Owners Marco Bermejo, Patty Bermejo-Bhola, Freddie Bhola
144 Washington Ave., Albany 465-2568; 289 Hamilton St.,
Albany, 432-7580; Route 9 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
We began our family business in the Capital Region 13 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
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 for more than
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 2009!), and my family who stand together
to keep the business growing.
Rachel Wrightson Naylor and Zhenelle Falk
Downtown Troy, tightknit.org
Tight Knit! is an independent art/craft event based in historic
downtown Troy. Founded in 2008 by Rachel Wrightson Naylor
(Troy Night Out, Vacant Storefront Artist Project) and Zhenelle
Falk, this event showcases a collection of handmade goods
by artists and crafters from throughout the Capital Region,
Hudson Valley, Berkshires and Southern Vermont.
Tight Knit!’s 2008 Holiday Event boasted 50 vendors and
welcomed hundreds of visitors and shoppers over 2 days.
For the 2009 Spring-Summer season Tight Knit! will expand
to a weekly open-air market every Saturday during June,
July and August in Troy’s beautiful downtown area. Tight
Knit! is thrilled to be a part of what has been dubbed “Market
Saturdays” in Downtown Troy, where in addition to shopping
Tight Knit! for one-of–a-kind handmade items, you can visit
the fabulous Troy Waterfront Farmers Market for the best
and most diverse produce in the region, and visit the great
variety of boutiques and shops on Troy’s historic city streets.
With a strong focus on community and small business over
big-box globalization, Tight Knit!’s mission is to organize
and motivate local artists and citizens to share their perspectives,
knowledge and creativity with others. Let’s keep our dollars
in our communities and grow together.
For More information on how to be a vendor at Tight Knit!
or how to attend one of these events please visit the Web
site, and find frequent updates at the Tight Knit! blog
at tightknitindie.blogspot.com. We can’t wait to see you
453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779, www.larktavern.com
We would like to thank Metroland readers for voting
us “Best Bar” for five years in a row! Tess has made her
mark on the Lark Tavern and the neighborhood. Setting a
goal to expand the Lark’s art, music, and food while maintaining
the traditions and atmosphere of a friendly neighborhood
bar has been no small feat, yet Tess and her staff have
managed to make it happen. We have listened to our customers’
suggestions and incorporated their ideas into making this
creative restructuring beneficial to everyone. Homemade
soups, meals, snacks and desserts are served from 11 AM
to 2 AM during the week, and until 3 AM on Friday and Saturday.
We have a diverse selection of wine and beer. Check the
entertainment section for cabaret, comedy, music, open mic,
poetry, fashion shows, and music competitions. We hope you
stop by to experience the camaraderie and diversity of people
that is known at the Lark Tavern.
229 Lark St., Albany, 432-7090, ehdesigns.com
I’ve been celebrating my 8th anniversary this month with
a sale on jewelry and assemblages. The sale has led new
customers into my still new-to-me store at 229 Lark St.,
where I moved in July 2007. My studio is handy and very
much a part of the whole operation. I can work on new designs
and step away to help customers as they browse the cases
and displays of visual art, pottery and knitcrafts by local
Part of the fun of having my own place is feeling like I
can really be a part of 1st Friday. I’ve invited a number
of artists to strut their artistic stuff on Albany’s monthly
gallery walks. Beth Cunningham is known for her terrific
typewriter key jewelry, and her organic stained glass window
hangings were a big hit. I’m also carrying handmade purses
by Petra Jancovicova—some of them are made from paint samples,
and all of them are colorful dreams. Bill Pettit’s gouache
landscapes of Cape Cod are still available, and he will
be showing local landscapes in June. During June, you’ll
also be able to get a peek at my backyard—watch for announcements
of Historic Albany’s Hidden City House and Garden Tour.
In the meantime, Howard McAvoy’s metal sculptures will be
here in April, and Mary Wheeler’s handmade jewelry will
be featured in May. My mother, Eve Halloran, will be presenting
a series of atmospheric landscapes in the hazy heat of August.
Thanks for your continued support over the years. If I haven’t
seen you for a while, stop by and say hello, and I will
charm you with my latest project. I’ve been having lots
of fun making vintage celluloid charms into jewelry. My
favorites are the animals dressed up as people.
(l-r) Pat Spillane, Leiah Bowden, Marilyn Rock, Owner Janet
Tanguay, Marina Petro, Susan Rivers, Eric Straus and Dave
313 Northampton Road, Amsterdam, 842-1757, artnsoulinc.com
Art-n-Soul, Inc. represents a community of artists including
photographers, sculptors, painters, musicians, fiber artists
and more. As a mixed-media artist, owner and Chief Creativity
Coach Janet Tanguay understands first hand the challenges
artists face. Art-n-Soul coaches help teach artists how
to sell their work, manage the business of art and connect
with the business community.
According to Tanguay, "Art-n-Soul is about inspiring artists
to be bold enough to take their ideas and really get them
out there in the world. We try to get this incredible artwork
out of attics and basements and in front of interior designers,
into corporate environments and gallery spaces. I also become
the liaison when artists don't necessarily feel comfortable
in a business environment or with the technical aspects
of selling art, like blogging and social networking Web
sites. I love what I do and that makes all the difference."
Art-n-Soul is a resource for fresh inspiration, a great
way to experiment with a new concept, and a sure thing for
igniting your passion. Art-n-Soul has offered workshops
on everything from creating vision boards to creating your
own signature cologne. They also have a brand new products
page, which includes sales of posters, prints, original
works of art, art cards and unique gift items.
Clients have described Art-n-Soul as "inspirational, creative,
realistic and visionary, always professional, a powerhouse
of connections". To learn more about Art-n-Soul, Inc. visit
artnsoulinc.com or contact Janet Tanguay at 842-1757.
Loco Mexican Café
Marcia Tolive, owner
465 Madison Ave. (between Lark Street and Washington Park),
El Loco has been serving Tex-Mex, Traditional Mexican, and
Nuevo Southwestern food and drink in a fun and festive atmosphere
in Albany for the past 25 years! We opened our doors during
the third Larkfest and continue to evolve while keeping
true to our original mission of offering delicious hearty
Mexican peasant food that is good for you. Brown rice, beans,
avocados, chilies, blue corn, spinach, tomatoes, cheese,
and meats cooked in a tinga, are the basic components of
El Loco’s dishes. These ingredients have been found to be
high in fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin B, lycopenes,
and are anti-inflammatory and high in anti-oxidants. We
have options for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free folks,
and kids, as well as your basic carnivores. El Loco has
a cozy backyard patio open during the summer. We have been
on so many “best of” lists in the past 25 years that I’ve
lost track, but one particular accolade that I am very proud
of is being named Best Ethnic Food in the Capital Region
some years ago by the Albany Times Union.
For many of our regular guests I think El Loco fulfills
the need for consistency in our crazy changeable world.
Our great staff continues to dish out handmade Mexican food
and kickass Margaritas that have made El Loco an Albany
institution. El Loco is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday,
and for lunch Wednesday to Saturday.
Foxy and Annabelle
215 Western Ave. #3, Albany, 465-2238, maryjanebooks.com
Mary Jane wants to say “thank you” to the Capital Region
for “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
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!
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 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.
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
Krispin Vagnini and Chuck Storms
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
Three years later my business is growing. I added a very
talented mechanic, Chuck Storms, to the team in June of
2008. Chuck is also an ASE-certified technician.
We still specialize in the service and repair of Japanese,
domestic, light truck and most European vehicles. We do
advanced check-engine-light diagnostics and emissions-related
repairs. We are also a certified NYS vehicle inspection
With the exception of body/cosmetic repairs, no job is too
big and no job is too small. . . . We are capable of doing
Jenna Bensen, Nick Pavoldi, Michelle Beaulieu
578 New Loudon Road, Latham, 389-2200, BodyworkProfessionals@gmail.com
People often ask me if our work hurts. A mark of a skilled
practitioner is knowing how to listen to clients and their
bodies. During the 13 years that I’ve been practicing, I’ve
found that good communication between the therapist and
client produces effective results without pain.
Direct work on tissue that is inflamed or irritated can
give the body a lot of sensory feedback. This feedback is
important information. It can be the product of an under-functioning
body telling the client what body parts are being most misused.
Bodywork looks at what path that led the body to dysfunction
and what changes can be made to support healthier structure
and function. We have a bag of tools at our disposal and
rely on feedback from our client to do our work properly.
Feedback may be verbal or a signal the body sends out on
it’s own communication network. A good therapist knows how
to interpret these signals to direct the flow of work.
Our staff at Bodywork Professionals are skilled practitioners,
and know that the person they are working on has their undivided
attention during their session.
Make an appointment this week (mention Metroland)
and we’ll take $10 off your next session.
Karen Schlesinger, Chris Jordan
265 River St., Troy, 203-1096, digitalartistspace.com
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 unparallel 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
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, photo papers, Japanese papers,
vinyl, fabrics, films, and metal.
Our scanning services accommodate films from 35mm, medium
format, and large format, as well as A4 reflective materials
up to 8000 dpi. We also provide retouching and restoration
We provide training in Photoshop, digital photography, and
other digital imaging consulting. We offer an intensive
2-day Digital Darkroom Workshop in the summer, and several
Alternative Process Digital Printing Workshops throughout
the 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 gallery. We are proud to be a participant of Troy
Night Out and a member of Capital District Local First.
Wine Bar and Bistro
Kevin P. Everleth
200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881
Welcome to the Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark. Located on the
hippest street in Downtown Albany, this night spot has been
transformed into an Old-World-style candlelight-and-brick
The Wine Bar and Bistro is constantly striving to provide
an amazing wine experience. Our award-winning wine list
offers more than 240 wines from around the globe, including
more than 70 wines by the glass. Sommelier Jonathan Stewart
is ready to provide expert guidance as you mull through
the wine list.
In addition to the ever-changing wine, list chef-owner Kevin
P. Everleth offers a remarkable bistro menu of classically
prepared dishes, sure to delight any palate. Three fireplaces
create the perfect ambiance during the cold winter months,
and three patios take outdoor dining to a new level during
the warmer months.
Come enjoy your favorite food and wine under the stars!
Voted Best Wine List and Best Wine Bar by the staff and
readers of Metroland. Open seven days a week from 5 PM until
J. Parker Tax Accounting Firm
Russell J. Parker
681 Western Ave., Albany, 482-5623, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Russell J. Parker Tax Accounting Firm’s mission is to
provide a professional tax service to residents of the Capital
District, specializing in preparing basic Federal and New
York State tax returns for a flat $85.00 fee with no additional
hidden costs or fees.
Russell J. Parker retired from employment as an IRS Agent
in May of 2002 and established his privately owned business—The
Russell J. Parker Tax Accounting Firm. He is an Enrolled
Agent, certified to practice before the IRS, and brings
32 years of experience to this sole proprietorship.
Russell was a coordinator/instructor for the IRS Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for 8 years, and for
the last 10 years Russell J. Parker has provided free tax
counseling and tax returns preparation for the Albany Damien
Center, which is a community center for individuals and
families living with HIV/AIDS in the Capital Region. The
firm also offers valuable experience to college students
by providing an informal internship.
In addition to providing early Federal and New York State
e-filing service, The Russell J. Parker Tax Accounting Firm
offers: expertise on President Barack Obama’s Economic Stimulus
Package, IRS and NYS audit representation, tax and retirement
planning, installment of payment plans for IRS Taxes, and
fee deduction services.
In recent years it has become more and more common for government
assistance to be directly tied into the preparation of your
tax returns. Due to the current increases and complexities
of the tax laws, it is recommended that a highly qualified
and reliable professional prepare your tax returns.
1736 Western Ave., Albany, 452-6342, bfsrestaurant.com
This New Year brings the need to “reset” our goals, and
promises. The promises we make for personal change possess
some level of challenge for all aspects of our lives, family,
health, wealth and much more.
As individuals, we cannot just “will” the outcome for a
healthier weight without modifying our eating habits, lifestyle
and behavior for making real and lasting change. You may
achieve the end result by engaging in what it means to eat
healthy. Start by making small, gradual, deliberate and
realistic change in order to succeed. For example, learn
to know the foods that are good for you and the foods you
should avoid as much as possible. Be sure to avoid the four
S’s: salt, sugar, saturated fats and snacks. In addition,
learn how to cook and eat healthy at home and while eating
I promise you nothing changes unless you successfully demand
it from yourself and others around you. There is no single
or simple answer to change your eating habits and there
is no ”bailout” for our personal lifestyle. Be your ‘own’
advocate and agent of change for better health and a healthy
lifestyle. My advice is to cook and eat healthy like a Mediterranean!
Eat better, fresher, smarter. Have a happy and healthy cooking
year to all.
For more information on our heart-healthy cooking classes,
and for our catering options and restaurant menu, call or
visit us on the Web.
9 Johnson Road, Latham, 786-8048, diamondeight.com
Thanks Metroland readers, for voting us the No. 1
Fun Pool Room in the Capital District!
We feature 9-foot and 7-foot pool tables, a billiard table,
elevated full-service bar, a great menu, electronic darts,
foosball, video games, lots of TVs, QuickDraw, and more,
all in our clean and comfortable room.
Monday Madness is here! Now every Monday, table time is
1/2 price, all day and all night. Monday night Trivia begins
at 9 PM: There’s no entry fee; play as teams or individuals
in a fun and fast format; and win prizes after each round!
Monday night Karaoke follows, with Mark the Shark spinning
the tunes while you provide the vocals.
Take your pool game to the next level by joining our APA
league. You do not have to be skilled to play in the APA;
everyone has a chance to play and win! Ask us about joining
a team and how you can win a trip to Las Vegas to compete
for thousands of dollars! Play pool, meet people, and have
Diamond Eight is a great place to have your party or event.
From birthdays to corporate meetings, retirements to team-building,
Diamond Eight will help make your event one to remember.
Our variety of activities and special party menu will impress
your guests while our discounted party rates will keep your
checkbook happy. Ask us for more information or visit our
A. J. Owens
One Commerce Plaza, Albany, 694-4400
An eatery like A Better Bite seems to be a rarity these
days. There aren’t many places that serve unique and wholesome
dishes while you wait, to dine in or to take out. The location
is great for busy working folks and local residents in and
around One Commerce Plaza (on the corner of Washington Avenue
and Swan Street).
Owner Eitan Saati, former owner/manager of the renowned
Bagel Bite for 15 years, has been at his new Better Bite
digs for two years. He says the location was a nice change,
but the new format was a challenge. He wanted to assure
customers that the food was a great as it always was. If
you were one of Bagel Bite’s loyal customers, you’ll discover
that little has changed with the food. Eitan’s high standards
and discerning taste have kept him and his valued staff
on their toes, and on a successful track.
The huge NY Style Deli sandwiches are big sellers. Other
popular favorites are the specialty and grilled sandwiches,
hearty wraps and authentic Mid-Eastern fare, which includes
falafel, shawarma, hummus and traditional items like hotdogs
and burgers. Breakfast selections include challah french
toast, bagels and satisfying omelet combinations. Brunch
is back on Saturdays, now with an all day breakfast!
Times are especially tough on small businesses, so to cope
with rising costs, A Better Bite is increasing business
hours. They also offer a distinctive catering service familiar
with many local offices. Now open Mon-Wed 7 AM to 4 PM,
Thu-Fri 7 AM to 8 PM, and Sat 8 AM-8 PM.
1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661, maggiessportsbaralbany.com
Maggie Smith has been in the restaurant business since she
was 17 years old. Luck was on her side in 1994 when she
won a Pick 6 at the track and was able to open her own restaurant.
But it takes more than luck and money to make it in the
This is not your average sports bar. We offer a world class
menu, a knowledgeable staff, and an owner who is willing
to go the extra mile for her customers. Maggie loves this
business and really enjoys what she does.
If you’re gathering with friends to watch a game, there’s
not a bad seat in the house with our 18 high-definition
LCD TVs. You can also enjoy a romantic dinner, family outing,
or a business lunch. You can sit at the bar, at a table
or at a cozy booth. The menu offers an array of classic
pub food, specialty sandwiches and outstanding entrees.
We offer a banquet room that can accommodate up to 100 guests
for parties, showers, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and
more. We will cater your event and customize the menu to
fit your needs and budget. Maggie’s has always been known
for its weekly karaoke. Everyone always has a great time.
Street Business Improvement District
245 Lark St., 434-3861 (phone), 434-4052 (fax), email@example.com,
The Lark Street Business Improvement District is a collection
of over 75 small businesses in the heart of Albany. From
fine dining to pub fare, and from special gifts, to beauty
and massage, to art and dance, Lark Street has long been
the home of Albany’s most unique businesses. The Lark Street
BID, a not-for-profit corporation, was formed in 1996 as
a coalition of over 180 property owners united in their
commitment to enhance the quality of life in the Lark Street
Neighborhood. Since its inception, the organization has
worked to improve and promote the Lark Street Neighborhood
through a variety of programs and services. The mission
of the BID is to build, sustain and enhance a unique and
prosperous living and business community for the residents,
visitors and merchants of the Lark Street Neighborhood of
Albany. At the Lark Street BID, we provide core neighborhood
services focused on neighborhood safety, street maintenance,
neighborhood marketing, and special events and promotions.
Our goal is to facilitate economic development for our businesses,
but also assist in community development for the entire
Lark Street Neighborhood. Throughout the year, we present
some of Albany’s best special events such as Art on Lark,
Champagne on the Park, Winter WonderLark, and LarkFEST,
the biggest one-day outdoor festival in New York State with
over 80,000 people in attendance.
Old Daley Inn Catering Company
Owners Jim Pettit, Marty Keary and Gene Coletti
2 Northern Drive, Troy, 235-2656 (phone), 235-3275 (fax),
In business since 1975, the Old Daley Inn Catering Company
is a full service, off-premises catering company serving
the greater Capital Region and beyond. As a caterer we say,
“from backyard to ballroom, we do it all!” And we do! We
also have two lunch café’s, The Old Daley Inn Marketplace,
and Pastanini—both on Maiden Lane off North Pearl Street
in Albany—serving a variety of American, Southwest and Italian
foods, Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Our outdoor
vending division serves a 30-item menu from seasonal vending
carts, April to October, in front of the Legislative Office
Building on State Street, and at the Harriman State Office
Campus. The Barbecue division offers big “pit” style barbecues
and our famous “Drop-off” barbecues year round. Our Food
Service Management division operates Corporate Cafés within
large office buildings.
We think what sets us apart is our overall company outlook
and attitude. Our everyday focus and goal is to create lasting
relationships with our customers, based on trust, honesty,
cooperation and complete satisfaction. When you call the
Old Daley Inn, you will find that we are the easiest company
on the planet to do business with. In addition, we have
a very fun and positive work atmosphere knowing that a happy
workplace produces the best products and service. At the
Old Daley Inn Catering Company, we love what we do, and
so will you!
Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage
3 Cerone Commercial Drive Albany, NY 12205, 518-489-4026,
Part-time night classes start April 21. Financial Aid Available
for those who qualify.
The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy
was created to provide a place for students of all ages
to come and learn, to share their gifts, to gain knowledge,
and to take their experience and expertise into their communities
to help others become healthier and stronger. Through a
comprehensive program of study that carefully balances the
art and science of therapeutic massage, our massage program
strives to enrich the lives of its students. Our program
provides students with the opportunity to grow and to examine
their relationships with themselves and others in a supportive
environment. This balancing of body, mind and spirit naturally
allows health and wellness to arise. Our highly trained
faculty is deeply committed to creating a safe, nurturing
and intimate learning community that honors the diversity
and unique gifts that each student possesses. The process
of becoming a massage therapist is a life changing experience
that allows individuals to bring their hearts more openly
into their work. We offer our massage program in 3 formats:
our 9 month Full-Time Program (M-Th, 9am-4:30pm), our 14
month Part-Time Morning Program (M-F 9am-12:30pm and 1 Saturday
per month), and our 21month Part-Time Evening Program (M-W
6pm-9:30pm and 1-2 Saturdays per month). All of our programs
start year-round. Financial Aid is available for those who
qualify so apply today!
Apply online at: www.CNWSMT.com or call 518-489-4026 for
more information. We also offer a student massage clinic
where you can experience the many health benefits of a therapeutic
massage. Call 489-4068 to make an appointment for a massage
in our student clinic. The Center for Natural Wellness also
carries a full line of massage-related products.
Studios Spa Virgo
225 Lark St., Albany, 462-0560, spavirgo.com
Svengali Studios opened its doors at 247 Lark St. in 1983
as a trendy, cutting-edge hair salon. Today at 225 Lark
St., Svengali Studios Spa Virgo occupies two floors of a
beautiful, historic town house. A full range of spa treatments
are available including hairstyling, hair coloring, manicures,
pedicures, facials, waxing, makeup application and makeup
classes. Deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, and Thai massage
are also available, along with Rolfing, reflexology, and
The extremely talented and professional staff at Svengali
Studio Spa Virgo are dedicated to making every visit a comfortable
and enjoyable experience. It will leave you feeling great
and looking positively radiant. Open Tue-Fri from 11 AM-7
PM, Sat-Mon from 11 AM-4 PM, earlier and later by appointment
Meditation Center® of Albany
879 Madison Ave., Albany, 729-4055, albany.shambhala.org,
Shambhala Meditation Center® is part of an international
community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers
founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, now under the direction
of his son and spiritual heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Our wheelchair accessible center offers weekly meditation
sessions, meditation instruction, a curriculum of Buddhist
and Shambhala teachings, and contemplative arts.
Shambhala Meditation Center® is dedicated to
the practice of meditation, the study of Shambhala and Buddhist
teachings, and mindful living through the arts and community
life. We invite you to explore our diverse programs, designed
to help people of all traditions discover their inherent
sanity, gentleness and humor. The Center is a nonprofit,
volunteer organization supported by membership dues, donations
and fees from classes and workshops.
Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of all that we
do at the Shambhala Meditation Center®. This
2,500 year-old practice of self-discovery is rooted in the
simple, but revolutionary premise that every human being
has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability,
clarity and strength in order to be more awake and compassionate
in everyday life.
Meditation instruction is offered at the monthly Learn to
Meditate programs, held the first Wednesday of each month
from 7-8:30 PM.
Meditation sessions are held every Thursday from 7:00-8:00
pm. Sessions include sitting meditation, walking meditation
and a reading.
Please visit our website for a complete listing of classes,
seminars, workshops, and meditation practice schedules.
Everyone is welcome.
Burgers & More
15 Trieble Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-0033, firstname.lastname@example.org,
After spending a year with Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Boston,
Bobby Mitchell, former owner of Wheatfields and Doc’s Steakhouse,
decided to return to the area with his family and open a
restaurant with a new concept. Juicy Burgers & More
. . . is just that. The “quick serve” restaurant features
“Fresh—Never Frozen” steak burgers cooked to order in our
specially designed 1800-degree over-fired broiler. The restaurant
also serves a variety of fries, onion rings, entrée-size
salads and soups. A unique feature of the new restaurant
is the guest’s ability to order from a computer terminal
at the restaurant or online from home, office or PDA. Once
placed, the order is either delivered to your table when
ready or packed for your pick-up. Juicy Burgers & More
also cares about the environment and uses only “green” products
Weight Food Co-op
Bob Linn, Katie Centanni and Amy Pagano
484 Central Ave., Albany, 482-2667, honestweight.coop
Honest Weight Food Co-op, Inc., founded in 1976, is open
to the public seven days a week. A member-owned and -operated
organization, Honest Weight Food Co-op is committed to providing
the community with affordable, high quality natural foods
and products for healthy and ecologically sustainable living.
The store offers a full line of natural and organic brand-name
grocery products: over 500 domestic and imported cheeses
from rBGH-free dairies, locally raised hormone and antibiotic-free
meat, the Capital District’s largest selection of bulk foods,
a deli and bakery that prepares fresh healthful meals-to-go
every day, and a knowledgeable and friendly Wellness staff
offering supplements, vitamins, herbs and body care products.
The co-op is acknowledged as having the area’s widest selection
of locally produced food products and the staff is always
on the lookout for more. Every day co-op members offer samples
of new and exciting products through our in-store demo program
and weekly there are bulk foods demos that offer the customer
recipes and tips on how to use the over 500 bulk foods that
the co-op stocks.
Additionally, the co-op is a gathering place for many facets
of the local community. To mention just a few of the myriad
activities, members offer classes in Spanish, provide math
tutoring, gather at the co-op to have music jams, and meet
to share natural parenting advice. Members also offer free
services such as knife sharpening and financial planning.
260 Wolf Road Ext., 869-8888, kotoalbany.com
The Koto is a magnificent, traditional Japanese, stringed
instrument that has been used for centuries to create unique
and extremely lovely songs, and has enchanted admirers from
all over the world. Just like its name, Koto Japanese Restaurant
is celebrated for its exceptional and beautiful preparation
of traditional Japanese cuisine, elevating the art of Japanese
fine dining to a near-musical experience.
Since its inception in 2003, Koto Japanese Restaurant has
been renowned for its stunning presentations and fresh sushi.
Koto has been voted Best Japanese/Sushi in the 2009 Metroland
Readers Poll, Best Japanese Steakhouse in 2008, and Best
Japanese Cuisine in 2008 by Capital Region Magazine. Koto
offers a delectable and sizable selection of authentic Japanese
food, ranging from raw sushi and sashimi to delicious cooked
dishes, such as sizzling beef teriyaki and artfully-presented
Hibachi grill. Koto uses only the finest ingredients available
including organic vegetables, certified Black Angus beef,
the best sushi-grade salmon available, and cooking oil with
no trans fats, making a meal healthy as well as delicious.
We are open for lunch and dinner. Take out is also available.
Space is available for business meetings.
Stuart, Jean, Andrea with Barkley (Best instore pet) Cheryl
1130 Hoosick Road, Route 7, Troy, 279-1145, brunswickharley.com
Brunswick Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc. is a family owned
and operated Harley-Davidson franchise located 5 miles outside
of Troy on Route 7 East. Jean Ginsburg started Brunswick
Harley-Davidson in July 1972. All four of her children have
worked in the dealership since they were young. Stuart,
the oldest is Sales Manager; Adam, Service Manager; Cheryl,
Office Manager; and Andrea, the youngest, is Parts Manager.
Surviving the sales slump that pervaded the ‘70s, Jean (also
known as Helln’) continued to supply and service the local
community. Her faith in the Harley-Davidson product and
the return of a stronger economy in the ’80s kept local
buyers and Brunswick Harley-Davidson alive and well. We
look forward to a strong economy again and fulfilling the
needs of our customers.
Brunswick Harley-Davidson’s mission is to provide top quality
motorcycles, parts, accessories, clothing, and exceptional
service. We treat everyone consistently with honesty and
respect. A family owned and operated business, we work together
to preserve a fun and friendly environment while promoting
their passion of the motorcycle sport. We strive to be the
customer’s first choice, exceed their expectations and fulfill
their dreams. The needs of our customers determine our path;
our values guide us. For all of your motorcycle needs, visit
Brunswick Harley-Davidson/Buell and discover what great
service is all about.
World Bistro Bar
(l-r) Kevin Tighe, Annette Nanes, Scott Meyer, Nick Ferrandino,
Ric Orlando and Daryl Burchfield
300 Delaware Ave., Albany, 694-0520, newworldbistrobar.com
From the chef who brought you New World Home Cooking and
owners Scott Meyer and Annette Nanes, co-owners of the Spectrum
8 Theatres, comes a new and exciting restaurant to the Capital
Featuring “global comfort food,” as described by Executive
Chef and consultant Ric Orlando, the menu boasts a number
of Orlando’s signature dishes, such as the Ropa Vieja and
blackened string beans from the popular New World Home Cooking
Co. in Saugerties. New World offers a variety of options,
from full entrees to small plates, sandwiches and flatbread
pizzas, as well as vegetarian and vegan selections.
A full bar with an extensive wine list has been compiled
to assist our guests in pairing their dish with the perfect
drink. Orlando is a strong advocate of clean foods, which
is why his menu utilizes regional, seasonal, sustainable
and artisan ingredients.
We have created a warm, casual atmosphere with top-notch
staff. To learn more about New World Bistro Bar please visit
Server Didi Zuo, manager Nick Wang, head chef George Zhang
and Sushi chef Tony Lin
209 Central Ave., Albany, 396-3881, shiningrainbow.com
Albany finally has real Chinese Food! When we say “real”,
we mean it. ShiningRainbow Restaurant is a very traditional
and real “Chinatown”-style Chinese food restaurant. Our
chefs have more than 10 years experience in the business.
They came all the way up from New York City to provide their
best service to the local folks. Our signature cuisine including
Beijing Duck, Casserole, Hot Pot Rice and also Dim Sum which
is based on our very unique secret recipe. Besides the main
dishes, to serve our neighbors better, the chefs also came
up with a lunch special menu with various choices and low
prices. Plus, we partnering with a Japanese sushi expert,
which makes our service even more comprehensive. Like all
other Chinese restaurants, we do deliver for free and, we
also encourage take-outs so that we can offer our customers
10 percent off on the side. So far we have more than 300
dishes and the menu is still being improved. The best part
is that since we opened, we’ve received almost 100 percent
positive feedback on both food and service. That is the
most exciting thing to all of us. We will continue to serve
our customers the best way we can. Barber’s Farm
Hooper, Cindy, Jim and Elias Barber
3621 State Route 30, Middleburgh, 827-5454, barbersfarm.com
We’re famous for our vegetables, but you should see our
farm! Since 1857, six generations of the Barber Family have
tended their land in the heart of the scenic Schoharie Valley;
easily one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit!
The farm, roadstand and greenhouses are located 3 and a
half miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30 (45 minutes
from the Capital Region).
We have built our reputation on providing our customers
the very best in homegrown produce and friendly service.
We grow more than 100 different types of vegetables on 180
acres of fertile land, using biological controls and mechanical
cultivation to avoid chemical pesticides as much as possible.
Soil-building crop rotations and intensive “green manure”
techniques help reduce our use of fertilizers, and our investment
in minimum tillage equipment also helps build the soil structure
and reduce energy consumption.
Our greenhouses are overflowing in May and June when we
open with flowering bedding plants, more than 1,300 spectacular
hanging baskets, perennials and vegetable plants for your
home garden. In June we begin to harvest the first crops
from our fields. By mid-summer our home farmstand and Capital
Region market trucks are bursting with an abundance of homegrown
vegetables, fruits and herbs. In August we open the fields
to let you pick your own tomatoes, eggplants and peppers,
followed with pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall and a corn
maze for fun. You can shop from our Market Trucks in Schenectady,
Guilderland, Delmar and Colonie. Check our Web site for
Sean Custer, owner and pitmaster
329 Ontario St., Albany, 438-7675 (GET-PORK), Eatmypork.com
Since opening my doors over a year ago, Capital Q has been
dishing up some of the best BBQ and Soul Food in the Capital
Region. I take pride in offering regional BBQ styles and
a variety of side dishes that hearken back to my Oklahoma
roots. I make all of my own sauces and rubs, and everything
I serve is made from scratch, except the ketchup, and Heinz
does a good job of that. I invite y’all to come on in and
put a taste of the South in your mouth.
Here is just a sample of what critics have said: “It was
a flavor explosion! . . . Capital Q Smokehouse is firing
on all cylinders. Run, don’t walk there, the next time you
don’t feel like cooking,” LP Clark, Capital Region Living
barbecue revolution continues . . . Sample the pulled pork
at Capital Q Smokehouse for a taste of the real thing .
. . I wish I could name a favorite. I wish I could find
within myself the food-critic fussiness to pass so particular
a judgment. But I’m such a fan of variety, and the sauces
are so well seasoned, that I can only recommend you try
each one and delight in the differences,” B.A. Nilsson,
you love smoked barbecued sandwiches, Southern style, with
the side dishes to match … Capital Q Smokehouse in Albany
— is for you,” Elysia Nest, The Daily Gazette
likely to start salivating even before you get inside Capital
Irv Dean, The Daily Gazette.
Owners Joe and Katrina Rogers
123 1/2 Madison Ave., Albany, 512-5116, katrinellasbistro.com
Come and enjoy a taste of love at Katrinella’s Bistro. It
has always been a dream of ours to open up a romantic restaurant
serving delicious Italian cuisine served in an intimate
setting. In January 2009 our dreams became a reality. With
seating for 15, Katrinella’s has a warm atmosphere where
couples can enjoy a wonderful meal, always cooked fresh
to order and priced right.
Katrinella’s is open seven days a week for dinner, and open
for lunch Monday through Friday. With a huge selection of
entrees, you can enjoy classic dishes such as chicken parmigiana,
veal marsala, linguini with clams, but you can also challenge
your taste buds with unique dishes such as shrimp marchiatta,
veal Katrinella, and salmon veniciano, etc. Our extensive
menu also includes a number of vegetarian dishes such as
eggplant florentine, tortellini ala pana, penne Mediterranean,
etc. All these dishes and special offers can be viewed on
our Web site.
So please come and join us in our downtown Albany location
with parking available at dinner.
Back row: Gene Gardy, Bob Marsh, Lara-Marie Davi. Front
row: Owners Julie and Michael Bruno
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 438-1306
Anyone thinking about getting a new cell phone, switching
to Verizon Wireless, adding a line or upgrading an existing
Verizon Wireless phone should visit Go Wireless. We guarantee
the lowest prices on phones and accessories, and that is
just the beginning of the Go Wireless way.
We also frequently offer special promotions on featured
phones, $100 gas cards, and certificates for $100 in merchandise
at popular stores like Target, Wal-Mart and Home Depot with
new phone purchases—and our every day accessory pricing
is up to 25 percent less than the corporate stores.
What people often don’t realize about the Go Wireless stores
is that we offer the same items sold by Verizon corporate
stores, and more, without the travel time, the crowded parking
lots and the long waits to speak to a specialist. The Go
Wireless business strategy has been to locate stores in
smaller markets and offer more than the corporate stores,
with top-notch customer service.
advantage over a corporate store is that we try to work
with our customers,” said owner Mike Bruno. “We’re more
flexible. We treat customers like people, really listen
to what they say, and try to get them what they want, not
just sell products.”
Co-Owner Kelly Brown, Chef Tina Clements, Head Brewer Peter
417 River Street, Troy, 273-2337, brownsbrewing.com
We’ve been crafting Dependable Ales and Lagers at our 150-year-old
warehouse-brewery overlooking the Hudson River since 1993.
We serve more than a dozen beers on tap and have more than
25 styles available throughout the year. Our Taproom restaurant
is a social hub for the community, and we use local products
whenever possible in a menu that compliments the beer we
brew on site.
We’re proud of the awards we’ve received, including the
Matthew Vassar Cup for the Best Brewery in Hudson Valley
as well as a Gold medal for our Pale Ale from the Culinary
Institute of America. We won prestigious World Beer Cup
Gold and Silver Awards for our Oatmeal Stout and Whiskey
Porter, respectively, and Metroland readers voted
us Best Brewpub in 2008 and 2009.
Community and the environment are important to us. We donate
a portion our “Tomhannock Pilsner” sales to the Rensselaer
Land Trust, which protects watersheds in Rensselaer County,
including the Tomhannock Reservoir, the source of our water.
We are also committed to recycling and conservation wherever
we can. Our spent brewing grains become feed for local beef
cattle and we compost our hops and produce scraps from our
In 2007 we began bottling our Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, IPA
and ESB for sale in area beverage centers and Hannaford
Supermarkets. Our expansion continues with availability
of our brands in pubs and restaurants throughout the area,
and the construction of a full production brewery on the
Walloomsac River in North Hoosick.
7052 Amsterdam Road, Scotia, 887-3026, auntkatiesattic.com
Whew! We thought business was good before, but ever since
Metroland readers voted us top antique shop, it’s
downright mind-boggling! Dare to be different, that’s our
mantra. Actually, we are in a category all on our own, a
little bit of this, a little bit of that . . . a little
vintage, retro, and talk about COLOR! Guess you’ll just
have to come see for yourself. Looks like a lot of new folks
are discovering our friendly service, eclectic inventory
and down to earth prices—a rare find in this fast paced
world. (How refreshing.) Maybe they’ve been sharing that
info with a few of their vintage collecting friends too!
Curious yet? Well, then pop in for our 14th Anniversary
Open House Celebration, Saturday, April 4th from 11 AM to
5 PM, and enjoy tasty food, fabulous raffles and a sensational
storewide sale! And if that wasn’t enough fun, start saving
your pennies and grab a friend for our Annual Outdoor Flea
Market on Saturday, June 6th from 9 to 5. In the meantime
we will be on the lookout for fascinating fairly priced
finds, and loving every minute of it. You never know what
(or WHO) you’ll find at Aunt Katie’s! Oh yeah, come meet
Aunt Katie’s Atticus and May, adopted from our friends at
Helping Paws Animal Rescue.
Take a drive on mighty Route 5 and make Aunt Katie’s Attic
your destination. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11 AM
to 5 PM, Sunday noon to 4 PM. Experience the difference.
255 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 862-6600, email@example.com,
For more than 40 years, Tri City Rentals has built a reputation
for unsurpassed quality, outstanding value and personal
service while owning and managing the area’s premier apartment
communities. Attention to detail is the first thing you’ll
notice as you enter any of our apartment communities. It
starts with the landscaping; beautifully cropped lawns with
flower beds and shrubs bordering immaculate walkways which
lead you to your new apartment home. There’s a neighborhood
feeling you’ll get the moment you meet members of our staff.
They will assist you in finding the right apartment. Locally
we have 23 of the finest communities offering diverse locations,
price ranges, styles and amenities including furnished apartments
with flexible lease terms, so we’re sure there is one suited
to your needs and lifestyle.
1096 Madison Ave., Albany, 689-2180, albanymassage.com
Tension and stress? Athletic injury? Head, neck, or back
pain? We can help. Albany Massage has been proudly serving
the residents and visitors of the Capital Region for the
last ten years.
Our beginnings on Hamilton Street lead us to our expanded
location on Madison Avenue, where we are dedicated to helping
you improve your ability to enjoy the activities you love.
The conditions we address include, but are not limited to:
muscular tension, discomfort, injury, and decreased range
of motion. Our therapeutic treatments also include no fault,
pregnancy, and shiatsu massage.
When you call us, one of our ten New York State licensed
massage therapists will be available to discuss your needs
and the purpose of your visit. Not sure if massage is right
for you? Today’s stressful environment suggests that it’s
the perfect time to try it. We are open seven days a week
for your convenience.
We offer a friendly, professional, and non-discriminatory
environment to help bring the balance back into your life.
All Stars Roller Derby
Fans packing into the Armory to see their favorite rollerdivas
body-checking in fishnets and glittery shorts may not give
much thought to the business of derby, but running this
local sports league takes a lot of dedication off-skates
as well. Though currently unaffiliated with national organizations,
AASRD has been run in WFTDA tradition since its inception
in 2006—by the skaters, for the skaters—with every rollergirl
playing a crucial part in running the league DIY-style.
2009 finds the All Stars going strong with an exceptional
group of skaters committed to the duality of athletics and
entertainment, with an emphasis on sportswomanship, showwomanship
and powerfully strategic play. AASRD has grown from a few
women skating together to two powerhouse teams, the Empire
Skate Troopers and the Department of Public Hurts.
Given its strong grassroots work ethic, the All Stars are
also keenly aware of the importance of community. The league
puts a large emphasis on giving back, whether it’s encouraging
patronage of other small businesses for equipment purchases,
fundraising money for local charities, or volunteering at
events throughout the Capital District.
If you’d like more information on seeing a bout, or possibly
joining the league, the All Stars encourage you to visit
their Web site. “It’s a huge amount of time and effort,
but it really is a labor of love,” says one skater. All
of the hard work pays off whenever these fierce women enter
the track, flying on eight wheels while the crowd roars.
35 Central Ave., Albany 434-0890
15 Park Ave., Clifton Park 348-1494
Delaware Plaza, Delmar, 439-4200
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
Long-term employee relationships built over the years have
truly been instrumental in the success of the organization.
For 18 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.
We will soon be opening a new Shalimar in Delmar. We look
forward to seeing you there.
Bryan Jr., Bill, Dan, Tom, Gina, Bryan, Sarah and Ed
2785 Route 9, Malta, 587-9420, furnituretheatre.com
Brothers Tom and Ed Caro recently celebrated their 23rd
anniversary of selling furniture in Malta, for 15 years
as Furniture Plus, and the last 8 years as Furniture Theatre,
on the site they share with the Malta Drive-In Theatre.
While the drive-in theatre is celebrating its 60th anniversary,
the last 21 years operated by the brothers, Furniture Theatre
represents an increasingly rare institution: an independent
and locally owned furniture store.
If you aren’t helped by one of the owners, then you will
be helped by Gina, Bryan or Sarah. Almost all of the talented
sales and delivery staff have been there since the store’s
beginning. In-home design consultations are offered. The
delivery crew of Dan, Bryan Jr., and Bill are often complimented
on their service.
Furniture Theatre’s selection reflects the tastes of the
local area. People always comment that the showroom floor
is unique: more interesting, less generic. There are Adirondack
and rustic furniture and accessories throughout the store.
Upholstered pieces with bear or moose prints are always
popular. They have cottage-style room settings, some of
which have collage fabric treatments or removable slipcovers
or down-blend seat cushions.
Any sofa can be special-ordered in hundreds of fabrics.
Many dining sets and occasional tables can be ordered in
many stains and paint treatments. Furniture Theatre has
the rest of the house covered with their selection of accent
pieces, bedroom sets, casual dining sets, home office, wall
decor and mattresses. Tom and Ed invite you to stop in and
explore. You won’t be disappointed.
Ray Chiras, Jessica Chiras, Crystal Reedy, Kate Withers,
Jessie Meuser and Angela Primo
Shoppers Park, 145 Wolf Road, Albany, 459-6495
You may say Deja Vu was born from a stage. Created, owned,
and fathered by Ray Chiras in 1970, his “baby” announcement
came from the mouth of Mark Farner, lead singer of Grand
Funk Railroad. Deja Vu’s Grand Opening echoed throughout
the Palace theatre in Albany that night. The store flourished
from its humble beginnings featuring handcrafted fringed
leather vests, chokers, wristbands, and apple caps. Farner
and Leslie West of Mountain were wearing these leather goods,
creations handcrafted by Ray Chiras. The concert seemed
almost secondary at the time. The store, Deja Vu, was the
The store has traveled throughout the Capital District and
afar. The mission for 39 years has been peace and freedom
The store tastefully carries adult leisure items, tobacco
supplies, “hippie gear,” clothing for young and old of all
walks of life, body jewelry, candles, incense, and much
more to promote spirituality, tranquility, aphrodisia, and
relaxation. Of course, don’t forget the Grateful Dead memorabilia.
Currently, the welcoming, knowledgeable staff and atmosphere
of Deja Vu is located at 145 Wolf Road. Keeping with the
times, we are revamping our look. But, never fear, our discretion
and loyalty to our customers remains the same.
You’re guaranteed a pleasurable experience at our one-stop
shop. You may even have a strange feeling . . . like you’ve
been here before. Thank you for 39 years of business. Please
stop in for some peace, sexiness, love and harmony.
Fitness at Stuyvesant Plaza
(l-r) Owner Korey McCoy, Jason Berner and Heather Kenneally
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 482-2266, plazafitness.net
Plaza Fitness at Stuyvesant Plaza is a comprehensive fitness
and wellness center that uniquely customizes the appropriate
amount of support, guidance, and motivation you’ll need
to reach your health and fitness goals. Our professional
staff is here to guide and support you through such fun,
flexible, and effective programs as personal training, pilates,
yoga, holistic health and nutrition counseling, qi gong,
We are passionate about removing barriers toward participating
in activities that lead to healthier lifestyles. We are
the proud recipient of the 2008 Recreation Provider of the
Year Award from the New York State Developmental Disabilities
Planning Council (DDPC). The award recognizes organizations
that have shown extraordinary efforts in community growth
and personal growth for all New Yorkers with developmental
disabilities and their families.
If you have had setbacks on your path toward healthy living
. . . if finding a comfortable environment to begin exercise
has been a challenge . . . if you have health considerations
such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension,
high cholesterol, or if you are overweight . . . if you
need special accommodations . . . then Plaza Fitness at
Stuyvesant Plaza is your solution toward a healthy future.
John, Colleen and Kim
490 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-3500, justplayngood.com
In tough economic times like these, leave your worries behind
and visit a store in the Capital Region that continues to
spread a positive message. With themes like “Happy Hour,”
“Half Full” and “Fairway to Heaven,” the Just Plain Good
store located at the north end of Broadway in Saratoga Springs
emanates good vibes up and down the city’s main shopping
Just Plain Good maintains a “Life is Good in Saratoga Springs”
attitude that could be a great motto for the city to adopt.
This motto has worked well enough for the Life is Good company
itself, which began with founding members Bert and John
Jacobs selling t-shirts out of the back of their van in
1994. Today the company today has over 200 employees and
has been featured in numerous news media outlets from TV
news shows to the cover of Inc. magazine.
Just Plain Good is one of two Life is Good franchise stores
owned by John Nemjo of Troy, who also owns Mountainman Outdoor
Supply Company, New York’s largest canoe and kayak dealer
in Old Forge. Along with store managers Colleen Nitchman
and Kim Murauskas in Saratoga and Ranney D’Ariggo in Old
Forge, John’s vision of spreading a positive message with
his Just Plain Good stores is contagious. “How can you not
be happy when you leave our stores,” he exclaims. “It’s
kind of like Christmas 365 days a year.”
Fine Flooring, LLC
Jessica Ryan-Manager, Sany Bain-Sales, Ben Grieco-Owner
109 Fiddler’s Elbow Road, Greenwich, 692-7569, benjaminsfineflooring.com
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. Come check out our beautiful
new showroom and warehouse, or give us a call . . . and
let us help you design the floor of your dreams!
T-Bone, Kyle and Rich
274 Lark St., Albany, 432-1905, Larktattoo.com
Hey kids, T-Bone here. It’s been an amazing 16 years for
us, and I’ve gotta shout a big thank you to the Capital
Region for all their support and patronage. Lark Tattoo
opened its doors in 1993 and has been producing the finest
custom tattoos in a clean professional studio ever since.
I came here as a lowly apprentice that year and worked my
way up to being a full partner with the original owner Bruce
Kaplan. Currently, we have a staff of five fantastic artists—Geoff,
Rich, Kara, Pete, Kyle—and our frontperson, Ali, who greets
everyone with a smile and a friendly “howdy do.” Everyone
is super talented and skilled in the “dermagraphic arts.”
Our shop is newly renovated, clean, and a perfect professional
environment to get your next (or first) tattoo.
Come check us out seven days a week from noon until 10 PM.
Come in and browse the portfolios, or check out our Web
Premium Cigar Shoppe
1537 Central Ave., Albany, 690-2222; 528 North Greenbush
Road (RT 4), North Greenbush, 238-3781, firstname.lastname@example.org,
I started Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe with 15 boxes of cigars
13 years ago in a cart in Colonie Center. Today, we are
a leader in our industry. With two locations in the Capital
District, Habana was voted the best cigar store by Times
Union, Metroland and Capital Region Living.
Each Habana has Spanish cedar walk-in humidors, and plush
lounges with leather chairs and flat-screen televisions.
Our selection of cigars is the largest and most diverse
in the region and features exclusive products like Davidoff
and more. Our staff is made up of pipe and cigar lovers
who are happy to help you pick out the cigar or pipe that
is perfect for you, or as a gift for someone you love or
admire. Our house-brand cigars are affordable and are second-to-none
in quality. Our house brand tobaccos are highly acclaimed
and have been featured in Pipes & Tobaccos magazine.
Habana is host to numerous cigar events in the region where
men and women can gather and enjoy good food, good cigars,
good drink and of good friends! Save the date for upcoming
events: On Friday, April 3rd Come meet Drew Estate and ACID
Cigar founder Marvin Samel for all kinds of specials from
3 PM-8 PM at the Albany store, and May 7 th is Habanapalooza
at the Washington Avenue Armory. Also, make sure and catch
my weekly radio show, The Good Life, on Paul Vandenburgh's
TALK 1300 AM on Saturdays at 1:00 PM.
Habana is the perfect place whether you're a novice or aficionado
to enjoy the good life!
Moon Restaurant, Café and Bakehouse
2082 Delaware Turnpike (Route 443), Clarksville, 768-2570,
Jake Moon broke its first egg back in January, but since
that time the Jake Moon Restaurant, Café, and Bakehouse
of Clarksville has quickly become a hilltown phenomenon,
drawing enthusiastic and appreciative crowds from Rensselaerville
to the Schoharie Valley. How has Dan Smith, formerly of
Nicole’s Bistro in Albany, accomplished this economic miracle
in the depths of winter, at a time of such woe and want?
Evidently his commitment to high quality, house-made, locally-sourced
food, served in an unpretentious setting at a price respectful
of our current economic realities, has struck a chord. Come
on by for breakfast or brunch and order from a menu that
includes Jake Moon hash, hand-cut on the premises, or country
sausage, gravy, and biscuits with house-ground sausage,
house-made gravy, and house-baked biscuits. Leave with a
loaf of our dill onion, Irish brown, or sourdough bread—to
name only a few of the freshly-baked items available daily.
Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights, with a constantly
shifting, eclectic, yet affordable menu. You can sign up
on our Web site to have the weekend’s menu emailed to you
every Thursday. Recent highlights have included rainbow
trout campfire style, sautéed with bacon, onions, and baked
potato; and pork medallions with cider cream and caramelized
apples, served with garlic mashers. It’s classic American
cuisine made on-premises, from scratch, using local eggs,
milk, flour, meats, and other ingredients, served at church
supper prices. Jake Moon is a place where dollars spent
on great food are passed back to area farmers, helping to
keep farming a viable economic activity right here in the
greater Capital Region. Come on out to Clarksville to participate
in the local foods revolution and celebrate our shared good
fortune to be living at the meeting place of the two great
river valleys of New York State.
577 New Scotland Ave., Albany, Phone: 453-9191, Fax: 459-9193,
The Antons are a close-knit, hard-working Greek-American
family who recently opened a small, but explosive eatery
at 577 New Scotland Avenue. We’re life-long residents of
the neighborhood and enjoy living and working in the city
of Albany! Anton’s specializes in authentic Greek gyros,
souvlaki, moussaka, spanakopita, Greek salads, spreads,
and Yia-Yia’s homemade Greek pastries. Anton’s also features
mouthwatering breakfast wraps and sandwiches (served all
day!), tender eye-of-round roast beef sandwiches, the area’s
famous mini hot dogs, sliders (mini burgers), as well as
vegetarian delights. Attention is evident in quality meats
(pork souvlaki from the tenderloin) fresh, local produce
and dairy. Our food is cooked to order and we offer $5 featured
daily items. A must try is the one-of-a-kind EJ Breakfast
Wrap—breakfast will never be the same and you won’t believe
your mouth! We’d like to extend our thanks to the community
for a great kick-off to a new venture and we can’t wait
to see you soon!
Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery, 9 AM-8 PM Sun-Wed,
9 AM-10 PM Thu-Sat.
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
We are always adding new product lines to our store. For
example, this year we have added Bunbury Boards. This is
much more than a chopping board. Every board is branded
with a unique log reference. By visiting the company’s website
with this reference number, customers can download their
very own Tree Report. The report includes a picture of their
tree, its location, and the date and reason it came down.
Not only are these boards beautiful, but we are their first
retail outlet in the United States.
We also launched our website in March of 2008. This is a
full shopping website that was the next leg of our ever-growing
business. Nine years later, The Counties of Ireland still
invites you, no matter what age or nationality you are,
to experience a bit of Ireland...the Ireland we love!