But everyone receives the same warm welcome from fresh herbs and baked goods stuffed with seasonal ingredients, and piles of interesting and distracting stock spread through the rambling nooks and aisles of the store.
Open early, and seven days a week, people can make a last-minute garden supply run or get that key cup of morning coffee with muffin. They sell everything from fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce to folk crafts, hot sauce, jams, honies and syrups to garden supplies, wooden rain barrels and Mexican pottery and artwork.
This Saturday the store celebrates 30 years in business by throwing an anniversary party at 1 p. But Samson looks very similar — big and blond and already up to lbs at only 16 months old.
When asked if they were giving him a family discount, Schlademan smiled wryly. Popular Sloatsburg figures, Karl and Elena Schlademan run more than just a store. Customers can get complete refills while keeping their old tank.
They supply propane in most any shape and size. Schlademan is also in the process of converting a spare building on the property into a one-stop propane shop, with everything from Weber and Ducane grills to tanks and other propane accessories.
Currently, the store features work by Sloatsburg folk crafter Mark Nimal, whose increasingly sophisticated distressed wood works are making their way east to Piermont and Nyack, and may soon cross the Hudson into Greenwich Village. Categorized BusinessVillage Scene.
Already the third generation of Schlademans can be found working there. Karl Schlademan, who can be found silently roaming the expansive property, said the store, of course, is named after his wife Elena, who everyone calls Auntie El. Thirty years went real fast.