All Stars Roller Derby
2010 AASRD team photo
Their uniforms may not be pressed khakis and polo shirts,
but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a business. During the
last four years the Albany All Stars have expanded from
a small group of women skating in the parking lot of Northern
Lights to a unit of between 40 and 50 dedicated athletes
who have a home at the Washington Avenue Armory, skating
on a floor with their logo painted on it.
Roughly every three weeks, the Empire Skate Troopers or
the Department of Public Hurts (the All Stars’ two teams)
entertain between 1,000 to 1,500 fans. Spectators enjoy
a live band, a plethora of food and beverage options, and
an intense two hours of roller derby. At each bout there
is a raffle with prizes ranging from free pottery lessons
to gym memberships. Half of the money made by the raffle
is donated to a different local charity each time. They
also donate much of their time to volunteer work within
the community from running in the Santa Speedo Sprint, to
skating in the Pride Parade.
advancement of the Capital Region’s original roller derby
team is due largely to the dedication of the women on the
team. The Albany All Stars are not just skaters; they are
businesswomen in every sense of the word. So the next time
you see these women congratulate them not only for their
sense of style and skating ability but for their hard word
and dedication to the business that is roller derby.
What does the future hold for the Albany All Stars? Many
people may remember roller derby from the past, where the
skaters always used a banked track. Although the modern
day phenomenon is primarily flat track, the Albany All Stars
are currently trying to raise money and find warehouse space
for a banked track.
Back row (standing): J.B., Elaina, Matthew, Dan, Jess, Orlando;
Second row(kneeling or sitting): Michelle, Tess, Ryan, Ashley;
Middle (bookended by dogs): Butters, Heather, Annabelle
215 WESTERN AVE., ALBANY, 465-2238, MARYJANEBOOKS.COM
Since 1998, thousands of college students, as well as members
of the local community, have been “getting used” on the
corner of Western and Quail. Mary Jane’s mission has always
been to provide an affordable alternative to on-campus bookstores.
We stock primarily used textbooks for the University at
Albany and Hudson Valley Community College; however, the
store does cater to the needs of other area colleges and
universities through special ordering.
At Mary Jane, we run an “over the counter” operation. This
means that students don’t have to rifle through stacks of
books in endless aisles—instead, they simply give us a list
of the books they need and Mary Jane staff will find the
books and bring them back to the counter. If that doesn’t
sound easy enough, students have the option to order and
pay for their books online at our mega-awesome Web site
and skip the lines when they come in to pick their books
up. And if you see our big blue Mary Jane “Magic Bus” driving
around Albany, feel free to hop on board! It “magically”
runs on vegetable oil—a fact the Mary Jane crew absolutely
loves and hopes you love as well.
Additionally, Mary Jane has more than just college textbooks.
We house tons of fiction and non-fiction titles, foreign
language novels and local author publications that visitors
can browse through in front of the store. We also carry
school supplies, posters and the infamous Mary Jane T-shirts.
Stop in anytime to check out the store and from all of us
here at Mary Jane, “thank you Capital Region!”
229 LARK ST., ALBANY, 432-7090, EHDESIGNS.COM
I get to play at my store. I collect pieces from old games
and turn them into jewelry and decorative objects. I make
skeleton guys from dominoes, beads and wire. I roll old
dice, polish them with luck, and turn them into necklaces,
earrings and bracelets. Monopoly houses and playing pieces,
Mah Jong and Rummikub tiles—these are the ingredients for
fanciful and fun things to adorn your body and home.
Scrabble tiles are wicked fun. I use them to spell words
like super, cool, silly, happy, sexy. Give them to your
friends and let the letters speak for you—with a week’s
notice I can do custom orders and spell what you want.
I’m obsessed with making jewelry from vintage buttons. They
are so pretty and made from such a range of materials—mother
of pearl, Bakelite, plastic wood, metal, rhinestones. Besides
being easy on the eyes, I like to re-use used materials.
Not everything needs to go to the landfill. Like corks,
for instance. I make them into horses to run from my imagination
Think of all of these choices as you get ready for Mother’s
Day, which is coming up May 9. Tell Mom thanks for all she’s
done for you with something from my store. I’ve been here
nine years now, and for the rest of March you can enjoy
9 percent off jewelry and anything made by me.
Upcoming First Friday artists are painter Sean Calhoun in
April, and purse maker Petra Jancovicova in May. Drop by
and say hello!
J. Nagengast Florist
staff at Emil J. Nagengast Florist
169 Ontario St., Albany, 434-1124; Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany,
Founded in 1910 by our great-grandparents, Emil J. Nagengast
Florist has evolved to have the widest selection of fresh
flowers in the Capital District. We are one of Teleflora’s
Top 100 florists in the nation and have been voted Metroland’s
and Capital Region Living’s Best Florist. Susie, Anne, Denise,
Marcia, Pamela Nagengast and a host of long-time dedicated
associates run the shop today. We have learned one valuable
lesson from past generations—the importance of service and
developing a relationship with our customers. Our staff
of professional designers have a combined 340 years experience
in the floral business. We are always on the lookout for
new trends and developments in the floral industry. We share
our enthusiasm for nature and creativity online on Twitter,
Facebook and nagengast.com as well as in our blog. Our original
shop on Ontario and Benson streets in Albany and our shop
and our Stuyvesant Plaza store offer both the uniqueness
and the expertise usually found in large cities, but the
individual care for customers and charm that can only be
found in a small business. We are excited about designing
for all the occasions of your life, whether it is an elegant
high-style event or a fun arrangement to remind someone
to celebrate every day.
255 WASHINGTON AVE. EXT., ALBANY, 862-6600, TRICITYRENTALS.COM
For more than 40 years, Tri City Rentals has built a reputation
for unsurpassed quality, outstanding value and personal
service while owning and managing the area’s premier apartment
communities. Attention to detail is the first thing you’ll
notice as you enter any of our apartment communities. It
starts with the landscaping—beautifully cropped lawns with
flower beds and shrubs bordering immaculate walkways which
lead you to your new apartment home. There’s a neighborhood
feeling you’ll get the moment you meet members of our staff.
They will assist you in finding the right apartment. Locally
we have 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.
Dave Smassanow, Scott Jones, Dave Stutzman, Jimmy Vann,
Sarah Hough, Conor McGuirk and Alicia Hendricks (not shown:
owner Matt Baumgartner)
258 Lark St. Albany, 463-9636; 447 State St. ,Schenectady,
374- 3548, bombersburritobar.com
This has been a very exciting year for all of us at Bombers
Burrito Bar. We just celebrated our 13th year in business
at our Lark Street location, and we will be celebrating
our one year anniversary at our Schenectady location on
Cinco de Mayo (that’s May 5 for those of you who never took
Spanish 101). And, we have FREE BURRITO DAY coming up on
If you haven’t been to Bombers Burrito Bar before, this
is what it’s like: A casual, lively, fun restaurant/bar
with delicious, inexpensive food and drinks. We have delicious
margaritas, lots of beer on tap, and even a drink called
a Jimbo, which is one-half draft beer and one-half frozen
margarita (you’ll love it). Every night of the week at Bombers
Burrito Bar, we have something fun going on. Whether it’s
Trivia, or Karaoke, or Wing Night (Mondays), you will always
find something exciting at Bombers.
A special thank you to all of our customers who keep coming
back to Bombers! We are grateful for your business, and
it has been super fun feeding you and getting you drunk.
We look forward to many more years of it. For more information,
please check out our Web site, or stop in for a drink or
Elizabeth King, Angela Ledtke
Plaza 8 shopping center, 1536 crescent road, clifton park,
Just seven months after opening our doors, Artique co-op
would like to thank our customers for a warm welcome to
the community. Now featuring over 90 local vendors, Artique
provides a storefront opportunity for a variety of small
businesses all together under one roof. As many customers
will attest, it is a fun and creative place to shop. They
love to browse and see what is new while supporting the
local economy. With textiles, pottery, jewelry, candles,
handbags and florals, Artique hosts the finest creation
of this area’s crafters while our “local flavor” grocery
area showcases over a dozen of the tastiest farmer’s market
vendors. Joined together with a smattering of antiques,
vintage and new-to-you finds, Artique is a great day-out
activity. In addition, Artique vendors are pleased to share
their talents with the community—check out the workshop
schedule on our Web site. If you have not stopped in yet,
what are you waiting for? Come see what all the buzz is
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 2010!), and my family who stand together
to keep the business growing.
Rebecca Neilson, Melissa Delamora
11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186, quintessenceny.com
The UN diner was transported to Albany from New Jersey back
in the early 1940s. In 1981, two gentlemen by the names
of James Scalzo and Henry Junco purchased the UN Diner and
renamed it Quintessence. Scalzo was the heart and soul of
the restaurant, and he operated it for 23 years. In 2004,
Quintessence closed its doors and lay silent for five years
until it was purchased and reopened under new management
in August, 2009. Scalzo added the bar to the diner after
he purchased it, and that bar is still here today. The ceiling,
woodwork, the bar back and the upholstery in the booths
are all brand new. The journey from a lonely, silent, abandoned
diner to a rejuvenated, vibrant restaurant and nightclub
has been a challenging but exciting one. We knew we had
a challenging project ahead of us in many ways. We are truly
enjoying the challenge of not only providing our customers
with a pleasant dining experience, but also building on
their memories of the original Quintessence, good food,
good people and great times. We are looking intently at
the future of this area as the New Scotland Avenue corridor
goes through a lot of construction and rehabilitation. We’re
on the ground floor of the neighborhood revitalization,
and it’s very exciting to witness the growth and change
every day. We feel very fortunate to be a part of it all.
Frank D’Aloia, owner
144 River Road, Mechanicville, 664-1003, forgottenfreshness.com
Xbox 360. Playstation 3. Nintendo Wii. You can walk into
any game store in a mall and get those games, but what ever
happened to the classics? They’re here, at Forgotten Freshness
Classic Gaming! Amassing the widest selection of vintage
goodies from all eras of gaming, we’ve got what you’re looking
for: Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Genesis, Jaguar, Game Boy,
Atari, N64, Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, and the list
goes on and on. To compliment our inventory of childhood
memories, we carry a selection of games from this generation
such as DS, PSP, 360, and Wii.
I’m Frank D’Aloia, and I locally own and operate Forgotten
Freshness. Vintage gaming is my favorite, and as a collector
I always wished there was a store that catered to my hobby—so
I opened one! Starting out as a small corner of a gift shop,
FF soon exploded into it’s own being and I wouldn’t trade
it for the world. There’s nothing more satisfying than having
a customer leave happy with a big bag of nostalgia. Not
sure what game you’re looking for? Remember a certain level
but can’t remember the name? Ask away—I’m here for gamers,
and have boundless knowledge I’d love to share with you
to help you re-discover your favorite experience. I also
take great care of my products making sure the games are
refurbished and working. No more blowing into cartridges!
We’re bringing back awesome, one cartridge at a time!
Wade Dempsey, Vicent Crisafulli
Sanfords Farms Shopping Plaza, Amsterdam; shoppers world
plaza, route 146, Clifton Park; 266 delaware ave., delmar;
2050 western ave., guilderland; and 601 Loudon Road, Latham.
Whether or not you have ever visited an indoor tanning salon
in the past, you have to experience what St. Croix Tan has
to offer! Just walk in the door of a St Croix Tan and you
will immediately know you are in for something exceptional.
From the immaculate, contemporary salons to the knowledgeable
and smiling tanning consultants to the many high quality
tanning levels, St. Croix Tan delivers the Capital District’s
premiere tanning experience.
Responsible indoor tanning can offer both health and aesthetic
benefits; find out about these benefits online at tanningtruth.com.
Look good and feel great after tanning at any of St. Croix
Tan’s beautiful, spotless and convenient locations. St.
Croix Tan provides exceptional tanning value with member
tanning packages allowing you to tan as much as you need
for a low monthly price. Our tanning consultants will help
you choose a responsible path to achieve your maximum tan
Visit St. Croix Tan today because it’s not a tan unless
it’s a St. Croix Tan!
Family nurse practitioner Deborah Lynn Sweeney and director
Laura A. Hunt.
1 Pinnacle Place, Albany, 689-0244, pinnaclebehavioralhealth.com
Pinnacle Behavioral Health—where traditional and complimentary
mental health services come together. After more than 20
years providing psychotherapy services and developing mental
health treatment programs throughout New York state, Laura
Hunt, LACSW, has brought together a group of seasoned colleagues
to form Pinnacle Behavior Health. We understand that the
process of healing and personal growth can be challenging.
At the heart of our philosophy we support your individual
needs throughout your progress and growth.
Pinnacle Behavioral Health is a private group of licensed
mental health professionals providing medication management
and counseling for adolescents and adults. Our staff consists
of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed social workers
and licensed mental health counselors. The collaboration
between our medical staff and clinicians sets Pinnacle Behavioral
Health apart from other mental health practices. We seek
to ensure optimal patient care through our commitment to
creating a caring environment that supports you through
your treatment. Our services include psychiatric evaluation,
as well as individual, family, and group counseling. Specialized
programs include: adolescent medication management; employee
assistance services; DWI evaluation; energy treatment; and
psychotherapy for depression, mood disorders, and anxiety.
Pinnacle Behavioral Health accepts most major insurance
plans. Please give us a call with your questions and concerns
and ask for Laura Hunt (director), or visit our Web site
for further information.
Pakistani Indian Cuisine
35 Central Ave., Albany, 465-0333, eatlazeez.com
La’zeez opened its doors a few months ago, yet owner Qasim
Bhatti is a pioneer in the Indian/Pakistani restaurant scene
in the Capital District. In 1991 he started the original
Shalimar location a few doors down on Central Avenue. He
quickly developed a loyal following, attracting customers
from all around the area. Outgrowing the original location,
he moved Shalimar to 35 Central Ave. After a few years’
break from the restaurant business, he has returned with
La’zeez. The menu features the same dishes which have proved
so popular over the years, such as chicken tikka masala,
vegetable korma, mali kofta and many more. La’zeez puts
an emphasis on quality ingredients and fresh home style
cooking. There is a full vegetarian menu available, as well
as chicken, beef and lamb dishes cooked in a clay oven (tandoor).
Located in the heart of Albany, La’zeez has a large dining
room as well as private banquet facilities with seating
for up to 80 people. Visit during lunch to experience the
buffet featuring over 15 items, or come to enjoy a relaxed
dinner with a familiar face. Too tired to leave the house?
Lazeez delivers too! A full catering menu is also available
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
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 Wine Spectator 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
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.
Liaquat Ashiq-Khan and Ather Nazir
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 19 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.
Jeff Buenau, Jennifer Macdowell, Linda Greaves-Miller, Rosalynn
Vikara and Michael Buenau
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.
453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779, www.larktavern.com
We would like to thank Metroland readers for voting
us “Best Bar” for seven 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.
Paul Minbiole (executive chef), Peter Martin (director of
brewing operations) and Nick Caswell (general manager)
417 River St., Troy, 273-BEER (2337), brownsbrewing.com
Brown’s Brewing Company has been a fixture on Troy’s rebounding
waterfront ever since owners Garry and Kelly Brown renovated
an abandoned 150-year-old River Street warehouse back in
Brown’s craft brews their Dependable Ales & Lagers right
on site everyday and their Taproom restaurant is noted for
a dining menu that matches the quality of its beer menu.
With more than a dozen beers on tap at any one time, first
time visitors and regulars alike can find a delightful range
of styles from traditional Pale Ale, IPA and Oatmeal Stout
to specialty favorites like Cherry Raspberry Ale, Whiskey
Porter and Belgian Golden Strong Ale.
Voted Best Brew Pub by Metroland readers three years
in a row, Brown’s Taproom is open seven days a week for
lunch and dinner and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Private or corporate events, parties and receptions can
easily be accommodated on the Taproom’s second floor as
well as in the more intimate Trojan Room.
Brown’s is committed to the local environment and community,
too. A portion of the sales from their Tomhannock Pilsner
are donated to the Rensselaer Land Trust, which protects
Rensselaer County watersheds including Troy’s Tomhannock
Reservoir. In the kitchen, Brown’s uses locally grown produce
and products as often as possible. And as a measure of added
self-sustainability, Garry Brown and Peter Martin have begun
farming some of their own hops for the beer they brew.
Brown’s Brewing Company is a proud member of Capital District
Local First and many of their beers can be found in beverage
centers, grocery stores as well as bars and restaurants
throughout the Capital Region. Support your local brewery!
Dan Reedy, Jessie Meuser, Giovanni Batista, Crystal Reedy,
Ray Chiras, Angela Primo, Piper, Laila and Jessica Chiras
145 Wolf Road, Shoppers Park, Albany, 459-6495
You may say DeJa Vu was born from a stage 40 years ago.
Created, owned and fathered by Ray Chiras in 1970, his “baby”
announcement came from the mouth of Mark Farner, lead singer
of Grand Funk Railroad. DeJa Vu’s grand opening echoed throughout
the Palace Theatre in Albany that night. The store flourished
from its humble beginnings, featuring handcrafted fringed
leather vests, chokers, wristbands and apple caps. Farner
and Leslie West of Mountain were wearing these leather goods,
creations handcrafted by Chiras. The concert seemed almost
secondary at the time. The store, Deja Vu, was the star.
The store has traveled throughout the Capital District and
afar and on our 40th anniversary, peace and freedom of expression
are still the message we live by.
The store tastefully carries adult leisure items, tobacco
supplies, “hippie gear,” clothing for young and old of all
walks of life, body jewelry, candles, incense and much more
to promote spirituality, tranquility, aphrodisia and relaxation.
Of course, don’t forget the Grateful Dead memorabilia.
Keeping with the times, we are revamping our look. But never
fear—our discretion and loyalty to our customers remains
You’re guaranteed a pleasurable experience at our one-stop
shop. You may even have a strange feeling . . . like you’ve
been here before. Thank you for making our 40 years of business
such a success. Help us celebrate by buying an anniversary
T-shirt and receive 10 percent off your entire purchase.
Come in again wearing the T-shirt until 4/20/2011 and receive
an additional 10 percent off your entire purchase every
Rabin, Jenna Welch & Nick Pavoldi
New Loudon Road, Latham, 389-2200 BodyworkProfessionals.com
The Bodywork Professionals:
Karden Rabin-Thai Yoga Massage, Crasio-sacral Therapy
Jenna Welch- Deep Tissue Bodywork, Swedish Massage, Manager
Nick Pavoldi- Rolf Structural Integration Practitioner,
Diane Simpson, Michelle Beaulieu, and Kathleen Gates not
We are lucky people who get to do what we love. Thank you.
Loco Mexican Cafe
Marcia Tolive (owner) with staff
465 Madison Ave. Albany 436-1855, ellocomexicancafe.com
El Loco has been providing the Capital Region with the finest
in healthy Tex-Mex, traditional Mexican and Nuevo Southwestern
dishes in a fun and festive atmosphere for the past 26 years!
We would like to thank Metroland readers for
voting us the “BEST single-location MEXICAN” this year,
and for all those years past! Some things that you may not
know about El Loco: We opened our doors on the 3rd Larkfest.
We serve fair-trade organic shade-grown coffee. We use organic
brown rice. We make homemade sangria, pina colada and fruit-flavored
margaritas—in fact, all of our food is made from scratch
and on-premises. Our blue cornbread is soon to be featured
in Bon Appetit Magazine. We can accommodate vegetarians,
vegans, gluten-free people, as well as your basic carnivore.
We invented the Bananachanga. Our hidden gem of an outdoor
patio is in the back yard. Our knowledgeable and friendly
staff continues to dish out the handmade Mexican food and
kickass Margaritas that have made El Loco an Albany institution.
It’s a balancing act to stay true to your ideals, create
positive change and fulfill people’s needs for consistency.
Thank you Albany for letting us know that you appreciate
what we do for you and our community. Please remember to
“Buy and Dine Local”—73 cents of your dollar stays in the
community, compared to 43 cents when you shop or dine at
Krispin Vagnini (owner), Victoria Vagnini and Chuck Storms
574 River St., Troy, 687-0304, krispinsauto.com
I opened Krispin’s Automotive Repair in July 2006 at 574
River St. in Troy. I have been working on cars since before
I could drive and have always enjoyed automotive repair.
After attending the automotive program at Hudson Valley
Community College and honing my skills as a technician,
I received my first ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
certification in 1998. With diligence at mastering my craft,
I became an ASE master technician in 2002.
In June 2008, a very knowledgeable ASE certified technician,
Chuck Storms, joined my team. I am extremely confident in
Chuck’s knowledge and abilities to perform any and all diagnostics
and repairs. To keep up with the demands of a growing business,
Victoria Vagnini joined my team in April of 2009. As our
service writer, Victoria handles customer needs, schedules
appointments, writes estimates and is vital to the day to
day operations which keep the shop running smoothly. I consider
her the “back bone” of my shop.
At Krispin’s Automotive Repair, we service and repair all
domestic, light truck, Asian and European vehicles. We perform
advanced engine diagnostics, emission related repairs and
are a certified NYS vehicle inspection station. Not only
specializing in these technical repairs, we also perform
all light repairs such as brakes, tires, oil changes and
all routine maintenance. With the exception of doing body/cosmetic
repairs, we are capable of repairing all vehicles. Krispin’s
Automotive Repair is a small independent shop that keeps
customers safety and best interest in mind.
Parker Tax Accounting Firm
Kevin McNamara, Grey Smith, Sandra Wallace, Russell Parker
(owner), Allison Patton, Sheldon Goddard (consultant), David
Abrukin, Daniel Marabi
272 Lark St. and 681 Western Ave., Albany, 482-5623, firstname.lastname@example.org
After 32 years of experience as a highly qualified IRS agent,
Russell Parker retired from employment in 2002 and established
his privately owned business at 681 Western Ave. Today,
he works out of two locations: the Western Avenue address,
and on Lark Street where he proudly watched the golden letters
of the Russell Parker Tax Accounting Firm sign go up in
read an article printed in USA Today on March 18,
2010, which stated that the average cost for federal and
state preparations were $129 without itemized deductions,
and $229 with itemized deductions. The Russell Parker Tax
Accounting Firm will prepare these same tax returns for
a flat fee of $85 without any additional hidden costs or
eight years, Russell Parker was a coordinator for an IRS
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and for
the last 11 years he 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.
firm also offers valuable experience to college students
by providing an informal internship. The above picture includes
current and past SUNYA students who have participated in
Kate Halasz, owner
7052 Amsterdam Road, Route 5, Scotia, 887-3026, auntkatiesattic.com
You like us, you really like us!! Once again Metroland
readers picked our one-of-a-kind shop as one of the best
in the area , just in time for a party! If you haven’t yet
experienced Aunt Katie’s Attic then you’re in for a real
treat. Come check out the area’s largest selection of vintage
kitchen. We are always busy “cooking” up something new (there
is something for everyone!) Get a load of our most recent
makeover on Saturday April 10 when we celebrate our 15th
birthday. Snack, shop, play. You know you want to . . .
Aunt Katie’s Attic . . . always fresh.
Jessy Montrose, Dorothy Gavin, Sarah Kemph, Daoud Nelson,
Eileen Strazza, Dave Geurin, Suji Pickard
290 Delaware Ave, Albany, 434-0333
Located right next to the Spectrum 8 Theatres.
This brightly appointed café has a laid-back, bohemian ambience,
and is a great place to meet friends before or after a movie.
The café is accented by changing art exhibits featuring
the work of talented local artists. We offer certified fair
trade coffee and organic whole-leaf teas. We feature a full
range of espresso drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes,
and iced espresso drinks. Cold drinks include fruit smoothies,
frappes, tea freezes, egg creams, and freshly brewed Iced
Teas. Our selection of food includes grilled panini sandwiches,
a variety of soups, and quiche. Assorted pastries and baked
goods round out the selection. Free Wi-Fi.
Jacob 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
Weight Food Co-op
Amy Pagano and Maria Dahl
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.
Sarah Mackenzie, Lauren Sankowski
State St., Schenectady, 374-3048, bangkokbistrony.com
Hungry at 1 AM? Well there’s only one thing to do if you’re
in Schenectady. Come to us! The Bangkok Bistro will satisfy
your exotic food cravings for lunch, dinner, and late into
the night. For five years, “the Bangkok” has been a gastronomical
landmark of downtown Schenectady. Come in before a show
at Proctors, or a movie at the Bowtie. Enjoy a pad Thai
or a curry while you watch T.V. at the bar or relax in the
dining room. Come in on Wednesday to have AJ serve you a
beautiful flower on top of your decadent $4 martini. Come
on Monday to start your week off with a relaxing dinner
and a warm smile from Lauren. Come on Thursday to scarf
some sushi and spring rolls, or sip on some “Lillie Lemonade”
for just $3. Sing your heart out on karaoke Wednesday or
Thursday. Or come Saturday, or for that matter, any other
night, and you might just see the thing that really makes
the Bangkok such a fun place—half the staff slinging drinks
and dishing out drunken noodles, and the rest of us just
hanging out, joking with regulars and getting to know new
customers. We feel at home in our restaurant, and we want
you to also! We welcome everyone with an appetite and aim
to have you leave with a full stomach and a smile.
Patrick McDonough, Jackie McDonough, Robin McDonough (owner),
Danielle Pesta, Isabella Vagnini
77 3rd St., Troy, 687-0054, thecountiesofireland.com
This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Our store
opened in historic downtown Troy on June 5, 2000. We purchased
the Cooper Shoe store building and reopened as our new space
in June 2005 and launched our Web site March 2008. This
is a complete shopping Web site that began the next phase
of our ever-growing business. With all of the positive changes
we have made in the last 10 years, it is our idea to bring
something a little different to our customers that still
holds true. We not only wanted to cater to our Irish patrons
but all nationalities and show people the true crafts of
Ireland. That is why we are considered “Not your typical
We offer beautiful merchandise that is manufactured and
imported directly from Ireland—authenticity is very important
to us. We are always adding new product lines to our store.
There are many manufacturers that are not only exclusive
to our shop but a few have had their U.S. debut here. Last
year we were the first U.S. retail outlet to stock Bunbury
Boards. These are much more than a cutting board—every one
is branded with a unique serial number, and by visiting
the company’s Web site with this reference number, customers
can download their very own Tree Report. This includes a
picture of their tree, its location and also the date and
reason it came down. This year, we are the first U.S. retail
outlet for Diem Pottery. After honing his skills with the
Craft Council of Ireland, Thomas Diem struck out on his
own with a line of hand made pottery called Zest. This is
the type of small craft companies that make our store special
and unique. Ten years later, the Counties of Ireland still
invites you, no matter what age or nationality, to experience
a little bit of Ireland . . . the Ireland that we love!
Cards, Comics & More
Bob Lupe (owner), Landon Pelish
412 Fulton St., Troy, 271-1069, email@example.com, aquiloniacardsandcomics.com
Aquilonia Comics, Cards & More has been a Troy staple
for more than 25 years. Our focus continues to be on people
who actually read and enjoy comics.
Comic books aren’t just for collecting anymore. First and
foremost they’re for reading, and these last 10 years have
been the best 10 years for great stories with great art
that this medium has seen. All those No. 1 box office hit
movies have their origins here with us. Our well-versed
and well-read staff would easily be able to recommend some
great reading material that you would love.
Besides various events held annually throughout the year
(including the upcoming FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on Saturday,
May 1st) we also offer Magic The Gathering tournaments every
Friday evening at 6:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 12:00pm.
Make sure to add us as a friend on Facebook (just search
Aquilonia Comics) to keep up to date with all our various
events and giveaways.
We can’t turn you into a reader but if you are a reader
we can certainly give you something to enjoy. Hope to see
Artique, Plaza 8 Shopping Center, 1536 Crescent Road, Clifton
I began creating unique aprons in 2006 after sewing things
since middle school. I am the fourth generation of Southern
My aprons are fabric concoctions that delight the senses
and call up memories of favorite relatives and good times
past. Each one is a statement unto itself with a funky,
eclectic blending of patterns, colors and period flavors.
Any selection can reflect the style popular in the 1920s,
1930s,1940s,1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Each one has its own
There really is a bit of American history in every stitch.
In my hands a garment, the embodiment of utilitarianism,
becomes sexy, flirty and down-right lip smackin’ ( so I’ve
been told). The possibilities are endless with a Sistah
apron. You are the scintillating hostess entertaining a
bevy of friends or that special someone for a private party.
Your apron is the perfect accent. My creations also make
for excellent and distinctive any occasion gift giving.
Superb customer service is a hallmark of Sistahs Vintage
Kerry and Michael Anton
577 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 453-9191, antonsgreekrestaurant.com
The Antons are a close-knit, hard working Greek-American
family who operate a small but explosive eatery across from
St. Peter’s Hospital. We’re life-long residents of the neighborhood
and enjoy living and working in the city of Albany! Anton’s
philosophy is to use the best possible ingredients to offer
home-made, quality fun-food at a reasonable price. Attention
to health and detail is evident in the use of quality meats
and locally grown produce and dairy products. Anton’s specializes
in authentic Greek gyros, souvlakia, moussaka, pasticcio,
spanakopita, Greek salads and spreads, and a variety of
Yia Yia’s homemade, mouthwatering Greek pastries.
Other featured items include fresh breakfast sandwiches
(served all day), the area’s famous locally made mini hot
dogs, sliders (mini burgers), cooked in-house deli sandwiches
(turkey, corned beef and eye-of-round roast beef), as well
as a variety of vegetarian fare. A must try is the one-of-a-kind
EJ breakfast wrap, named after a close friend of ours whose
life was cut short. Anton’s offers the area’s only gluten-free
pita to accommodate the needs of those with certain dietary
Call Anton’s to cater your next party, office lunch, or
other event. We’ll work with you to develop a catering menu
to accommodate your needs and budget, including trays of
homemade Greek pastries. Look for our mobile food truck
in the near future—you won’t want to miss it! Soon we’ll
provide our mouthwatering, homemade Greek food at local
festivals, events and even your backyard parties! Anton’s
would like to thank those who voted for us in the Reader’s
Pick poll and our customers who made it possible to survive
our first year—we look forward to seeing you soon!
Jessica Ryan (owner), Sandy Bain (sales), Louis Miles (owner)
1156 State Route 29, Greenwich, 531-4191, greenwichfloorcovering.com
Greenwich Floor Covering, founded by Louis Miles and Jessica
Ryan, is a full-service floor-covering store, with a sales
staff and installation crew that have been serving the Capital
Region for more than 20 years.
At Greenwich Floor Covering, 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 installations. We have all of our own expert
installers on payroll, 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 Greenwich Floor Covering 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.
Stop by our showroom, or give us a call for your free in-home
estimate . . . and let us help you design the floor of your
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.
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 24th
anniversary of selling furniture in Malta, for 15 years
as Furniture Plus, and the last 9 years as Furniture Theatre,
on the site they share with the Malta Drive-In Theatre.
While the drive-in theatre is celebrating its 61st anniversary,
the last 22 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 and Bryan Jr. 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.
Sales & Service
Owners Dave Mooney, Sean Nava
2200 Central Ave., Schenectady, 346-5581 (sales), 382-9005
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
or 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