How we got here..
Adrien started at Alco Meat Packing after returning from Vietnam as a meat cutter in March, 1972 and then was promoted to the meat room supervisor.
Shortly after he got married to Sharon Pratt from Mooers , New York. Two years later their first son, Jason was born.
When Alco closed in 1976 Adrien continued to work in the meat industry at Price Chopper's meat department.
While at Price Chopper their daughter, Erin was born. He very much preferred the atmosphere of a smaller company so he decided to work at O'Neil meat packing company in Plattsburgh, NY as a meat cutter.
In the meantime their 3rd and last of their children Shane was born. To make ends meet to provide for his family Adrien developed a local meat route delivering throughout Rouses Point and Champlain Areas.
Sharon was a stay at home mom with the three children under three and Adrien was working very long hours and was delivering meat on the side. On the weekends they worked side jobs to make extra money to help realize Adrien's dream of owning his own store. After looking at several stores they finally found one they could afford. Jubert's store was a established but failing business when Sharon and Adrien purchased it in June 1981.
At the time Jason, Erin, and Shane were 6, 4, and 3.
The store was in dire need of cleaning and was virtually bare. Many people of the town looked at Adrien like he was nuts and stacked the odds against him that he could keep the doors open. Every week more items were added to the stock.
For the first two years it was a totally family operated business with only each other and their three small children to help run the store. So yes, everyone when Shane says he started working at the age of three in the store he is absolutely telling the truth. Sharon took over the meat delivery route which had increased. This meat route proved to be successful and continued for 25 years. The meat route started to fade as customers children were growing older and they were buying less meat. Although we don't have a full meat delivery route anymore we still go out of our way to offer our meats, and products at local farmers markets, festivals, and etc. We still continue to produce products for local restaurants.
Finally after four years of traveling back and forth to Champlain to the store they decided to make the move to live in Sciota and be closer to the store. The business prospered and along with several of their friends our kids all worked at the store and saved for college. While the two older kids found careers outside of New York State, Shane decided to stay in the area and went to work at Wyeth now Pfizer. In 2010 Shane left Pfizer after being laid off. Meanwhile a third generation had joined our family, our one and only grand daughter, Sofya. When visiting Sciota from Virgina she spends time in the store just like her dad Jason, Aunt Erin, and Uncle Shane and loves it. She's officially the beef jerky product taste tester. She is here every summer as she was on the night of September 3, 2010 when disaster struck. Our beloved store and landmark of Sciota since 1917 caught fire.
Luckily and with the great effort of the area firemen our 200 year old house was saved. We were safe as was Sofya and our five pets but D & D Meats was closed for the first time in 30 years.
After much thought the family decided the best choice would be to rebuild and to reopen. Many ideas were tossed around and the decision was made to go with an Adirondack theme. Nine months later it was complete with exactly the look that we wanted to achieve.
Shane decided that he would like to give the family business a try, entering it as an adult. He had already been involved in developing Jeezum Crow Beef Products which included jerky, snack sticks , and some sausages before the fire. The product line was taking off before the fire and he was dabbling in that aspect of the meat industry. Our sausage line has grown tremendously and we produce many flavors of sausages that you can'
t find anywhere else!
The D & D Meats and Jeezum Crow Beef Products line up is constantly evolving.
With the help of some friends we now offer Jeezum Crow Hot and Mild BBQ sauces as well as locally produced
Richards BBQ sauces. As we strive to support local and USA made products as much as possible.
We also use Parker's Maple Syrup in our maple sausage and sell Fox Hill Maple syrup in our store.
We also brew locally roasted coffee from
in Rouses Point. So stop in and try our Jeezum Crow blend.
While originally in 1981 we had hope for strictly a meat market it didn't take long to decide that to be a country store in the "Boondocks" you have to have a little of everything and although not your typical country store we still remain the same in catering to customer's needs.
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On May 23rd, 2012 it will be one year since we reopened and on June 1, 2012 we start our 32nd year of business.
So stop in, visit, look around and if you see an 11 year old girl working like she owns the place she does along with her grandparents and Uncle Shane.
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