schroon Lake, has become a must see destination for folks from all over the North Country, as well as states near and far. This affordable high end ADK home furnishing store-- in the building which once housed the Morningstar Bistro -- is the glorious vision of owner Lisa Hess-Marks. Big band tunes play in the background as you browse their amazing inventory of unique items. And with her husband Ed in the back baking up daily treats and brewing fresh coffee, it's an experiences for all of your sense You can learn more about Lisa in our Profiles series, by clicking here.

A Big Schroon Saturday

Get out Saturday and have fun, help others and do a wee bit of early Christmas shopping.

The Towne Store is full of terrific ideas for everyone in the family – from the littlest member to Dad. The store features an extensive selection of ADK themed books, including many from local authors, including two of our favorites, Ann Breen Metcalfe and Carol Gregson.

Looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving table? Pinecone and Mercantile has new inventory that will add some extra zing to your celebration. Across the street pick up some North Country themed fine art at Giant Mountain Studio.

In Severance, Paradox Crafts will be having a storewide sale from 9 am – 4 pm, with free coffee and snacks. Local author Tina M Bowers-Plumstead's book  -- Chances of the Heart  -- will be available. For every purchase of her book, you get a free eyeglass/sun glass pouch.

Bring an item for the Food Pantry and Paradox Crafts will match it. There will be three additional vendor tables: Linen World, Pink Zebra and Plexus.

Starting at 5pm, it's the BIG Spaghetti Fundraiser at the Schroon Lake Central School. Click here, for all the details.

Tonight, the action moves to Witherbee's Carriage House for the live recording session of their latest project to help the Wounded Warrior Project.

Besides hearing some of the best musicians in the North County, there are raffles and a grand prize of an ADK weekend getaway. Kick off time at 6pm. Reservations are recommended.