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Business Boom: 120+ Local Entrepreneurs Open Shop During the Pandemic

Business Boom: 120+ Local Entrepreneurs Open Shop During the Pandemic

Meet the Capital Region’s movers, shakers, and opportunity makers

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by Eli King Conklin | January 3, 2021
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The greatest opportunities come during times of transition.

We could say a lot of things about the last year. 2020 was a time of turmoil, change, and transition — personally, and professionally – for so many. But it wasn’t all bad. 2020 also brought us back home, brought us together (even when we were apart), and showed us the courage, perseverance and kindness that has permeated our communities in the face of unprecedented challenges.

Despite the uncertainty, and the pandemic, there are still stories upon stories of people rising to the occasion – whether out of necessity, or true grit – to overcome. And here in the Capital Region alone, hundreds of them have stepped up to start new businesses of all types and sizes.

Here’s a look at 120 of them.

In the lists below, you’ll see butchers, bakers, goat milk soap makers…

Coffee roasters, a curbside composter…

Restauranteurs, photographers…

Auto detailers, new retailers…and everything in between.

PLEASE scroll down to see them all and read some of their stories. We thank these inspiring entrepreneurs for their endurance in the most trying of times, and for bringing business and jobs to the communities we love.

I’ve broken the new businesses of 2020 down into two categories: non-restaurant businesses, which are listed, & restaurants, which are mapped.

Please share and continue to support local businesses. Here’s another way to help: Call For Love Stories To Help Support Local Businesses This February


NON-RESTAURANT BUSINESSES

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that there are FORTY new area businesses on this list!? Congratulations to these rock star pandemic entrepreneurs.

Tap/click the arrow by each business to expand for more details!

9 Miles East | Pizza Place – Saratoga Springs, NY

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Farm-fresh pizza for the Saratoga Springs area. Delivery only, with convenient online ordering. Fresh slow-roasted tomatoes. Herbs from the farm. Mozzarella cheese from Capiello Dairy in Schenectady. Flour grown in New York State and milled at Farmer Ground Flour in Ithaca. Sausage from local farms. 9 Miles East Farm uses high-quality ingredients and a three-day slow-fermented levain process to make delicious pizza unlike anything else in the area. Then we deliver it to you to enjoy.

For more information, visit pizzadelivery.farm

Ace of Repair | Home Improvement Company – Gloversville, NY

Custom ordering and professional installation: Windows, Siding, Doors (entry/storm/garage). Our residential projects include both new construction and repairs/restorations. Occupied and fully operational job sites are never a problem we can also plan, manage, and build multi-phase jobs. For more information, visit aceofrepair.com or follow them on Facebook

Adirondack Mobile Detailing | Auto Detailing – Waterford, NY (mobile)

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From owner Ryan Denning: “My name is Ryan Denning and I’m the founder of Adirondack Mobile Detailing. We were started in April 2020 after my job as a Union Electrician was on furlough. We needed a way to provide for my daughter with Heart Failure and this was it. We offer ceramic coatings, bed liner installations, undercoating, paint corrections to fix all those small swirls from the car washes, leather reconditioning, and a deep sanitation cleaning. We know that it seems like our world was turned upside down with the virus. We make it easier for the customers by coming to their location and performing the work where the customers can stay in the comfort of their own homes. We offer contactless payment and streamline the process so that nobody is at risk of getting the virus.

We follow strict guidelines to keep ourselves and customers safe. Multiple glove changes and by wearing protective clothing. We can be found on Facebook at Adirondack Mobile Detailing or you can contact me at (518)709-7775. We are offering Buy One Get One Free all of January starting January 1st. Every two weeks we put out specials and Deals. For example, Bed liner and undercoating for a truck is $500 compared to the standard $700 until February 12th. We also offer custom packages to fix all customers different needs and we offer very affordable Details. A standard Level one Interior and Exterior Cleaning starts at $100 compared to the $300+ from other Car Washes and other Detail shops. We also offer home and commercial installations of ceramic coatings to granite countertops so hot pans and pots can be placed and not crack the granite. Glass showers doors and front entrance doors can also be ceramic coated to reduce water spots, fight against fogging from different temperatures and will also streamline cleaning. We also clean Airplanes, Busses, Tractor Trailers, and fleets. Every purchase allows us to give back to other locally owned businesses as well which is great for Saratoga!”
Offering buy-1-get-1-free all of January 2021

For more information, visit adirondackmobiledetailing.com or follow them on Facebook

All About Dog Grooming | Dog Groomer – Hudson Falls, NY

Megan Flint the owner/operator takes pride in her work and keeps dogs comfortable and loved during the grooming process. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Anchor & Anvil Metalworks | Fabrication Shop & Welder – Fort Ann, NY

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We are a very small, family owned and operated fabrication shop that specializes in custom CNC Plasma work from Business Signs and Home Décor to custom Vehicle and Equipment pieces or parts. We also offer welding & custom fabrication services. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

AW Home Construction | Construction Company – Saratoga Springs, NY

As a young child, Adam Wood was fascinated with the idea of using one’s own hands to build functional structures from scratch. In 2020, the founding of AW Home Construction turned this dream into a business reality. Our team of seasoned builders and installers are here to turn your visions into tangible structures and remodels. Just give us a call for a free estimate and let us know what you want – we’ll take care of the rest. For more information, visit awhomeconstruction.com, or follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

Batease Auto Detailing | Auto Detailing – Queensbury, NY

We cover the North Country and Capital Region in all aspects of mobile detailing. We do everything from basic interior cleaning to full interior and exterior paint corrections to ceramic coatings. Feel free to message us or call us at 518-415-9066. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Battleground Fitness | Fitness Center – Saratoga Springs, NY

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Hello! My name is Rebbekka Graziano and I am the owner and founder of Battleground Fitness. BGF was forged through the darkness of COVID-19. It was created to bring a high end strength training studio to the Saratoga area. We offer a couple different classes each week; strength, conditioning and yoga. Our strength classes are what makes us special. We love using barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, ropes and sandbags. Our programming is periodized, which simply means we progress our lifts from week to week. Smart training is hard training! It’s awesome to watch our clients getting stronger each week! Another cool feature that BGF offers are online live classes. Everyday there are options to join a class from the comfort of your home! Gives clients options with all that is going on in the world today. One last thing we offer is nutrition coaching. Don’t throw all your hard work down the drain with a bad diet. Let us help you build a healthy lifestyle. We have very strict protocols for COVID. All clients must register for class. The health screening questionnaire must be completed before every class. Temperature is taken at the door. Hands must be sanitized or washed after temperature is taken. Each client has their own spray bottle and towel to wipe equipment down. Clients are spaced over 6 feet apart during class. Only one class is allowed in the building at a time. We try to do as much as we can to keep the facility as clean as possible. If you are interested in checking us out our website is https://battlegroundfitnesssaratoga.com. You can also email us @ battlegroundfitnesssaratoga@gmail.com or give us a call at 518-306-1144. We look forward to hearing from you! For more information, visit battlegroundfitnesssaratoga.com.

Breathe Salon & Spa | Beauty Salon – Saratoga Springs, NY

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Offering all hair artistry services, esthetics and massage therapy in a relaxed Zen environment. For more information, visit breathesalonandspa.squarespace.com or follow them on Facebook.

Carlini Fitness | Fitness Coach – Saratoga Springs, NY

We are a semi private training facility that works for you. Our members work with a trainer every time they step foot in our gym and through our unique training and coaching methods we make health and fitness a lifestyle not a phase. We believe everyone is entitled to a fit and healthy lifestyle and shouldn’t have to spend a fortune on it. We make that possible by offering all of our services to all of our members. We make fitness fun safe and simple in every aspect, from training and nutrition, all the way to pricing and signing up, no signup fees, no cancellation fees. Hire a coach who cares. We would love to have you join our growing fit community! Almost all of our equipment is brand new as of April 2020 and is made right here in the US! For more information, visit vagaro.com/carlinifitness or follow them on Facebook.

Chow Bella | Dog Park, Shop, Grooming – Saratoga Springs, NY

Welcome to Chow Bella, your friendly neighborhood canine social club, featuring a retail store with pet food and treats, self washing and grooming, cafe and a climate controlled indoor dog park.

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Saratoga Springs is a growing community that loves their dogs! As a pet owner of two dogs, I am often driving 15-20 minutes to pick up my dog food. There are no local establishments that sell the premium brands I am looking for. Recently, I rescued a dog that has a bit of a nervous nature. She doesn’t really trust anyone but me, so having her groomed is out of the question. I started looking for a place to take her where I could wash her myself – the only location in the vicinity was a tub in a closet of a crowded pet food store that catered to all animals. I found that I wasn’t the only one having these concerns and challenges. Upon further investigation, I found that our town has a few boarding places and groomers and daycare, but none of these places offered more than one of these options.

Enter Chow Bella! This will be a place that caters to all things dogs! The vision is a retail location that provides high quality dog foods and treats. What makes us different will be everything else! We will offer a salon style grooming facility. This will be a much needed service in our community, and for those of you who just want a place to wash your dog yourself, we will offer several Self-Washing stations! Leave the mess to us!

The thing that will definitely set us apart is the Dog Park. An indoor, climate controlled, play space for you to play with your dog! The social aspect is what I’m most looking forward to. Like-minded dog people will have a place to come and mingle – a safe place to play with your canine companion, as well as shop, learn and bathe.

For more information, visit chowbella.store or follow them on Facebook

Citrus Leigh | Art Clothing Company – Saratoga Springs, NY

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“Citrus Leigh is an online original art clothing company based out of Saratoga Springs, NY. Owned & operated by two local cousins, Kacie Cotter-Sacala and Meg Edwards, Citrus Leigh began conception in November 2019 and officially launched in August 2020. Their mission: to create eco-friendly, comfortable and trendy wearable art. Their inspiration: nature, culture, an Adirondack life and a gypsy soul. All Citrus Leigh designs are created by Cotter-Sacala. Their unique apparel pieces are quality screen-printed, and their earth-friendly “swag” line of totes, koozies and scarves are all in-house printed and pressed with vinyl. From art to production to your hands, these ladies do it all themselves.

During our conception months, we gained a healthy following via social media platforms. Friends, family and our community were supportive and encouraging which boosted our “business-esteem” and thus persuaded our decision to keep moving forward after the pandemic hit. We classified COVID as just another speed bump along the road to our website launch. Since we are an online shop, our accessibility remained intact and we were fortunate to have only minor adaptations for COVID protocol. The lack of a buyer market was the threat we were facing, so we left it to faith, trust, and pixie dust.

Since our initial launch in August, we have added a scarf line, three new design collections, expanded apparel collections, and forged a brilliant relationship with local photographer Eileen Harrigan @bugeyephotography who does our lifestyle photos. We are also now in the process of having our apparel available in a few local shops, as well. We are so excited to see what 2021 will bring. For more of our story and to check out our apparel, visit our shop at citrusleigh.com and follow us on social media @citrusleighdesigns.”

Collective131 | Art Gallery – Saratoga Springs, NY

collective131 art gallery saratoga springs nyCollective 131 is the first and only online art gallery dedicated to featuring emerging female artists! Women are underrepresented in the art world, and our aim is to change that. Made by women, for everyone.

From Founder/Director, Cassie Fiorenza: “Collective 131, an online gallery dedicated to promoting the careers of emerging women artists, is excited to announce the opening of its first brick-and-mortar storefront. The gallery and design shop, located at 74 Beekman Street in the Saratoga Springs Arts District, opened to the public on October 27, 2020. Maintaining Collective 131’s founding principles, the Beekman Street storefront features female-made artwork, ceramic pieces, paper products, and other home goods and gifts. As someone with roots in the Capital Region, I believe Saratoga’s Beekman Street Arts District is the perfect location to expand our vision. The brick and mortar shop provides yet another avenue of exposure for our existing slate of fantastic artists and makers, and gives us additional opportunities to work with local artists in Upstate New York.”

For more information, visit collective131.com or follow them on Facebook & Instagram

Cooperstown Distillery | Bar – Saratoga Springs, NY

cooperstown distillery saratoga stories eli king conklin saratoga springs new business 2020Cooperstown Distillery employs the highest quality artisanal distilling practices. Using almost entirely New York State grains, we produce a full line of spirits. We are a farm distillery and member of The Cooperstown Beverage Trail. We work to “know our farmers” and we produce spirits made from select grains grown by people we trust and respect. Our custom-crafted stills are the focal point of our Railroad Avenue location.

Here, you can enjoy the “grain to bottle” experience. You will witness the entire process, from the mash right through distillation and aging. Most notably, our award-winning, distinguished whiskeys are carefully matured on site in choice barrels, which further enhance their deep rich color and complex character. We then hand-bottle and hand-label our nationally-recognized spirits.

At Cooperstown Distillery, you can join a VIP tour, meet the distiller, and enjoy a sampling in our tasting room. Our distillery store and satellite Beverage Exchange retail outlets also feature an eclectic mix of bitters, cocktail accessories and glassware- including our Baseball Hall of Fame Signature Series decanters and other premium gift items.

For more information, visit cooperstowndistillery.com

CP Psychiatric Services | Psychiatric Services – Saratoga Springs, NY

Courtney Paton is an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has opened a new practice located in downtown Saratoga Springs at 58 Henry Street. She provides evaluation and diagnosis of mental health issues, psychiatric medication management and limited psychotherapy. She provides treatment for a number of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and OCD. She offers effective, personalized mental health care in a warm, relaxed environment. Her practice is limited to outpatient services for adults ages 18 and older. Delivery is offered both in-person and via telehealth. Insurance (MVP, CDPHP and BSNENY) are accepted as well as private pay. For more information visit her website: cppsychiatricservices.com or call (518) 261-0420 to schedule an appointment. New patients welcome!

A native of upstate New York, Courtney has over 15 years of mental health experience as a counselor, Psychiatric Nurse, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in the Capital District. She has treated patients in colleges, hospitals, outpatient clinics, community mental health and addictions programs. Courtney is an experienced clinician having worked for many years in acute care psychiatry, treatment of dual diagnosis, and with individuals with severe, persistent mental illness. Courtney holds Masters degrees in Counseling from The College of Saint Rose and in Nursing from The Sage Colleges. She is board certified by ANCC as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, The New York State Nurse Practitioners Association, The Psychopharmacology Institute, and The Neuroscience Education Institute.

For more information, visit cppsychiatricservices.com

Dank Yankee | Lifestyle Brand – Saratoga Springs, NY

For more information, visit Dank Yankee’s Facebook page

Fiercely Chaotic | Blog – Saratoga Springs, NY

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“My name is Caitlin Lewis native of Saratoga, Mother of 2 boys Chase(8) and Bryson (13). I have always been outgoing, honest, upfront. When the pandemic hit, and I was home 24/7 with my boys, schooling like all of us. I would post on my social media photos and comments about my day. I did not sugar coat it, I laid it out exactly how it happened which wasn’t always pretty. After about a month or 2 of my post I received a ton of responses from parents and people in the area. They would say how my posts made them feel like they weren’t screwing it all up and that they weren’t alone. One mother reached out to me and said ‘Your post make me feel like I’m not alone, your funny honest and spot on. Please start a blog!’ So I did!

In July 2020, Fiercely Chaotic was launched! It is basically a catch all for the honest parent person who is real with themselves that life is absolutely insane and we are all just winging it. I wanted to make sure this blog wasn’t a mommy blog that made people feel like they should be doing things a certain way. This is a blog for you to read after a hard day when you sit down and feel defeated. I want to be transparent and open about my struggles in parenting, life, marriage, etc. But my main goal is for you to laugh and feel good after you read it. Within a few weeks I hit over 300 subscribers, So I knew I had to keep going!”

Also, read about Caitlin & her son Chase’s Fundraiser for local shelter dogs!

For more information, visit fiercelychaotic.com

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Foothills Property Management | Property Management & Construction – Queensbury, NY

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Small family owned business formed in 2020. We specialize in a multitude of services surrounding complete new home construction. Our mission is not just to earn your business and provide a quality product, but to develop and maintain a life long bond. Services include but are not limited to: lawn maintenance, snow and ice management, fall clean ups and annual property management.

From the owner: “My name is Andrew. I spent my childhood playing in sand boxes. Growing up around construction, carpentry, farming and mechanics. My Papa was a jack of all trades, master of none kind – of – guy. My entire family has been involved with emergency services, which has led me to my current profession. I have been working in Emergency Medical Services on and off for the last nine years. I’ve worked private sector landscape construction for approximately five years. Worked as a project Foreman, learning all aspects of Property Management, design and build, Lawn maintenance, Snow and Ice management and landscaping. I, like every other boy out there has always wanted to be ‘just like dad’. He is a man of humility. He is honest. And above all, he believes in integrity. These are the principles that have been instilled in me. These are the principles in which are the foundation to my business.”

For more information, visit foothillspmco.com

GlampADK | Hotel/Tent Rentals – Queensbury, NY

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You provide the location, we supply the relaxation! GlampADK is a company that merges the luxuries of a hotel room, and the basics of outdoor camping.

From owner Andrew Percetti:

“We at GlampADK weren’t sure what to expect going into 2020 as a new business during a pandemic but, we came out feeling blessed and fortunate. We provide temporary lodging for guests at backyard and farm weddings and other events. These accommodations are in the form of canvas tents which make you feel as if you’re stepping into a hotel room. Keeping you safe and comfortable after enjoying a fun evening. With COVID-19 restricting many large gatherings, we switched gears to offer retreats for anything from a kid’s birthday party to anniversary celebrations.

Our tents can accommodate 2-6 adult guests and are furnished with real queen mattresses on frames. Each tent also has carpeting, nightstands, ottomans, lights, fans(or heaters), outdoor furniture, and decor! We service a 50 mile radius from lake George.”

Contact them at either @glampadk
Glampadk@gmail.com
518-338-5639

For more information, visit glampadk.com or follow them on Facebook & Instagram

Grazing518 | Food Boards – Saratoga County, NY

grazing518 food boards saratoga nyGrazing boards for all occasions. For more information, visit their website & Facebook page

Grimble Coffee Co | Coffee Roaster – Malta, NY

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“We are a family-owned coffee roaster delivering organic, specialty coffee from around the world. In addition to roasting organic coffee of the highest quality, we are dedicated to supporting our planet. Through our partnerships with Saratoga Tree Nursery and OneTreePlanted.org, we help plant one tree for every bag of coffee we sell. Furthermore, we have taken the pledge to give 1% of our annual gross sales to environmental nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to cultivate environmental awareness and help mitigate the effects of deforestation and climate change.”

For more information, visit grimblecoffee.com or follow them on Facebook & Instagram

Greenfork | Meal Prep Service – Saratoga Springs, NY

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Greenfork is a multi faceted nutrition service. We offer “done for you” meals, as well as nutrition education, and coaching to help you figure out which diet approach works best for you. We offer catering for small parties, healthy cooking classes, and nutrition education. Our prepared meals are locally sourced, pre-portioned, nutrient dense, and fully cooked. We use clean & lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and lots of fresh vegetables to bring you hearty, satisfying meals.

For more information, visit eatgreenfork.com or follow them on Facebook & Instagram

Haute Messes In Dresses | Personal Stylists – Albany, NY

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Hometown Tile, LLC | Home Improvement – Saratoga County, NY

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Residential and commercial design, tear outs & installation. 15+ years of experience, fully insured. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Hufftrax Adventures | Sports & Fitness Instruction – Lake George, NY

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Hufftrax Adventures offers outdoor education and instruction, guided hikes and trail runs, and adventure and race event coaching.

Hufftrax Adventures is a labor of love, founded by two adventurers that met on a mountain…and lived happily ever after. Together they co-founded Hufftrax, offering outdoor education and instruction, guided hikes and trail runs, and adventure centered exercise and coaching through our AdventureEX programs.

We offer programs for all ages ranging from therapeutic in nature to endurance athletic training. As our society grows more reliant on comfort, technology and permanent structures for both work and play, Hufftrax believes in teaching the skills we believe that everyone should possess, which translate to a deeper sense of confidence in our daily lives. Our youth programs are rooted in foundational leadership skills, and foster team building and self esteem. We believe in stewardship as much as we do accomplishment, and we organize and host volunteer events through our environmental stewardship advisory committee.

We believe that adventure is a way of life.

For more information, visit hufftrax.com & their Facebook page.

Loving Earth Compost | Curbside Compost Service – Saratoga Springs, NY  [VIDEO!]

From owner, Whitney Davis:
“The county of Saratoga welcomes the first and only curbside compost service to the Saratoga Springs area. Loving Earth Compost launched in October of 2020 to provide residents with an environmentally-sustainable solution for food waste. The launch couldn’t have come at a better time, given the influx of home cooking as a result of the pandemic. This curbside compost pick-up service provides customers with a bucket and compostable liner to fill with food scraps, including meat and dairy. They offer various pick-up options, including monthly ($20/mo), bi-monthly ($30/mo), weekly ($40/mo) pick-ups with no contracts to sign. Loving Earth Compost takes care of all the collection, cleaning, processing and regeneration of compost back into the eco-system. Customers earn compost back along with a customized report outlining their food waste impact. They also offer customer referral bonuses and collect oral care products from customers to be responsibly recycled via the Terracycle program. Loving Earth Compost makes it easy for households to live a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce their carbon footprint. Loving Earth Compost serves a large portion of Saratoga County including Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Malta, Wilton, Greenfield Center and Gansevoort.”

For more information, visit lovingearthcompost.com or follow Loving Earth on Facebook & Instagram

MadiMade | Mask Retailer – Saratoga Springs, NY

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“The year was 2012. 12 year old Madi got Instagram and discovered “hipster” and “Tumblr” girl fashion. She was determined to recreate a pair of $100 highwaisted denim shorts. She did, and she started selling them to her friends at school. One thing lead to another, and she wound up with a buzzing international business with orders from countries across the globe. She built her Instagram account to over 30k, and everything that was listed sold out instantly.

HipsterbyMadi was a hit for many years, however the shop had to close due to the immense growth and the pure fact that a 14 year old could not manage freshman year of high school, cheerleading, friends, and everything else that comes along with the struggles of being a teen. The entrepreneurial spirit never left her, and she always made and sold clothing pieces here and there. She went off to pursue a Marketing and Entrepreneurship double major at Syracuse University.

I’m Madi, and that is the preface to the story behind MadiMade.

Fast forward a bit to March 2020, I was a college bartender who was unemployed due to COVID-19. With my internship getting delayed, I was counting pennies out of a jar to try to make bill payments. When the CDC & NYS recommended masks to be worn in public, people were scrambling to find masks. I identified a need & an opportunity. I always loved to sew & realized that I could use my skills to make masks.

At first, I made them for myself & family. The demand became greater and greater, & I decided to go open my Etsy shop. I knew I had a product that was essential. I wanted to help as many people as I could to stay safe during this pandemic.

I am so proud to announce that I am celebrating reaching 1,000+ sales! Sewing from sun up to sun down, printing & packaging orders, & endless USPS post office runs was all worth it.

Even though I question; Why did this pandemic happen? Why am I going through these challenges? I have realized something— If things were any different, I would not be in this position today.

This is a sign, you are able to change your current position, no matter the circumstances. If you see an opportunity— seize it.”

For more information, visit their Etsy shop!

Michael Martin Movers, LLC | Moving Company – Saratoga Springs, NY

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From owner Michael Martin:

“I was working selling cars, a position I absolutely despised and was subsequently relieved of my duties by management , I needed to do something different with my life. I asked my current tenant at the time about starting up a moving company, a venture he was working several years before. After a few months of nagging him about it, he relented, we pooled our resources and bought an old Uhaul and went into business! Fast forward to December 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic, I felt I needed to branch out on my own and reap the benefits of networking with people in Saratoga Springs that I have spent a lifetime building relationships!”

Moxxi Coffee Co. & Women’s Foundation | Coffee Roaster & Foundation – Stillwater, NY

moxxi coffee saratogaFrom Leslie Swedish, Owner/CEO: “Moxxi Coffee Company was officially launched on September 1st, 2020 offering two blends of craft coffee: Bold Ambition (our Monsooned Malabar dark roast blend) and Blonde Ambition (our Third Wave-style light roast coffee blend). These two blends are locally roasted small batch and fair trade certified. I have hopes that we will expand into a specialty line of coffee in 2021 that will be organic, fair trade and with luck very different from what is currently available. We are in the testing and development phase of that endeavor and are hopeful that the processes we are testing are successful and we can bring the new product to market by Spring.

We are one of few woman-owned coffee companies in the US and I also began the Moxxi Women’s Foundation to run alongside the coffee company. $1 for every item sold is donated to the foundation and the intention is that the foundation will issue grants to ambitious women pursuing career goals. Both Moxxi Coffee and the Moxxi Women’s Foundation carry a strong message of celebrating ambitious women and the men who support and admire them. I’ve been extremely happy to see that the message is garnering support from men and women alike. As a mother of three, (two daughters and a son ranging from 19 years to 1 year old), it is extremely important for me to be an example to all of them of what it means to be a strong and ambitious woman and what it means for a man to be supportive. My two oldest are board members for the foundation as well as my husband. My husband has been my biggest supporter in life and in business no matter what career path I have been on. We are at the beginning stages of laying the groundwork for how the foundation will function and who will be eligible to receive grants. I have taken the route of ambitious women because for me this is hopefully the last of many career paths that I have chosen. Most of my other attempts were thwarted because of finances. While I was a single mother, I had to choose to do things that provided for my children, rather than push further in a profession. I hope to offer funding to women in the future so that they will not have to change course.

Prior to starting Moxxi Coffee Company, I was a hairstylist. I went out on maternity leave closing the doors of my shop in October of 2019. The intention was to build a salon on our property after the baby. Unfortunately, Covid-19 made me rethink everything. I decided not to go back into the industry right away, and instead I began to develop Moxxi Coffee. Once the company launched and I was fully invested in the company and the foundation, I made the decision to step away from hair completely. The salon we planned to build on our property – which is scheduled to break ground on Wednesday – will instead be the headquarters for Moxxi Coffee Company, as I’ve already completely outgrown the loft space I’ve been operating out of in my home.

moxxi coffee company saratoga nyStarting a business during a pandemic certainly came with its challenges. The biggest challenge has been production for things like packaging and single serve options. I had to launch with a stickered bag for the first several weeks because our packaging was delayed. I had a source all lined up for single serve Keurig compatible cups only to have the producer back out in the final hours because he could not handle taking us on.

We are available in several retail stores in the capital region and have a map of retailers on the website, including: Saratoga Coffee Traders, Crafters Gallery, Roma Foods in Saratoga, Candy Cottage in Latham, The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, and the juicin’ jar in Glens Falls to name a few. we hope to expand our wholesale program in 2021, though I think COVID will have a significant effect on how much that is possible.”

For more information, visit moxxicoffeecompany.com or follow them on Facebook & Instagram

♥ Free shipping on orders over $50.
♥ $1 for every item sold is donated to the Moxxi Women’s Foundation.

MW Farmstead | Goat Farm & Goat Products – Salem, NY

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MW Farmstead’s story, as told by the owners:

“Tonia and AJ purchased their first home together in June of 2019, an early 1900’s farmhouse on the edge of the Salem Village. The small acreage property also included a large barn with old milking staunches on the first level. The dream of owning a home was a definitely long road of many ‘No’s” and hurdles to overcome, first of like many Americans who were caught up in the United States Foreclosure crisis of 2010, Tonia had lost her previous home from her first marriage to a deed in lieu foreclosure. It took a long time to rebuild her credit and living off a cash-based system only did not impress the banks, so getting a preapproval for a mortgage was nil to none. The other hurdle was AJ became suddenly and violently ill with a strange neurological condition in June of 2016, he was symptomatic of a stroke along with mental changes & hallucinations. This condition baffled AMC and it took approximately 1 month and 4 hospital admissions before the figured out his diagnosis. Autoimmune Encephalitis, where literally his own immune system was attacking his brain tissue. He had a very long road to recovery through rehabilitation, Immunoglobin therapy both as inpatient and in-home infusions where he would be hooked up to an IV for hours and healthy antibodies would be pumped into his body to replace his immune system, slowly and surely over the course of a year he was able to regain his abilities, return to work and become healthy enough to resume normalcy.

Then along comes 2020 and coronavirus resulting in many changes to their lifestyle. AJ being in the food and beverage industry as a chef at a local establishment experienced income loss with hours varying, take out only menu, then reopening happened but still operating under what the restaurant would normally do for business affects income. Tonia a NYS employee for Office of People with Developmental Disabilities was able to participate in a Pilot Telecommunicating work plan and thankfully able to still work from home and have the same income. Being home more on their dream home and property got Tonia to thinking more of what could they do with that old gorgeous barn? She approached her husband and asked “what do you say we start to renovate the lower part of the barn (old milking parlor with wooden staunches) and create a farmstead, get goats and make products to sell?” AJ really thought Tonia had lost her mind but he went along with her idea anyways and MW Farmstead was created!

mw farmstead goat products salem ny 2021 pricingOur distinguishing factors for MW Farmstead are products all natural ingredients and ethically sourced, no chemical fragrances or dyes and additives, we aim for earth conscious packaging. Our mission simply begins with our own family learning and enjoying the many blessings of living on a farm property, and then we grew to wanting to share those blessings with others. We do our very best to always apply the “Gratitude & Giving” motto to all things we do! Our goat milk soaps are by far the most popular but not far behind is our goat milk bath bombs or bath soaks all priced very reasonable. MW Farmstead raises ADGA Nigerian Dwarf goats and their herd is always growing with upcoming kidding season being highly anticipated.

The quaint Salem Village that has a historical feel to the main street shops and businesses, art galleries, SAW Salem Art Works, The Battenkill Creamery, The Salem Tavern and now MW Farmstead just to name a few things to check out in the short 30-mile drive from Saratoga via State Route 29. Upcoming events for MW Farmstead that will be worth the drive will be “Just Kidding Around” during kidding season where for a small fee you can visit the baby goats and learn all about the goats and products made on the farm. MW Farmstead is in the works of creating their website for the ease of online shopping, listing of ADGA goats available and informative blog posts with hopes to have it go live in late January/early February.

Probably the most unexpected take away from our start of the farmstead adventure was the overwhelming positive response for a demand of our products and what we were doing. Another amazing take away was how much our 5 yr old Maddox loved to be apart of this adventure and truly a big driving force behind the whole thing, literally he will wake up and be the first out to the barn to start chores, he may have had limited socializing with friends during covid-19 but he surely made new ones with the goats! Running, playing and hanging out in the barn for hours at a time. Most nights we have to force him inside as he begs “I am sleeping in the barn tonight.” The only downfall and sadness of the start of our business is we had two 10-week-old baby boy goats presumably taken from our farm one night in October and never to be found. We exhausted measures social media, doing foot searches, dog tracking searches, overhead drone searches and no signs of them turned up.

Our hope is to continue to grow MW Farmstead presence on social media, we are on Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok, grow our venues of where our products will be such as farmers markets, Co-op stores or boutiques and grow our herd to raise healthy and loving animals. We want to support other local and small businesses and if we can source anything we need for the farm or products we will always try that first! Who knows maybe we could pair up with some local business such as RS Taylor & Sons to make a beer soap, pair up with local Saratoga gardens to source botanicals, flowers, find local health food stores to source ingredients, etc. to use in the goat milk products?

For more information, visit their Etsy Shop or follow them on Facebook

Neural Revolution | Productivity Coaching – Saratoga Springs, NY

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“As a scientist and a professional coach, I am trained to combine targeted and effective communication approaches with expert and cutting edge knowledge of the human brain. I am proud to say I am also a fellow ADHD-er, and my unique brain chemistry allows me to “step outside of the box” and craft novel ideas, systems, and solutions. As your coach, this broad range of personal and professional expertise will provide you the support you need in order to identify and powerfully leverage your own strengths, and to have success developing and achieving a vision for your ideal life. I started Neural Revolution to help bridge the gap between brain research and the human experience. My inherent curiosity helped me excel as a researcher, but deep down I knew I was still not totally fulfilled. Utilizing coaching strategies and interventions to examine my OWN life, I concluded that I didn’t just want to discover knowledge about the brain in general, I wanted to be able to directly apply the knowledge by working with brains like yours.

…and with that realization, Neural Revolution was born.”

For more information, visit neural-revolution.com

Nice & Neat | Laundry Service – Troy, NY

nice & neat laundry service troy nyLaundry service from my home in Troy, NY! I will wash, fluff & fold your laundry so you can spend time on the more important things in life. I offer both Drop Off and Delivery options to suit your schedule. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Noxon Photography | Photography Services – Lake Desolation, NY

All inclusive Adirondack elopement photographers. Packages include planning, location scouting, ministry & photography services. For more information, visit noxonphotography.org

Off Duty Cookies | Bakery – Schenectady, NY

A NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Registered home based cookie bakery providing weekly cookie boxes filled with 6 gourmet cookies!

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From owners Amy & Michelle:
“Yes we did launch during the pandemic! We launched in April 2020!

Like many New Yorkers, I found myself working full time from home for the first time ever while caring for our 3 young children during a global pandemic. I started baking as a way to relieve stress and a way to occupy our then 3 year old. My wife, a detective for Rotterdam, has a sweet tooth and loved all the baking but quickly told us that we had to stop baking for her before her fitness went out the window 😂 It was soon after that when she saw a jumbo, gourmet cookie. She made the mistake of challenging me that I couldn’t make cookies like that. The very next day, I whipped our first batch of gourmet jumbo cookies, the brown sugar cinnamon poptart. After trying out my new creation, she exclaimed “you should sell these!” After some trial runs, surveys, and gathering a home processor license, Off Duty Cookies was born.

We offer a new menu weekly. We have expanded to offer other cookie treats along with hot coco bombs. Our latest offerings can be found on our social media pages and our website www.offdutycookies.com. The website restocks Sundays, usually around 8pm!

We deliver free anywhere in Schenectady county only and then offer public pick up locations in surrounding counties. We also offer shipping. Shipped boxes are at a discounted rate and we offer discounts to all first responders including nurses and social workers.”

For more information, visit offdutycookies.com or visit them on Facebook & Instagram

Once Upon A Child | Baby & Children’s Clothing Store – Clifton Park, NY

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Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used kids’ stuff. We pay cash on the spot for clothing, toys, equipment and furniture.

For more information, visit once-upon-a-child-clifton-park.business.site or follow them on Facebook.

Saratoga Acupuncture | Acupuncturist – Saratoga Springs, NY

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“I started an acupuncture practice beginning of Oct. called Saratoga Acupuncture, located on 340 Broadway St in Saratoga. Moved here from Utica, NY after having to close when the pandemic had started. Feel fortunate that I have been able to open and start working again all while taking the necessary Covid-19 precautions. Saratoga is a beautiful place to be and there is a supportive community. 2020 has definitely been a yr of good and bad, but it is positive to see the businesses that are hanging in there and learning from your article that there are so many more opening!”

For more information, visit saratoga-acupuncture.com

Saratoga Chef de Cuisine | Private Chef Service – Saratoga Springs, NY

“Chef de Cuisine is a personal Chef service. We offer a culinary experience in the comfort of your own home. Our professional Chefs create a personalized menu, prep, cook, serve and clean.
All you have to do is relax and enjoy your guests.”

For more information, visit saratogachefdecuisine.com.

Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet | Nonprofit & Dance Studio – Saratoga Springs, NY

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“Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to providing quality professional dance training in a nurturing atmosphere. Dancers learn the value of hard work and garner an appreciation and love for the arts. SSYB offers classes in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, and conditioning for dancers ages 3 to adult. Registrations for the third quarter are now open. For more information please visit www.saratogaspringsyouthballet.org. SSYB follows all the State and Local guidelines for safely operating during the Covid-19 pandemic as set forth in the New York Forward plan.

Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet was founded in 2020 by Joan Kilgore Anderson and Cristiane Santos. Joan danced professionally with Cedar Lake II and with Philadanco, the Philadelphia Dance Company, where she was a senior member and toured extensively both nationally and internationally. She received a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase where she was the recipient of the President’s Award for academic and artistic excellence. Cristiane danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble through which she performed in lecture demonstrations at public schools around the country, taught movement classes in NYC public schools, and performed with DTH during its 30th anniversary season. Cristiane graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany with a BS in Human Biology. ”

For more information, visit saratogaspringsyouthballet.org.

Serenity Salon RK | Salon & Massage Services – Saratoga Springs, NY

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Serenity Salon RK is a Eufora based salon offering hair, waxing and massage/reiki services. Our professionals have many years of experience, and are ready to provide the highest quality services to achieve your goals.

For more information, follow them on Facebook.

Shop at Supernatural | Women’s Clothing Store – Saratoga Springs, NY

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From owner, Tory Minkel:

“Supernatural is a consciously curated lifestyle shop tucked away in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. Supernatural opened in early October 2020, and functions as a one-woman-show by me, Saratoga native Tory Minkel. The shop features eco-friendly and sweatshop-free womenswear, ethically produced accessories, and plant-based, clean beauty and wellness products. Supernatural aims to connect like-minded shoppers with brands that care more about the product they produce than the profit they make.

I faced many challenges opening Supernatural during the pandemic. While I’ve been developing the shop’s concept and gaining extensive industry experience for over a decade, I finally decided to go for it when I found the ideal commercial space in February 2020. I was in Los Angeles doing summer/fall buying in early March with the hope to open in May— Then the State of Emergency was declared. Everything hit pause and was unknown, except my desire to move forward with Supernatural. I faced production delays, construction material shortages, shipping issues, you name it. But the shop eventually all came together for a socially distant Soft Opening in early October. I’m prepared to face challenges the next couple years as the pandemic progresses, but I plan to be as creative as possible to make Supernatural super successful.

In-store shopping, private shopping appointments, and direct message ordering via Instagram @shopatsupernatural are all currently available, and I’m working to launch e-commerce in February 2021 at www.shopatsupernatural.com.

The shop is located in the back of The Washington building on Broadway (behind Kilwins and Saratoga’s Broadway Deli).”

For more information, visit shopatsupernatural.com

Spartan King Detailing | Auto Detailer & Restoration – Ballston Spa, NY

A youthful passion for cars led to Leonidas Longworth’s formation of Spartan King Detailing, a mobile automotive detailing business located in Ballston Spa. Spartan King Detailing offers a variety of detailing services that bring convenience and affordability to our customers. From light duty upkeep to disastrous restorations, we take on any job. We want you to experience the love for your car that you felt when you first drove it off the sales lot.

spartan king detailing ballston spa ny auto detailing service new business 2020Being a small, private business we offer a more personal experience and connection with our customers, providing easy communication and flexibility. Our most popular service is a full interior detail, this service offers people the chance to restore the inside of their vehicle to nearly brand new condition. Whether it’s an SUV that’s been ravaged by children, a truck that’s been taken around the farm, a car that’s been neglected driving through the salty roads of New York, or seats that have been covered in fur by your fluffy companion. Whatever the case may be, we strive for perfection and treat our customers and their vehicles like royalty.

Quickly adapting to the changing world, we at Spartan King Detailing have been taking every precaution to ensure our customers’ safety. Gloves are always worn during our details regardless of the current pandemic, but as an extra precaution at the end of our service all touch points of the vehicle are sanitized with surface safe antibacterial cleaning solution. During customer interactions we are sure to maintain a safe distance and masks are always worn. Our customers’ safety and satisfaction are always our top priorities.

So if you’re looking to keep your ride in tip-top shape, looking to sell your old beater on the market for the best price, want to give the gift of a pristine car to a loved one, or just miss the look and feel your car once had, bring it to Leo! Spartan King Detailing, providing you and your vehicle the royal treatment and ultimate defense. Drop your vehicle off at our location and pick it up at a later time or date, whether you’re running errands or going to work, your vehicle is safe in our hands. We also offer the option to come to you! For a small travel fee we can detail your vehicle right in your garage or driveway, all we need is access to an outlet and a hose!

For more information, visit spartankingdetailing.com

Sydney K Andrew Photography | Photography Services – Saratoga County, NY

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“Hey There! I’m Sydney, a mama from a little farm town in Upstate NY. I have always had a passion for photography. Capturing the memories of my family and friends has been something that I have always loved. So, I made the decision to turn my favorite pass-time into something much more. Something I can share with the world. A way to preserve the precious memories of other’s to cherish forever too!”

For more information, visit sydneykandrewphotography.com or follow her on Facebook & Instagram

The Big Body Butcher | Butcher – Colonie, NY

the big body butcher colonie ny“If your local butcher can’t deadlift a small cow…Are they even a butcher?”

At The Big Body Butcher, not only are we focused on health and well-being of our customers and their bodies, but our mission is to supply the highest quality meat to fuel that same body. No matter if you need affordable, high quality meat to get you through each week, or if you want the highest end wagyu grade cuts – we’ve got you covered!

For more information, visit thebigbodybutcher.com

The Sweetish Chef | Bakery – Colonie, NY

Grain-free, low carb versions of your favorite snacks and treats for pick up! Located in Ballston Lake. Items can also be purchased at The Green Grocer in Clifton Park, as well as The Local in Cohoes.

Photo from The Sweetish Chef's website

Who We Are & Why:

“My mother (pictured) was amazing in the kitchen. She loved being in there and her food reflected that. At an early age, she taught me fundamentals, recipes, tricks, tips, and how to respect and love cooking and baking. She was great at it, but man…was she was all over the place! For as long as I can remember, we all called her “The Swedish Chef.” It wasn’t just because she was Swedish…if anyone remembers the character from the Muppets, they’d see why it’s funny!

As she got older, her health raised some issues. At one point I was able to help her with her diet and it worked really well. However, some old habits don’t die…and she gave up on trying.

In September of 2018, she tragically passed away. In my heart, I have always felt that if she had been in better health, none of it would’ve happened.

I have always committed myself to staying healthy, but since then, the motivation is even stronger. This company is a tribute to my beautiful mother; to help people understand that you can actually have your cake and eat it too; that you can still enjoy your favorite treats!

My mother was gluten-free to begin with, but I’ve taken this to a higher level. Everything is completely grain-free. It is also sugar-free and low-carb. This kind of lifestyle has helped me tremendously not only in terms of weight, but in other health aspects as well. I have lots of energy, no more knee pains, better mental clarity, better concentration, zero mood swings…the list can go on. (Side note: Years ago my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and the doctor advised him to cut out carbs and sugar. He did it, and beat it, and has been cancer free ever since.)

I am passionate about what I do and what I put out there. In whatever eating lifestyle you are in (paleo, keto, low-carb, diabetic…) I’m here for you! And even if you follow a traditional diet, my goodies are for you too! I’ve had people tell me that they love my bagels more than regular bagels!
Try it out. Tell me what you think. I am always up for new ideas too; don’t hesitate to send me a request!”

For more information, visit the-sweetish-chef.square.site or follow them on Facebook

The Vintage Shop | Clothing Store – Saratoga Springs, NY

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New vintage clothing store, located at 65 Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs, NY.

For more information, visit thevintageshop.business.site

The Toilet Jockey | Plumbing Services – Greenfield Center, NY

toilet jockey saratoga countyFrom owners Timothy Pekala & Yvette Galligar: “Founded in the winter of 2020, The Toilet Jockey is a small, owner-operated company serving all of Saratoga County. We specialize in plumbing services of all kinds both in residential and commercial settings. As owners we hold ourselves to the highest standards of quality ensuring the job is done safely and in a timely manner. We planned on opening The Toilet Jockey before the pandemic, and while it is a very uncertain time (for not only small businesses but for everyone), we decided we are up for the challenge and ready to take the extra steps necessary to be a staple in the Saratoga Community. We are strictly following all CDC guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are doing all we can to help those in need while also stopping the spread.” For more information, visit thetoiletjockey.com or follow them on Facebook

$25 off any service call with the mention of this article.

Thumper’s Things | Cell Phone Accessory Supplier – Saratoga Springs, NY

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We are one of the world’s leading discount cell phone accessory supplier. We are a fast growing company because we put our customers first. A customer centered shopping experience has always been our goal.

thumpers things saratogaFrom owner, Andre Tavish Dickerson:
“Thumper’s things is an innovative new company that opened its doors online just a week ago. Our family lives in Saratoga. Mom and Dad and kids have a part in selecting and shipping our products. We want to offer people quality products, that they can use in everyday life at a price that is manageable. We love Saratoga and offering cell phone and work out products to a local base from a company they can trust is what we work towards everyday. Our customers can always trust us to select quality products and we except returns for any reason on all of our products.”

For more information, visit flexiblephonestands.com or follow them on Facebook.

UnReal Nutrition | Smoothie & Juice Bar – Schuylerville, NY

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unreal nutrition schuylerville ny smoothie and juice bar 2021Smoothie and juice bar serving energizing teas and shakes. Located at 33 ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY.

From owners Kelly Dahl and Jessica Haberland: “We are a family business and we are a place where you can come and grab a healthy Energizing Tea or a Protein Shake as well as protein coffee We started our first business of October 2019 called Undeniable Nutrition in Mechanicville. We enjoyed serving our community the best products so we decided to grow our business, that’s when we decided to open Unreal nutrition in Schuylerville. We decided to open these business so people could have a healthy option if needed. We are famous for our Energizing Teas as there is three levels of caffeine that you can choose from.

We opened December 22nd. We decided to launch during the pandemic because the idea of a ‘new normal’ shouldn’t hinder your budding business. We also wanted to serve Schuylerville as soon as we could and get to know our customers and it just felt right. We have different flavored Teas that contain zero sugar with 4 different levels of caffeine to choose from.
We have protein coffee that is 15 grams of protein & 2 grams of sugar and our protein shakes have 24 grams of protein and 9 grams of sugar.”

For more information, follow them on Facebook

Upstate Coffee Collective | Coffee Roaster – Saratoga Springs, NY

upstate coffee collective saratoga springs ny coffee roasters new business 2020“The Upstate Coffee Collective was originally an educational and community outreach project for Kevin Miner and Matthew Pfeifer. When the monthly meetings that helped form the foundation of the Collective were cancelled for the foreseeable future, launching the business we’d been planning in a spare time seemed like the most viable option for the continuation of our journey in the world culture of coffee.

upstate coffee collective coffee roaster saratoga nyThrough our efforts, and the friendships and partnerships we’d garnered in 2019 with our Collective, we were able to not only bring a variety of roasts that highlighted the artisanal touches of local coffee roasteries such a Kru, Stacks, Knockabout, Iron, and Constellation Coffee Roasters to people around the country, but we launched our flagship coffee (All Day ADK, a tribute to our Upstate roots) with knockabout roasters, and ran a consistent podcast, interviewing members of the coffee industry as well as public figures like State Senatorial Candidate, Thearse McCalmon, Gunnery Sergeant Brice Snyder, and Singer/songwriter, Andrew Michael Wells. It is with a feet first, entrepreneurial attitude, and hearts full of hope that we move into 2021, hoping to continue to grow within, and promote without, the global coffee community we love so much.”

For more information, visit upstatecoffeecollective.com or follow them on Facebook & Instagram

Wax Haus Mobile Detailing | Auto Detailer – Saratoga Springs, NY

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If you’re looking for interior detailing, exterior detailing, ceramic coating, Ceramic Pro, buff and wax, stain removal, pet hair removal, headlight restoration, engine bay detailing, wash and wax or detailing near you, Wax Haus Detailing is your place! We offer in house detailing (behind Navy base on 29) and mobile detailing! Due to extreme weather, our exterior detailing service will only be available in house until the spring however, interior detailing is available on a mobile basis all year long Call or text 732-908-6665 to schedule your appointment for car detailing in Saratoga Springs today!

For more information, visit waxhausdetailing.com

We Care Wellness | Health & Wellness Classes – Middle Grove, NY

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For more information, visit wecarewellness.org

Wind Valley Farmstead | Goat Farm – Salem, NY

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For more information, visit their Facebook page


THE NEW CAPITAL REGION RESTAURANTS OF 2020

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This is a long list, so we made them into a map for you! Open 2020 CAPITAL REGION NEW RESTAURANT MAP, then tap/click on the pins to expand for details.

Restaurants included (see map for their details!):

9 Spices Indian Cuisine – Colonie, NY
Aladdin Halal Market – Latham, NY
Alias Coffee – Troy, NY
Andrew’s Burger Shed – Slingerlands, NY
Annabel’s Pizza Co – Schenectady, NY
Artis Southern Cuisine & Steakhouse – Schenectady, NY
Azuma Sushi Bistro – Malta, NY
Baba’s Delivery Kitchen – Schenectady, NY
Bb.q Chicken – Albany, NY
Bespoke Taste & See – Albany, NY
Bistro 42 – Hoosick Falls, NY
Bistro Mashriq – Hudson – NY
Bound By Fate Brewing Taproom – Schuylerville, NY
Bowled Malta – Malta, NY
Broken Road BBQ & Bar – Schaghticoke, NY
Buena Comida – Albany, NY
Bye-i Brewing – Cohoes, NY
Classic Crust – Clifton Park, NY
Cookie Therapy ALB – Troy, NY
Cosmic Donuts – Kinderhook, NY
Crowing Hen Coffee Co – Greenfield Center, NY
Curry Patta – Altamont, NY
Donna’s Italian Restaurant – Troy, NY
Downtown Dough – Albany, NY
Downtown Nutrition – Albany, NY
Duck Donuts – Latham, NY
Frank’s Caribbean Fire Grill – Schenectady, NY
Full Belly Deli & Bakery – Schenectady, NY
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Kaleidoscope Cafe – Saratoga Springs
K-Plate Korean BBQ – Troy, NY
Kelly’s Kitchen – Saratoga Springs, NY
Khalil’s Halal Grill – Schenectady, NY
Legend Sushi Bistro – Ballston Spa, NY
Moby Rick’s Seafood (2nd loc) – Clifton Park, NY
MOSU – Albany, NY
Nani’s Indian Kitchen – Ballston Spa, NY
New Scotland Taco & Bar – Albany, NY
Nic’s Trattoria – East Greenbush, NY
Off Duty Cookies – Schenectady, NY
Off the Hook Fish Fry – Schenectady, NY
Paper Mill Pub (at Mansion of Saratoga) – Rock City Falls, NY
Parchment Baking Co – Troy, NY
Pastina Bistro – Albany, NY
Radici Kitchen & Bar – Glens Falls, NY
Ravenous (new owners, temporarily closed but re-opening soon) – Saratoga Springs, NY
Regina’s by 2Shea – Albany, NY
Rosanna’s Italian Kitchen – Albany, NY
Sabor Azteca – Clifton Park, NY
Shebamz Grill – Albany, NY
Simply Food By Maura – Wilton, NY
Sliderz All American Bar & Grill – Rotterdam, NY
Son of Egg – Albany, NY
Spade’s Lounge – Cohoes, NY
Sweet Elevation Bakery (opening Jan. 4, 2021) – Albany, NY
Tara Kitchen – Schenectady, NY
Taste Station – Clifton Park, NY
Ted’s Fish Fry (new location) – Albany, NY
Teta Marie’s Lebanese – Cohoes, NY
The Basin Grill (renamed, same owners) – Schuylerville, NY
The Cloud Food Hall – Albany, NY
The Food Truck LLC – Schenectady, NY
The Local – Cohoes, NY
The Loft 205 – Albany, NY
The Nest 518 – Schenectady, NY
The Real McCoy Beer Co. Taproom (2nd loc) – Ballston Spa, NY
The Warbler Brewery – Delmar, NY
Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern (new location) – Albany, NY
TORO Cantina – Albany, NY
Trouvaille Eats & Sweets – Schenectady, NY
Upstate Cookie Shack – Rensselaer, NY
Why Not Burgers & Fries – East Greenbush, NY
Wine & Roses – Broadalbin, NY

Is something missing? Email me. Elikingrealestate@gmail.com

Wishing all of these businesses a prosperous 2021 and beyond♥


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