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Small Business 2008


Metro Spa & Salon

Owner Arthene LaValley

350 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 786-1950,

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.

Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant

Manager Julie Byron

234 Western Ave., Albany, 427-5963,

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.

The Pilates Principle

Owner Nuhar Jaleel, P.T.

578 Loudon Road, Latham 783-1678,

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 Professionals.

AC Body Works & Sons

2970 Guilderland ave., Rotterdam 355-1370,

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!

The Open Door Bookstore

128 Jay St., Schenectady 346-2719,

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.

Capital Volvo of Albany

347 New Karner Road, Albany 452-1100,

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 great specials!

Hillary Raimo

Owner of Matters for Mind, Body & Spirit 376-2503

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.

“Working 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.

Buenau’s Opticians

Michael Buenau, Rosalynn Vikara, Lisa and Jeff Buenau (owners)

228 Delaware Ave., Delmar 439-7012,

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 eyes.

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.

Digital Artist’s Space

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.

Aunt Katie’s Attic

Route 5, Scotia, 887-3026,

Come see why Metroland readers think we’re the CATS PAJAMAS!

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.

El Mariachi

Owners Freddie Bhola, Patty Bermejo-Bhola and Marco Bermejo

144 Washington Ave., Albany 465-2568; 289 Hamilton St., Albany, 432-7580;

Route 9 South Broadway, Saratoga springs, 581-5901,

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.

Shalimar Restaurant

35 Central Ave., Albany 434-0890

15 Park Ave., Clifton Park 348-1494

405 Fulton St., Troy 273-8744,

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.

Elissa Halloran Designs

229 Lark St., Albany 432-7090,

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.

Charl 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 goal.

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.

Java Jazz Cafe

Matt, Nate, Owen, Co-Owner Cathy Callan, Barb, and Co-Owner Mary Alice Smith

318 Delaware Ave., Main Square Plaza, Delmar 439-1727,

Mon-Wed 7 AM-5 PM, Thu-Fri 7 AM-9 PM, Sat 8 AM-3 PM

Closed Sunday


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

Bob’s 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 pie.

Bob’s accepts Visa and Mastercard.

August 8 is our 29th anniversary. Hope to see you soon!

Angels Skin Care & Make-up

Owner and Esthetician Olivia Weatherwax

1178 Western Ave., Albany 489-0810,

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!

Albany Metro-Mallers Semi-Professional Minor League Football Team

Owner, CEO Frank Rogers

1102 Western Ave., Albany 427-8414,

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 again.

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.

Fuzzy Buns Pet Sitting

Pet Care Provider Amy Reynolds Comtois


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 pet sitter!

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.

Little Anthony’s

Owner and Operator Patrick J. Battuello

450 Madison Ave., Albany 463-1881; 1095 Central Ave., Albany 459-5959,

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 delivery.

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.

Virtual Information Systems (VIS)

James Hughes, MCSE

400 Patroon Creek Blvd., Suite 203, Albany 701-2080,,

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 and beyond.

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?

The Wine Bar and Bistro

Chef Owner Kevin P. Everleth

200 Lark St., Albany 463-2881,

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.

Capital 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.

Cardona’s Market

Anthony, Robert, Nicolas and owner Papa Cardona

340 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-4838,

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.

Mountain Media

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 a spectrum of hosting, search-engine marketing, online-payment solutions and custom-application development. If you’re looking to get a new site up and running, have been struggling with your current site and need an upgrade, or need a special application developed, the team of 13 Internet-obsessed gurus at Mountain Media can get you on track.

Drome Sound

Jim, Rhiannon, Josh, Tony Popolizio (owner) Tom and Mike

3905 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701,

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, and lessons.

Zombie Planet

George Vasilakos, owner

1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202,

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.

The 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,

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 confident you.

Mary Jane Books

Foxy and Annabelle

215 Western Ave. #3, Albany, 465-2238,

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!

Bodywork Professionals

Owner Nick Pavoldi

578 New Loudon Road, Latham 389-2200,

Our philosophy, “Bonsai Business”—small, cared for, and totally rad.

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.

Diamond Eight Billiards

Owner Irene Skawinski

9 Johnson Road, Latham 786-8048

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.

Towne TV

3125 Carmen Road, Rotterdam 355-1020,

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!”

Krispin’s Automotive Repair

Krispin Vagnini

574 River St., Troy, 687-0304,

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 it all.

Kismet Gallery

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.

Victor Tulchinsky, D.O.

Pine Hills Family Medicine PLLC, 527 Western Ave., Albany, 482-1570,

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.

Maggie’s Upscale Sports Bar

1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661,

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!

Le Marche Vert

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 made daily.

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 bread daily.

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.

The Counties of Ireland

Robin McDonough

77 3RD St., Troy, 687-0054,

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!

Benjamin’s Fine Flooring, LLC

Owner Benjamin Grieco, Manager Jessica Ryan, and Sales Sandy Bain

511 State Route 29 (Corner of Route 29 and 40S) Greenwich, 692-7569,

Benjamin’s 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 dreams!

Precision -Volvo Sales & Service

Owners Dave Mooney and Sean Nava

2200 Central Ave., Colonie, 346-5581(service) 382-9005 (sales), 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 appointment only.

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.

Some Girls Boutique

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, and myspace/

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.

Bombers Burrito Bar

258 Lark St., Albany 463-9636,

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.

—Owner Matt Baumgartner, Bombers Burrito Bar

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