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2012-04-25 / Front Page

New stores reflect economy struggling to revive

by Ron Gholson


From left, Jessica Wilson, Leeann Wilson, and Kayla Hollon show off a dazzling array of goodies at their new shop in Oneonta. From left, Jessica Wilson, Leeann Wilson, and Kayla Hollon show off a dazzling array of goodies at their new shop in Oneonta. Two new small businesses opening in the last six weeks and one not-so-small one scheduled to open late this summer have brightened Oneonta’s economic prospects for the remainder of 2012.

The two already open are 3 Mamas Cakes and Coffee shop on U.S. 231 across from McDaniels Recreation Center and The Playroom, a play place for kids (crawler to age 8) located on Railroad Avenue next to Clothing Care Cleaners. Profiles on both follow.

The third is Tractor Supply Company, a farm, ranch, and home supply retailer with 1100 stores in 44 states. The company will occupy the old CVS store location next to Marvin’s when it opens, expected to be late this summer. Site work on the lot adjoining has been completed, but building renovation remains to be done. It will be featured later when preparations are further advanced.


From left, Lorie Frost and Erin Abercrombie, mother and daughter, welcome parents and kids The Playroom, on Railroad Avenue in downtown Oneonta. From left, Lorie Frost and Erin Abercrombie, mother and daughter, welcome parents and kids The Playroom, on Railroad Avenue in downtown Oneonta. Meanwhile, the 14-month pace of one new business per month locating or relocating to Blount County, observed by Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Donny Ray, continues unabated.

3 Mamas

3 Mamas is a specialty cakes and coffee shop featuring a wide variety of cookies, cakes, muffins, and assorted fancy pastries along with an equally wide range of gourmet coffees and other beverages: lattes, cappachino, expresso, hot chocolate, frappes and smoothies, as well as their best-selling beverage, the caramel macchiato.

You can sample these delights in easy chairs or lounge couches adjoining the kitchen in a comfortable homey setting, or order them to go. Lunch is also served, including sandwich, side order, and drink for $6.

Custom-made cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and other events are available on advance order, with the design limited only by your own imagination. There’s a whole binder of previous designs to get your creative – and gustatory – juices flowing. Call 353-6395 to order –but you better go by and see the range of possibilities first if you want something really spectacular.

It’s a whole new concept for Oneonta. Give your taste buds a wakeup call.

3 Mamas is operated, fittingly and literally, by the three young mothers pictured above. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day except Sunday.

The Playroom

“Where kids play and parents don’t clean up”– the Playroom’s theme line – concisely captures the business’s concept: to provide a place where parents have time for themselves (wi-fi and free coffee available) and some relief from the routine “on-duty” aspects of child care, while the kids entertain themselves in a setting that is fun, varied, and safe. (Remember the age range: crawlers – that’s about five or six months – to eight years.) Included are an inflatables room (not shown above) a miniature fire station, veterinarian’s office (complete with dress-up cloths), and a conventional play house, along with a “construction pit,” a crawling and low-climbing area for sub-one-year-olds, and lots of ride-ons with room to move.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Exceptions to those hours occur when a customer rents The Playroom for a private party – birthday party, family reunion party for kids, day Care field trip or similar event.

Call 625-6929 to inquire about rates or to schedule private events. Or stop to check out all the attractions. Bring the kids along – as consultants!

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