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AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, 972 Broadway, Albany, 434-4686, www. Nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness and support on sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS.


Arlene’s Artist Materials, Inc., 57 Fuller Road, Albany, 482-8882. A huge selection of artists materials, custom framing, gifts & more. Family owned and operated since 1960.


Artforms, 5 New Karner Road (Route 155 off Western Avenue), Guilderland, 464-3355. From the finest in art framing to distinctive gifts.


Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-2448, A staple of Albany’s dining scene for over 35 years, the Barnsider offers great steak, fresh seafood and a full salad bar.


Daily Grind, 46 3rd St., Troy, 272-8658; 204 Lark St., Albany, 434-1482, Wide selection of gourmet teas and coffee.


Davidson Brothers Brewpub, 184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026, A wide variety of pub fare, plus our own handcrafted beer and ales made on premises.


De Crescente Distributors, 211 N. Main St., Mechanicville, 664-9866, Distributor of Coors, Heineken, Killian’s and More.


Drome Sound, 3905 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701, Best prices and selection on Epiphone, Martin, Ovation, Yamaha, Vox, Marshall, Peavey, Ludwig, Pearl & More.


Earthworld Comics, 537 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2400. Large comic book store—get your fix with tons of back issues, underground comics and toys.


Elissa Halloran Designs, 225 Lark Street, Albany, 432-7090, Signature designs for the body and home.


Hermie’s Music Store, 727 State St., Schenectady, 374-7433. A full-service music store serving the community for over 50 years.


Ichiban Restaurant, 1652 Western Ave., Albany, 869-9585; 338 Central Ave., Albany, 432-0358. Serving authentic Japanese and Chinese cuisine (lunch and dinner) seven days a week.


LT Home, K-Mart Plaza, Route 7, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9737. Find stylish slipcovers at affordable prices. Discover the secret to fast, affordable decorating.

The Open Door Bookhouse, 128 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-2719, A locally owned independent bookstore since 1971, the Open Door offers great books for any age, and unique books from around the world.


Orion, 169 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-4902. A Jay Street landmark, Orion offers handmade silver, a full line of glass pipes and smoking accessories, imported cigars, tobacco and cigarettes.


Parkway Music, 1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-0300, www.parkway New, used, and vintage instruments! Amps . . . and everything else the musician needs.


Rhythm Section, 104 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 388-8488. Scotia’s independent music scene starts at the Rhythm Section. Offering something for any musician, the stock includes acoustic and electric guitars, drum kits, and sheet music.


Romeo’s, 299 Lark St., Albany, 434-4014. Perfect gifts for family, friends and lovers.


Schenectady Museum and Planetarium, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890, Ongoing exhibits and a unique gift shop with works from regional artists.



Shining Star, 244 Lark St., Albany, 465-5520, Local novelty shop. Nothing you need—everything you want. Incense, jewelry, tapestries, musical instruments and more.


Smoke & Mirrors, 221 Lark St., Albany, 434-3236. Specialty store selling posters, frames, hangers, room décor, party and adult games, chess, poker, hookahs/hookah tobacco and statuary.


Studio G, 1229 Central Ave., Albany 209-6810. Brenda Mitchell, certified pilates and Gyrotonic instructor. Gift Certificates available.


Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5539, www.skidmore. edu/tang. Contemporary museum, noted for its controversial architectural design to its daring exhibitions within.


Waterworks Pub, 76 Central Ave., Albany, 465-9079, This two-floor establishment, with bars on each floor, features dancing with DJs on Friday and Saturday. Open from 1 PM to 4 AM.


Zombie Planet, 1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202. Collectible card games, miniatures, board games, role-playing games and more.


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