Adirondack Balloon Flights P.O. Box 65, Glens Falls, 793-6342.
adkballoon flights.com. What better way to view the scenic
Adirondack mountains than from above? Gift certificates available.
Indoor Rockgym 4C Vatrano Road, Albany, 459-7625. airrockgym.com.
When the going gets tough, the tough climb the walls. Top-roping,
lead climbing, bouldering and caving available. Private and
group instruction offered as well as birthday parties for
the willing and the brave.
Mountain Club Albany chapter: P.O. Box 2116, Albany, 899-2725.
adk.org. Just an hour from the Capital Region, the Adirondacks
boast some of the best views in the state—perfect for when
you need a break from the grind of city life. The ADK hosts
hikes and outings, meetings and seminars for the outdoorsy
Comics 412 Fulton St., Troy, 271-1069. Troy’s comic treasure
trove is home to all the latest comics, graphic novels, movie
tie-ins and toys.
Artist Materials 57 Fuller Road, Colonie, 482-8882. An
art-supply store that meets the needs of the creative soul.
Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St.,
Troy, 273-0552. arts centeronline.org. The center features
changing art exhibits, performances and state-of-the-art studios
where a multitude of classes in the arts are taught. Drawing,
painting, weaving, ceramics, woodworking, dance, jewelry making
and much more are regularly featured.
Katie’s Attic 7052 Amsterdam Road, Scotia, 887-3026. auntkaties
attic.com. Specialty is vintage kitchen.
Boutique 11 3rd St., Troy, 266-1191. Glamorous, vintage
cocktail dresses, foxy shoes, purses and jewels.
Art Supply 292 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501. central-art.com.
Artist-owned-and-operated art-supply store. Materials for
the student and the professional. Students get 10-percent
discount with valid ID.
for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy 3 Cerone
Commercial Dr., Albany, 489-4026. A school where students
of all ages can learn the art and science of therapeutic massage.
Day, evening, full- and part-time programs available. Student
massage clinic open to the public.
Sparks 42 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2030. creativesparks
ceramics.com. Choose, design, and paint your own piece of
pottery or a mosaic at this hands-on studio.
Vu 145 Wolf Road, Shopper’s Park, Albany, 459-6495. Clothing,
candles, body jewelry, posters, smoking accessories and more.
Skydiving Club 5065 Western Turnpike, Duanesburg, 895-8140.
duanesburgskydiving.com. Take a flying leap with the club’s
expert skydivers and parachute instructors. Take a friend
along—group rates available.
537 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2400. earthworldcomics.com.
Albany’s largest comics store—get your fix with tons of back
issues, underground comics and toys.
City Comics & Magazines 1704 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady,
377-1500. electriccitycomics.com. The area’s best selection
of back issues. Also, new issues and magazines.
302 Lark St., Albany, 463-1902. A new-age boutique.
Prize Paintball 245 Morris Road, Colonie, 449-2255. firstprizepaintball.com.
Check out the adult version of hide-and-seek. Private play,
open play, tournaments and more. Birthday parties for adventurers
of all ages, 10 to 104! Pro shop on site.
589 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-2651. funplexfun
park.com. Go-cart racing, bumper boats, batting cages, a climbing
wall, and the ever-popular Mystic Lagoon miniature golf course.
In between athletic endeavors, enjoy an ice cream cone at
Spot 1035 Route 9, Queensbury, 792-8989. lakegeorgefun.com.
Featuring roller-skating, Laser Tron, go-karts and two water
George Kayak Co. Main Street, Bolton Landing, 644-9366.
lake georgekayak.com. Offering sales, rentals, lessons and
tours in kayaking and hiking.
Moon 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2488. A metaphysical
boutique with candles, incense, books, crystals and more.
Valley Skydiving 4281 Amsterdam Rd., Schenectady, 372-4883.
mohawkvalleyskydiving.com. Offering tandem and accelerated
freefall jumps, videos, photos and skydiving instruction.
Lights Shop 30 Fuller Road, Colonie, 453-3402. A wide
selection of traditional hookahs and shisha, acrylic, metal,
wood, incense, beaded curtains, tapestries and posters, as
well as hand-blown glass items by local artists.
Family Fun Park 97 North Greenbush Road, Troy, 283-3646,
oasispark.net. Miniature golf, laser tag, defender dome, paddleboats,
ice cream and more. Voted Metroland’s Best Mini
Golf Course 2009.
169 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-4902. A staple of Schenectady’s
Jay Street for as long as we can remember. For anyone walking
the block, it’s a must-see. Everything from clothing and hand-made
silver jewelry to a full line of pipes and smoking accessories.
Zone 82 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 587-8243. outerzonesaratoga.com.
Laser tag in a two-story arena with music and special targets.
Birthday party packages available.
Inspirations 384 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, 439-7039. peaceful
inspirations.net. Yoga supplies, drums, books for adults and
children, jewelry, fair-trade items and more.
Pottery Place Stuyvesant Plaza, 446-0870. thepotteryplace.com.
A hands-on, paint-your-own pottery studio.
Glass Works 2305 15th St., Troy, 273-8556. Custom hand-blown
glass, specializing in tobacco pipes, goblets, marbles, ornaments
Rocks Jewelry & Beadshop 209 River St., Troy, 273-4532.
The largest selection of beads in the area: Swarovski crystals,
freshwaters pearls, gorgeous gemstones, ethnic beads, silver
vermeil, findings and tools, plus lots of handmade jewelry
by in-house designers. Custom orders available.
Beads 80 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-7733. An artist-owned-and-operated
shop where you can design and make your own jewelry from more
than 3,000 different beads.
Organics 38 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-2005. saratoga
organics.com. Organic and hydroponic gardening supplies. Horticultural
lighting and repair. Beneficial insects, organic seeds and
Savoy Center of Dance 7 Wells St., Saratoga Springs, 587-5132.
saratogasavoy.com. A dance studio specializing in social dancing.
Argentine tango, ballroom, lindy hop, swing and more. Special
workshops with some of the world’s best dancers.
Star 244 Lark Street, Albany, 465-1177. “Nothing you need,
everything you want,” including glass, tapestries, statuettes
& Mirrors 221 Lark St., Albany, 434-3236. In addition
to a selection of adult games and toys, this shop operates
under the slogan “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!”, selling
a variety of hookahs, cigars and exotic tobacco products.
City Comics 47.5 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7760.
Offering new and old comics, anime videos and graphic novels.
Planet 1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202. zombie-planet.com.
Collectible card games, miniature board games, role-playing
games and much more.
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