Spa & Salon
Owner Arthene LaValley
350 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 786-1950, metrosalonandspa.com
Fashion. Image. Style. Experience a new realm of artistic
inspiration at Metro Salon and Spa. The team under the direction
of owner Arthene LaValley believe that the key to keeping
an edge on the latest in fashion trends is continued education.
The team attend workshops with education leaders such as Vidal
Sassoon, Bumble and Bumble, Jingles International and the
Goldwell Centre for Creative Development, just to name a few.
The diverse international educators teach the techniques behind
the latest trends in hair fashion. Goldwell’s Trend Zoom ’08
release, in Valencia, Spain this October, will introduce the
Contra Collection. The new trend interpretations of “Rockmantic”
and “Newstalgia” will be released. A creative well-educated
staff is what clients want. The Metro staff are dedicated
to clients looking and feeling their best, while truly enjoying
their salon experience. The Metro is a full-service salon
offering must-have skincare services from graduates of the
International Dermal Institute in Boston. Technicians offer
microdermabrasion, the “24 hour facelift,” intensive cellular
hydration, and an extensive repertoire of custom-designed
skin treatments. The massage therapists offer relaxation and
rejuvenation for a total-body experience, and the nail technicians
are medically certified in complete nail and foot care. The
salon boutique has an array of profession hair, skin, and
body products to help you maintain your needs at home, as
well as a generous selection of travel-size products, accessories,
and gift items. Don’t miss out on Metro’s sizzling Saturday
special. The Metro invites you today.
Man Wine Bar & Restaurant
Manager Julie Byron
234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963, albanygingerman.com
In Vino Veritas! Let me introduce you to the Ginger Man Wine
Bar and Restaurant. In May 1983, owners Michael and Patricia
Byron took on the challenge of opening the first wine bar
in Albany. Although no strangers to the restaurant business,
Mike and Pat spent much time, energy, and hard work combining
a dynamic wine list along with a small, light-fare menu. Throughout
the years, the Ginger Man has catered to legislators, politicians,
state workers, wine lovers, and connoisseurs alike. Its vast
selection, singularity, and excellent price-range allows a
customer to be diverse and offers plenty of room for exploration.
We are open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday
through Saturday. All lunch, dinner, and wine lists change
seasonally. Our wine list offers generous selections from
around the world with major wine regions referencing a description
of each grape variety and vintage. Our cruvinet system adds
breadth to the wine list representing the classic traditional
wines as well as new and trendy selections. Between our wine
list and cruvinet, we serve approximately 75 wines by the
glass, and 140 bottles. All menus offer creative, unique sampling
flights including appetizers, wine, beer, scotch and small-batch
bourbon. Its unique atmosphere provides a warm feeling whether
you choose to linger over lunch, dinner or our famous seasonal
fruit and cheese boards, charcuterie platter or house-made
dessert paired with our wide selection of ports, grappas and
liquors. The Ginger Man is the perfect place for the casual
wine lover, a business meeting or a special date. We have
parking in the rear of the building open for private parties.
Owner Nuhar Jaleel, P.T.
578 Loudon Road, Latham 783-1678, LathamPilates.com
What is Pilates? It’s an exercise method that will enable
your body to move with economy, grace, and balance in activities
in which you aspire to improve, whether that’s golfing, skiing,
running, or simply being able to go up a flight of stairs
more easily. It will make you stronger, more limber, and will
leave you feeling rejuvenated! If you HATE the gym, give Pilates
in a true Pilates studio a try.
Physical therapy wasn’t so successful for that sciatica, low
back pain, or achy shoulder? The Pilates Principle is a physical-therapist-owned
facility and all instructors have extensive anatomy knowledge.
Pilates not your thing? Try Ashtanga yoga, belly dancing,
or the only Active Isolated Stretch class around. Nothing
to wear? Check out the Pilates Principle’s exercise wear boutique
which features cool workout fashions from Be Present, prAna,
Casall, Pink Lotus and Green Dragon.
And remember. . . your Pilates experience is only as rewarding
as your instructors are knowledgeable. Visit our Web site
and read our bios. Then give us a call to get started today!
The Pilates Principle is friends and neighbors of Bodywork
Body Works & Sons
2970 Guilderland ave., Rotterdam 355-1370, acbodyworks.com
AC Bodyworks & Sons is a family owned and operated business
established in the early 1950s. Founded by Albert Capara it
has now been turned over to sons Ralph, Michael, Albert, and
grandson Brian. AC Bodyworks & Sons services consist of:
24-hour towing, corporate collision repair, frame and unibody
straightening, custom paint matching, downdraft spray, and
complete auto glass service. Most important to our customers,
is AC Bodyworks & sons handles all your insurance company
claims, free of charge. Remember, you have the right to have
your car or truck repaired at the auto body shop of your choice.
It’s the law!
Open Door Bookstore
128 Jay St., Schenectady 346-2719, opendoor-bookstore.com
For more than 35 years, the Open Door Bookstore & Gift
Gallery has been a favorite destination for book lovers; an
inviting oasis where we’re passionate and knowledgeable about
books and committed to personal service. We are proudly independent
and a locally owned business. Our staff of enthusiastic readers
are always glad to offer recommendations. Browse in our friendly
relaxed atmosphere or if you can’t find the book you need
ordering is quick and easy.
Beyond offering a broad thoughtfully chosen selection of books,
we feature an entire gallery of fabulous eclectic gift items,
chosen with an eye towards the unexpected. You will find enticing
jewelry, scarves, hats, handbags, decorative home items, soaps,
toys and games, greeting cards, baby gifts, and much more.
Our staff is always happy to help you select the perfect gift.
We are pleased to support not only local and U.S. artisans,
but also Fair Trade companies. Discover a store full of surprises!
If you don’t know us yet stop in and experience why our loyal
customers have kept us thriving since 1971.
Volvo of Albany
347 New Karner Road, Albany 452-1100, capvolvo.com
Capital Volvo’s service department provides repairs and maintenance
for all Volvo and for the pre-owned vehicles that we sell.
Volvo’s commitment to automotive excellence is exemplified
in three core values—safety, quality, and environmental care.
The fact that you chose to purchase a Volvo says something
about your values, as well. This sets you apart from other
drivers as an individual who expects and appreciates superior
quality without having to compromise safety, driving pleasure,
or the environment. This is all part of the unique enjoyment
of owning a Volvo—a special feeling of confidence that your
car can and will go the distance.
Volvo Genuine Service is our ongoing commitment to
you. Our sincere desire is to keep your Volvo performing smoothly
long after other cars have given up. We employ the highest
standards of service and repair authorized by Volvo. Our Volvo/ASE
Certified technicians have access to current service product
information and use the very latest diagnostic systems. You’ll
save money as a result of our fair pricing. More importantly,
regular service actually decreases you cost of ownership,
minimizes the chance of breakdowns and extends the life of
your car. We fit only Genuine Volvo Parts to insure optimum
safety and reliability. Volvo’s unique ordering system guarantees
their prompt delivery. We will price match and accept any
other Volvo dealer coupon. Come visit us on the Web for more
Owner of Matters for Mind, Body & Spirit
As an author and inspirational speaker it was only a matter
of time before I expanded my passions into a business. Matters
for Mind, Body & Spirit seeks to serve individuals in
the Capital District with a variety of holistic based courses
and outreach programs. My company started as an umbrella for
the many holistic modalities I taught, studied and written
about for the past 12 years. My newest book, Money Matters
for Mind, Body & Spirit, and a series of articles
written for a variety of magazines, both local and national,
sparked the creation of it all. I offer Reiki, chakra balancing,
energy medicine, law of attraction, meditation, Eckhart Tolle
study groups just to name a few of the great things my company
offers. I speak on all subjects we teach, and use the combination
of seminar production, hands on work, and one on one sessions,
to provide an enriched experience for participants. We also
offer tours to places around the world. Bringing our act on
the road. Designing a unique experience and a memorable adventure.
with Hillary has been a life changing experience. Her lectures
are thought provoking and inspiring. I highly encourage you
to take one of her classes!” – CJ, Albany
For more information on our upcoming events, book signings,
and trips or to schedule a session with Hillary, please visit
our Web site or give us a call.
Michael Buenau, Rosalynn Vikara, Lisa and Jeff Buenau (owners)
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 in providing
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—and
boasts over 37 years of experience in doing so. And for the
past 13 years his son, Jeff, has been following in his footsteps.
If you would like to be rid of your reading glasses, Buenau’s
has the latest in high-definition multifocal contact lenses.
They will amaze you at 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. You can even
opt for contact lenses that will change the color of your
Buenau’s of course 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. Your eye
examination can be provided by their staff of top optometrists
or you can bring in a prescription from you own eye care professional.
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 Web site. You
won’t be disappointed.
Karen Schlesinger and Chris Jordan
27 2nd St., Troy 203-1096
Digital Artist’s Space, founded by Karen Schlesinger and Chris
Jordan, provides an array of digital fine-art services to
artists, galleries and businesses. With our state-of-the-art
digital lab, our unparalleled experience in the field of digital
imaging, and our inherent understanding of the art-making
process, we will work with you step-by-step, from the inception
of the idea to the final print.
We offer archival, wide-format inkjet printing, high-resolution
drum scanning, fine-art reproduction services, consulting
and one-on-one trainings, workshops, and a fine-art gallery
specializing in the exhibition of high-quality digital art.
We can print anything from small prints to wall murals on
a vast selection of materials. We offer the highest quality
fine-art printing papers, Japanese papers, vinyl, wallpaper,
fabrics and transparent films. Stop by to see our samples!
Our scanning services can accommodate films from 35mm, medium
format, and large format negatives and chromes, as well as
A4 reflective materials up to 8000 dpi. We also provide retouching
and restoration services. If you need individual training
in Photoshop, help with figuring out how to work your digital
camera or any other digital-imaging troubles, give us a call.
We also offer a Digital Darkroom workshop twice a year where
we give you the knowledge you need to create successful images
and prints using digital tools.
Visit our Web site for frequently updated calls for entries
for our fine-art gallery.
Route 5, Scotia, 887-3026, auntkatiesattic.com
Come see why Metroland readers think we’re the CATS
Event schedule: Lucky 13 Anniversary Open House April 5, 11-5
(home cooking by Shelly’s Delights) Outdoor Flea Market Extravaganza
June 7, 9-4 (holy cow . . . what a blast!). Aunt Katie’s Attic,
vintage to antique. Experience the difference.
Owners Freddie Bhola, Patty Bermejo-Bhola and Marco Bermejo
144 Washington Ave., Albany 465-2568; 289 Hamilton St., Albany,
Route 9 South Broadway, Saratoga springs, 581-5901, elmariachirestaurant.com
We began our family business in the Capital Region 12 years
ago. My parents come from Puebla, a beautiful colonial city
where the traditional cuisine and outstanding specialties
include mole poblano, 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 nearly 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 the downtown
Albany area and a third location in Saratoga Springs. At El
Mariachi II and III 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 10 years in a row (Metroland’s
Best Of the Capital District Reader’s Poll, and Best Mexican
2008, as well as Best Outdoor Dining in 2007!), and my family
who stand together to keep the business growing.
35 Central Ave., Albany 434-0890
15 Park Ave., Clifton Park 348-1494
405 Fulton St., Troy 273-8744, goshalimar.com
Shalimar opened its doors on Jan. 22, 1992. Being the first
Pakistani-Indian restaurant in Albany, Shalimar enjoys a strong
following. The ownership team has upheld the traditions of
affordability, quality, service and cleanliness, and community
involvement, which have become synonymous with Shalimar.
Long-term employee relationships built over the years have
truly been instrumental in the success of the organization.
For 17 years in a row, the Metroland Reader’s Poll
has chosen Shalimar as the “Best Pakistani-Indian Restaurant”
and “Best Pakistani-Indian Buffet” in the Capital District.
229 Lark St., Albany 432-7090, ehdesigns.com
I hope you made it to my 7th anniversary party during the
most recent First Friday, and got to try the fantastic martini
cookies made at Debbie’s Kitchen. I’m continuing to celebrate
by offering 10 percent off all jewelry for the month of March,
so there is still time for me to thank you in person for supporting
me all these years.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out my new location,
please do. I’m at 229 Lark, where I’ve built my dream store.
I have lots of room for jewelry, of course, plus artwork—wearable
and wall-able—from a lot of my artist friends. There’s an
alcove for fun and lovely consignment clothes, and I have
a studio perched above the jewelry cases. I am happy to work
with you on custom designs, including wedding orders.
Also in my studio, I make skeleton people. I’ve been working
a line of gardening related skeleton creatures, perfect for
whimsical gifts. I continue to feature kyanite in necklaces,
bracelets and earrings. The stone is a luscious blue, sometimes
streaked with silvery stripes, and is a favorite not just
of mine, but also of my customers.
New for spring are Beth Cunningham’s eye-catching and organic
stained glass pieces. Keep your eyes peeled for new spring
purses from costume designer Kim Sava, who uses only vintage
fabric. Jen Shepard’s cute and frilly purses have made even
tomboys feel girly. For April’s First Friday, I’m featuring
flower photography from local artists.
Lane Elias Photography
Charl Lane Elias started Miss Charlie’s Modern Pin-Up photography
in October 2007, opening the doors of Dollhouse Studio to
the fun, sexy, and sublime. The response has been tremendous!
Charl has been a photographer since 1988, and she and her
husband, David A. Elias, started photographing weddings in
2003. Miss Charlie came about in response to client requests
for “bridal boudoir” and the success of Charl’s fashion photography.
Her vision of a modern pin-up is enticing, creative and empowering.
A positive experience and a unique, sexy work of art is the
Collaborating with each client, Charl draws upon her 20 years
of media production experience to create images which are
beautiful, intensely personal, and unforgettable. Warmly welcoming
women of all ages, sizes and lifestyles, Charl meets with
each client beforehand to discuss concepts, mood, and styling.
Through this interaction, inspiration and imagination are
woven with technical expertise to express each visual fantasy.
Miss Charlie’s Modern Pin-Up Photography takes place at Dollhouse
Studio, in Schuylerville. Dollhouse is luxurious and state
of the art, with a private dressing room, natural and studio
lighting, and a myriad of props and backgrounds for endless
combinations. A closed, all-female set is maintained with
complete, discreet, in-house production. Sessions are edited
for beauty, and retouching magic is routinely performed. All
products are custom made by the artist, including limited-edition
poster calendars, fine-art prints, and hand-bound luxury albums.
For additional information and portfolio review, please visit
our Web site.
Matt, Nate, Owen, Co-Owner Cathy Callan, Barb, and Co-Owner
Mary Alice Smith
318 Delaware Ave., Main Square Plaza, Delmar 439-1727, javajazzcafe.net
Mon-Wed 7 AM-5 PM, Thu-Fri 7 AM-9 PM, Sat 8 AM-3 PM
Bright, friendly, dedicated staff
Interesting, healthy menu
Free wireless network
Local produce, dairy and coffee roasters
Live, local music every Thursday and Friday evening from 7
to 9 PM
Great meeting place for friends, colleagues and business transactions
Coming for the spring and summer:
Open deck in back—seating for 40
Smoothies, frappes, espressos and more
Delicious organic ice cream
Extended evening hours
Best kept secret in the Capital District
Diner & Catering
Owner Bob Ziter, Dawn, Maryrose, and Kelly
929 19th St., Watervliet 274-0319
Bob Ziter started his restaurant with a family atmosphere
and a popular place for socializing in August ’79. He bought
it from the Verni’s and ran it as Verni’s until April ’82.
When he changed the name to Bob’s Diner, he then opened 24
hours, seven days a week.
Bob’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner; anytime day or night.
Here at Bob’s, the menu has a variety of foods. He’s not only
famous for his gravy fries; you’ll have to try Bob’s Big Breakfast.
For lunch and dinner, he offers a daily special menu. Daily
special items starting as low as $4.95. Homemade dinners and
some late night munchies. Don’t forget dessert—strawberry
short cake on a biscuit or maybe a piece of chocolate cream
Bob’s accepts Visa and Mastercard.
August 8 is our 29th anniversary. Hope to see you soon!
Skin Care & Make-up
Owner and Esthetician Olivia Weatherwax
1178 Western Ave., Albany 489-0810, angels-skin-care.com
If you are looking for professional experience in skin care
look no further! My services here at Angels Skin Care &
Make-up are extensive and reasonably priced. I specialize
in facial services including anti-aging, acne, Rosacea, bleaching,
vitamin C, organic fruits and Alpha Hydroxyl Acid treatments.
Other services offered include massages, hair removal, masks,
make-up, permanent make-up, tattoo removal and paraffin treatment.
I am a NYS licensed Esthetician with a B.S. in Nursing while
attending the School of Christine Valmy, the Swedish Institution
of NY, the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, and IIPA. In addition,
I’m proud to state that I am a member of the Cambridge Who’s
Who and a member of the IMA Group. As a veteran of the field
I can offer you advice, lessons and guidance for a more beautiful
you! I can promise a calm and caring environment while you
receive quality work. Come try today and see the difference
Angels Skin Care can make for you!
Metro-Mallers Semi-Professional Minor League Football Team
Owner, CEO Frank Rogers
1102 Western Ave., Albany 427-8414, metromallers.com
From 1968 to 1991, the Mallers dominated minor-league sports
in the Capital District. The team folded in 1992 and other
teams tried to replace the magic the Mallers created in 23
years of football excellence. After many failed attempts by
lesser known teams, the Mallers resurfaced in 2004 under the
leadership of general manager Joseph Barbagallo and team president
and owner Frank Rogers. Two league championships, one Eastern
Regional title and a National Championship appearance in the
Orange Bowl, Miami, has the Capital District excited once
The Mallers—56-10 in 4 years—use their strong relationships
with the New York Giants (NFL), Calgary Stampede (CFL), and
Albany Conquest (AF2) to promote players in their quest for
a career in professional football. If you would like to try
out for the 2008 Mallers team or join our organization in
any capacity, please visit our Web site.
In addition to the Mallers, Frank Rogers built All-American
Sports Recreation, Inc. in 1996. The company creates recreational-sports
leagues for a variety of sports, and manages each league,
giving the recreational athlete a venue to compete at his/her
ability level. All of the leagues provide Web sites, officials,
and quality fields throughout the Capital District. Although
many of his leagues are for adults, kids have become excited
over the NFL youth flag-football program now played year round.
Buns Pet Sitting
Pet Care Provider Amy Reynolds Comtois
788-0042, firstname.lastname@example.org, fuzzybunspetsitting.com
Do you work long hours and hate to leave your puppy alone?
Do you take an occasional weekend getaway but don’t have anyone
to watch your cat? Maybe you’re planning an extended vacation
but don’t know what to do with your pets? You need a professional
Fuzzy Buns Pet Sitting offers several different pet sitting
services. For the person who is at work all day, I can do
a midday let out with your dog. We’ll take a walk, play, and
he’ll get some extra attention during that time. I also offer
vacation sits. Prior to your leaving for your trip we’ll plan
on how many times a day you will need pet sitting services.
I come right to you so your pet gets to enjoy all of the comforts
of home. I will stick to your pet’s usual routine—walk, play,
cuddle, brush, feed, give medication, scoop the litter box.
Lastly, I offer overnight services. That’s right—a sleepover
for your pets.
Pet sitting isn’t just for dogs and cats. I’ve pet sat for
mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, lizards, even
a tarantula. Fuzzy Buns offers reliable, loving (emphasis
on loving), in-home pet care. I am bonded and insured. Fuzzy
Buns Pet Sitting services the following areas: Cohoes, Lansingburgh,
Troy, Brunswick, Rensselaer, downtown Albany, Loudonville,
Menands, Watervliet, Latham and Green Island.
Please visit my Web site or contact me. I look forward to
meeting you and your pets soon.
Owner and Operator Patrick J. Battuello
450 Madison Ave., Albany 463-1881; 1095 Central Ave., Albany
Little Anthony’s has been owned and operated by Patrick J.
Battuello and family for the past 20 years at its original
location on Central Avenue. This past March, Little Anthony’s
opened its second location on Madison Avenue. Both locations
offer a menu of pizzas, calzones, pastas, subs, salads, and
appetizers, as well as vegan items. Little Anthony’s has large
catering dishes for special occasions, and we also offer free
Pizza is the top priority, and we are especially proud of
our homemade dough and sauce recipe courtesy of Pat’s grandfather,
Papa Joe. Papa Joe actually made the dough daily until 1999
at the age of 86! Little Anthony’s is also very pleased that
they have an extremely dedicated staff that has been a part
of the business (and family) for many years.
We appreciate all of our loyal customers that have helped
our business to succeed, and we look forward to creating new
relationships at our Madison address. We are currently developing
our Web site, so please check for updates so that you can
review our menu.
Information Systems (VIS)
James Hughes, MCSE
400 Patroon Creek Blvd., Suite 203, Albany 701-2080, virtualinfosys.com,
VIS is a comprehensive consulting service now in its fourth
year of operation with a focus on network design, implementation,
data security, and systems integration. Some of our services
include dedicated support, online backup, Web design/hosting,
e-mail filtering, remote network monitoring/reporting, co-location,
and complete business solutions.
Our goal is to be your virtual IT team. VIS partners with
Microsoft, Dell, and Lenovo among others to provide enterprise-level
solutions for small businesses throughout the Capital District
But we are more than just another IT shop. After four years
in business, we are reducing our environmental footprint even
as the size of our firm continues to grow. We are proud to
announce our commitment to changing the way technology products
impact our surroundings.
We promote services such as our Trees for PCs. This program
donates money (Conservation Fund) for the planting of trees
to help offset carbon emissions. As a VIS customer, upon implementation
of a new system, we will provide data destruction and electronic
recycling services for all of your retired equipment. This
recycling process meets and/or exceeds environmental standards.
Allow us to handle all of your business technology and promote
a healthier environment.
Did I mention the owner of VIS drives a hybrid?
Wine Bar and Bistro
Chef Owner Kevin P. Everleth
200 Lark St., Albany 463-2881, email@example.com
Raise your glass and extend your welcome to one of the Lark
Street community’s newest entrepreneurs. Kevin Everleth, also
known as the Saucy Chef, has re-opened a familiar night spot
on Lark Street. Just before the holiday season, Everleth took
over Antica Enoteca Old World Wine Bar and overnight opened
as the Wine Bar and Bistro. Since taking the reigns of the
candlelight and brick inflected, Old World-style cellar, Everleth
has completely revitalized the wine list by adding over 30
new wines from around the globe, including 60 by the glass!
In addition to the wine list, Everleth offers a remarkable
bistro menu that will delight the palate. Offering classically
prepared dishes such as lamb, bass, duck and quail, come soon
and come often as Everleth changes the menu weekly. Soon,
the patio will be open and you can sip on a delightful Sauvignon
blanc under the moonlight. The Wine Bar and Bistro is now
offering extended hours and will be open on Sundays beginning
March 30, 5 PM-close.
Tech Auto Repair
Ryan Bentley, owner Derek Walsh and Jean Laraway,
169 Jefferson St., Albany, 432-7781
I opened Capital Tech Auto Repair about seven years ago and
almost went out of business in three months. I started with
no customer base and very little capital. Slowly the business
started to grow and now we have approximately 900 customers.
I depend heavily on my two employees Jean and Ryan to handle
a very busy schedule. We strive to exceed everyone’s expectations
and take pride in what we do. Our official hours are Monday
through Friday from 8 AM-5:30 PM. But it’s not uncommon to
find us here late at night or on the weekends.
Anthony, Robert, Nicolas and owner Papa Cardona
340 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-4838, cardonasmarket.com
Delighting taste buds since 1945. For 33 years, the Cardonas
have brought the taste and palate of Italy to the Capital
District. Our store is a recognizable part of Delaware Avenue
neighborhood and our numerous customers and neighbors have
become part of the family. Over a year into our remodel and
expansion, we’re now looking forward to offering our customers
comfortable, convenient seating. We listened to the very best
consultants—our employees and customers—and designed our store
to be both spacious and inviting. We’re still combining the
Old World charm of a neighborhood marketplace with the warmth
and ambience steaming from a passion for fine foods and a
love for bringing people together. From the fresh smell and
vibrant colors of our produce, through aisles of the finest
imported olive oils, cheese preserves, fresh and dried pastas,
to the assortment of homemade pasta sauces and pesto, each
in delicious combinations that have to be tasted to be believed,
to our selection of fresh and dried pastas in regular and
all natural flavors, and our meat store, carrying all natural
beef and chicken, we pride ourselves on bringing our customers
the finest taste of the Mediterranean. Our kitchen prepares
delicious hot meals, salads, sandwiches and antipastos daily.
We provide the best catering services for your social and
business entertainment needs. And like always, we love to
listen to our customers, and we are still passionate about
food, friends, and family. Come in and meet the family! Open
Monday to Saturday from 8 AM-7 PM and Sunday from 9 AM-2 PM.
28 Clinton St. Suites 1 and 2, Saratoga Springs, 12866, 583-0300,
James Curley and Scott Fultz, two members of the progressive
rock band Cold Sweat, founded Mountain Media in 1998. After
more than a decade of travel, concerts, recording CDs and
starving, the duo put their dream of making it big in the
music industry on hold so they could pursue another dream:
developing search-engine friendly, intuitive and extensible
e-commerce and content-management software. Helping businesses
get found online since 1998, Saratoga Springs based Mountain
Media has developed the most search-engine-friendly software
available today. Their solution is able to manage large organizational
Web sites as well as bring the products and services of smaller
entrepreneurs to the Web. This proprietary software, as seen
on CBS 6 News and in Practical Ecommerce magazine’s
“Notable Shopping Carts,” is the result of a decade of effort
by a development team obsessed with usability, improved search-engine
placement, flexibility and creating industry leading feature
sets. The company compliments its software applications with
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Jim, Rhiannon, Josh, Tony Popolizio (owner) Tom and Mike
3905 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701, dromesound.com
Drome Sound carries a large variety of musical instruments
for the beginner to the professional musician, including sound
equipment and computer software. We always try to offer our
products at the best prices available. Drome Sound has increased
its inventory with new lines like ESP, Jackson, Gallien Krueger,
Gretsch drums, and a few more lines. A good percentage of
our inventory is used and we carry a large variety of parts
and accessories in each department. We offer electronic repairs,
woodwind repairs, and we now have a great inside guitar repair
person. Drome Sound is celebrating its 40th anniversary this
year, and we will be announcing some great upcoming clinics.
“There’s no place like Drome,” offering rentals, repairs,
George Vasilakos, owner
1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202, edenstudios.net/zombieplanet
My mission with Zombie Planet is to give the Capital District
a one-stop, full-service adventure-game store; a place for
people to find new and unique card, role-playing, and board
games to stimulate their minds, and to do something other
than sit behind a TV or computer screen. We specialize in
role-playing games like the cult classic (and our most popular)
Dungeons & Dragons. We also carry Magic: the Gathering
card game as well as the kid favorites—Pokemon and Yu-Gi-OH!
For the super-hero fans we have Heroclix, which is a collectible
miniature game using the heroes and villains from DC and Marvel
comics. Our second floor is open to people to play games on-site
and meet new players for their favorite games. What sets us
apart from other stores like us? We have a huge inventory
of product and a knowledgeable staff—plus a huge gaming space
for people to play.
Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Skin Care
Arthur N. Falk, MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon & Laser Specialist
35 Hackett Blvd., Albany; One West Medical, 1 West Ave., Suite
300, Saratoga Springs, 262-7193, aboutfacedoc.com
The Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Skin Care
is a cutting-edge, physician-based aesthetic practice providing
comprehensive skin care and rejuvenation treatments with a
distinctive treatment philosophy. A philosophy where your
board-certified physician is specialized and involved in all
facets of your care. Your rejuvenation options are comprehensive
and tailored to meet your goals and lifestyles. Your patient
care is characterized by personable, relaxed professionalism
and dedicated service with every experience.
Surrounded by the works of the regional artist, Leigh Wen,
ease of mind and body will begin your experience. Our menu
of services is extensive from minimally invasive treatments
to contemporary surgical techniques. Difficult to treat skin
conditions such as acne, melasma and rosacea can be dramatically
improved with our combination treatment programs which incorporate
medications, lasers and other office-based therapies.
As a full-spectrum laser center, we offer a broad array of
laser treatments including revolutionary Fraxel Laser
Resurfacing, microlaser peels, tattoo removal, hair removal,
skin tightening, and laser removal of vascular and pigmented
blemishes. Corrective fillers and other injectibles, like
Botox, are administered exclusively by Dr. Falk. Complementary
aesthetic services include custom blended-mineral makeup,
facials, and physician-exclusive retail lines, such as Obagi,
Skinceuticals, and Skinmedica for a truly comprehensive experience.
When you are seeking serious skin-care solutions, turn to
us for a customized treatment plan that reflects a combined
vision of your personal transformation to a refreshed more
Foxy and Annabelle
215 Western Ave. #3, Albany, 465-2238, maryjanebooks.com
Mary Jane wants to say “thank you” to the Capital Region for
a cool decade of “getting used” on the corner of Western and
Quail. In 1998, Mary Jane opened her doors to college students
and the local community. We stock primarily used textbooks
for University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College,
and, most recently, Schenectady County Community College.
Mary Jane’s mission is to provide an affordable alternative
to on-campus college bookstores.
We primarily have a “counter service” operation, bringing
textbooks to you based on classes you’re taking, and if we
don’t have what you are looking for, we can easily order it
for you. We now can process orders through our Web site, which
is super-fabulous. If you see our big blue “Magic Bus” driving
around, hop on board, it’s “magically” running on vegetable
oil, and we love that fact, and we think you do, too.
Additionally, Mary Jane is more than just textbooks; we house
many fiction and non-fiction titles, foreign-language novels,
local-author publications, school supplies, (and the always
coveted), Mary Jane T-shirts. So stop in and check us out.
Thanks again Capital Region!
Owner Nick Pavoldi
578 New Loudon Road, Latham 389-2200, BodyworkProfessionals.com
Our philosophy, “Bonsai Business”—small, cared for, and totally
Structural Integration was developed by Ida Rolf in the 1960’s.
Her research in connective-tissue properties and their relationship
to function led to the development of Structural Integration.
Some of her students called the work Rolfing.
Structural Integration takes advantage of the thixotropic
nature of connective tissue. With the addition of an applied
force, connective tissue can change shape. Injury or unsuccessful
patterns of movement can lead to limited function causing
pain or discomfort. Connective tissue tends to move to the
areas of strain. As a Structural Integration practitioner,
I look at those strained patterns and relationships in body
parts and use the connective tissue matrix to create more
successful movement patterns. It sounds a little boring, but
it’s really cool.
Bodywork Professionals is a natural progression of my work.
I have a space dedicated to bodywork, a staff who shares my
passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to try things even if
they haven’t been done before. One thing that hasn’t been
tried before is the Golden Ticket. Its 10 massages or 10 -
$50 vouchers to use for any other work we offer; like Structural
Integration. We have 23 left. Bodywork Professionals is friends
and neighbors with the Pilates Principle.
Owner Irene Skawinski
9 Johnson Road, Latham 786-8048 www.diamondeight.com
Thank you Metroland readers for again voting us the
Best Billiard Room!
We’ve made some exciting changes in the past year to help
make your Diamond Eight experience even more fun! We have
recently added eight 7-foot pool tables to our room. Add that
to our thirteen 9-foot tables and billiard table, and what
do you have? More pool-playing choices. We’ve updated our
food menu with great-tasting wraps. You can even create your
own. We’ve added Trivia to our Monday night slate of entertainment.
Starting at 9:30 PM every Monday, Karaoke with Mark “the Shark”
starts off with a fun trivia contest. Multiple rounds, cool
rules and refreshing prizes make this trivia night fun and
relaxing. The APA leagues are still going strong. Last year,
three of our teams made it to Las Vegas to compete for the
National Title. One of those teams placed 5th in the 9-Ball
Championships! Ask us about the APA and how you can win a
trip to Las Vegas to compete for thousands of dollars. Diamond
Eight is still a great place to have your party. From birthdays
to corporate meetings, retirements to team-building, Diamond
Eight will help make your event one to remember. Ask us for
more information or visit our Web site. Diamond Eight Billiards
is still the best upscale billiard room and sports bar in
the Capital District. Thanks again for your support. Check
our Web site for the latest news and events.
3125 Carmen Road, Rotterdam 355-1020, townetv.com
You always get the “Best in Towne.” This slogan was coined
by my dad over 40 years ago. He and my mother founded Towne
TV in 1956 on a shoestring budget. They both worked other
jobs while building the business and their commitment to customer
service has been our reason for success in the highly competitive
home electronics and appliance business.
The slogan is still our core belief to this day and is the
passion that lies in our entire staff and especially the three
gentlemen pictured above. Paul DeMilio has been a Towne TV
employee for over 30 years and is our store manager. Paul
has a list of clients that won’t deal with anyone else in
the store. He’s our comic relief. Paul is also the deep voice
in you hear on all our commercials! Rick House is a 10-year
Towne TV employee and a 35-year veteran in the audio/video
business. Rick specializes in marketing our business and has
grown tremendously in the sales of custom installations to
our clients building new homes. Kevin Roberts has been with
Towne TV for over six years and is a 25-year veteran in the
home-electronics business. Kevin is the best multitasker I
have met and is a true people person.
These three experts have more experience than most stores
have on their entire staff. The three of them along with our
excellent administrative staff, and professional installation
and delivery teams are the reason for our business’s continuing
growth every year and building client list that includes some
of the most successful people in the Capital District.
At Towne TV we do our best to provide the best possible experience,
the best value and the best service after the sale to all
our clients so we can continue saying, “You always get the
best in Towne!”
574 River St., Troy, 687-0304, krispinsauto.com
I started working on cars when I was very young, usually because
my friends and I could not afford to have anyone else fix
them. Through much trial and error, I found that I enjoyed
automotive repair. After attending the automotive program
at Hudson Valley Community College, I went to work for a local
independent garage. It was there that I honed my skills and
received my ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) master technician
status. After 10 years, I decided on a new venture and opened
my own shop. I purchased and opened Krispin’s Automotive Repair
at 574 River Street in downtown Troy on July 5, 2006.
I specialize in the service and repair of Japanese, domestic,
light truck and most European vehicles. I do advanced check-engine-light
diagnostics and emissions related repairs. I am also a certified
NYS vehicle inspection station.
With the exception of body work/cosmetic repairs, no job is
too big and no job is too small . . . I am capable of doing
Michael Fiske, Christina Stott
71 FOURTH ST., TROY, 272-1918
Kismet, established June 2006, operates as an artist-owned
gallery and studio space. Showcased in Kismet’s 3,000-square-foot
gallery is the work of over 125 regional artists and artisans,
including fine art, photography, prints, jewelry, ceramics,
glass art, sculpture, fiber arts, and other unique handmade
curiosities. On the last Friday of the month, we have an opening
and reception in conjunction with Troy Night Out.
Kismet Gallery is a new breed of bottom-up retail enterprises
where we pride ourselves on doing things differently. Unlike
other retailers, we never sell anything made in a sweatshop—just
one-of-a-kind handcrafted items which are sustainable and
manufactured by our family, friends, and neighbors in our
community. At Kismet, we stand for principles over profit;
idealism over hype; values over image; and mutual aid over
competition. Unlike retailers at the mall, for every dollar
spent here at least 70 cents goes back into our community
to pay our artists; the rest goes to keep the gallery open.
As owners, we see ourselves primarily as activists fighting
back against the corporate takeover running roughshod over
our communities. We view the corporate flagpoles dominating
our streets and the city outskirts as being representative
of conquest, not community. Our once-bustling downtowns have
been left derelict, once-plentiful resources have been pillaged,
and once-promised jobs have been axed in favor of sweatshop
labor. The time is now to kick the corporations to the curb
and to reclaim our communities.
Pine Hills Family Medicine PLLC, 527 Western Ave., Albany,
Dr. Tulchinsky grew up in Guilderland, and in the Guilderland
school system. He graduated from the University at Albany
in 1992. Dr. Tulchinsky graduated from the N.Y. College of
Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury in 2000, and he finished
his residency in family medicine in 2003 from St. Francis
Hospital in Wilmington, Del. After leaving residency, Dr.
Tulchinsky worked for the Indian Health service in the medically
underserved community of Barrow, Alaska, on the Arctic Ocean.
Pine Hills Family Medicine opened Oct. 8, 2007. The practice
is similar to the micro-practice model. Modern life may be
fun, but it is in constant flux with many stressors. Our medical
system has many problems. But Pine Hills Family Medicine likes
to keep things simple and easy for the patients we serve.
We remember that people would prefer to speak to a real, live
person. Dr. Tulchinsky speaks Spanish as well as English.
Melissa Tulchinsky, his wife, speaks Mandarin, Shanghainese,
and Cantonese when available. Our office hours are Monday
and Tuesday 8 AM to 5 PM; Wednesday and Thursday 11 AM to
8 PM. Melissa is also a registered dietitian, and she can
see patients by an appointment only. It is possible to make
appointments outside of usual office hours on an as-needed
basis. Since it is a fairly new practice, the doctor can usually
schedule appointments the same day and often within a few
minutes to hours. Pine Hills Family Medicine is located in
a historic blue Victorian at the northwest corner of Allen
and the split of Western and Madison avenues. Optional services
include osteopathic manipulation, concierge medicine, as well
as home visits. Payment plans are also available. Most major
insurances are accepted including CDPHP, Medicare, Blue Cross
Blue Shield of NE NY, Empire Plan, Aetna, Cigna, United Health
care, and a few others.
Upscale Sports Bar
1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1995 to present, Maggie Smith has been just about the
friendliest bar owner around. She and Joe just love people.
Their place is still one of the best kept secrets in Albany.
From fine dining to great sports entertainment, even karaoke
every Friday and Saturday since their inception in 1995 on
Fuller Road. Really the happiest, friendliest atmosphere around.
Featuring all satellite sports packages on over 16 LCD TVs,
Maggie’s even features live bands once a month, lunch and
dinner specials weekly, and beer specials with every sports
event. Maggie’s is even involved in the community—soccer,
Metro-Mallers, and more! Call to reserve their separate facility
for banquets, parties, etc; it holds up to 100 people. We
also cater off-premise events. Maggie’s does it all. Twelve
beers on tap and happy hour Monday through Friday 4-6 PM!
Chef Larry Schepici, Owner
250 Broadway, troy 272-2066
As the exciting revitalization of Troy continues to flourish,
we invite you to visit Le Marche Vert; a new gourmet market
filled with an abundant array of gourmet and everyday necessities
supplied by many local and organic farmers and diaries.
Le Marche Vert, French for “the Green Market” features fresh
fish, a world wide variety of cheese ranging from Italian
24-month aged Parmigano Reggiano to a limestone cave matured
Roquefort from France, Irish cheddars and a large selection
of some of the finest blues.
Bring home some of our many favorite specialties prepared
at Tosca by Chef Larry Schepici such as Buffalo Meatloaf,
Tosca Chicken Salad, Balsamic Marinated Portobella Mushrooms,
Chic Pea Salad, Touboulie, Roasted Yellow and Red Tomatoes
and Peppers and freshly made Mozzarella.
We feature freshly roasted organic rotisserie chicken with
a specialty rub and take orders for ham, goose or duck for
the holidays. Our smoker provides us with a unique feature
of being able to offer freshly smoked meats, cheese and fish.
Tosca’s Chef John Vasquez prepares the finest selection of
truffles, macaroons and fruit tarts with many new creations
Le Marche Vert offers many everyday necessities as well as
our fine gourmet fare. We carry a full range of dairy products
from local organic farms; milk, cream, butter, eggs and yogurt
along with a selection of freshly squeezed orange and tangerine
juice, coffees, teas, natural drinks and sodas. We bake fresh
For those special occasions, please call ahead to place your
custom made order for a gift basket or stop by to pick up
a gift certificate.
Counties of Ireland
77 3RD St., Troy, 687-0054, thecountiesofireland.com
Our original store opened in Troy in June 2000. Our idea was
to bring something a little different to our customers . .
. something unique. We not only wanted to cater to our Irish
customers but all nationalities, to show people the true crafts
of Ireland. That is why we consider ourselves “Not your typical
Irish shop.” In December 2004, we purchased the Cooper Shoes
building at 77 3rd Street in historic downtown Troy, and in
June of 2005 we re-opened our new shop, making this our permanent
home. Our newly remodeled space is a spectacular sight, with
the original tin ceilings, hardrock maple floors, and vintage
shelves. We still offer the same beautiful merchandise that
is manufactured and imported directly from Ireland because
authenticity is very important to us. We are always adding
new product lines to our store, for example this year we have
added Irish linens, Irish-made tea pots and kettles, just
to name a few.
We have just launched a new Web site in March that we are
truly excited about. This is the next leg of our ever growing
business. Eight years later we still believe that no matter
what age or nationality you are, the Counties of Ireland invites
you to our shop or our NEW online store and experience a bit
of Ireland . . . the Ireland we Love!
Fine Flooring, LLC
Owner Benjamin Grieco, Manager Jessica Ryan, and Sales Sandy
511 State Route 29 (Corner of Route 29 and 40S) Greenwich,
Fine Flooring, founded by Ben and Sherrie Grieco, is a full-service
floor-covering store, and has been serving the Capital Region
for over 35 years. At Benjamin’s, we offer a quality selection
of all flooring types—ceramic tile, carpet, hardwood, laminates,
vinyl, natural stone, and remnants. We offer top flooring
brands like Shaw, Mohawk, Daltile, and Mannington . . . but
have always strived to carry flooring lines that set us apart
from our competitors. We offer a full line of “green” flooring,
like Marmoleum, Smart Strand and wool carpets, cork, and oiled
hardwoods, and also carry a beautiful selection of ceramic,
porcelain, and glass tiles from around the world. Our company
does both residential and commercial work, and we warranty
all of our installations for life. We have all of our own
payrolled expert installers who have worked for us for years,
but also offer a full line of installation tools and materials
for your next do-it-yourself project. We pride ourselves on
excellent one-on-one customer service. Our staff here at Benjamin’s
is very knowledgeable of all flooring types and the proper
installation of each. Feel free to call us with questions
or even for ideas any time! We enjoy doing custom work, and
working with you to design the exact layout/pattern you’ve
been envisioning. We offer free in-home estimates, and 90
days same as cash financing. Stop by our showroom, or give
us a call . . . and let us help you design the floor of your
-Volvo Sales & Service
Owners Dave Mooney and Sean Nava
2200 Central Ave., Colonie, 346-5581(service) 382-9005 (sales),
precisionalbany.com Expert Volvo repair in Colonie, Schenectady,
Niskayuna, Saratoga, and Albany.
Precision Automotive Inc. and Precision Motors Inc. is your
one-stop solution for Volvo service and previously-owned Volvo
sales. We service all years and makes of Volvo automobiles.
We also sell previously owned Volvos. Our success is derived
from the trust and loyalty of our repeat customers. We measure
our performance by the feedback our loyal customers have given
us throughout the years. It takes many years to develop a
reputation for expertise, quality, and integrity. That’s why
we provide our customers with personalized attention and do
everything in our power to make the maintenance of your vehicle
our top priority. We may not be the least expensive, but we
are, and always will be, the best value! We pride ourselves
on our ability to repair or service most cars on the same
day, and we carry a large inventory of OEM quality parts to
ensure quick and professional service. All work is done by
We are an independent repair shop and sales facility that
specializes in servicing Volvo automobiles. We are not, in
any way, affiliated with the Volvo Car Corporation. We use
the term Volvo solely to describe the nature of our business.
Courtney Atwood, Jennifer Roman, Margaret Partyka, Tina Simeone
and Kaleigh O’Brien
17 Colvin Ave. Albany, 13 Second St., Troy, 145 Marshall St.,
Syracuse, 420 Eddy St., Ithaca,
489-0505, Fax 489-0505, somegirlsboutique.com and myspace/somegirlsboutique.com
There is no other shopping experience quite like one at Some
Girls boutique. As you enter our boutiques, you’ll instantly
feel the charm and coziness that our colorful walls create
and will always be greeted by our delightful team of fashionistas,
who are so eager to help. Our purpose here is for the customers,
we want to help make you feel and look fabulous. And with
our unique selection of clothing from N.Y.C., L.A., and Las
Vegas, we can provide our customers with a terrific shopping
experience. Our merchandise is one-of-a-kind that you won’t
find elsewhere in Albany. In fact, we pride ourselves on only
ordering a limited quantity of styles, so that each piece
beyond a doubt remains exclusive.
Our brands include Free People, BB Dakota, Tulle, Blank Denim,
Kensie Girl, and American Apparel, to name a few.
We have been in this business for five years, starting with
our lovely location on Colvin Avenue and expanding to Troy,
Syracuse, and Ithaca. We have an expert buying team that is
up to date on all of the latest trends and passionate about
getting them to you. Our goal is to provide our customers
with a cherished shopping experience; a place where they know
that they can come to and receive undivided customer care.
If you have shopped with us before, you know what we are talking
about, if not come check us out and see for yourself. For
more information, visit us on the Web.
258 Lark St., Albany 463-9636, Bombersburritobar.com
It’s so amazing that Bombers Burrito Bar has been “rolling
fatties” for 11 years! When Lynn Beaumont and I opened Bombers
in 1997 (Lynn now owns the popular Cheesecake Machismo on
Hamilton Street), we never thought our little take-out restaurant
would be where it’s at today. Bombers Burrito Bar has grown
to include delivery service for lunch, award-winning
chicken wings, and a kick-ass bar specializing in premium
tequila, margaritas, and draft beers. And, in addition to
spreading the guacamole and sour cream, Bombers will soon
be spreading its burrito love to Schenectady! (Sorry, bad
joke). To find out more about Bombers Burrito Bar, including
hours of operation, nightly specials and franchise information,
please visit our Web site.
Matt Baumgartner, Bombers Burrito Bar