Lindsey’s Country Store & Sweet Shoppe, a beloved mainstay in Halfmoon for muffins, fresh fruit and candy, will be closing its doors for good next month after three decades of business.
Store owner Diane Lindsey Curwick made the announcement regarding the store’s approaching closure on its Facebook page Wednesday, prompting heartfelt comments from loyal customers.
“It has been an honor to have entered your lives by providing sweet creations for the last 30 years. Many of you have become like family and I have enjoyed each moment with you. But it has become increasingly evident that is it time for me to close this chapter of my life. I look forward to new opportunities that include time with my own family and friends,” Curwick said in the post.
Lindsey’s Country Store & Sweet Shoppe began as a seasonal apple stand on the side of the road on Route 9 in Halfmoon.
The store opened its doors on Oct. 6, 1988, to provide fruit and baked goods to the community.
Throughout the years, additions were made including a candy store that opened July 2015.
High costs of doing business and long hours at work were all a part of Curwick’s decision to retire. The closing of the family’s longtime apple orchard in the fall also played a part in her decision.
“Definitely the closing of Lindsey’s Orchard and increased costs of supplies, taxes and raising wages have impacted my decision, but most importantly is my desire to begin a new chapter and enjoy retirement. It was a very difficult decision because I have enjoyed serving our customers. It has been an honor and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to work in the wonderful community of Clifton Park and Halfmoon,” she said.
Pete Bardunias, president and CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, said the store’s closing was proof that maintaining a small business is a huge challenge for families, even if they have a loyal base of customers.
“It is a fact that the economy in the past allowed for the growth of places like Lindsey’s Country Store. Today it is becoming increasingly challenging for small businesses to compete in the marketplace. We are proud that Lindsey’s Country Store has flourished for over the last 30 years. This business longevity is an achievement that Diane and her team should be proud of, and is truly an example for the rest of the business community to follow,” Bardunias said.
The store will remain open through Dec. 24 and reopen Dec.27 with an anticipated closing date of Jan. 9.