Businesses Pool Funds For Traffic Study Of Northway Corridor In Area Of Exit 12

September 11, 2014

A $500,000 study will examine traffic in an effort to evaluate the current and predicted traffic and transportation needs, especially this area around Northway Exit 12
Based upon a partnership between National Grid, regional business leaders and government officials, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) announced that a $500,000 traffic study will be undertaken in an effort to evaluate the current and predicted traffic and transportation needs of Saratoga County.

With a specific focus on the Northway corridor and local roads in and around Malta and Stillwater, the study is intended to give federal, state and local officials updated data and traffic information in order to better understand the infrastructure needs associated with projected growth and development in Saratoga County, CEG officials said.

The study will be administered by CEG with project management and technical assistance from the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC).
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Saratoga City Center Plans Multi-Level Parking Garage On City Parking Lot Site

September 11, 2014

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Saratoga City Center is negotiating a lease on a portion of the present municipal parking lot so it can build a parking structure that will look like this, adding some 500 new spaces
By Jill Nagy

Some 500 spaces of new parking will soon be added to downtown Saratoga Springs with construction of a multi-level parking structure east of the Saratoga City Center.

The City Center Authority is negotiating with the city for a 20-year lease on a portion of the present municipal parking lot and also negotiating details of the building's "developmental criteria," according to Mark Baker, president of the authority. "I am working closely with the city and with my board." The financial arrangements with the city will mirror those for the convention itself, which was built on land leased from the city, Baker said.

"It's taking a little longer than I anticipated," he said, but he still expects construction to begin by the end of the year and to take about eight months to complete.
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Women's Luxury Fashion Shop Opened By An Experienced Fashion Entrepreneur

September 11, 2014

Eliza DeRocker, left, chats with a customer at her Saratoga Closet store.
By Liz Witbeck

The Saratoga Closet opened in Saratoga Springs in July, offering high-end, luxury fashion at off-Broadway prices.

Eliza DeRocker is the owner of the store. She graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as a handbag designer for several labels including Chanel, Bebe, and Ralph Lauren before launching her own line. Her passion for fashion led to opening the store, she said. DeRocker also owns Bride and Gown in Glens Falls.

Saratoga Closet, at 38 Van Dam St., carries luxury brands including Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik.
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NYRA President: 'Reforms And Initiatives' Are Leading To Positive Results For Racing

September 11, 2014

Noting that the "reforms and initiatives that we have collectively implemented are beginning to generate real, tangible results", New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay delivered a positive report to the group's board of directors in August.

Kay's remarks capped a meeting complete with the seating of a new board member, Marc Holliday, and a series of committee reports and a financial overview offered by Chief Financial Officer Susanne Stover.

Stover reported that the organization's financial performance continues on a positive trajectory, and that a review of Equibase data for the three months ending June 30 saw wagering on NYRA races bucking the national trend, growing by 5 percent while national wagering fell by 2 percent.
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Saratoga Salsa & Spice Co. Branches Out, Acquires Saratoga Gift Basket Business

September 11, 2014

Saratoga Salsa & Spice Co., 398 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, recently acquired Saratoga Gift Basket in Greenfield Center, which produces themed gift baskets featuring local products.

The new owners said they will continue to offer items for which Saratoga Gift Basket is already famous, as well as some new creations incorporating products from Saratoga Salsa & Spice.

Owners John and Sherry Knotek said that, in keeping with their goal of using as much local and New York state product as possible, the baskets are custom made wooden boxes made by Unlimited Potential in Saratoga Springs.
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Baseball, Softball Skills Can Be Honed All Year Round At Indoor 'Sluggers Den' Site

September 11, 2014

Bret McArthur, owner of Sluggers Den, works with a youngster on his hitting
By Dave Windscheimer

While summer nears its end, baseball and softball players don't have to wait until spring to resume polishing their diamond skills.

Sluggers Den, located in the Price Chopper Plaza at 175 Ballston Ave. in Saratoga Springs, is an indoor facility featuring three batting tunnels, pitching mounds and instruction in "America's pastime" from owner Bret McArthur and his staff.

McArthur, who's been involved with local youth baseball programs for a number of years, said he's been pleased with the response from the public. "It's been outstanding. I couldn't be happier with our growth. Baseball has a strong base in Saratoga."
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'Sensory Six,' Aims To Design Office Space With Focus On Simplicity, Luxury, Health

September 11, 2014

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Sandra Fox is the founder of the new Sensory Six in Saratoga Springs
A new design-build firm, Sensory Six, a company focused on creating commercial and residential living spaces "that are in harmony with the senses" has opened in Saratoga Springs.

The company, located at 18 Division St., Suite 517, is the brainchild of Sandra Fox, former owner and technology executive with CHA, an Albany-based engineering firm.

She said Sensory Six promotes a design style it has named 21st Century Zen, that focuses on simplicity, luxury and health. The style merges the use of color, texture, lighting and art with technology, engineering and materials to create highly functional smart spaces that serve as both a haven and an inspiration.
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Common Roots Brewery Opening Soon, To Brew Traditional And Specialty Beers

September 11, 2014

Common Roots Brewery will be run by father and son team Bert and Christian Weber
By Jill Nagy

Christian Weber is ready to start up a big, 620-gallon, brewing system at Common Roots Brewing Co. in South Glens Falls.

The opening comes after months of trial brews with a pilot system one-twentieth the size, extensive renovations to convert a former warehouse into a brewery and tasting room, and all the other details involved in getting a new business started.

Weber, the head brewer, and his father and business partner, Bert Weber, are just waiting for licenses to arrive to schedule a soft opening and, soon after that, a grand opening.
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Owners Of Istanblue In Saratoga Springs Open Second Restaurant In Clifton Park

September 11, 2014

Exotic dishes can be found at Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant, now also in Clifton Park.
By Susan E. Campbell

Lovers of Mediterranean cuisine now have a destination in Clifton Park Center Mall to enjoy kebabs, grilles, seafood and other Turkish delicacies.

Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant opened in August. It is the second location for the family-owned restaurant, the other opening roughly a year ago in Congress Plaza in Saratoga Springs.

According to restaurant manager Emrah Atici, owner Rasul Ramin had several goals in expanding the business into Clifton Park. "We have many loyal customers who will find Clifton Park a more convenient location than driving up to Saratoga," said Atici.
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'Spin My Ad' Allows Businesses To Have Ads Hauled All Around Town Via Bicycle

September 11, 2014

Kenny Goodwin Jr. tows ads around town via bicycle in his Spin My Ad business.
By Barbara Brewer La Mere

After graduating from the University of Tampa with a degree in marketing, Kenny Goodwin Jr. was commuting daily on his bicycle to his job in New York City from Long Island.

He saw ads for Nike, jewelry businesses, and other companies being pulled around by other bicycles. He admired the environmentally sound advertising platform and appreciated the way that people noticed and responded to the ads.

It wasn't like an ad in a newspaper or magazine, where a reader might skip a page and not see the ad. It wasn't like a billboard that people would only see if they happened to be traveling a particular stretch of roadway.
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