Eric Jesner

Position: 
General Manager
Eric Jesner

Eric is from Massachusetts and moved to Potsdam from South Carolina with his wife, Cheryl and cats, Pleebo and Izzy.

He has been in the natural foods industry since 2000 having worked at Whole Foods Market as a team leader in Whole Body (supplements and body care), The Berkshire Co-op Market (Great Barrington, MA) as Wellness Manager and as a broker traveling across the Northeast.

Eric served on the start-up board of the Hub City Co-op in Spartanburg, which will be the first food cooperative in the state of South Carolina.

Eric is very passionate about the cooperative business model and the benefits that co-ops bring communities. He is a firm believer in local and organic foods and leaving the smallest ecological footprint possible. Eric is a vegetarian, loves the outdoors, and riding his motorcycle. 

Jim Bartlett

Position: 
Assistant Manager/Purchaser
Jim Bartlett

Jim came to the North Country on purpose and with a purpose after retiring from 21 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. He enjoys all manner of outdoor activities, travel, a good book, splitting wood, eating fresh local food, cooking and entertaining! His position allows him to fulfill many of his interests while contributing to something bigger than himself. He first came to the Co-op as the Produce Buyer and liked it so much, he decided to stay. If you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to ask, and we’re always looking for new and tasty items for the store.

Lynn Clark-Stone

Position: 
Bookkeeper & part-time Outreach/Marketing Coordinator
Lynn Clark-Stone

 Lynn feels that the Potsdam/Canton region is the best part of the North Country.  She considers the Co-op to be an integral part of what gives the feeling of ‘community’ to this area.

Except for a two year period living in the Syracuse region, Lynn has resided in the Potsdam/Canton area since transferring to SUNY Potsdam to finish her degree.  She and her housemates were members of the Co-op then, a time when membership and working were required.  Her most vivid memory of that time (long before The Bagelry opened) was receiving volunteer credits by bring 13 dozen bagels back from a visit to NYC to eagerly awaiting Co-op members.  Surprisingly, she is still able to eat garlic and onion bagels to this day.   
 As a community-owned grocery store the Co-op is dedicated to buying from regional growers and producers - a philosophy with special significance to Lynn.  Since owning her own business which provided a marketplace for local artists and artisans, she is especially aware of the importance of supporting area entrepreneurs and keeping locally owned businesses alive and viable.   

Lynn likes working at the Co-op and enjoys its positive environment.  She says that the most difficult part of her day is walking past the warm scones in the morning while carrying a cup of hot Love Buzz coffee.

Bakari Adams

Position: 
Produce Setup/Produce Buyer
Bakari Adams

Originally from Arkansas, Bakari has lived in Potsdam for over six years.  A textile artist, Bakari enjoys spinning, weaving, and naturally dying wool.  He enjoys photography and is a hiker.

Bakari’s favorite things at the Co-op are the organic fruits and vegetables.

Stacy Cole

Position: 
Floor Coordinator
Stacey Cole

She originally came to Potsdam to get a teaching degree, but then she found the Co-op. As much as she enjoyed teaching, she loves this classroom more. She is and feels like a part of something great, and is proud to work here.

Jessie LaRose

Position: 
Produce Setup/Cashier
Jesse LaRose

My son, Elliott, is the most important part of my life. Everything that I do, I do for him. I enjoy spending time with Elliott and my boyfriend. I love art, writing, and gaming. I am a part-time online student at Suny Canton. My favorite things at the co-op are yogurt pretzels, equal exchange chocolates, love buzz coffee and jalepeno poppers made at our bakery. I love the co-op because it is a wonderful shopping alternative. Working here, with such awesome co-workers has been and will continue to be a great experience for me.

Andrew Jay Peet, aka “Pootie”

Position: 
Cashier
Andrew Jay Peet, aka “Pootie”

 
Pootie enjoys sports, outdoors, cuddling, playing, watching, and listening to music; dancing, home-brewing, chicken wings, laughing, playing, having a beard, working at the Co-op, and takin’ it easy. (These, for note, are listed in no particular order.)
 
Pootie has lived in Potsdam all his life and is in no real hurry to leave. His parents are Tom and Marlu, and his brother is Greg.
 

Nathaniel Terrell Jones

Position: 
Cashier
Nathaniel Terrell Jones

 

Born a Cancer
Raised in Rochester
Blessed with a loving family
Made bad choices
Learned from them all
Goal: turn a negative into a positive
Passion: Writing
If I could I’d bury violence and grant everyone with Peace