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Phone: (814) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: d***@***.com
Gateway Lodge
14870 Route 36
Cooksburg , Pennsylvania 16217
United States

Company Description: Gateway Lodge serves breakfast and dinner seven days a week. We also have a full liquor license. All alchoholic beverages must be purchased at our bar.

Employment History

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Deb Adams in the kitchen at ..., 14 April 2015 [cached]
Deb Adams in the kitchen at Gateway Lodge
Deb Adams in the kitchen at Gateway Lodge
Deb Adams and Jody Fesco
Deb Adams and Jody Fesco
You don't need to tell that to Deb Adams and Jody Fesco, the mother-daughter team behind the Gateway Lodge in Cook Forest.
Deb Adams was no stranger to challenges or to the Gateway Lodge. She started out in the mid-1980s selling Tupperware door-to-door in an area of the state that had just seen its steel mills close. She quickly became one of the company's top selling managers, eventually taking over a distributorship in North Carolina.
But the South wasn't home and Adams made her way to back to Grove City, PA, where she learned the ropes of retail at Eddie Bauer and then opened a Country Clutter store, making it a top performer in the chain.
"Country Clutter was really the business that made the Gateway possible," she explains.
Adams first visited Cook Forest when her children were young, staying at a cabin not far from the Gateway. Her kids were 5, 3 and 1 the first time she stopped in.
"It looked like an L.L. Bean commercial," she recalls. "All these men dressed in sweaters and smoking pipes."
Adams had her kids in tow -- plus a mass of wet mittens, snowsuits and dripping boots -- so she didn't stay long. But the Gateway made an impression and she returned several times over the years as a guest. When it went up for sale in 2006, she made an offer.
"I knew this is where I wanted to live and where I wanted to be," she insists.
In the beginning, Adams did what most new small business owners do: everything. She worked the front desk, made breakfast, did the accounting, and learned how to plow the Gateway's long, steep, picturesque driveway.
"The first time I plowed with the Bobcat it starting sliding down the driveway backward," she recalls.
"[Jody] told me, 'You helped make my dreams come true, now I want to help make yours come true,'" Adams says.
Shortly after buying the Gateway, Adams discovered that its dial-up internet connection ran through the same telephone line dedicated to reservations. She installed a new line but it would be another seven years -- and a tremendous amount of pushing by Adams and others -- before the lodge would get a high-speed connection.
"Jody was like, 'Mom, I feel like I went back in time,'" recalls Adams.
"It was huge," explains Adams.
Adams stopped drawing a paycheck for months at a time in order to make it happen, a common reality in small business.
Adams is in the kitchen helping dress the main course -- an American Kobe Strip Loin with Red Wine Peppercorn Sauce -- pouring the reduction over each dish as it comes through. At the end of the meal, she introduces her culinary staff to the guests and they offer thanks for the incredible meal.
"There's not one position here more important than another," Adams explains later.
Guest Reviews of the Gateway Lodge near Cook Forest PA, 29 April 2012 [cached]
"Deb Adams, owner of the Gateway Lodge, has transformed her rustic retreat into a destination that showcases all that the Pennsylvania Wilds has to offer.
Forest Friends: Deb Adams, Gateway Lodge, 26 Sept 2010 [cached]
Forest Friends: Deb Adams, Gateway Lodge
Q: Deb, you're (relatively) new to the area How did you end up becoming the Innkeeper of Gateway Lodge?
Deb Adams, owner of the ..., 30 April 2010 [cached]
Deb Adams, owner of the Gateway Lodge, has transformed her rustic retreat into a destination that showcases all that the Pennsylvania Wilds has to offer. She has expanded the region's stay over appeal
Deb Adams, owner of ... [cached]
Deb Adams, owner of Gateway Lodge, Spa and Restaurant in Cooksburg, tucked away in rural Cook Forest State Park, hired two interns to work on getting faster Internet service and clearer cell phone reception.
"Five years ago we could sell people on the fact that we are just a great place to stay, and that it's quiet," Adams said.
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