With its majestic waterways, historic downtowns and talented artists and craftsmen, the North Country has so much to offer. Rediscovering Your Backyard is an initiative to promote our local economy.

Did you know that 68% of every dollar spent at a locally-owned business stays in our local economy? And when you purchase from a local artisan, craftsmen or antique shop, you are investing in high-quality products that are often one of a kind.

By buying local or choosing a local business when planning a wedding registry, shower or special event, you can have a positive impact on the North Country's economy.

Below is a list of local businesses that have joined the Rediscovering Your Backyard initiative. Many of the businesses offer gift registry services. If you'd like to join the list, please contact my office.

3 Falls Antiques & Collectibles, South Colton
Adirondack Wood Furnishings, Malone
Antique Boat Museum, Clayton
Artfully Pressed, Hannawa Falls
Artworks Creperie Gallery, Gift Shop & Café, Waddington
Beading Beauty, Tupper Lake
Burns Design Studio, Potsdam
Calla Lillies, Sackets Harbor
Casagrain Studio & Gallery, Tupper Lake
Crary Mills Pottery, Canton
Edith Urban, Onchiota
Em Bears, Hannawa Falls
Ice House Antiques & Collectibles, Raymondville
Jane Lammer's Red Squirrel Photography, Canton
Karla's Christmas Shoppe, Clayton
Ladies First Gallery, Rensselaer Falls
Michael Ringer's St Lawrence Gallery, Alexandria Bay
Michael Ringer's St Lawrence Gallery, Clayton
North County Arts Council/Arts on the Square Gift Shop, Watertown
North Racquette Antiques, Massena
Northern Ice and Dance, Potsdam
Not Your Average Cookie, Ogdensburg
Old General Store, Dekalb Junction
Ostrander's Sheepskin Shop, Canton
Otter Creek Winery, Philadelphia
Paddock Art & Antiques, Watertown
Painful Acres Amish Furniture, Adams Center
Park Antiques, Wellesley Island
Phil and Jackie's Gift Shop, Massena
Pickens General Store, Heuvelton
Pouring Light Studio, Malone
Radiant Gem Jewelry, Ogdensburg
Raquette River Gift Co, Potsdam
Realm Shift, Alexandria Bay
River House Wares & Restoration, Rensselaer Falls
Riverview Cottage, Wellesley Island
Rustic River Antiques, Clayton
St Lawrence Chocolates, Potsdam
St Lawrence County Arts Council, Potsdam
Sunfeather Natural Soap Factory Outlet Store, Potsdam
The Glass Bubble, Canton
The Natural Basket, Natural Bridge
The Pear Tree, Canton
The River Forge, Ogdensburg
Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay
Traditional Arts in Upstate NY (TAUNY), Canton
Treasure Island Gold Jewelry & Finery, Alexandria Bay
White's Flowers, Canton
Yesteryear's Vintage Doors, Hammond