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November 2012 Archives

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The 8th Annual Saratoga County Restaurant Week kicks off tomorrow, offering 3-course meals at the finest local restaurants, for less!

Twice a year, the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Board organizes a week where locals can experience and thoroughly enjoy local restaurants without worrying about the cost ... and this year has something new in store, making the deal even better!

Diners can now enjoy more meal options, choosing how much they wish to spend.


The Pacific Grill located on Putnam St. is now under new management and a new name. Larry Zhao and Leo Yan grew up together in southern China and have bought the retired Jeff Chen's Pacific Grill. The co-owners are bringing their 25 years of restaurant experience to Saratoga Springs and are renovating their restaurant project by project.

In the Pacific Grill's place will be the Izumi Sushi Asian Bistro and Lounge. The Japanese restaurant offers a large quadruple-fold menu filled with fresh and healthy ingredients. "Japanese meals are made from fresh, healthy ingredients," Zhao said. "So we serve light, delicious food."

Looking to save money and shop local this Black Friday? Saratoga Springs, NY has a plethora of great shops and businesses who will be offering deep discounts and Black Friday deals, some even extending through Small Business Saturday for a weekend of great sales and savings.

Sometimes it's nice to plan a Thanksgiving dinner out at a restaurant in Saratoga instead of dealing with the meal preparation yourself ...and other times, it's just nice to have a back-up plan when things don't go as expected at home!

Whatever your reason for wanting to dine out this Thanksgiving Day, you're in luck!

Jodi Brimhall, a Ballston Spa Senior High School teacher, is gathering supplies and donations for elementary school students in Coney Island. The elementary school where her cousin, Stephanie Warner, is a teacher was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and the students are now living in either shelters or their flooded out homes. 

Want to help out the victims of Hurricane Sandy along the Atlantic coast? There are many businesses that will be collecting donations to aid the victims in the New York City and New Jersey area. The relief effort will be going on until Tuesday, November 6th. Drop off times will vary by location too.

For years First Night Saratoga has been the region's largest New Years party with art, open houses, music and much more! The celebration just got that much better. For the first time ever First Night Saratoga will be a GE Kids In Free event, offering children 12 and under free admission!


spreee.jpgHappy November! With the holidays right around the corner, you've probably started to think about gift giving with family and friends. Wouldn't you love to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Saratoga Springs' finest gift shops and boutiques?

Have all of the fun giving gifts this holiday season, without putting a dent in your wallet! Three lucky winners will receive 10 separate $100 gift certificates to area businesses! That's $1,000 worth of gifts, for FREE!

Participating shops and businesses include:

Enter to win, and you'll have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from 10 of these local businesses! With this selection, you'll find something for everyone on your list!

This contest just went live yesterday, and you can enter once per day! Start now, bookmark the page, and come back to re-enter each day and you'll be one of the lucky ones with the best chances to win!

Which shop on the list are you most excited to shop at if you win?

sandy.jpgHave a heart to help, but not sure where to start? The massive storm that made landfall on the east coast earlier this week has caused billions of dollars in damage, and left many people stranded or displaced from their homes.

A local business, Parting Glass Racing, has started the Surviving Sandy Facebook Page to help people in need during the recovery process.

The page will work as a bulletin board, where users can share useful resources. See a stranded pet? Post a photo and where you spotted it, and maybe word will spread to the owner! Do you have, or know of, a business that has opened its doors to those stranded by Sandy? Post that information on the page and help spread the word!

Do what you can to help the people in need; they would do it for you!

Hope everybody is safe!

Remember to share the page with your friends! The more LIKES, the larger the reach.. the larger the reach, the more help!

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