- November 24, 2014
There’s a lot more to Fort Plain business owner, Tanya Towne, than meets the eye.
The Fulton County native is an Iraqi War veteran, retired after 17 years of service in the New York Army National Guard.
She’s an avid hunter from a family of sportsmen, who started her own sporting goods business from the ground up. She has gradually expanded it to include additional merchandise, an indoor archery range, and a pet store.
Tanya purchased her first commercial building in May 2011. The sole proprietor subsequently acquired the adjacent building in 2014, at which time she purchased D&D Pet Supplies; and in 2015, she took ownership of the next building, which formerly housed the Plain Food Co-op. As a result, Tanya has been able to add merchandise such as trapping equipment and camping gear to her inventory, and she can now display her stock to greater advantage than in the past.
She is a single mom, who completed her Associate¹s Degree in business, then went on to receive a hard-earned Bachelor¹s Degree in Business Administration in 2016.
The mother of two sons is also civic minded, serving on the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Valley Collective since Spring 2012.
She’s a real asset to the board, asking questions, volunteering for work days, selling MVC merchandise in her store, and, on one occasion, sweltering in the heat of summer in order to sell more than a hundred pounds of sweet potato and French fries that she and her family laboriously peeled, cut, and transported to an MVC fundraiser.
She helped with that project even though she’d sustained a serious leg injury cleaning up after devastating flooding — flooding that affected not only her store but also the surrounding community.
Tanya is a real trooper, whose service and commitment to the non-profit MVC is greatly appreciated!