Homer Health Food Store Expanding Into Downtown Cortland
The owner of a local health food and organic products store in Homer is looking to expand into Cortland. The project calls for converting the former Cortland Hardware Store on North Main Street into a grocery store.
Chastity Mydlenski who owns and operates the Oh My Goodness Store on Main Street in Homer is looking to renovate and reopen the former hardware store at 37 Main Street.
Mydlenski says she is looking to expand the product lines that her customers have come to expect at her current location. In addition she is planning several new offerings in the larger space.
Currently Oh My Goodness carries locally grown produce, including greens from local organic producer Main Street farms, cheeses from central New York, a wide variety of healthy and organic groceris, as well as all natural health and beauty products.
Mydlenski says she likes the idea of neighborhood grocery stores and is excited to bring that concept back to Cortland.
Mydlenski says neighborhood stores are part of the sustainability model that she bases her business on.
Mydelenski says the new store will be a full service grocery store offering more variety, and with the increased space she can add new features, she is planning to have prepared foods and a sit down café’. Currently she offers several bulk foods and wants to expand that section as well.
On Tuesday the Cortland City Council approved a $170 thousand dollar low interest community development loan to support the new business. Mydlenski is also pursuing another grant through the Central New York Regional Planning board.
Mydlenski assured customers that she will maintain the current store in Homer in addition to the new location in Cortland.
Mydelnski says is everything goes according to plan she will be open in the new location in early January.