Rouses Point Downtown Development Focused on Small Businesses

Affordable waterfront real estate and strong downtown traffic provide unique opportunities

Mar 09, 2011, 10:49 ET from Rouses Point

ROUSES POINT, N.Y., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The lively, welcoming village of Rouses Point, New York is raising awareness of its efforts to bring in new businesses to enhance and grow its charming waterfront downtown.  

Located on the shore of Lake Champlain, the village offers unique advantages for new and existing business ventures.  Rouses Point business opportunities include affordable waterfront real estate, significant downtown thru-traffic from and to Vermont via the Lake Champlain Bridge – and some of the lowest utility costs in the nation - combine to offer small retailers and outdoor recreation companies a wonderful community to call home.  

The village's full-service marinas are bustling all summer, and the village will soon be opening a new kayak launch site.  Rouses Point offers easy access to camping, golfing, fishing and world-class skiing in the Adirondack High Peaks and Green Mountains of Vermont.  In town, the Rouses Point Civic Center -- which features an ice skating rink and hosts a variety of events throughout the year -- pulls in visitors from miles around.  The village is also home to unique historical attractions, cultural events and festivals.

Kris Duus, proprietress of thriving downtown Lakeshore Coffee, sums up the Rouses Point approach this way.  "It was important for us to find a location that incorporated a strong sense of community, which Rouses Point truly reflects. We have been welcomed with open arms and enthusiasm."

As a first phase of this grass roots initiative, the Village encouraged local residents and businesses to get involved in growing their downtown community.  Area residents have been invited to join the conversation by sharing photos on Flickr, connecting on Facebook or via The Village of Rouses Point website to provide input and stay on top of current developments.

The village supports local businesses through strong partnerships with regional economic development agencies to maximize efforts to assist new and existing entrepreneurs.  

Of note, fifteen new businesses have opened in the village in the last three years, eager to take advantage of the location and affordability as well as the community's authentic feel, classical architecture and historic charm.  

For more information on starting a business in Rouses Point, fill out an inquiry form on or contact Melissa McManus, Revitalization Project Manager at (518) 297-6753 or  

SOURCE Rouses Point