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Former Mamaroneck Residents Open General Store In Putnam

Craig Muraszewski, along with his wife, Deanna run the Cold Spring General Store, which opened in April . Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The Cold Spring General Store offers many unique items. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- In Cold Spring, the old fashioned general store is making a comeback.

Craig and Deanna Muraszewski, a husband and wife team who live in Cold Spring, opened the Cold Spring General Store in April.

The store is a modern day version of the general store, a relic of small town Americana. The Cold Spring General Store offers a pantry of food, fresh cheese and yogurt and grass fed meat.

"General stores used to sell guns, bullets, flour and whale oil," Craig Muraszewski said. "Now we have candles, books on foraging and backyard composting. It's still like general stores of 150 to 200 years ago, we've just modernized it."

The Muraszewskis moved to Cold Spring from Mamaroneck last June and had been talking for sometime about opening their grocery store.

"We've been in the grocery business," Muraszewski said. "We met working in the restaurant business. We both know a lot. We thought the general store would be a nice addition to the village."

Muraszewski said he believes general stores are experiencing a resurgence.

"When we travel, we've been seeing general stores more and more," Muraszewski said. "We're also cognizant of them, but we think they are becoming more popular."

The Cold Spring General Store hopes to become a meeting place for people in the community and allow people to exchange ideas and maybe swap tips about farming.

"Things have been going very well so far," Muraszewski said. "Everyone has been very kind. The community has come out and supported us. Cold Spring is a very close knit community, everyone looks out for each other."

Muraszewski said running a business in Cold Spring is a change of pace from when he was working in Manhattan.

"We are enjoying our time here," Muraszewski said. "We turned in our Metrocard for a slower pace of life. But running your own business is a seven day a week conversation in our lives."

The Cold Spring General Store prides itself on working with family owned farms and bringing in items customers have never seen. Many of the farms are located right in Putnam.

"That's very important to us," Muraszewski said. "We know the person at the end of the phone and want to support them."

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