City Council spotlights business featuring the Canada Lake Store

CAROGA — City Council held a spotlight on business at its regular Wednesday meeting, which featured the Canada Lake Store and Marine.

Kent Kirch, a member of the city’s board of directors, said the commercial spotlights held at the meetings were meant to promote local businesses.

“It gives us the chance to learn a little more about our local businesses and maybe meet the owner if you haven’t met them and learn a little more about their business,” Kirch said.

Merryn Byrnes, whose family owns the store, was there to talk about the local business and all it entails.

Family owned and operated, Canada Lake Store and Marine has been in business for approximately 45 years. The store was purchased in 1973 as an Adirondacks general store and expanded into marine in 1979 becoming a Mercury outboard motor dealer. Today the marina has grown to include new and used boats, motors, trailer sales, a full service center, parts department and two large winter storage facilities.

“We now have two highly qualified mechanics for this marina,” said Byrnes.

She said her mother also ran a small post office for the Canada Lake community and was paid $1 a year to do so.

“There was a little corner in our store where she did the mail and had the little post office box,” Byrnes said. “After a while it became too much and she got rid of it.”

Now that place in the store is a cafe known as The Lake Effect Cafe. The cafe has been open for 15 years.

The cafe offers coffee and homemade pastries. There are also breakfast and lunch foods. Gluten-free options are also available. The cafe is only open during the summer. It is open on weekends in June and open daily during the summer. This year, the café will not be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“I just want to point that out because some people don’t even know that corner of the store exists,” Byrnes said. “You can walk in and out of the store without even going to that end.”

Byrnes said one fact people might not know about the store is that it’s only three miles from Lake Caroga. They are open 361 days a year. In summer they are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and in winter from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They have a full-service grocery store that started eight years ago. Gift selections have also expanded not only for Canada Lake, but also for Caroga Lake, Pine Lake, Pleasant Lake, Stoner Lake, and Pecks Lake.

Canada Lake Store and Marine also rents boats, canoes, pontoon boats, fishing boats and paddle board rentals.

“If you’ve never checked us out, we’re just over the hill,” Byrnes said.