Hazapis (owner) with custom installers
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 482-1864, www.hipposhome.com
For more than 18 years I have watched the home electronics
industry go through many changes and technological innovations.
Televisions as thin as a book and as large as a mural, programming
delivered from satellites, projection screens and speakers
that appear magically out of the ceiling. A single remote
control that controls all of the components—even the lights.
At Hippo’s we realize there are many options for your home
electronics needs, but we believe in three basic principles:
(1) give the consumer good, honest information, (2) give them
the absolute best quality products, (3) give them the guaranteed
best prices. We ask only one thing of you, the consumer: a
fair chance. Come to Hippo’s, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Let the experts at Hippo’s design a custom home theater system
perfect for your home and your budget. No job too big or too
small, our professional technicians are available to answer
any of your home theater questions. New and pre-existing construction
is our specialty. Before the walls go up—or if you want to
change the way you currently watch and listen to television—bring
us in for a free consultation. In-wall speakers, individual
room controls, in-wall TVs, and invisible wiring are just
some of your options.
We offer the very best components from McIntosh, Sony ES,
Pioneer Elite, Onkyo Integra, Rotel, NAD, AdCom speakers from
Jamo, Klipsch, Bower & Wilkins, M&K, PSB, Mission
and many others and a wide array of TVs in sizes from 7”-70”
or even bigger from Sony, LG, Pioneer Elite and ViewSonic.
Give us a call!
Hair Design Inc.
Theresa Spinelli (owner), Cinnamon Snyder
1830 Western Ave., Albany, 218-0587
Profile Hair Design Inc. will be celebrating its 15th year
this July—five years at its present location. During that
time, the Boutique has expanded its space and clothing lines.
We now carry petite to generous sizes, from companies such
as Flax, Fat Hat and Salaam!
More of the specialty items you will find are jewelry by American
artists, jewelry boxes, hand-made scarves, soaps, lotions
and candles by Archipelago, framed photography, handbags and
Since the expansion of “The Boutique” in October 2003, foot
traffic has increased dramatically; The Boutique surrounds
you so you don’t even feel like you’re in a salon!
The newest addition to the salon is colorist/stylist, Cinnamon
Snyder. Cinnamon has 15 years experience and specializes in
all aspects of hair coloring and cutting. Call for an appointment.
Let Cinnamon create a new look for you!
You’re always welcome to just stop in and browse. There’s
always lots of new stuff.
Emily Ju, David Ip, Tommy Ju, Lisa Ju
338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358; 1653 Western Ave., Guilderland,
started serving the Capital District area seven years ago.
We will be opening our second location in Guilderland in April.
We promise to continue to provide the finest Japanese and
Chinese cuisine in the area with devoted service to our customers.
Our restaurant has earned a great reputation for the freshest
sushi, largest selection, great values and the best service.
Whether you dine in or carry out at either of our locations,
we promise that your experience will be enjoyable and pleasurable.
We are thankful for our customers’ continuous support.
Jerry Crouch (co-owner), Matt Hulsopple, Ryan Peterson (co-owner)
54 Columbia St., Albany, 449-1400, www.mensroom.biz
Mensroom Barbershop is celebrating our two-year anniversary
in Downtown Albany. We are master barbers trying to recreate
the traditional barbershop feeling. We provide a place where
men can receive any type of haircut, from classic to contemporary,
with consistency. We offer haircuts and hot towel straight
razor shaves and carry grooming products exclusively for men.
We appreciate appointments, but walk-ins are always welcome.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 to 6.
For more information, check us out on the Web.
246 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-9665
In 1959, Le-Wanda Jewelers opened for business in Delmar.
Outwardly, we have gone through many changes as the years
have passed, such as increasing the variety of jewelry and
gemstones we offer, and providing a wider range of jewelry-related
services in order to satisfy the needs of our customers. Finally,
in 1998, we relocated from Delaware Plaza to our current free-standing
location. However, what has remained the same is a strict
adherence to the core principles that have guided Le-Wanda
Jewelers since its inception:
Superior quality jewelry and repair at a reasonable cost.
A commitment to customer service and satisfaction.
The building of long-term relationships with our customers
based on trust, honesty and mutual respect.
Constantly educating ourselves and staying current in a continually
changing jewelry landscape.
We are experienced professional jewelers willing to work with
you whether it is a simple repair, an important purchase,
or the creation of a one-of-a-kind treasure that is uniquely
We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary
and for many years to come.
Suzie McElroy, Andrea Spungen (owner), Kate DelBene
374 Broadway, Albany, 689-0211, www.fitstopalbany.com
Located smack in downtown Albany on Broadway just south of
State Street, FitStop is a unique fitness facility. Owned
and operated by a former classical ballet dancer turned Pilates
devotee, we are more of a boutique than a large, impersonal
gym. Our clients rave about the ambiance, cleanliness and
overall non-intimidating environment we provide. Our business
model revolves around the simple question: If everyone wants
to be as fit as possible, then why do so few people exercise
on a regular basis? We discovered that the answer is just
as simple. Too little time and lack of motivation prevent
many from meeting their goals. Responding to the time element,
FitStop is equipped with top-of-the-line Nautilus circuit
training equipment, allowing for an intense full body workout
within 30 minutes. Responding to the motivational element,
FitStop makes personal training as affordable as possible.
We at FitStop are proud to boast a near 90 percent retention
rate of our members; almost double the industry standard!
Johanna and Jason Friedman
41 Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-4466, www.mexconx.com
la tequila! The Mexican Connection Restaurant & Cantina
has enjoyed a very successful first year under new ownership
and we want to thank everyone for supporting the restaurant.
Our main focus is still on the delicious homemade food that
made us famous, but we are starting to develop a loyal bar
following too. We are now featuring over 60 different 100
percent blue-agave tequilas—the largest selection in the area.
In addition, we have a full bar including over 25 types of
beer. Stop in and have some fun, enjoy great food, and sip
a margarita! We’re located next door to the new Saratoga Gaming
and Raceway VLT’s, so stop in for dinner and a drink before
checking it out. We look forward to seeing you, and remember:
Don’t drink the water . . . drink the margaritas!
Steve Alger, Terry
J. Field (owner)
1839 Central Ave.,
Colonie, 869-6292, www.super-video.com
the past few years, chain video stores blanketed the Capital
Region closing down many independent video stores. One independent,
Super Video, stands strong after 17 years—even against the
competition of 10 Blockbuster and Hollywood Video stores within
a five-mile radius!
How do we do it? The answer’s easy: selection and service.
Super Video built the largest library of DVDs, VHS tapes,
games, audio books and adult videos in the Capital Region
with over 35,000 movies for rent. Owner Terry Field says,
“We listen to our customers. If there’s a movie they want
to see and we don’t already have it, we try and find it.”
Beyond an impressive inventory of new releases, Super Video’s
huge selection includes the great classic, foreign, independent,
and hard-to-find titles that make browsing for a movie a pleasure.
Super Video even has a section of films produced by local
Super Video has won national awards for their outstanding
customer service. Our manager Steve Alger says, “We love movies
and talking about movies. Our talented staff does its best
to help people find great entertainment.”
on the Run
Gentlemen: No time to “GO” to a barber or “WAIT” in a salon
to get a haircut? Or do you just need a quick clean up before
a big meeting or trip? Well, I can solve your loose-locks
problems, scary-hairy hair or just clean up around the ears,
Hi, my name is Cherri and I started this business for men
like you: Men who have limited time and very busy schedules.
But if you have an hour for lunch or even a quick break, I
will come to you by appointment or with just a quick call
and take care of your grooming needs. The services I provide
are: cut and shape for your hair, trim your beard and/or mustache
or even your eyebrows! I have a unique professional clipper
vacuum system that cuts and sucks the hair (no it’s not a
Flowbee) so there’s no hair anywhere! I even do manicures
if your nails need pampering.
I have 25 years of licensed experience in the barbering/hairdressing
field. I have plucked eyebrows and cut Farah Fawcett’s hair
in the girl’s room of high school for $5. Then I had three
boys and a husband and barbering naturally became a passion.
I do mullets to fades, traditional to punk . . . whatever
your grooming needs are, I can do.
All this is available at your office or place of work at your
convenience. Please note that massage services are NOT offered.
I also serve the elderly and homebound, young and old!
Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery
128 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-2719, www.opendoor-bookstore.com
more than 30 years, the Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery
has been a favorite destination for book lovers, an inviting
oasis where we’re passionate and knowledgeable about books
and committed to personal service.
Beyond offering a broad, thoughtfully chosen selection of
titles, we are unique among bookstores in featuring an entire
gallery of fabulous, eclectic gift items, including jewelry,
soaps, toys and greeting cards, all with an eye toward the
unusual and unexpected.
We are a proudly independent and locally-owned business, staffed
by enthusiastic readers always glad to offer recommendations.
Browse in our friendly, relaxed atmosphere—if you can’t find
the book you need, we make ordering a breeze.
Kids love our “play window” too!
If you don’t know us yet, stop in and experience why our loyal
customers have kept us thriving since 1971.
Joyce Willson, Anne
Sorge-Kirgan, Mary Beth Fitzgerald, Kathy Tolcser
5 Broadway, Suite
201, Troy, 270-5288.
We opened Natural Solutions Bodywork Studio in 2002 to fill
a need for a holistic health and wellness center in downtown
Troy. We initially opened our center with the services of
Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, Electrolysis and Reiki.
We recently added Skin Care and Nail Services, which lend
a spa dimension to our offerings. We are very excited to be
a part of the revitalization currently underway in downtown
Natural Solutions is a place of peace and tranquility, an
environment rich in knowledge as well as warmth, a place that
empowers clients to make the best choices for their personal
Each of the practitioners has followed a different path to
lead us to our careers in healing and wellness, but what we
all share is a medical background and many years of experience
in medically related fields. Our backgrounds include physical
therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing and medical lab
technology. We combine our education and experience in Western
therapies and Eastern practices to bring you a truly integrated
approach to health and wellness.
We offer flexible day, evening and weekend appointments for
your convenience. To speak to one of the practitioners or
to schedule an appointment, please call 270-5288. We look
forward to meeting you and helping you feel your best—both
inside and out!
Mary Beth Fitzgerald, LMT/OT; Mary Stehle Hetman, Certified
Professional Electrologist; Anne Sorg Kirgan, Licensed Acupuncturist;
Kathy Tolcser, Licensed Esthetician/Nail Technician and Joyce
Willson, RN/Reiki Practitioner.
Brian Lencewicz, Debbie Miller (owner), Della Miller, Theresa
Reynolds, Cathy France
2612 Guilderland Ave., Rotterdam, 382-9329
We at Ferris take great pride in the outstanding reputation
we have earned as an exceptional family owned and operated
business over the last 20 years. Famous for our wings, burgers
and other great pub fare, we also serve delicious lunch and
dinner specials daily; our homemade soups, like our famous
seafood chowder, draw customers from far and wide.
Whether you’re in the mood for a quick tasty snack or a delectable
steak dinner, you’ll find it here. All our food is cooked
to order with great care using only the freshest ingredients.
Our entire menu is available for take-out.
We also feature a large and comfortable bar area, fully stocked
with a great selection of wines and spirits and dozens of
domestic and imported beers. It’s the perfect place to meet
friends for drinks and snacks after work or before a movie.
We present live entertainment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday
nights, hosting a wide variety of great local musical talent.
With our family atmosphere and excellent customer service
we strive to make old and new customers alike feel welcome
and comfortable, every time you visit us. Over the years so
many of our customers have truly become our cherished friends
and we thank you all for your continued patronage. We also
love to make new friends every day and hope you’ll stop by
and give us a try! Ferris is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday
through Saturday from 11 AM, and for dinner on Monday from
4 PM. See you soon!
Darcy Rickard (owner), Mariah Rickard
Latham, 225-1166, firstname.lastname@example.org
comes to your mind when you think of face painting? Probably
a simple rainbow or a heart painted on a kid’s cheek, right?
Yeah, well in most cases that is face painting. But this is
not your ordinary face painting; this is, I Want That Face!
When I paint, I combine face paints, a special artistry, and
a major dose of creativity for a result that is, well, no
less than fabulous! Hundreds of kids and adults have displayed
creations that reached deep into their imagination, and grabbed
some serious attention!
Oh sure, I also paint smaller artwork like hearts and rainbows.
(Speaking of that, I am scheduled to paint at Albany’s Capital
Pride celebration this year.) I really love to paint at large
events. Last year, I brought my unique kind of painting magic
to Lark Fest ’03, Irish Fest, Goold Orchards’ Fall Festival
and a number of other places around the Capital District.
Did you ever think about adding face painting to your next
event? Can you imagine the possibilities: birthday parties,
your next family reunion, the next event at school? All the
kids and adults having fun—and think of the amazing pictures
you will have from that day!
Most importantly, all of this fun is safe, non-toxic and non-permanent.
I use only FDA approved paints, not the off-the-shelf acrylic
that can scar you or your kids for life. Seriously, not all
paints are created equal. And I only use glass-free, eye-safe
glitter. That’s just a little something to think about when
hiring a face painter—what kind of stuff are they using anyway?
With me, you know you are getting a professional. So, think
about it, and when you are ready to add a creative touch to
your next party, just say, “I Want That Face!”
225 Lark St., Albany, 432-7090, www.ehdesigns.com
groovy, cool—I use these words to describe my wares at my
Lark Street store in Albany, which I opened in March of 2001.
I’ve been selling my jewelry in and around the Capital Region
for the past fifteen years, but I was designing jewelry on
paper long before that. As a child, I always drew princess-y
women in Victorian garb with earrings that ran the length
of their gowns and right off the page.My grownup store is
a playground for that childhood desire to adorn, and features
my own line of jewelry as well as the work of many local artists.
I love to combine fresh-water pearls and semiprecious stones,
creating pieces that border on the chunky side. I enjoy reusing
old materials that I find at flea markets, such as vintage
glass, beads and old buttons. My signature spiral is incorporated
into much of my jewelry, stained glass and wire mobiles. I
also do custom work, repairs and restringing.
My discerning eye has grown me a bevy of fans and dedicated
customers. Metroland has voted my jewelry as the Best
Handmade Jewelry in the Capital Region four years in a row.
One of my many clients is CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, who was formerly
with NBC Weekend Today.
At my store, you can dress your house as uniquely as your
body. Recently I’ve begun carrying wild-fiber scarves and
purses made from vintage fabric by area artists. Also, I carry
locally made pottery, frames, hand-painted furniture and hand
blown glass. Come discover Elissa Halloran Designs.
Elissa Halloran Designs is located at 225 Lark Street in Albany.
Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 11-6, Thursday and
Friday 11-7, and Sunday 12-5. We are closed on Mondays.
11 Second St., Troy, 272-1055
It’s just a little over a year since I opened State of Grace
in downtown Troy, and about six months since Ryan Wiley joined
the team. What a great time it’s been! We’ve been voted Best
New Retail Store for 2003, and also received Best Women’s
Boutique in Metroland’s Best Of the Capital Region.
The store has come to define itself as an eclectic mix of
fashions, as varied as Loco Lindo to Lily Pulitzer in one
spot. Along the way, we’ve made some great new friends, and
hopefully have helped to shake up fashions in the Capital
On The Park Restaurant and Bar
Mike and Theresa Kellom
462 Madison Ave., Albany, 449-2492, www.sopalbany.com
Magnolias has just opened and we are excited to be in the
Historic Lark Street district across from Washington Park
just in time for spring. We are offering a unique new dining
experience that focuses on cuisine with a distinct southern
flair. Although we have been in the Capital District area
for nearly 14 years and call it home, my brother and I were
raised in Augusta, Georgia, and Mike has trained in many of
the south’s finest restaurants. We have put together a collection
of our favorite recipes including Charleston Blue Crab cakes,
coconut shrimp, Georgia baby-back ribs, pan-fried catfish
and a variety of outdoor grilled steaks and seafood all served
with our favorite side dishes, such as red beans and rice,
black-eyed peas and creamy grits.
To further your dining pleasure we also feature live music
Thursday through Sunday with an open jam Thursday and Sunday.
We also have rotating works of art provided on consignment
by various local artists. Our dining room is open for dinner
seven days a week and for brunch on Sundays. So if you’re
looking for classic southern fare served with a side of southern
hospitality, Magnolias On The Park is the place to be.
Lori Selden (not pictured) and Mark Young (co-owners); and the
staff of Mexican Radio
537 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7770; 19 Cleveland Place, NYC, 212-343-0140,
Radio began its life eight years ago as a “jaunty candlelit
shoebox” in Little Italy, NYC. The next four years were a
proven testament to Mexican Radio’s award-winning margaritas
and delicious home-style cooking, as Mexican Radio repeatedly
took top honors as Best Mexican Restaurant in NYC. Two-and-a-half-hour
waiting-list lines continually streamed around the block as
loyal customers cried, “Time for expansion . . . please!”
In June 2000, Mexican Radio moved into its new home around
the corner at 19 Cleveland Place—happy to stay in the neighborhood
which had so fervently embraced the business—and increasing
seating capacity from a jam-packed 20 to over 100 people.
The front section of the Cleveland Place location is a tribute
to the tiny Mulberry Street storefront where it all began.
Upon opening the doors of their new location, a glowing review
appeared in The New York Post “If there could be a
shrine to Mexican food, Mexican Radio would be it!”
Exactly three years later, in June 2003, Mexican Radio opened
its second location, in Hudson, and the response has been
warm and embracing. Mexican Radio’s fabulous food and delicious
margaritas are drawing crowds from Albany, Poughkeepsie, Woodstock,
Connecticut, the Berkshires, and Columbia and Greene Counties.
With over 30 local employees, Mexican Radio Hudson continues
the company tradition of being a community-committed organization.
The front section of the Hudson restaurant again gives tribute
to the tiny storefront where it all began eight years ago.
Mexican Radio wants to thank all of our staff and customers
in both locations for so much loyal and continued support
over the years! Muchissimo Gracias!
Christopher Grigas & Donald Matthews
309 Hamilton St., Albany, 427-7758, www.MyFavoriteThingsFlorist.com
My Favorite Things offers the finest fresh flowers, unique
and tasteful gifts, and artful antiques. Begun as a labor
of love, My Favorite Things is a combination floral shop,
gift boutique and antique store. What sets our shop apart
from many others is our use of innovative and modern floral
design. As proprietors, we apply more than a decade of horticultural
and floral design training and practice to individualize each
of our creations. From boutonnieres to centerpieces, we believe
that flowers must reflect both the giver and the receiver.
Our goal is to interpret each customer’s style, taste and
personality through our custom floral designs. Anyone can
put flowers in a vase . . . we combine design technique with
emotion to capture a feeling and convey a message. One-of-a-kind
vintage and antique items accent the flowers and may be used
to accessorize the floral designs or may be bought separately.
From modest hand-tied bouquets to extravagant weddings, we
provide the attentive service and the quality products customers
want. We thank the strong and loyal customer base that has
made our shop a success in downtown Albany. Both individuals
and businesses have helped My Favorite Things grow into a
responsive floral & gift business. We hope to continue
to serve the Capital District community with our talents to
bring out the beauty in things ordinary and usual.
Wenonah Tantillo, Len, Corliss and Edra (not pictured) Nehme
488 Broadway, Albany, 689-1212
I, Len Tantillo, have been creating historical artwork of
the Capital District and the Hudson River for the past 30
years. It has long been a dream for the family to open a gallery
and bring to the public my visual creations of our local heritage.
While I’m best known for my historical paintings, the gallery
will offer my landscapes, still-life compositions and maritime
pieces in a variety of both original oil paintings and giclée
Corliss Tantillo, along with daughters Wenonah Tantillo and
Edra Nehme, have independently developed their own professional
skills and bring with them a variety of expertise including
artistry, entrepreneurial experience, business management,
teaching and counseling. Corliss and Wenonah will co-direct
the gallery and coordinate with community events in the downtown
area. Wenonah is a certified art therapist and will offer
workshops and individual sessions to promote the healing properties
of art. Edra specializes in stained glass and contemporary
art, including oils and digital photography. All family members
are experienced in the giclée printing of my work as well
as their own. This eclectic mix blends a unique dynamic energy
and spirit into the Tantillo Gallery.
Whether you are interested in the art of the Tantillos’, looking
for custom framing or just curious about the variety of creative
services offered by the gallery, your mind and senses will
The Tantillo Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10
AM to 6 PM, Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM, and off-hours by
Angela Minette, Nicole Aceto, Bernice VanZandt (owner), Kate
Dorwaldt, April Seyboth
1168 Western Ave., Albany, 482.1880, www.bvsalon.com
what did I want when I grew up? To own my own business!
As V Salon approaches 1 1/2 years in operation, we are just
beginning to calm down from all the excitement! Come in and
enjoy the charming, comfortable and inviting environment.
Our experienced team loves working in this cozy space on Western
Furthering our careers with education, workshops and a great
environment, we have fun “Bringing out the New You”. Using
Shapes, Colors, and Cuts, the detail is key because “ Beauty
is the Focus”.
With over 17 years of experience, I can look back at all the
great places I worked, the people I met along the way, my
education both in NY and overseas as a great stepping stone
to opening my own salon. My goal is to always make my clients
feel Special and Appreciated. Thank you for all your support!
Thyme Whole Food and Tea Co.
108 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 885-7275
Wild Thyme Whole Food and Tea Company opened March 15 in the
renovated Lincoln Building in historic Ballston Spa. Partners
Paul Weil and Doug Calvey established our business with the
mission of offering high quality bulk/packaged natural foods,
teas, spices, vitamins, herbal remedies, body-care products
and essential oils with friendly knowledgable customer service.
Featuring the most extensive selection of premium loose-leaf
international teas, tea pots and accessories in the Capital
Region, patrons are invited sample of one of the 40 varieties
Restaurant & Pub
John and Monika DeJohn (co-owners, Monika not pictured), Ryan
Weber (General Manager)
288 Lark St., Albany, 465-LARK (5275), www.dejohns.com
my wife and I decided to enter the restaurant business, we
wanted the type of place that has always appealed to us as
customers. I enjoy a friendly atmosphere with great food,
while my wife enjoys a beautiful setting and appreciates attention
We looked in several areas for the right setting for our new
business, and time and again we kept coming back to Lark Street.
When the opportunity presented itself to be on Lark Street,
we seized it. Now less than a year later, we have transformed
what was once 288 Lark Street and Lulu’s into our own DeJohn’s
Restaurant & Pub. It has been a labor of love for both
of us. We have spent every day trying to bring something new
to our establishment.
DeJohn’s offers a wide range of food from sandwiches, pizza
and wings, to pecan-encrusted trout and our house sirloin
smothered in bleu cheese. We have an approachable wine list,
great cappuccino and extraordinary desserts. There is something
on the menu for everyone. This, combined with a great waitstaff
and a multitude of talents in the kitchen, has quickly made
us a destination, and we are sincerely grateful and appreciative
for the overwhelming support we have received from our clientele.
Please stay tuned to see what is coming next . . . our outdoor
patio will be opening soon, and live music and brunch are
on the horizon. We look forward to offering the best we can
in food, spirits, entertainment and ambiance, and hope you
will join us!
1116 Altamont Ave., Rotterdam, 355-0162
I have been styling the Capital Region since 1977. In fact,
I graduated beauty school before I graduated high school.
I opened my first salon, Etoile, on Jay Street (back when
you could still drive on it) at 17, right out of school. Within
a few short years I had three salons, Jay Street, Lark Street
and even a salon in Saratoga. My goal has always been the
same: To provide my clients with a fabulous salon experience,
without the snobbish attitude while creating a beautiful look
just for you!
My staff consists of all age groups, so you can feel confident
we know your style. We are constantly training and keeping
up-to-date with techniques and styles, colors and products.
From classic styles to the avante garde and outrageous, we
can do it all.
The support of my clients (some of whom travel from out of
town to see me) has encouraged me to open a second location
in downtown Schenectady in the spring. I hope you will support
us in downtown revitalization efforts.
Call or stop by Centre Stage Salon today for a complimentary
60 Smith Bridge Road, Saratoga Springs, 584-7979 or 1-800-CERASUN,
It is hard to beat the power of video. Whether on tape, DVD
or on the Web, video is a terrific way to reach customers,
generate interest in your company or services and train employees.
Cerasun Video is a full-service video production company serving
the Capital Region and beyond with affordable, professional
video production for businesses, schools, individuals and
My video-production career has spanned more than 10 years,
with work appearing on NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, CNN, Oprah
and Inside Edition, among others. I founded Cerasun
in 1997 to serve the region with a variety of professional
From promotional and informational videos to company profiles
and commercials, Cerasun Video can create a high-end product
designed to meet your specific goals—on time and on a budget.
Call me today to discover how Cerasun Video can help you.
Saratoga 584-7979; Albany 436-7979. Toll free 1-877-CERASUN.
Web site: www.cerasun.com
To The Chef
and Dave LaFrance
488 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-4477
Compliments To The Chef is a complete kitchen store. We feature
Wusthof-Trident, Henkel, Lamson-Sharp, Viking and Global Knives.
Viking, All-Clad and Le Creuset Cookware, Emile-Henry and
Chantal Bakeware—anything and everything the home chef needs
and desires. We are a specialty store and we provide a superior
level of service. If we don’t have it, we will find it and
order it for you. Our goal is to keep you cooking by providing
you with the right tools at an affordable price.
We look forward to your visit!
Andrea and Dave LaFrance
419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 691-6000
I opened Cafe Gelato last summer out of love for my Italian
heritage and the need for real Italian gelato in Saratoga
Springs. We offer 24 varieties of gelato (Italian-style ice
cream) made on premises with only imported Italian ingredients.
Gelato is more rich and decadent than traditional ice cream,
yet has only 2-4 grams of fat and 120-160 calories per 3.5-oz
We also feature homemade Italian pastries, cakes and cannolis—all
made from family recipes passed down for generations. Cakes
and pastries can be special ordered for holidays and parties.
If you want a real cup of coffee, you need to try ours. We
use only fine imported espresso beans as the basis for our
coffee drinks, like the Cafe Gelato—coffee and gelato topped
with whipped cream and caramel!
Our newest menu items are pannini sandwiches, homemade lasagne
and baked ziti. Stop by for coffee, gelato, or lunch and experience
Italian style and hospitality.
Charity Cannon (owner, not pictured), Sitivia Cannon
42 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 226-0903
Manifest Station is in its fifth year of business. At our
new, expanded location on Caroline Street, we continue to
fit into the Saratoga experience of history, health and horses.
We are committed to bringing the community products that promote
health and awareness. We support our local community by carrying
products from local artists. We feature a full line of clothing
and food products made from the Earth’s most viable plant
resource—hemp. Our store dispels the myths about hemp. Hemp
seeds contain the most digestible protein on Earth, which
is perfectly suited for human nutrition. Hemp clothing is
a viable and stylish alternative for those who have skin conditions
and sensitivity to conventional clothing, especially infants
Almost half the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used on
our planet are sprayed on cotton fields. Hemp wants to grow
and requires little or no fertilizer or pesticides.
If you choose to be socially aware of the choices you make
and their effects on others, you will be comfortable choosing
our products. All are clearly labeled with fabric type, organic
content and country of origin.
Stop by soon to see our expanded selection of Of The Earth
clothing, local pyrex artwork, jewelry, mineral specimens,
paraffin-free candles and hemp food items today!
Western Ave., Albany, 465-2238, www.maryjanebooks.com
Six years ago a girl and her dog set off to see the wizard
. . . oops . . . wrong story!
For six years Albany has watched Mary Jane working it on the
corner of Western and Quail. Several times a year, you can
catch the kids lined up on the street to get used from Mary
Jane. They arrive by the blue Magic Bus-load to get what they
need. As the only alternative students are given to the on-campus
bookstore, is it any wonder Mary Jane is in such high demand?
Three SUNY alumni decided to open Mary Jane Books in 1998.
As an independent, locally owned college textbook supplier,
Mary Jane Books offers an option to the strained wallets of
Capital-area students. Stocking primarily SUNY and HVCC classes,
we carry both new and used books at more affordable prices,
but can order any book for anyone. We are very proud of the
fact that students, alumni and even some professors make up
our staff. Being socially active is an important part of our
business plan, and throughout the upcoming election cycle,
we will be registering people to vote.
So, come down and give Mary Jane a try, maybe even register
to vote. We buy textbooks year-round, we can order any book
you need, and . . . we have a dog. Carole and Maisey would
love it if you’d stop in.
SAVOY, Center of Dance
Street, Saratoga Springs, 587-5132, www.saratogasavoy.com
Not your typical dance lesson. The Saratoga SAVOY, Center
of Dance, specializes in social dances: swing, ballroom, club
Latin, Argentine tango, Lindy Hop, belly dance, and more.
As a non-competitive studio, it focuses on the fun and social
aspects of dancing while offering top-notch, energetic, instruction
for an affordable rate in a relaxed, and entertaining atmosphere.
Dave Wolf and Keira Lemonis opened the studio in October 2002,
and have been getting people to shag and hustle ever since.
There are also four more young, energetic, professional dancers
instructing at the SAVOY.
The instructors at the Saratoga SAVOY have been working hard
at bringing back the old-school art of social dancing and
placing it center stage in today’s world, by taking a fresh,
new approach to making social dancing appealing to both the
young and old. First, offering a great music selection. Ballroom
music does not have to be boring. We have a group of high-school
students who rumba to Beck and do the polka to the Offspring.
Of course, we have a vast selection of classics as well. Second,
the Saratoga SAVOY brings world talent and dance legends to
the local dance scene. Recently we have brought Lindy Hop
legend Frankie Manning to the area, as well as regularly bringing
in the world’s best Argentine tango performers and instructors
for both workshops and shows. Finally, the SAVOY is community
oriented. We hold many, monthly, multi-generational dance
events that are open to the public and integrate local musicians,
bars, restaurants, and other local businesses. Our Diamond
Dance is the largest monthly swing dance in the Northeast!
We instruct at Skidmore College, Saratoga BOCES, as well as
other local schools and events.
Mexican Restaurant I and II
Patty Bermejo-Bhola and Marco Bermejo
144 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-2568; 289 Hamilton St., Albany,
We began our family business in the Capital Region eight years
ago. We are from the city of Puebla, just south of Mexico.
I (Patty Bermejo-Bhola) come from a family of five brothers
who have all been in the restaurant business for nearly 20
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 run two locations in the downtown
Albany area. Recently we moved El Mariachi Restaurant I from
62 Central Ave. to 144 Washington Ave. At the 289 Hamilton
St. location we put into practice my brother’s expertise in
Spanish cuisine, adding paella dishes and other traditional
seafood dishes from southern Spain.
Here at El Mariachi, our menu typifies the foods from our
hometown and other Mexican states. Our recipes have been handed
down from generation to generation, starting with our great-grandmothers.
Some of our favorite dishes include Pollo San Marco (sizzling
fajitas), Pollo al Chipolte, Mole Poblano (an authentic dish
from Puebla), Cochinita Pibil and the seafood paella dishes.
The Cochinita Pibil has been selected as “Dish of the Year”
(Times Union), and our tequila selection (over 100
choices) and special house-flavor margaritas are among our
customers’ favorites. I want to thank all of our loyal customers
for voting us #1 seven years in a row (Metroland’s
Best Of the Capital Region Readers’ Poll) and my family who
stand together to keep our family business growing.
J.C. Glindmyer (owner), Alicia Messineo, Alex Trigonis
537 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2400, www.earthworldcomics.com
Comic books are an original American art form, created in
the Depression era as affordable entertainment for the masses.
In the years since, comics’ unique blend of words and pictures
have matured and changed in our popular culture. Thanks to
films like Hellboy, American Splendor, Road
to Perdition, Spider-Man, and television shows
like Smallville, comics have enjoyed a resurgence in
Comics have attracted creators from different mediums such
as film director Kevin Smith, who wrote Daredevil and
Green Arrow, and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Joss Whedon, who wrote X-Men.
Earthworld is Albany’s preeminent comics store, and this year
we’ll be celebrating our 21st anniversary! Ranging
in subject matter from super hero adventures to slice of life
to crime noir to humor, there’s a comic out there for everyone.
Our knowledgeable staff is there to help as needed, and our
wide selection of books, toys and anime will satisfy every
9 Johnson Road, Latham, 786-8048, www.diamondeight.com
With 17 full-size pool tables, a billiard table, a raised
35-foot full-service bar and viewing area, electronic darts,
foosball and more, we are still the #1 choice in the Capital
Region for a fun-filled and entertaining experience, regardless
of your playing level.
For those of you who like a little friendly competition, it
is your turn to become a part of this area’s best-kept secret!
Our first year hosting the APA has been wonderful! The APA
(American Pool Players Association) is the world’s largest
pool league, with over 200,000 members vying for the chance
to compete in the national tournaments in Las Vegas. The players
in our in-house 8-ball league on Sunday nights always have
a great time!
The 2003 Edward M. Skawinski Memorial Golf Tournament was
another great success and this year’s edition promises to
be even better. Join us on June 27 to play golf and pool and
enjoy great food and great company, all to benefit Big Brothers
Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Watch the Diamond Eight
Billiards Web site at www.diamondeight.com
for more information. Don’t forget
our awesome Monday night Karaoke with Mark “The Shark” and
our popular Tuesday night 9-Ball tournament.
As always, we strive to continue the tradition of excellence
that has become synonymous with the name “Diamond Eight Billiards.”
If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please do
not hesitate to call me, Irene, at 518-786-8048. Thanks for
582 New Loudon Road, Latham, 526-6425, www.nickpavoldi.com
only get one body to live in; treat it well. I have been a
licensed massage therapist for seven years in the Capital
District. I have studied a wide range of soft tissue techniques,
but my primary focus for the past four years has been on Structural
Integration. I began doing this work after a knee injury left
my back in a lot of pain. I knew the two were related. I went
through the process of Structural Integration myself and felt
transformed and renewed. My knee and back problems were gone,
and I knew I wanted to study that work.
Structural Integration is a process of reorganizing the body
around a central vertical axis using connective tissue or
fascia. The work aligns and balances the body by lengthening
and repositioning the fascia, which allows the muscles to
move more efficiently. When a body is aligned and balanced
it moves with greater ease. Good posture is more natural and
breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, requires
less energy to function, and can return to its structurally
optimal position. This is the most interesting work I have
ever done, and I love it.
Massage therapy and bodywork are not only important for physical
well being, they are also intensely relaxing. Massage is great
for stiffness, pain, and circulation. It also releases endorphins—the
body’s natural painkillers. Plus it’s good practice to pay
attention to your body. I offer 40- and 70-minute massages.
I am a New York State Licensed massage therapist, member of
the American Massage Therapy Association, National Certification
Board for Therapeutic Body workers, Guild for Structural Integration,
and member of the 2002 Olympic Sports Massage Team in Salt
Lake City. Appointments are available 9 AM to 8 PM every day
Roberta, Mariah and Filiberto Leon
135 Crescent St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2346
Leon’s Mexican Restaurant will celebrate its second year in
business this July. We are pleased to offer wonderful Mexican
dishes that are made daily with only the freshest ingredients.
Our margarita menu offers a wide variety of fantastic margaritas.
I was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. I came to the United
States when I was 17 years old. After a 10-year career as
a jockey riding at New York racetracks (I always enjoyed the
Saratoga meet), I realized that the city lacked a great Mexican
restaurant. I stopped riding and perused the restaurant business.
Leon’s is a family-run establishment that prides itself on
hard work, great Mexican food and service in a comfortable
We would love to thank all of our customers for voting us
best Mexican restaurant in the Saratogian’s Best of
the Best contest!
1012 State St., Schenectady, 377-8526, www.toughtraveler.com
Tough Traveler Ltd. has a special place in the Capital District
as well as in the United States as a whole. A very unusual
company that has designed backpacks, luggage, and other bags
and packs for more than 34 years, Tough Traveler has continued
to manufacture its products in the USA. In addition to pleasing
local residents with Tough Traveler design and quality excellence,
the Tough Traveler products may be seen in use by people throughout
Products that Tough Traveler is particularly known for include
(but are not limited to!) world-renowned baby-child carrier
backpacks, new carry-on luggage featured in Kiplinger’s magazine,
computer and camera and video bags and backpacks, and special
comfort backpacks for kids and adults that have been tested
and chosen in that test by chiropractors as best for back
protection. From the smallest bags, such as epi-pen pouches
and backpacks, to musicians’ rack bags, big luggage and more,
Tough Traveler Ltd. is known for serving many customers. Media
coverage has been wide, from Good Housekeeping to Outside
to Child magazines, with many wonderful recommendations
throughout the years.
Customers for Tough Traveler are individual consumers, businesses
and groups. Tough Traveler products may be purchased through
www.toughtraveler.com, 1-800-GO-TOUGH, or at the Schenectady
store at 1012 State Street. Tough Traveler products are sold
both locally and shipped worldwide.
River St., Troy, 273.4532, www.DanaRudolph.com
I opened my dream shop last spring on Troy’s historic River
Street. I knew that there were other jewelry artists like
me who were searching for a good source of fabulous beads
and supplies in the Capital District. You won’t believe the
selection: beautiful gemstones and pearls, Swarovski crystals,
Thai Silver, vintage Tibetan beads, Bali, Miyuki, Matsuno,
Czech glass and a great selection of tools and supplies for
the serious bead artist. The response to my shop has been
tremendous. Some of you may remember my other shops: Rocket
Rocket or After the Goldrush (both were very popular shops
on Lark Street). I’ve waited a long time to open my dream
shop. So here it is, 15 years later and in a different city.
River Street in Troy is magical and so is my store.
If you’ve ever had the desire to make your own bead necklace
or bracelet or earrings, you simply must stop in to see our
collection. You will definitely be inspired. If you’re not
sure where to begin, we hold classes in the shop.
I’ve been designing and creating jewelry for more than 25
years, so if you don’t want to make your own jewelry, we will
design it for you. We have some stunning pieces of jewelry
in the shop. We can even design a custom piece for that special
occasion. We design for wedding parties.
We have an eclectic variety of gifts for that special person.
In addition to our great selection of jewelry, we have beaded
bags, scarves, hand blown glass, original artwork and even
I’d like to thank everyone who has made my first year back
in business such a success!
Sue Ellen Mathers
86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 587-0982, www.saratogastakes.com,
It’s no longer necessary to go to Chicago or New York City
to find a great steak. Since Saratoga Stakes opened last year,
diners and critics have agreed that it is a
world-class steakhouse. Rich mahogany, intimate lighting and
cozy seating combined with replicas of famous racehorses create
an ambience unlike any other in the Spa City. And the food!
As a certified CAB restaurant Saratoga Stakes is one of a
very select number of restaurants authorized to serve the
finest beef available: Certified Angus Beef®. And the menu
doesn’t stop there—imaginative seafood and poultry dishes
are offered, along with delightful desserts. It’s the perfect
place for private parties, business functions and special
events, as well as fine dining.
Right next door to Saratoga Stakes and under the same management
is Broadway Joe’s Theatre Grille where there really is time
for dinner and a movie! This unique concept allows moviegoers
to enjoy a tasty meal while watching a current film. The theatres,
which are available for private functions, provide tiered
seating and video capability—a perfect setting for meetings,
seminars or just a fun company outing.
Japanese Noodle House
Yasuo, Emiko, Kiyo and Kathy Saso
Central Ave., Albany, 436-7789, www.sasos.com
We have been open since May 1996, and our goal has always
been to serve delicious, interesting and beautiful Japanese
cuisine in a friendly environment. For nearly eight years,
that is exactly what we have been doing with the help of our
great staff, supportive family and incredibly loyal
customers! (You know who you are! Thank you!)
Chef Saso spent 15 years working in Tokyo restaurants where
he earned his Japanese Chef’s license. He brought his culinary
expertise to the United States, where he has continued to
use his talents to create consistently scrumptious artistic
dishes. The menu at Saso’s is a blend of traditional Japanese
dishes, a unique and always fresh selection of sushi and a
list of creative specials that are always changing to accommodate
the season and its offerings.
If you have never tried Japanese cuisine, or Saso’s, it’s
time to come in and have a great meal!
Jasper and Elizabeth Alexander
45 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-4790, www.hattiesrestaurant.com
Hattie’s remains one of Saratoga’s historic landmarks, specializing
since 1938 in Southern and Louisiana cuisine. In our three
years of ownership we have enjoyed three successful Mardi
Gras parties and are looking forward to our benefit for the
New York City Ballet, an authentic crawfish boil, the upcoming
track season and of course opening our popular patio.
Hattie’s has always been known for its fried chicken and fresh
biscuits; not wanting to change a formula that has worked
for over 60 years, chef Jasper has kept the menu the same
and added a few specials such as chicken and dumplings, Jasper’s
now infamous macaroni and cheese and daily fresh fish specials
such as pecan-encrusted rainbow trout, as well as many others.
In addition we have designed a wine list to include diverse
and exciting wines to compliment our cuisine. We also offer
takeout dinners, catering and box lunches for the track or
In the spring and summer months, come dine New Orleans-style
in our magical covered courtyard or stop by our late-night
bar for a mojito (the original spot in Saratoga for this famous
Cuban drink), an orange martini or a Funny Cide martini. Our
main dining room is open all year and has remained timeless
in its charm.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Southern dinner or
some good old-fashioned soul food…Hattie’s is the place to
be! We are proud to carry on such a wonderful Saratoga tradition
and hope you’ll stop by soon to see what all the hype is about!
Counties of Ireland
13 Second St., Troy, 687-0054, www.thecountiesofireland.com
in historic downtown Troy, The Counties of Ireland offers
a unique line of Irish clothing, jewelry, accessories and
We are currently featuring Stephen Pearce Pottery (Shanagarry,
Cork), jewelry by The Cat and The Moon (Sligo), and Ireland’s
Eye Knitwear (Dublin), just to name a few. All of our lines
are manufactured in and imported directly from Ireland because
authenticity is very important to us.
No matter what age or nationality you are, The Counties of
Ireland invites you to visit our shop and experience a bit
The Counties of Ireland: Not your typical Irish shop.
Drue Sanders and Elwood
1675 Western Ave., Albany, 464-9636, www.druesanders.com
Drue Sanders first opened her doors in 1975 in the long-forgotten
“Shoppers Village” in Menands, an early version of today’s
malls. In the 29-plus years since our inception we have evolved
through leasing space at Stuyvesant Plaza to building our
own store, which houses a complete state of the art jewelry
Our mission continues to be creating custom quality handmade
jewelry for a reasonable price. In a world of mass production,
it is nice to purchase a product that is crafted by hand.
There is no comparison in weight or feel!
Our goals for the future include introducing our line of Drue
Sanders Custom Jewelry in into limited stores in major cities
across the U.S.
Platinum, Platinum, Platinum!!! Our best seller right now
is one of the hottest products on the market. From young couples
purchasing their first engagement ring to lifelong clients
rebuilding family heirlooms, platinum is the “drug” of choice
so to speak. People have to have it. Period!
Our store is unique because we design and build over 80 percent
of our product in house. We have had customers referred to
us by other local jewelers who were unable to fulfill their
customers’ requests. Our client base has reached its third
generation, mainly grandchildren of many of our original customers.
We are very technology driven, and are constantly updating
our tools and machinery. We are the only store in the Capital
Region that has “Solidscape” rapid prototype machines. These,
when coupled with “JewelCad,” allow our clients to be involved
in each phase of the building of their jewelry item. This
has allowed us to put out a consistent product and remain
one of the top in our field for over 29 years.
Region Wellness Center, LLC
Andrea E. Mincsak
1315 Central Ave., Albany, 446-0200, www.capitalregionwellnesscenter.com
The Capital Region Wellness Center held its Grand Opening
on February 26, 2004. It has been designed with the intent
of developing a healing community of practitioners and seekers
who are looking to improve their health and well-being. A
community that utilizes natural healing methods with a focus
in treating the root cause of the patients’ symptoms, instead
of just the symptoms themselves. I have selected a team of
credentialed practitioners and instructors who look at a person
as a whole, or holistically, considering the physical body,
the mind, emotions and spirit of the client.
Many of the techniques at the Capital Region Wellness Center
are unique in that they assist the body in healing itself;
jump-starting the body’s innate healing wisdom. Some of these
therapies have been developed over the past 100 years in Western
cultures, while others trace their roots to India and China,
and are thousands of years old. Natural healing therapies
may be used alone or in combination together; some are often
used in conjunction with conventional allopathic medical care.
The Center is designed to be full service, providing everything
from Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga to journaling workshops, chiropractic,
psychotherapy, mediation, Reiki and much more in one central
location. We have an exquisite gift shop and also offer yearly
memberships (members receive discounts toward services and
select classes).We welcome you to visit the Center and experience
for yourself a new level of well being, let us assist you
on your personal healing journey!
I, Andrea E. Mincsak, MBA, am the Director and Founder of
the Capital Region Wellness Center, LLC. I received my Masters
in Business Administration from Union College and am a Reiki
Master/Teacher and Transpersonal Counselor. I have practiced
in the Capital District for over eight years.