Fin Fur & Feather is back
By JOHN RISHEL
LOCK HAVEN — The Fin Fur & Feather General Store at 17770 North State Route 44, Lock Haven, has been in the area for over 40 years, but as of last summer, was purchased and renovated by Lock Haven local Adam Parks.
The store offers camping supplies and gear, snacks, beverages, ice, cigarettes, collectible knick knacks, ice cream and more.
“We carry anything you need to go out and have fun in the forest and get that adventure started,” Parks said.
Parks bought the business on June 1, 2018 from the Claycomb family, and has been putting a lot of effort into modernizing the business and crafting it to his vision.
Starting today, Fin Fur & Feather is moving to their “seasonal hours”, which means that they will be open weekly Thursday through Monday. During the winter, the location is only open for business Friday through Sunday.
“We are still doing renovations,” Parks said. “We plan to expand the parking lot this summer and the roof desperately needs renewed. We bought all new kitchen equipment, fryers and grills for the diner. We are constantly improving, even had it professionally cleaned to get years of abuse out of it. One thing I can tell you is that wood and grease do not mix.
“We are trying to get new inventory in. We want to focus on fishing and campers. Things like rods, bait, lures, fly fishing. We supply anything people need to prepare their cabins and campers for the coming season like mouse traps, bug sprays, motor oil, gas for equipment. There are quite a few things on our shelves that are only there because I had a person or two request them, like teaberry ice cream, Zagnuts and white Kit Kat bars, that kind of thing. Stuff that is not as popular but people ask for it.”
Parks said that the seasonal hours will run up until after hunting season and Christmas time, where the staff typically shut the store down for a week.
“By Christmas, I think we all just need a break,” he said.
The diner at Fin Fur & Feather focuses mostly on breakfast and lunch options.
“Come in and get a cold sub whenever you want, or if you want hot food and the grill is on, I will make it. If they are off and I get a large enough order, I might turn them back on. People love the Mountain Mama, a breakfast option including two pieces of french toast, two eggs and a choice of meats. Another one of our best sellers is “The Works” omelet. Ham, bacon, sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and home fries stuffed in an omelet. It comes with everything but the kitchen sink, and for 50 cents extra, we will throw that in too,” he said. “People are also crazy for the scrapple and the creamed chip beef. It is comfort food. You come in here and you won’t walk away hungry….and you will be pretty filled up on coffee, too.”
Parks said that he would like to hear feedback from his customers.
“People are curious about the change; people like change. I want to hear from them on what they like, and what they don’t like. I plan to let them inform and react to the demand. If there is something you want and it may be hard to find, let us know and we will get it,” he said.
The store is now open Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The diner is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
For more information call 570-769-7888 or visit online at finfurfeatherbyparks.com.