ONEIDA, NY – Oneida resident Abbey Woodcock has gone from Oneida Dispatch reporter and business expert to local success story through her work with her family at Callee 1945, a cheese and charcuterie shop in downtown Oneida. .
In Nov. 10, NY Business Journal named the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce Board of Oneida business owner Woodcock as one of their 40 Under 40.
During the ceremony, held at the OnCenter in Syracuse, the magazine recognized Woodcock’s business acumen and his continued commitment to the Oneida community.
The store has in-store shopping, curbside pickup and delivery. It is located at 134 Main St., Oneida and its number is 315-367-0007. Store hours are 11am – 6pm Wednesday through Friday and 10am – 5pm Saturday. It is closed Sunday to Tuesday.
Callee 1945 offers 90 types of cheese and will grow more than 100 during the holidays. “The cheese board is our big thing,” Woodcock said. “We also offer anything related to the charcuterie board including nuts, crackers, cured meats and jams.”
Woodcock grew up on a farm in Durhamville and graduated from Oneida High School. After college, he returned to Oneida to begin his adult life.
“I was a reporter for the Oneida Dispatch, then I had kids and got into digital marketing,” she said. “I worked on the Internet for twelve years before I decided to open this business. Like many people who have lived with the disease of COVID-19, I have evaluated my life and my goals. “
Woodcock started an online cheese business in November 2020. On September 1, 2021, they moved to their current location.
He said: “We want something popular, something that is missing in our community. He said: “I’m a foodie, because I’m in the dairy business, and I’m into good cheese.”
The store is a tribute to his grandfather, Calvin Janes and his grandmother, Leah. Woodcock said his grandparents taught him the importance of community, hard work, and enthusiasm for life.
“My family lived [in a] different houses but we lived on the same land as my grandparents’ farm,” Woodcock said. “I learned a lot from them. My grandfather was a businessman. He had five or six jobs. He had mail, he drove a taxi, [and] he has a landscaping business. He works all the time and is always outside. “
Woodcock said his grandparents taught him the importance of being involved in the community.
He said: “My grandfather was a fireman and my grandmother was a fireman’s assistant. “Both have worked hard and are working hard. They always please people, always care about their country. “
Woodcock has followed their example. He volunteers locally for many organizations, serving on the board of the United Way of Madison County, the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Oneida Revitalization Committee. Woodcock said he’s excited about what’s in store for downtown Oneida.
Oneida received $10 million in funding for downtown projects last December 7 through New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The city is one of the winners of the Central New York region of the fifth round of DRI.
City officials submitted 11 projects for state recognition. The city will use the money provided by DRI to split those costs. These services include:
-Downtown Oneida Fundraising for business assistance
-Improve urban infrastructure and road design
– Create a local youth soccer field on Wilson Street between Sconondoa Street and Lenox Avenue.
-Building a Zoning overlay to remove restrictions created by existing zoning codes
-Reopened Commons Dispatch. This will transform the 1950s-era department store and former home of the Oneida Dispatch into a brewery and restaurant.
-Lerman Building, 155 Madison St.
Reimagine the Vacant Hotel Oneida, 181 Main St., as a multi-functional event space.
-Renovate and improve the historic Kallet Theatre, 159 Main St.
-Restore and enhance the historic Devereaux House, 146 Main St.
-Renovation of facilities at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 360 N. Main St.
“We received a 10 million grant from the state, and we submitted a lot of projects to the state that are looking for their support,” Woodcock said. “They are reviewing these projects. We should hear from them this fall, or November now, so it could be whenever we hear from them.”
Woodcock has honored his grandparents with the name of his shop. Callee 1945 was named after her grandparents, the year they started their farm. It is also the name of the farm where he grew up.
“The farm is two miles north of the store on Highway 46. It still has a sign on the barn. It’s an honor for them,” he said.
Her store, Callee 1945, also donates to the arts, veterans organizations and the Oneida Little League.
“We love the arts,” Woodcock said. “My daughter sings. We support both the Oneida and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill music promoters.”
The store supports a small league, called Callee 1945. “We call our teams after businesses that support them. We will play against NBT Bank, for example,” said Woodcock.
The Woodcock family – husband KC Baney, son, Calvin, 14, and daughter, Mary Sue, 13, help with the business. “I have to bend my son’s hand a little bit, but he loves working here,” Woodcock said. “My daughter loves it. He likes to do accounting work. They both love packing boxes and putting on shipping labels.”
Baney served in the Army from 1995-2005. He worked in the criminal investigation department. He oversaw former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s trip to Abu Ghraib and was involved in the investigation of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon during Spt. 11,2001 attacks.
“My husband often says that the first five years of his ministry are boring and the second is busy,” Woodcock said.
Woodcock and Baney work hard to support veterans. They met at the Rubicon team event. Team Rubicon is an international non-governmental organization specializing in disaster response. They recently donated $800 worth of cheese for a Thanksgiving gift box donated by Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango.
“Supporting veterans is part of our marriage and part of our business,” Woodcock said.
Woodcock hopes that whatever legacy he leaves will make Oneida better.
He said: “There has been a lot of talk in Oneida about bringing it back to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s when the city was booming. “My idea is not to push it back to the 1950s but to bring more people into the countryside, to create a new and prosperous city.”
He continued: “We can bring in a brewery, a bakery, a place for the next generation to hang out. “We’re not the only ones here. We have a mix, we have Bella Vita Cafe, and others are attacking us. Maybe we are not in the best place, we could be in Rome or Clinton or Cazenovia.
Maybe many people can see the success of our business in Oneida. That would be a success for me.”