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Dake at helm, Stewart’s sailing through recession

Family immersed in local community, longtime business

Gary Dake of Stewart's is seen in one of the firm's shops.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Gary Dake of Stewart's is seen in one of the firm's shops.
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Gary Dake says “not falling prey to excesses” has helped Stewart’s Shops generate healthy profits even during tough economic times. “We try not to get too far out on the limb,” said Dake, who has been Stewart’s president for the past six years. Some businesses — Starbucks Coffee Company, for example — built too many shops in recent years and had to start closing some of them because they were losing money. “In the last ...

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July 13, 2009
8:22 a.m.

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We all love Stewarts but can you tell us why when up in the Adirondacks the gas is so high when there's no competition around, You own your own distribution center for the gas, We just wish you would charge the same to us mountain people as you do the folks in the city's.

July 13, 2009
2:29 p.m.

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Of course they are making money, $2.75 for an ice cream cone or a shake ~ come on!!

July 18, 2009
10:18 p.m.

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The Albany County Correctional Facility for Children's benefit (, highlighted this nicely done article about Stewart's on our web site's home page because we are truly grateful to them for all of their generosity and assistance they have given to our foundation in support of our seriously ill children.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to Gary Dake- President, Susan Law Dake- Head of Stewart's Holiday Match charitable giving program & all of Stewart's customers who donate to the Holiday Match campaign each year!

$1,750 donated to ACCFCB in 2009 & $8,750 total to date donated over 6 years- I know we are just a drop in the bucket compared to the total donations Stewart's makes to charities like ours. We thank you Stewart's, Keep up the great work!!

After reading this feel good article, I felt compelled to chime in- happily!

John R Smith, President

July 29, 2009
9:45 a.m.

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Stewart's doesn't charge $2.75 for an any ice cream cone. The cone prices are $1.75 for a single and $2.25 for a double, which gives you 8 ounces of ice cream, something most of us probably don't need.

I work for them and am proud to do so.