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Menneto's Wild Horse Powersports Has New 21,000 SF Shop On Route 9 In Malta

May 7, 2015

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Mike Menneto, owner of Menneto's Wild Horse Powersports in Malta, moved his company from Clifton Park into a much larger facility
BY JENNIFER FARNSWORTH

With the warm weather finally around the corner, many people will think about hitting the open road, on not only four wheels, but two.

For people in the market for a sports vehicle or need some work done on one they currently own, Menneto's Wild Horse Powersports in Malta offers various options. Formally known as Menneto Powersports, Wild Horse Powersports is a family owned business that recently moved into a new, expanded location.

In January, the Menneto family moved the business from a 6,000-square-foot location in Clifton Park, to a 21,000-square-foot building in at 2775 Route 9 in Malta, in front of the Malta Drive-in. Alyssa Menneto, marketing director, said the move allows them to better serve their growing client base.
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Saratoga-Based Film Company Releases New Film Nationwide; Shooting Locally This Fall

May 7, 2015

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William Macy and Brittany Snow, center, star in "Dial A Prayer," a new film directed by Maggie Kiley, left, and released by a film company based in Saratoga Springs, Compass Entertainment.
BY R.J. DELUKE

Compass Entertainment, a company based in Saratoga Springs, released its newest film, "Dial A Prayer," starring William H. Macy and Brittany Snow.

The movie opened on April 10 in select theatres nationwide and is currently available to rent On Demand and on iTunes. It was also made available for purchase on Amazon and at Wal-Mart starting May 10.

In October, Compass Entertainment will begin filming "Adirondack Hunt Club," a mystery thriller, in and around Saratoga Springs, said Marcus Dean Fuller, president of Compass Entertainment and executive producer on "Dial A Prayer."
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Cuomo: State's Craft Brew Industry Saw 59 Percent Growth From 2013 to 2014

May 7, 2015

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the craft beer industry in New York state grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion.

These results, according to a research report prepared for the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, are another example of the incredible growth the industry has been seeing.

"We have said time and time again that New York produces some of the best craft beverages anywhere, and this report backs up exactly why we are focusing on growing these breweries," Cuomo said. "By cutting the costs of doing business, rolling back red tape, and promoting products through Taste NY, we are seeing monumental success across the state. When these craft beverage producers do well, it creates jobs, puts more money in local economies and sets the stage for future growth."
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Showcase Of Homes Fall Event Will Have 10 Area Builders Participating In 2015

May 7, 2015

The 2015 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Committee announced a lineup of 10 award winning builders for this year's home tour event. The 20th anniversary of the annual fall event runs Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4.

The builders committed to this year's tour thus far are Bella Home Builders, Belmonte Builders, Blitman Development, Bordeau Builders, James Doyle/Stillwater Landings, Executive Builders, Saratoga Builders, Marini Homes, The Michaels Group and Witt Construction.

Over the past 19 years, the community event has contributed nearly $900,000 to two local charities. Proceeds from the Showcase of Homes benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. A total of $50,000 was raised last year. Tickets remain at $20.
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Woman Fulfills Her Dream By Opening Finishing Touches Home Decor In Wilton

May 7, 2015

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Shelly Walker, the owner of Finishing Touches Home Decor Inc., recently opened her new store at 217 Ballard Road in Wilton
BY JENNIFER FARNSWORTH

Shelly Walker, the owner of Finishing Touches Home Decor Inc., said it was not until later in life that she decided to follow a career dream that took her back to the Saratoga area.

After studying in California, Walker decided to return to her hometown and go after her true passion. Now, after years working in the interior design field, working for others, and learning a lot along the way, Walker has opened the doors to her own full service design business.

"I got started in the interior design field about 18 years ago when I decided to change careers and go into something more creative," said Walker. "I have always loved decorating and wanted to take it to a higher level. I moved to California to go to school on the west coast but returned to my hometown to be with family. After working in a few different retail/interior design stores, I decided to start my own interior design business."
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Saratoga Man Involved In Studio Created To Design Video Games; 1st This Summer

May 7, 2015

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Daniel Chessare of Saratoga Springs is one of the founders of All Fathers Studios
BY LIZ WITBECK

After Daniel Chessare and Michael Commini graduated from Full Sail University in June 2014 with degrees in video game design, they were frustrated that they could not find jobs in the industry. Ambitious and determined, the two decided to launch their own video game studio, All Father Studios.

Chessare lives in Saratoga Springs. Commini is based in Santa Fe, N.M. By December, they founded All Father Studios and started work on the first title.

All Father Studios is dedicated to building classic role-playing games with retro aesthetics and a great story line, they said. Their main interests are Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) with beautiful graphics and a well thought-out narrative.
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BUA Thai Sushi Among New Tenants At Ellsworth Commons, Offers Asian Food

May 7, 2015

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Henry Noh, right, manager of BUA Thai Sushi, a new restaurant at Ellsworth Commons in Malta, poses in the eatery with Hsa Moo Shee. They serve Japanese and Thai food
BY LIZ WITBECK

BUA Thai Sushi is a new restaurant in Ellsworth Commons in Malta. Doors opened in March at the establishment at 1103 Ellsworth Boulevard. the company also has a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine.

BUA was searching the northeast for additional locations and was attracted to Malta because of GlobalFoundries, which has brought in a large and diverse workforce from all around the world, according to manager Henry Noh.

"There are not a lot of Thai or Japanese restaurants around here," said Noh. "You have to go to Saratoga Springs or Clifton Park."
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Keller Williams Real Estate Prepares To Open Office On Broadway In Saratoga

May 7, 2015

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Marc Weiss and his wife, Carrie, operate the Keller Williams office in Saratoga
BY JILL NAGY

Keller Williams Real Estate will open an office in Saratoga Springs in the next few weeks.

Marc Weiss, the regional director and franchise holder, said that "they are just doing the finishing up touches" on the office space at 353 Broadway, on the fifth floor of the Hotel Van Dam. "We will be up and running very quickly," he said. A grand opening will be scheduled in June.

Keller Williams specializes in commercial property and luxury homes, according to Weiss. He expects to open the Saratoga Springs office with 20 people, mainly brokers. His goal is to grow the office to 100 people.
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Saratoga Women In Business Is Formed To Foster Local Female Business Leaders

May 7, 2015

The Saratoga Women in Business (SWIB) group will hold its inaugural meeting 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Saratoga CoWorks, 153 Regent St., Saratoga Springs.

The SWIB group targets female business leaders in the greater Saratoga Springs area and offers free bi-monthly fellowship opportunities. Wine and light snacks, sponsored by area businesses, will be provided at each gathering, and door prizes will also be awarded.

"The main goal of the SWIB group is to give Saratoga's women business leaders an opportunity to get to know one another in a relaxed setting," said Heidi Ives, one of the group's founders and sales manager at HomeBridge Financial Services Inc.
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Saratoga Tea And Honey Offers 57 Teas For Purchase At Its New Broadway Shop

May 7, 2015

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Saratoga Tea and Honey Co. opened this month on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. It includes a tea bar where people can sample product from all over the world
BY LIZ WITBECK

Saratoga Tea and Honey Co. opened this month at 348 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The location was previously home to Symmetry Gallery, which closed in December.

The business is co-owned by Clint and Barbara Braidwood, who also own Saratoga Olive Oil Co. nearby at 484 Broadway.

The manager of Saratoga Olive Oil Co., Hayley Miller, is also a co-owner, along with her husband Alex Miller, who is manager of Boca Bistro on Broadway. Together the team brings several years of experience in the food and restaurant industry, as well as the health and medical fields.
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