Skaneateles' Seitz Building's newest tenant opens shop

After growing up on her parent's dairy farm in Navarino, Geraldean Lantier went on to college to become a geologist.

But then a few years later when she was going to graduate school, Geraldean spent time working in a women's boutique and put in the back of her mind that she would someday like to open her own shop.

Then, in the spring, the idea was born and she created Skaneateles 300, a small specialty shop now situated on the corner of Jordan and West Genesee streets.

"We basically hatched the idea in late March," Geraldean said on the store's opening day Friday, Aug. 1.

The store's name comes from the deepest part of Skaneateles Lake, she said. In order to have the correct number for the depth, Geraldean said she fact-checked and consulted with a Syracuse University professor who does work on the lake.

Along with her husband, Greg, Geraldean was busy greeting interested shoppers who stopped by to get a look at what the new girl in town is offering.

Sporting "shoes and essentials," the young owner said her store provides "anything you'd need from day to day" whether it's a good T-shirt, pair of jeans of just a few candles for homespun ambiance.

The business was simply a concept, though, until Geraldean spoke with local realtor Molly Lardeo who in turn mentioned that the corner of the Seitz building was available.

"I immediately phoned my husband," she said.

Within a few months Geraldean and Greg, a patent attorney, began purchasing products and having them shipped to family members living in the Skaneateles area. The couple was also charged with searching for a home close by so they could move back to New York from the Washington, D.C., area, which they were able to do at the end of June.

"It's really exciting for both of us," Greg said. Part of their excitement comes from being near their families once again, along with having a business on a prime corner in downtown.

"It's exciting to be on this corner where there's so much going on," he said.

According to Greg, they are hopeful to gain success in the community with both the residents who live in the area year-round, as well as with those who live in Skaneateles seasonally.

"There's something for everyone," Geraldean said.

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