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Clayton was literally built with shopping in mind. Most of downtown was constructed in the late 19th century to meet the needs of shoppers coming from both land and water.
A leisurely stroll down our main streets brings you to an array of unique shops including clothing boutiques, jewelry shops, as well as shops offering 1000 Islands collectibles to take home as a keepsake.
Maybe you are looking to take home a taste of the 1000 Islands from one of several gourmet food emporiums including “River Rat” Cheese or a bottle of the famous “Original” Thousand Islands Dressing that was created right here.
Be sure to look up while you stroll our main streets. The upper stories share attractive architectural features- window crowns, and cast-iron cornices. If you are interested in architecture, be sure to pop into the Chamber of Commerce for their walking tour brochure. It’s a self-guided passport into the intriguing history and charm of Clayton’s commercial buildings, homes and churches.
1000 Islands River Rat Cheese
The home of Thousand Islands “River Rat” cheese, aged NY State Cheddar, Squeaky Cheese Curd, Pure Maple Syrup, Oscar’s Sausage and a Great selection of imported cheeses. Also custom-made gift baskets.
1000 Islands River Rat Cheese is a small store with a large variety of products. We are the home for the Squeaky Cheese Curds fresh every Monday and Thursday! We carry aged Cheddar from as Mild as 6 months to as Sharp as 14 Years Old… that’s right, 14 Years! Along with our Curds, Cheddar Cheese, and Flavored Cheddars we carry a full line of Imported Cheese, which vary throughout the seasons. Stop in any day of the week for a great shopping experience.
We also carry many local products – Croghan Bologna, Adirondack Summer Sausage, Maple Syrup, Honey, Jams, Coffee and much more. We have a large selection of candies, chocolates, licorice, nuts and so much more! While your browsing for some food, take a look at our line of clothing! We carry shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, onesies and bibs!
One of our favorite things here at the River Rat Cheese store are our Fried Cheese Curds, YUMMY! Available here every weekend from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Our Fried Cheese Curds are served with Marinara Sauce and are simply the best! Come visit us today!