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Local Business 2013

by melissabunning on March 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOTO’S JAPANESE
260 WOLF ROAD EXT., 869-8888, KOTOALBANY.COM

The Koto is a magnificent, traditional Japanese, stringed instrument that has been used for centuries to create unique and extremely lovely songs, and has enchanted admirers from all over the world. Just like its name, Koto Japanese Restaurant is celebrated for its exceptional and beautiful preparation of traditional Japanese cuisine, elevating the art of Japanese fine dining to a near-musical experience.

Since its inception in 2003, Koto Japanese Restaurant has been renowned for its stunning presentations and fresh sushi.Koto has been voted Best Japanese/Sushi every year since 2008 in Metroland’s Readers’ Poll, and Best Japanese Steakhouse and Best Japanese Cuisine since 2008 by Capital Region Magazine. Koto offers a delectable and sizable selection of authentic Japanese food, ranging from raw sushi and sashimi to delicious cooked dishes, such as sizzling beef teriyaki and artfully-presented Hibachi grill. Koto uses only the finest ingredients available including organic vegetables, certified Black Angus beef, the best sushi-grade salmon available, and cooking oil with no trans fats, making a meal healthy as well as delicious. We are open for lunch and dinner. Take out is also available. Book our large conference room for your next meeting or event, equipped with digital projector and smart TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUENAU’S OPTICIANS, INC.
228 DELAWARE AVE., DELMAR, 439-7012, BUENAUS.COM

If you’re in the market for eyewear of any kind, I would like you to consider Buenau’s Opticians of Delmar. Buenau’s opticians have been serving the Capital District since 1915. Buenau’s is now in its fourth generation: Mike Buenau and his son Jeff are the skilled experts you can take comfort will provide you with the most sophisticated technology available for all your eye care needs.

Mike Buenau is one of the area’s premier contact-lens fitters, specializing in hard-to-fit patients; he boasts over 39 years of experience in doing so. And for the past 17 years his son, Jeff has been an optician and fits contact lenses. Linda Greaves Miller joined the practice three years ago, and also is an expert in contact lens fitting. If you would like to be rid of your reading glasses, Buenau’s has the latest in high-definition multifocal contact lenses. It will amaze you how comfortable and precise they are at all distances.

Advances in technology have made it possible for many people to wear contact lenses, even if you were told you were never a viable candidate in the past. Take a look at our Facebook page to see our office and staff and products. Buenau’s has the latest in fashion eyeglass frames and even has the Smart Mirror, a computer camera that allows you to visualize your appearance in frame selections. Eyeglasses can be made lighter and thinner than ever before. Buenau’s takes a variety of insurance plans, including CDPHP, MVP and now EyeMed. Call their professional and courteous staff today for an appointment, or visit their website. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIRCLES
STUYVESANT PLAZA, ALBANY, 482-2554, CIRCLES-SHOP.COM

Circles, a women’s clothing store at Stuyvesant Plaza, offers some of the most sought after designers, including Vince, Theory, Diane VonFurstenberg, Nanette Lepore, Milly, Nicole Miller, Rag & Bone and Carmen Marc Valvo to name a few. Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Joes and J Brand are denim lines that never disappoint. Our Sales Associates are available to act as your personal shoppers. They can accessorize your outfit with Brighton and Alexis Bittar jewelry, along with Wolford legwear. When you do find that perfect pair of jeans, prom dress or mother-of-the bride dress, Circles’ “master seamstress,” Susan, will make sure your selection looks as though it was custom made just for you! Susan was trained in New York City and worked for some of the top bridal houses.

Familiar names such as Botkier, Frye, Coach, Dolce Vita, Cole Haan, Donald Pliner, Stuart Weitzman, Jack Rogers and, of course, Uggs, make the shoe and handbag department a must stop while visiting circles. Also, you cannot leave without a “beauty-fix”. Our estheticians and cosmetic artists are extensively trained by some of the top New York City artists. Along with the vast talent, what makes CIRCLES cosmetic department so special is that the staff are trained in and sell all of the lines. In other words, rather than be restricted to one line, they are able to put together a skincare/beauty prescription regimen that will work best for you. We have some of the most luxurious lines . . . Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, NARS, Natura Bisse, Smashbox, Dr. Brandt, Mario Badescu and Dr. Hauschka to name a few. Circles is truly is a Touch of Manhattan in Albany!

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ELISSA HALLORAN DESIGNS
Elissa Halloran
229 LARK ST., ALBANY, 432-7090, EHDESIGNS.COM

As a businesswoman, I’m an adolescent! I celebrated my 12th anniversary this month, and asked Sweet Sue’s to make truffles for the occasion. People are so excited to get a treat with each purchase, and I loved collaborating with Sue. Her dessert shop in Troy is really worth a visit. The City Dining Cards I’m selling are full of ideas and deals to get you eating—each deck has 50 cards and coupons for restaurants. You’ll save way, way more than it costs, and support other local businesses in the bargain.

I’ve got some great First Friday artists coming up. April is Kathryn Benson and her sister Mary Pierce LaFleur. They make hand stamped pottery that is both decorative and functional. In May I’ll feature handmade purses by Petra Jancovicova, and June is collaged story boxes by Eve Halloran, my mama. She’s the one who showed me making things is a way of life—come see the source of my inspiration!

The new parking system in Center Square has freed up lots of parking spots in the day. You can park for two hours—just make sure to check the signs. Take advantage of that easy parking to enjoy the tail end of my big anniversary sale: 12 percent off jewelry, 60 percent off clothing, and last but certainly not least—a free truffle with every purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FURNITURE THEATRE
Dan, Ed, Tom, Gina
2785 U.S. ROUTE 9, MALTA, 587-9420, FURNITURETHEATRE.COM

Brothers Tom and Ed Caro recently celebrated their 27th anniversary of selling furniture in Malta. While the drive-in theater is celebrating its 64th anniversary, Furniture Theatre, in the last 25 years operated by the brothers, represents an increasingly rare institution: an independent and locally owned furniture store.

If you aren’t helped by one of the owners, you will be helped by Gina, Bryan or Dan. In-home design consultations are offered. The delivery crew is often complimented on their service.

Furniture Theatre’s home furnishings selection reflects the tastes of the local area. People are always commenting that the showroom floor looks so different from the other furniture stores around: more interesting, less generic. There are Adirondack and Cottage style furnishings and accessories throughout the store. There is a wide selection of furniture made in America.

Any sofa can be special-ordered in hundreds of fabrics. There are dining sets and occasional tables that can be ordered in many stains and paint treatments. Furniture Theatre has the rest of the house covered with their selection of accent pieces, bedroom sets, casual dining sets, home office, wall décor and Sealy mattresses. Tom and Ed invite you to stop in and explore. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROFF NETWORKS
(l-r): Jack Garrett, Jonathan Goyette, Erika Groff, Lauren Groff, Lori Hardy, Kat Carmichael, Beck
Dickson. Missing from photo: Jerry Ryan, Chad Linen.
11 STATE ST., TROY, 320-8906, GROFFNETWORKS.COM

He started in 2005 as a one-man band fixing computers in his living room. Today, Lauren Groff, a Business Review 40 Under Forty recipient for 2012, has made Groff NetWorks one of the leading IT service providers in the Capital Region. As a comprehensive outsource IT department dedicated to the success of small- to medium-sized business, Groff offers the services of a full-time IT department at an affordable price.

Larger Companies have what is called an information technology, or IT, department that is all inhouse. They do everything supporting the computer and the server. They make the infrastructure, network, and all things computer-wise, happen and work. They bring new technologies and strategy. Those are the kinds of things Groff NetWorks brings to the small business, but in an outsource way.

We don’t just wait for things to break; we offer a comprehensive solution that focuses on what makes the most business sense for their clients. We build your whole system around trying to get the end result of maximized efficiency for your business, with the least amount of risk, as well as making everything run better. We are the ultimate peace-of-mind IT solution. We do everything we can to optimize the productivity and efficiency of the businesses we serve, giving those businesses the freedom to do what they do best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEJA VU
Ray Chiras
145 WOLF ROAD, SHOPPERS PARK, ALBANY, 459-6495

You may say DeJa Vu was born from a stage almost 43 years ago. Created, owned and fathered by Ray Chiras in 1970, his “baby” announcement came from the mouth of Mark Farner, lead singer of Grand Funk Railroad. DeJa Vu’s grand opening echoed throughout the Palace Theatre in Albany that night. The store flourished from its humble beginnings, featuring handcrafted fringed leather vests, chokers, wristbands and apple caps. Grand Funk were wearing these leather goods, creations handcrafted by Chiras. The concert seemed almost secondary at the time. The store, Deja Vu, was the star.

On our 43rd anniversary, peace and freedom of expression are still the message we live by.

The store tastefully carries adult leisure items, tobacco supplies, “hippie gear,” clothing for young and old of all walks of life, body jewelry, candles, incense and much more to promote spirituality, tranquility, aphrodisia and relaxation. Of course, don’t forget the Grateful Dead memorabilia.

The times may have changed, but our enticing selection, discretion, and loyalty to our customers  endure. You’re guaranteed a pleasurable experience at our one-stop shop. You may even have a strange feeling . . . like you’ve been here before. Thank you for making our 43 years of business such a success. Help us celebrate by buying a DeJa Vu T-shirt and receive 10 percent off your entire purchase. Come in again wearing the T-shirt and receive an additional 10 percent off your entire purchase every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORGOTTEN FRESHNESS
Frank D’Aloia, owner
377 HUDSON AVE., MECHANICVILLE, 664-1003, FORGOTTENFRESHNESS.COM

Xbox 360. Playstation 3. Nintendo Wii. You can walk into any game store in a mall and get those games, but what ever happened to the classics? They’re here, at Forgotten Freshness Classic Gaming! Amassing the widest selection of vintage goodies from all eras of gaming, we’ve got what you’re looking for: Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Genesis, Jaguar, Game Boy, Atari, N64, Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, and the list goes on and on. To compliment our inventory of childhood memories, we carry a selection of games from this generation such as DS, PSP, 360, and Wii.

I’m Frank D’Aloia, and I locally own and operate Forgotten Freshness. Vintage gaming is my favorite, and as a collector I always wished there was a store that catered to my hobby—so I opened one! Starting out as a small corner of a gift shop, FF soon exploded into it’s own being and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. There’s nothing more satisfying than having a customer leave happy with a big bag of nostalgia. I’m here for gamers, and have boundless knowledge I’d love to share with you to help you re-discover your favorite experience. I also take great care of my products making sure the games are refurbished and working. No more blowing into cartridges! We’re bringing back awesome, one cartridge at a time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CENTER FOR NATURAL WELLNESS SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
3 CERONE COMMERCIAL DRIVE, ALBANY, 489-4026, CNWSMT.COM

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy was created to provide a place for
students of all ages to come and learn, to share their gifts, to gain knowledge, and to take their
experience and expertise into their communities to help others become healthier and stronger.
Through a comprehensive program of study that carefully balances the art and science of therapeutic
massage, our massage program strives to enrich the lives of its students. Our highly trained faculty
is deeply committed to creating a safe, nurturing and intimate learning community that honors
the diversity and unique gifts that each student possesses. The process of becoming a massage
therapist is a life-changing experience that allows individuals to bring their hearts more openly into
their work. We offer our massage program in 3 formats: our 9-month full-time program (M-Th 9 AM-
4:30 PM), our 14-month part-time morning program (M-F 9 AM-12:30 PM and 1 Saturday per
month), and our 21-month part-time evening program (M-W 6-9:30 PM and 1-2 Saturdays per
month). All of our programs start year-round. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Call our
Admissions Team (Erin & Alicia, pictured) for more information at 518-489-4026 or apply online at:
www.CNWSMT.com. We also offer a student massage clinic where you can experience the many
health benefits of a therapeutic massage. Call 489-4068 to make an appointment. The Center for
Natural Wellness also carries a full line of massage-related products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPSTATE CONCERT HALL
Dave Siewert and Jen Chura
1208 ROUTE 146, CLIFTON PARK, 371-0012, UPSTATECONCERTHALL.COM

As our first full year at the Upstate Concert Hall comes to a close, we look at the months passed with pride, and look to the future with enthusiasm. Facing a spring lineup that rivals any club in the country, we strive to bring acts from all ends of the musical spectrum. With any ownership and name change come growing pains. However, we would like to thank our loyal patrons for making this transition smooth by continuing to support us, as well as welcome any first-timers with a sound, look, and feel that is as professional as the artists we cater to. We strive to keep ticket and concession prices low to make any event affordable as well as memorable. We look forward to seeing familiar faces in the crowd, and hope to see new ones in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELDA’S ON LARK
205 LARK STREET ALBANY, 518-449-ELDA, ELDASONLARK.COM

A staple of the Center Square neighborhood, Elda’s on Lark enters its 15th year of business. Elda Abate, the daughter who took over the reins of Elda’s last summer, has since implemented significant changes, placing an emphasis on catering to a diverse crowd. Elda’s is a multifaceted establishment that offers something for every customer for any occasion or even when there is no occasion at all. From the lounge area, to the extensive bar, to the casual dining with exquisite food, guests at Elda’s will discover that they don’t have to sacrifice their wallet to enjoy an entertaining evening out in a hip atmosphere.

In addition to revamping its interior, Elda’s has expanded its dining menu significantly toward that of a bar & grill, without dimming the spotlight on the quality, authentic Italian cuisine it is known for. Elda’s also recently lowered its liquor and food prices across the board and offers daily food and drink specials.

There is always something to look forward to, whether it is special events, such as the monthly comedy show Laughs on Lark, showcasing local musicians or DJs, weekly karaoke and theme nights. Elda’s welcoming and adaptive atmosphere makes it a tastemaker’s choice for a romantic date, a dinner out with friends or family, an after work meet-up with co-workers, a birthday celebration, or simply to enjoy happy hour.

Elda’s would like to thank its returning customers and invites you to find out firsthand why Elda’s
is “always a good time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASTIME LEGENDS
Joseph Pirro and Emily Petrequin
292 LARK ST., ALBANY, 512-5353; 37 MOHAWK AVE., SCOTIA, 374-4050; 73 4TH ST., TROY,
272-6872, PASTIMELEGENDS.COM

Pastime Legends started in a little flea-market spot in 2007, and the love of retro games has grown it into what it is today. Our first store in Scotia will be open for four years this summer, and we opened our second store in downtown Albany in 2010, and Troy in 2011.

We carry video games for literally every game console ever made, so whether you want to rediscover some classic Atari games, zone out to some Mario Kart 64, or pick up one of this Tuesday’s newest releases, you’re probably in luck! You’ll feel the nostalgia rush through your veins when you walk into one of our stores. Gamers can get together here to reminisce or try something out from our countless library of old-school cartridges.

People are more than willing to skip that trip to the bigger chain stores because of our trade policies and the vast diversity of trade-ins we accept. Some Super Nintendo games might be worth enough to get you the latest Call of Duty! We pay as much as 80 percent of retail for in-demand games, and as a result our inventory changes daily.

We have hosted tournaments at our Scotia store, Proctors, the UAG Art Gallery and Hackett Middle School, and have plans in the works for community events in the near future. Kids and adults alike can compete for prizes, but most importantly it’s always a fun time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRI CITY RENTALS
Kelly, Anthony, Julie
255 WASHINGTON AVE. EXT., ALBANY, 862-6600, TRICITYRENTALS.COM

For more than 40 years, Tri City Rentals has built a reputation for unsurpassed quality, outstanding
value and personal service while owning and managing the area’s premier apartment communities.
Attention to detail is the first thing you’ll notice as you enter any of our apartment communities.
It starts with the landscaping—beautifully cropped lawns with flower beds and shrubs bordering
immaculate walkways which lead you to your new apartment home. There’s a neighborhood feeling
you’ll get the moment you meet members of our staff. They will assist you in finding the right apartment.
Locally we have 24 of the finest communities offering diverse locations, price ranges, styles
and amenities including furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, so we’re sure there is one
suited to your needs and lifestyle.

For more information or to view any of our communities call us, The Tri City Rentals office leasing
team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PINNACLE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Dr. William F. Cox and Director of Operations Rocco Pezzulo.
1 PINNACLE PLACE, ALBANY, 689-0244, PINNACLEBEHAVIORALHEALTH.COM

Pinnacle Behavioral Health—where traditional and complimentary mental health services come together. After more than 20 years providing psychotherapy services and developing mental health treatment programs throughout New York state, Laura Hunt, LACSW, has brought together a group of seasoned colleagues to form Pinnacle Behavior Health. We understand that the process of healing and personal growth can be challenging. At the heart of our philosophy we support your individual needs throughout your progress and growth.

Pinnacle Behavioral Health is a private group of licensed mental health professionals providing medication management and counseling for adolescents and adults. Our staff consists of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed social workers and licensed mental health counselors. The collaboration between our medical staff and clinicians sets Pinnacle Behavioral Health apart from other mental health practices. We seek to ensure optimal patient care through our commitment to creating a caring environment that supports you through your treatment. Our services include psychiatric evaluation, as well as individual, family, and group counseling. Specialized programs include: adolescent medication management; employee assistance services; DWI evaluation; energy treatment; and psychotherapy for depression, mood disorders, and anxiety. Pinnacle Behavioral Health accepts most major insurance plans. Please give us a call with your questions and concerns and ask for Laura Hunt (director), or visit our Web site for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIPPO’S HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
STUYVESANT PLAZA, 482-1864, HIPPOSONLINE.COM

Hippo’s has brought the Capital Region the very best in home electronics since 1984. Our store
takes pride in the custom work we do for our customers. If you want something, we will figure out
how to make that dream come true. This not only sets us apart from the big-name stores, but it also
allows for a personal connection between our employees and customers. We truly care about your
happiness regarding our products. Recently, we expanded our headphone line. We carry Sony,
Sennheiser, Bowers & Wilkins, and NAD. Not only do we have variety, but also all of our headphones
produce an elite sound like no other headphone you have worn. Their exclusive sound will astound
you and leave you thinking, “Why have I been wearing these other headphones for so long?” Each of
our headphones offers something different: Whether you are looking for comfort, sound quality, or
versatility, we have it all.

If you are looking for something for your whole home, we carry many options that also have an
elite sound. Hippo’s works hard to make sure your home is set up with the perfect sound equipment.
Our selection offers different perks to each customer and their family. We would like to set
your home up with the best speakers we can offer. Stop in to hear what you are missing out on. Our
brands like Bowers & Wilkins, McIntosh, Totem, GoldenEar and many more can change your house
into the home you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL MARIACHI
Owner Patty Bermejo-Bhola and staff
144 WASHINGTON AVE., ALBANY 465-2568; 289 HAMILTON ST., ALBANY, 432-7580,
ELMARIACHISRESTAURANT.COM

We began our family business in the Capital Region 17 years ago. My parents come from Puebla, a beautiful colonial city where the traditional cuisine and outstanding specialties include mole poblano, chile reyenos, pipian (a pumpkin seed sauce) and gorditas poblanas. Other favorite dishes include pollo al chipotle, tacos al carbon and cochinita pibil, which has also been selected as “Dish of the Year” (Times Union).

I come (Patty Bermejo) from a family of five brothers who have all been in the restaurant business for 25 years. With the strong family tradition that our parents taught us, we managed to start up an authentic Mexican restaurant in the Capital Region. We now have two locations in downtown Albany. At El Mariachi II we put into practice one of my brother’s expertise in Spanish cuisine, adding the Paella dishes and other traditional seafood dishes from southern Spain.

Here at El Mariachi, our menu typifies the foods from our hometown and other Mexican states. Our recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, starting with our great-grandmothers. Our tequila selection (over 80 choices, 100 percent agave!), house-made Sangria, and special house-flavor margaritas are among our customers favorites. I thank all of our loyal customers for voting us No. 1 Best Mexican for 15 years in a row, as well as Best Outdoor Dining in 2012, and my family who stand together to keep the business growing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARLENE’S ARTIST MATERIALS
Donna Garramone
57 FULLER ROAD, ALBANY, 482-8881, ARLENESARTIST.COM

AAM began as a ceramics studio over 50 years ago in a garage on Madison Avenue near the College of Saint Rose. If it weren’t for the Saint Rose students who came in for art supplies, we might not be here at all! Arlene took a big risk and moved to her present location in the ’70s, and it has continued to grow since then.

Our friendly, funky staff is composed primarily of artists. Chances are we will be able to answer any question you have; if not we will gladly go the extra mile and find you an answer.

We carry lines that big-box stores don’t: Old Holland, Sennelier and Williamsburg oils are just a few of the high-end lines of paints we stock. Nowhere else in the area can these be found.

We strive to give you high-quality products at a discounted price. All our paint and brushes are 30 percent off every day, canvas 40-50 percent; why shop online when you can get amazing prices right in your own backyard? We carry the largest selection of painting supplies, along with drawing, silkscreen, calligraphy, pens and pencils, portfolios, drafting tables, easels, and new to us, Montana spray paint and Molotow markers. We also carry an extensive line of cards, gifts and handmade papers. We have an excellent framing staff at very reasonable prices.

Arlene’s would like to thank all her amazing customers for keeping their local art-supply store going for over 50 years; without you we would not be here today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP UP PRESENTS
Traci Perrotta and Alexandra Consler, Promoter Assistants
95 SPRING ST., ALBANY, 434-1934, STEPUPPRESENTS.COM

Step Up Presents is a company dedicated to the local and international music community. We are not bound to a specific genre but committed to music with true intention and distinctive character. We have a simple work ethic; we are workaholics who pour our hearts into everything we do. Our success lies in the fact we surround ourselves with artists who share our vision. Our belief is that the music business is nothing like what you see on TV, it is what happens behind the scenes that makes a memorable concert or show.

Step Up Presents offers a stop on every band’s tour itinerary that will be a guaranteed blockbuster show. We take great pride in the fact that we have become a favorite stop in the country for touring bands time and time again. When a band walks into one of our venues they know they will be treated with the highest level of respect, they often say that they feel right at home. Treating the bands right goes far beyond simply doing what is required of us, when the sentiments are high in a room, something magical happens.

Simply put, through our hard work and passion we promise to bring you some of the best shows of your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUGHES OPTICIANS
Tom Hughes
411 KENWOOD AVE., DELMAR, 439-4971, HUGHESOPTICIANS.COM

Hughes Opticians is a family-owned and family-operated business that has been thriving for over 25 years in the heart of Delmar. With our sister company, Tommy Shades (a non-rx sunglasses boutique), we are opening a secondary location this April at Ellsworth Commons in Malta. The Malta location will feature all the same great aspects of the Delmar store: routine eye examinations, an onsite laboratory for lens edging, and an extensive designer showroom. Housing over 30 designer eyeglasses and sunglasses brands like Oakley, Chanel, Oliver Peoples and Tom Ford- Hughes has the most exclusive, eclectic and fashionable collection of frames from here to Manhattan.

Besides our extensive array of frames, which are hand-selected by Hughes’ superior design consultants, the customers here have formed a devout following for several other reasons too! The mindset at Hughes Opticians and Tommy Shades is always forward-thinking, offering only the most advanced products on the market to our customers, who leave happy with the highest quality contacts, frames and ophthalmic lenses.

What truly sets apart Hughes Opticians from every other optical store in the Capital Region? The staff. Each staff member of the Hughes and Tommy Shades Team has received careful training in their area of expertise be it lens edging, frame styling or insurance evaluation and submission. They are happy to act as personal stylists, and see through every step of your next glasses or contact lens purchase to assure its perfection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALACRITY FRAME WORKSHOP
Brian Shea
215 LARK ST., ALBANY, 915-1956, ALACRITYFRAMEWORKSHOP.COM

Alacrity Frame Workshop is a custom picture framing shop owned and operated by former Frame of Mind general manager Brian Shea, who draws on 17 years of experience with custom framing and customer service. “Alacrity” means “a cheerful readiness,” and this is the positive, customer-oriented outlook that Brian and his wife have toward fulfilling the Albany area’s custom-framing needs.

Local artists’ work is also displayed and sold at Alacrity, including prints and original work. Alacrity participates in most First Fridays, often with the debut of artwork or artists that are new to the store. Art of any and all media have been exhibited, including duct-tape sculptures, etched copper pieces, sound-operated video games, and all manner of traditional media.

Alacrity opened in December 2011 in the basement of Capital Hill Condominiums. Lark Street is well known as an arts and cultural hub; Alacrity is less than two blocks from the Upstate Artists Guild gallery and flanked by locally owned boutiques and specialty shops. Alacrity is a full-service frame shop; customers can have just about anything framed, from hockey sticks to Picasso prints, and repairs or upgrades to already framed items are welcomed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREO’
Brian White
STUYVESANT PLAZA, 482-8000, CREORESTAURANT.COM

Whether you are looking for rich and decadent or light and healthy, we have something for everyone at Creo’ Restaurant. We invite you to join us for a distinctive dining experience unlike anything you’ve experienced in the Capital District. Our menu offers an eclectic mix of food served in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Our inviting bar area, rich in mahogany wood and earth tones, is the perfect place to join friends for a glass of wine or a feature cocktail from our extensive and carefully chosen beverage list.

Whether it is your first visit or if you are a longtime friend, we are pleased that you have chosen to dine with us. Creo’ is committed to providing an exemplary dining experience to all those patrons who join us. Our unique menu and exceptional staff come together to create a very special establishment.

With our customer’s wellness in mind, we try to ensure that we include as many grass-fed meats and free-range poultry as possible on our menu. The benefits of pastured animals are endless compared to those of animals raised on commercial farms and fed a corn-based diet. In addition to a richer taste, grass-fed beef, for example, has fewer calories, is richer in omega-3 and is better for the environment. Join us for brunch, lunch or dinner at Creo’ Restaurant to taste the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TECH VALLEY OVERHEAD DOORS
Joe Buxenbaum
37 LINDBERGH AVE., ALBANY, 429-0109, TECHVALLEYDOCKSNDOORS.COM

“Thinking Outside the Big Box,” TVOHD is a garage-door company located in Albany and servicing the Capital District and Upper Hudson Valley. We offer doors and openers not available through large retailers like Lowes and Home Depot. Although we do a large amount of commercial business, our passion is working with homeowners to add curb appeal and value to their homes. All our doors have high R value energy saving insulated sections, guaranteed to cut down on heating and cooling costs. We find “ big box” generally means small service, which is why we stand behind all our products long after the sale. Giving back to our community is important to us as well, so since 2011 we have been working with the Umbrella of Colonie program to help local seniors with special discounts on all our services and replacement products. If and when you call us, you won’t get someone asking “What department, garden or appliance?”

You’ll get a door company that’s local, knowledgeable, and really cares!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARDONA’S MARKET & CATERING CO.
Robert Cardona Sr. (owner), Robert Cardona Jr. (Executive Chef), Anthony Cardona (GM)
340 DELAWARE AVE., ALBANY, 434-4838, CARDONASMARKET.COM

Cardona’s Market is a family-owned company since 1945. We take pride in offering top-quality products with family-friendly service. The original market was opened by Augusto Cardona, making our famous meatballs. Its current owner, Robert Cardona, and his two sons, Robert Jr. and Anthony, operate the store, extending the family tradition!

Fresh produce greets you as you begin your way around the market. Cheese, olives, and a variety of jarred specialty products fill our shelves. Our sauce is made fresh with only the finest ingredients, you will find packaged meals in our to-go case, as well as an expanded section of packaged salads and pre-made wraps to take in a hurry.

You can’t beat lunch at Cardona’s with our subs, artisan salads, homemade soups, and daily offerings such as prime rib, baked salmon, and stuffed chicken, as well as fresh-baked bread.

To make your own special meal, you will find everything you need from all-natural beef, poultry, and homemade sausage in our butcher shop to fresh pastas, spices, crackers, condiments, and sauces on the other side. Our steam table is well-known for offering over 15 kinds of hot food items to choose from. We have quality Boar’s Head products and home-cooked meats for slicing in our deli. Homemade desserts, cannolis, and a variety of cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth. Our catering services can help you plan that special occasion or company lunch. All our food is prepared in house. All of this and much more make Cardona’s Market your one-stop shopping experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONEST WEIGHT FOOD CO-OP, INC.
484 CENTRAL AVE., ALBANY, 482-2667, HWFC.COM

Honest Weight Food Co-op, Inc. is a cooperatively owned and operated natural foods grocery store that has been serving the public since 1976. Our driving mission is to provide the Capital District with high-quality, affordable foods and to promote healthy, sustainable living.

We pride ourselves on being a venue for local farmers and producers. Stop by any time and discover all the region has to offer. We have the largest bulk foods section in upstate New York, the best cheese selection north of New York City, locally raised, grass-fed meats, an incredible deli and bakery, fresh, local produce, and a wellness section filled with the best vitamins, supplements and body care products you could wish for.

We are proud to be a part of the community and support community endeavors wherever possible. Our outreach program brings our mission into local schools through such activities as our Ready, Set, Grow! Program. We also sponsor a monthly film series with WAMC, titled “Food for Thought,” which focuses on films that highlight food and environmental issues.

We have used the cooperative business model to create a truly viable and responsible business and are excited to be moving to our new location at 100 Watervliet Ave. this June. Our new store will allow us to increase our community involvement, as well as increase our local food and product offering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZACHARY’S PASTRY SHOPPE
390 COLOMBIA TURNPIKE, EAST GREENBUSH AND 54 STATE ST., ALBANY; 477-2140 AND
813-9557; ZACHARYSPASTRYSHOPPE.COM

Do you live or work in downtown Albany? Zachary’s has opened a second location at 54 State Street! Zachary’s downtown features breakfast pastries, cakes and cookies along with soups and sandwich wraps as well!

As a family-owned small business, Nancy, Connie, Dan and Beckie had been looking to expand their nine-year-old business, conveniently located in East Greenbush. We are excited to share our delicious pastries with everyone in Albany!

Zachary’s has an array of individual pastries, brownies and cakes—it’s almost overwhelming! Both locations offer seating where you can relax, have your lunch and then choose a treat. Beware—it’s hard to choose just one! Our very dedicated staff enjoys reinventing the selection, keeping it fun and exciting to stop back again and again. If you haven’t had a cake from Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe, you truly have been missing out. Yellow, chocolate, or marble cake, whichever you choose, you will not be disappointed! Zachary’s butter cream frosting is to die for. Eaten at room temperature . . . this is the best way to heaven! (So we’re told.)

Planning a wedding or anniversary party? Call to make your appointment. Zachary’s will design a cake to make your day deliciously memorable. At zacharyspastryshoppe.com, you will find the Easter menu featuring all your favorite Easter goodies! Hot cross buns, babka bread, and egg-shaped cakes are just a few of the delicious items you will find! Find them on Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEASONS SKATE SHOP
211 LARK ST., ALBANY, 729-2685, SEASONSSKATESHOP.COM

Seasons Skate Shop was opened in March 2010 by three longtime skateboarders who knew Albany was in dire need of a skate shop. Since the opening, skateboarders both local and visiting have had a central meeting ground that caters to all things skateboarding. We at Seasons take much pride in having helped shape the skate scene in Albany and all of the Capital District for years now and are beyond excited to be able to continue to do so for many years to come.

Seasons offers a premier selection of skateboards, skateboard equipment, apparel, and a proper selection of harder-to-find footwear. We try and have a little something for everyone in the shop. In a sincere effort to keep shoppers supporting local and small businesses, we opened an online store for those without a local skate shop: www.seasonsskateshop.com. “Shop small not the mall!” Seasons is here to help support the needs of the skateboarders and make sure that skateboarding as a whole remains such a huge part of the Capital District. Thanks, everyone, for the support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NISKAYUNA CONSUMERS’ COOPERATIVE
Don Bisgrove, General Manager, Ben Wallach, Marketing Director
2227 NOTT ST., NISKAYUNA, 374-1362, NISKAYUNACO-OP.COM

The Niskayuna Consumer Co-op is different by definition. Founded in 1943 under traditional
Rochdale, U.K., Co-op principles of one-member-one-vote, open membership with special member
incentives. We are run by a local board of directors elected by our membership. Our one-time membership
fee is still $5—same as it was in 1943! This entitles you to a share of stock, vote at meetings
and member discounts, which amounted to over $200,000 in savings last year alone. The Niskayuna
Co-op is proud to be the area’s longest operating co-op with over 30,000 paid members. We are
currently honoring Honest Weight Co-op Memberships for discount pricing. As always, anyone can
shop the Niskayuna Co-op.

As leaders in the Buy Local & National Co-op movements, here you’ll find a different attitude.
We’re an incubator for locally produced food and health/beauty products. Supporting your Niskayuna
Co-op, which features local products, keeps dollars and jobs in our area and supports local, sustainable
agriculture. The third Saturday of every month is Super Saturday Sampling, where you can
try a wide variety of local products. We have longstanding relationships supporting Schenectady
Inner City Ministries Food Pantry, Rotary International, St Balderick’s Day, Local Boys and Girls
Scouts, High School Sports and Arts. Pick up a copy of Metroland and a cup of fresh brewed coffee/
tea and take a look around our newly renovated market. We hope that you will join us and
become part of the Co-op community. “Where People Get Together.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRISPIN’S AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR
Owner Krispin Vagnini, Victoria Vagnini and Chuck Storms
574 RIVER ST., TROY, 687-0304, KRISPINSAUTO.COM

I opened Krispin’s Automotive Repair in July 2006. I have been working on cars since before I could drive and have always enjoyed automotive repair. After attending the automotive program at Hudson Valley Community College and honing my skills as a technician, I received my first ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification in 1998. With diligence at mastering my craft, I became an ASE master technician in 2002.

In June 2008, a very knowledgeable ASE certified master technician, Chuck Storms, joined my team. I am extremely confident in Chuck’s knowledge and abilities to perform any and all diagnostics and repairs. To keep up with the demands of a growing business, Victoria Vagnini joined my team in April of 2009. As our service writer, Victoria handles customer needs, schedules appointments, writes estimates and is vital to the day to day operations which keep the shop running smoothly. I consider her the backbone of my shop.

Krispin’s has been a Napa Autocare Center since 2009. We service and repair all domestic, light truck, Asian and European vehicles. We perform advanced engine diagnostics, emission related repairs and are a certified NYS vehicle inspection station. We also perform all light repairs such as brakes, tires, oil changes and all routine maintenance. And being a Napa Autocare Center, we are able to offer the peace of mind of a nationwide warranty. Krispin’s Automotive Repair is a small independent shop that keeps customers’ safety and best interest in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE COUNTIES OF IRELAND
Robin McDonough
77 THIRD ST. TROY, 687-0054, THECOUNTIESOFIRELAND.COM

Our store opened in historic downtown Troy in June 2000. We purchased the old Cooper Shoe building, and after 6 months of renovations reopened in our new space in June 2005. In March 2008, we launched the next phase of our business, a complete shopping website. We now ship all over the world. With all of the positive changes made, we have remained true to our original idea, bringing handmade, beautiful merchandise that is manufactured and imported directly from Ireland. We not only wanted to cater to our Irish customer but all nationalities. That is why we are considered “Not your typical Irish shop!”

There are many manufacturers that are not only exclusive to us but have made their U.S. debut here. Last year, we were the first U.S. outlet to stock Lazer Now Slates from County Carlow. Ogham Treasures Jewelry from Athlone and Meab Enamel Jewelry and Art from Westmeath are two of the six new lines joining our family this year. The Meab Enamels story started over 40 years ago, when Meab developed her own “open-firing” enamel technique utilizing wasted copper from water cylinders. Meab has passed her skills to her daughter Clair. They now work together in their studio on Meab’s farm. They pride themselves on handcrafting jewelry and art that is authentic, affordable and simply gorgeous.

The Counties of Ireland invites you to stop in the store or take a peek online and experience a wee bit of Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARRA’S PHARMACY
Barbara Marra McDonald and John T. McDonald
217 REMSEN ST., COHOES, 237-2110, MARRARX.COM

One of the largest family-owned independent pharmacies in upstate New York, Marra’s Pharmacy in historic downtown Cohoes features an incredible range of helpful products and services to meet your diverse needs. Established by James V. Marra in 1931, the business has been committed to his mission: to loyally serve the customer and the community. Today under the leadership of his daughter, Barbara Marra McDonald, and her son, John T. McDonald, the Marra family continues to provide personal service with accuracy and efficiency—qualities that would make Jim truly proud.

Our Pharmacy Department offers prescription processing and consultation, with most major insurance plans accepted, compliance packaging and Rx monitoring, blood pressure monitoring and convenient phone-in or online ordering as well as free next day delivery six days a week. In our Medical Equipment Department, we offer home healthcare sales, rentals and service, diabetic supplies, mastectomy supplies and wound care supplies. Our Gift Department has one-of-a-kind gifts and cards for any occasion, collectibles and gifts–to-go, free giftwrap service, and everyday health and beauty items. We have a free customer loyalty program where you can earn points with every purchase. Play your NYS lottery game here or buy an instant ticket. See weekly specials on our Facebook page or website. We invite you to stop by, explore our store and talk to us regarding your medication questions, illness concerns or medical equipment needs. Or, just stop by and say hello! After all, we’re more than a pharmacy. We’re family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESIGN IT TOGETHER
Ben Karis-Nix and Taylor Gillis
291 RIVER ST., TROY, 687-1010, DESIGNITTOGETHER.COM

Design It Together is a community-based, eco-friendly print shop, run by artists Ben Karis-Nix and Taylor Gillis in Troy. Originally created as an umbrella for Ben and Taylor’s shared design projects, Design It Together now exists as a full-service silkscreen and Risograph print shop.

More recently, the studio has become a place where individuals seeking to learn more about silkscreen printing can come flex their creative muscles by taking an introductory printing class, have a “print party” with a group of friends, or just print up a design idea on a single shirt in the Print Lab! Design It Together offers competitive pricing on bulk printing on a range of clothing and paper goods, including collectible poster art, digi-paks and record sleeves, and invitations. Additionally, the shop offers a unique Risograph printing service perfect for short-run zines, comics, affordable tour posters, and stationery.

Taylor and Ben also design and print their own line of clothing, art prints and stationery called Troy Cloth & Paper, which they sell out of their River Street storefront and at regional art and music fairs throughout the Northeast.

Wherever possible, Design It Together strives to use only eco-friendly screen printing inks and materials. Even their Risograph duplicator uses a soy-based ink and plant-fiber stencils. Design It Together encourages community involvement with workshops, classes, and self-service screen printing. Stop in soon to discuss your next printing project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUMPIN’ JACK’S
COLLINS PARK, SCOTIA, 393-6101, JUMPINJACKSDRIVEININC.COM

Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In, Inc., is proud to announce many new changes for the 2013 season. Renovations to our Twin Freez building are complete, offering an extra 15 feet of counter space. We now offer handicapped accessible bathrooms for our loyal customers, as well as A.D.A.-compliant parking spaces.

The addition for the updated bathrooms has provided us with enough space in our front room to add a number of delicious options to our Twin Freez menu. Marshmallow and warm caramel topping are now available to top a hot fudge sundae. Customers will also have 10 flavors of milkshake to choose from every day of the week, including orange-pineapple, black cherry, and pistachio. After numerous customer requests we have added chocolate and cherry hard-shell cone dip. We plan to add shaved ice and chocolate covered popcorn to our menu in the near future as well. With the exception of the price of sprinkles (raised from $0.25 to $.50) prices on both menus have remained the same.

We look forward to seeing all of our loyal customers again this season, and also look forward to hearing feedback about our bathrooms and new menu. We will be open every day from 11 AM to 9:30 PM except Easter in the spring. After Memorial Day we will stay open until 10 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARY JANE BOOKS
Carole Renzi
215 WESTERN AVE., ALBANY, 465-2238, MARYJANEBOOKS.COM

Since 1998, thousands of college students and members of the community have been “getting used” on the corner of Western and Quail. Mary Jane’s mission has always been to provide an affordable alternative to on-campus bookstores. We stock primarily used textbooks for UAlbany and HVCC; however, we do cater to students attending other area colleges through special ordering.

At Mary Jane, we run an “over the counter” operation. Students don’t have to rifle through stacks of books in endless aisles—they simply give us a list of the books they need, and staff will find the books and bring them back to the counter. If that’s not easy enough, students have the option to order and pay for their books online at our mega awesome web site and skip the lines when they come in to pick their books up. Starting this summer, Mary Jane will operate a new rental program where students can rent almost any textbook in the store (including new books, bundles, older and custom editions!). Why buy when you can pay less and rent?!

Mary Jane has more than just college textbooks. We house tons of low-priced used fiction and nonfiction titles that visitors can browse through in front of the store. Most of our browsing books are under $4! We also carry UAlbany clothing, school supplies, posters, long boards, art supplies, dog treats, coffee mugs, selections from a local designer’s E.D. clothing line, and the infamous Mary Jane T-shirts. From all of us here at Mary Jane, “Thank you Capital Region!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEADFAST BEER CO.
Mark Crisafulli and Jeremy Hosier
90 STATE ST., FLOOR 7, SUITE 9, ALBANY, 928-1435, STEADFASTBEER.COM
At Albany-based Steadfast Beer Co., we make gluten-free beer with a craft-beer mentality. You may know us from the Brew Crew—Oliver’s Beverage and Westmere Beverage are where we got our start and what inspired us to make a gluten-free beer better than the rest.

You may be thinking, “I’ve heard of gluten-free, but what does it mean?” Gluten is a protein found in the grains barley, wheat and rye. Since almost all beer contains barley, and many contain wheat, our directive is to make great-tasting beer while avoiding these ingredients. We rely on alternative sugar sources like sorghum, honey and molasses. Hops are just fine to use (and boy, do we use them!), as they’re flowers and contain no gluten.

This April will be the one-year anniversary of shipping our first case in the Capital Region. We’re proud to be on the frontier of gluten-free brewing. We’re not just making a gluten-free beer on the side, and we don’t produce a mainstream product to please the greatest amount of people. We make serious gluten-free beer! Our first offering, Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale, is a hop-forward pale ale/IPA that we call “gluten-free beer for beer geeks.” In May, find our Steadfast Golden Blonde Ale, a refreshing Belgian ale brewed with honey and citrus. Available locally at beverage centers, Price Chopper and Trader Joe’s.

Cheers, and “Welcome back to beer!”