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Sales are real good

On June 1, 2021 the local outlet thru which I sell syrup moved to a larger venue. I first started selling with them in 2017. At that time they were in an old 4 room school house. They soon out grew that and moved to a recently closed home/lumber center in July 2019. Now, just 23 months later, on June 1, they moved to the former Herb Phillipson’s store in Glenwood Plaza, Oneida, NY. This is a store of over 40,000 S.F.. When they opened on June 1, they were about 80-85% filled up and they are almost 100% filled up now.

In addition to my maple syrup (and a big display of O’Keeffe’s products, Gorilla glues and tapes) that I sell, they have a huge array of vendors who sell lots of antiques, homemade craft items clothes and collectables. They are doing it right, it is the type of store where people return often because the assortment of what is there keeps changing and is fresh. They bill it as The Fun Place To Shop, and the customers seem to agree.

If you are in the Oneida Area, stop and check it out. The plaza has 3 entrances, 2 on Rt 46, just south of the Rt 5 intersection and one off Rt 5, just enter thru the Wendy’s lot and into the Glenwood Plaza.

Syrup sales online are also good, and they get real good in the 3-4 months leading up to Christmas.

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Sales very strong locally

I only sell at one retail outlet locally (besides from my home) but it’s looking like my sales will double or even triple this year. The one retail outlet has moved 2 times in the last 3 years because they out grew the old location.

On June 1, 2021 they opened in the old Herb Philipson’s in Glenwood Plaza after out growing the former Kime Home center in Oneida Castle. After just 8 days into June (today is the 9th) sales are looking very good. The store is The Eclectic Chic. For anyone in and around Oneida, or those traveling thru, maybe going to Turning Stone Casino, or going fishing on Oneida Lake or heading into the Adirondacks on vacation, make it a point to stop at the Eclectic Chic (the fun place to shop). They are a popular stop with for bus tours. It is 35-40,000 square foot vendor mall, having everything from antiques, to clothing, collectables, and food. In that store I sell my maple syrup and I also sell O’Keeffe’s products, along with a large selection of Gorilla glues and Gorilla tapes.

Stop in, you won’t be disappointed and even if you’ve been there before, a trip every few weeks reveals a whole new array of merchandise to shop (not to mention my maple, O’Keeffe’s and Gorilla products.

They are on State Rt 46, just south of State Rt 5 In Oneida, NY 13421. Google them for details and hours. They are currently open 10:00-5:00 7 days a week, but as the season’s change, they adjust their hours. Lots of parking available.

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For local customers

Many of you know I have a syrup display at The Eclectic Chic, 21 Seneca Ave, Oneida Castle (the old Kime Home Center). I have great news, The Eclectic Chic is moving, no more hard to find parking, The Chic is moving to Glenwood Plaza, into the former Herb Phillipson’s Store. Loads of room and parking won’t be a problem. To top it all off, the owners of the shopping center have promised to repair the parking lot this summer.

The opening date for this move in June 1, 2021, stop in , get some syrup and check out all of the other vendors too. By the way, I also carry O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, Healthy Feet and all of the other O’Keeffe’s products. Additionally I carry Gorilla Glues, adhesives and Gorilla Tapes.

Come check us out, The Eclectic Chic, the fun place to shop!

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Finished packing Amber syrup

I now have both Amber and dark maple syrup ready for ordering.

Both are at this time, in good supply but this season has been quite short. First it stayed too cold, and then once it started we got 6 good days and then we had an extended period of weather that was too warm, no overnight freezes. At least in my part of central NY it is the shortest season I’ve ever experienced. If much of the rest of the industry was the same, syrup may be in short supply, especially after the record breaking 2020 season for maple syrup sales over the entire maple world.

Our maple season in my past experience (2003-present) has been as short as 15 days and as long as 42 days, between first sap collection and last collection. 6 will be a sad new record, if in fact the season is over. We do still have some hope, while the red maples and silver maples are done, the sugar maples might still not be finished. Those buds are still tight, but the buds are getting slightly larger. If we get a freeze before they open, the season can last longer, but if the maple sugar buds open, the season is over until 2022. I will keep you posted.