The Cheshire Union Gifts & Antique Center and THE COMPANY STORE
Mention “Cheshire” to residents of Upstate NY and The Company Store immediately comes to mind. Located on the ground floor of the former Cheshire Union Schoolhouse, built in 1915. The Company Store is an old-fashioned country store with all the necessities for “contemporary” living.
Completely stocked grocery store
Gas & auto supplies
Schoolhouse Deli Cafe & Pizza
Famous Homemade cookies
Beer & Cigarettes
No trip to The Cheshire Union is complete until you’ve topped off your visit with a treat from the Schoolhouse Deli. The Company Store is famous for its tempting array of homemade delectable soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza, baked goods, fruits, veggies,
party trays and ice cream.
Everyday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Competitive Gas Prices! Fresh Ground Coffee & Homemade Company Store Cookies…Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Sugar Cookies & Huge Brownies
COOKIES & THE COMPANY STORE
Article from the Messenger Post
by Julie Sherwood, staff writer
Canandaigua, N.Y. —
It wasn’t long after Linda Mullen began working at The Company Store back in the mid-1980s that she one day got inspired to bake cookies.
Located in a renovated 1915 schoolhouse, the store inside The Cheshire Union on Route 21 in the Canandaigua hamlet, already had a lot to offer. Along with a gift shop filled with hand-crafted items from local artists and antiques, the store also sold a variety of basic grocery items and housed a deli and small cafe. They didn’t have equipment for large-scale baking, said Mullen, but she found a big bowl and spoon and whipped up a large batch of chocolate chip cookies.
They sold fast.
From there, people started asking about other kinds, said store co-owner Liza Barnum. Oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, molasses and sugar cookies followed suit.
“But all I had was a spoon,” said Mullen, recounting the day the commercial-sized mixer they had ordered arrived. It took a dolly and fancy maneuvering to get it through the door and into the kitchen, she said. But they never looked back. By then, the homemade cookies were a main-stay at the store.
“I do like those cookies,” said Marty Dodge, during a recent stop for a cookie and a few other items.
He used to buy them in bulk, added Dodge, a retired professor of environmental conservation and horticulture at Finger Lakes Community College. The Company store was a regular cookie stop with his students, said Dodge, to stock up for field trips and other outings.