Meet The Team! The SOURCE is truly a family affair. Mother, father, and daughter are our full time staff along with a continuous flow of amazing employees!
Partner & Culinary Artist
Laura’s Luxuries was created by Laura at the age of 16. She was awarded the JR Achievement Scholarship that started her college adventure. After a little post college travels she landed in Corning and opened her cafe & Juice Bar. She is now Co-Owner of The Source. Laura was awarded the Corning Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Award and Corning and The Southern Finger Lakes 2016 Best Dining Partner Award.
Partner & Basketizer
Our Chief Basketizer, After 25 years Cynthia left the corporate world to open her gift basket business. Servicing both corporate and public clientele she put a unique flare to any gift you need. Cynthia has designed gifts for The First Lady, Will Ferrell and Ellen too, how about you?
The Original Source created by Gary was opened in 1976, a natural food and cheese shop. He moved from retail to Dickerman Distributing, a wholesale product company. In 2006 he thought he would retire but he is now Gopher Gary and our chocolatier.
The Source Story
Our story is a 45 year old family tale. I will try to condense our passion so you can share our adventure:
In 1976 my Dad opened The Source, a natural food and cheese shop here on Market St. His produce department became popular among local chefs which led him to close the retail store and open Dickerman Distributing, a wholesale produce business. He provided the best service, quality and price to local restaurants within a good 100 mile radius.
In 1996 my Mom decided to leave the corporate world and opened The House of Figment, a customized gift basket business. In 2004 a small local candle making business approached her about buying their business. After a couple training sessions we were in the candle making business.That same year I was in middle school and I learned how to make soap. I performed my own market research with teachers and friends and then approached my Mom about buying my soaps for her baskets. She jokingly replied with ‘make them look as nice and I will‘. So I did and she did. Thus the birth of Laura’s Luxuries , now a full line of bath and body products.
That same year my Mom took a leap of faith and opened a retail store on Historic Market St. changing the name to Beyond Baskets. That same street my Dad had The Source on 28 years earlier. During this transition my Dad thought he was retiring after selling his business but instead he is now our chocolatier: yes, we make our own chocolate. I went on to college and then spent a year in Orlando and another in Chicago.
In 2012 I returned home and opened the cafe and juice bar inside Beyond Baskets. The businesses grew to a point that we were bursting at the seams. A double store front became available directly across the street so we thought we should take advantage of the opportunity and move. It was originally the Hawks Crystal Factory No 2. We stepped back, took a thorough look at our business, and decided we needed to focus and bring everything under one name. What better name to use than what Dad started with, The Source at Factory No 2.?