Honey Dew Acres Red Shed Tack Shop April 2011
Canton, New York, April 4, 2011 – The Red Shed Tack Shop is the newest addition to Honey Dew Acres farm on the Post Road in Crary Mills. With the help of a $19,845 grant from the St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation’s Microenterprise Grant Program, this full service equestrian facility is now offering a fully stocked tack shop with the latest in riding fashion and accessories.
The Cambridge family has envisioned opening a tack shop for a number of years to accommodate requests of their growing clientele who would rather buy locally than order from a catalog. The on-farm store will allow beginning riders to easily acquire basic apparel and accessories needed to get them started in the sport without the hassle of shipping and returns. Competitive riders can shop for top name brands and those hard to find and fun items not currently available in the local marketplace. Products will include English tack, riding apparel and accessories, helmets and boots, stable and grooming supplies, supplements and treats, saddles and horse blankets.
"We had some great ideas on how to expand our business,” states farm co-owner Peggy McAdam. “The Entrepreneurship Center at Clarkson University helped with educating us as business people. With our new found education we started working with the LDC, and were able to secure funds. These funds bridged the gap between good ideas and reality. We are fortunate to have such resources available."
“Mark and Peggy and their daughters Emily and Tania have done tremendous work to improve Honey Dew Acres farm in the last couple of years since we have been working with them,” states Raymond Fountain, CEO of the SLCLDC. “A loan from our Microenterprise Revolving Loan Fund last fall helped them to construct their new indoor riding facility, and this grant has enabled them to provide an additional service to their niche clients in opening the Red Shed Tack Shop. We are happy to be a part of their continued growth and to support this project that will complement and support their existing business.”
The Red Shed Tack Shop hours of operation are Wednesday 4-8, Saturday 10-4, and by appointment or call ahead. Walk-ins are always welcome! They will also be open during horse shows and events held at Honey Dew Acres farm. For further information visit them on the web at www.redshedtackshop.com, or call Tania at 261-1555.