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An old mill in Victory, New York is one step closer to receiving new life thanks to the additional support Riverview Realty LLC received from the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency. 

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One of The Harmony Group's apartments in Cohoes

In addition to Opening Weekend, there's one more thing to celebrate in Saratoga this weekend! Cinch Men's Wear, LLC will celebrate their opening during Hats Off and you will not want to miss it.

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Photo Courtesy of Cinch Men's Wear's Facebook

It is officially busy season in Saratoga! With more people paying Spa City a visit on the weekend, to the racing season fast approaching, businesses in Saratoga have also been keeping themselves occupied. From a tequila company launch to a local business recently acquired by Time to our favorite bark-friendly boutique going digital, we have you covered on the latest business news in Saratoga Springs.

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If you're still looking for a summer job, NYRA wants you! The annual job fair for the Saratoga Race Course will take place this weekend and there are still job opportunities available.

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Sound too good to be true? It's not! There's an opportunity to transform the abandoned former Mount McGregor Correctional Facility that houses dormitories, a gymnasium, a lake and nearly 100 other structures. 

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As with most things in Saratoga during the summer, the world of food is no different... there is a lot going on! From new franchises planning to set up shop to seasonal menus on Broadway to dining for a good cause, we've rounded up some businesses happenings in Saratoga's food and restaurant scene for you to catch up on.

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The Top Notch Tavern in West Galway reopened last fall at the site of what was originally (decades past) the West Galway Hotel. Current owner, James Palmateer, is the grandson of Doreen and David Palmateer, the original owners of the Top Notch Tavern who started it all, back in the 1960's.

After being sold, redefined and now restored to its original glory, remnants of the Top Notch Tavern's rich history are finally whispering from the walls.

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Dating back to the Civil War Era, this venue was built as a stagecoach stop and hotel in the 1860's. Civil War cavalry would often stop for a rest there!

It became The Top Notch Tavern after Doreen purchased it with her husband David in 1968, making their home there and running a small bar and grill operation that quickly grew in popularity.

With Saratoga's continued growth, nobody is denying the growing need for downtown parking solutions. There is some disagreement, however, in the best way to go about adding it.

The City Center has proposed plans for a 5-story High Rock paid-parking garage to replace the free parking lot behind the City Center. With the capacity to hold 480 vehicles, this new $10.4 million structure would be single use, offering parking only, which many citizens feel doesn't make economic sense for Saratoga.

"We continue to look at our project, and are assessing the design and components to see what it is we can do to be responsive, if possible," City Center President Mark Baker was quoted by the Times Union. "What we have proposed to date is not the finished product."

Opponents of the current proposed plan argue a giant concrete parking garage and connecting pedestrian bridge over Maple Ave would be an eyesore misaligned with the historical integrity of the city when that space could be better utilized while still adding much-needed parking.

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Citizens discuss High Rock parking at public forum, photo courtesy of Citizens for High Rock, used with permission

An international wedding and fashion photographer, Lisa Miller, is also the artist behind the lens of some of Saratoga's most stunning and unique horse photography, recently recognized with distinctions from ESPN and Bloodhorse.com.

This summer, the new Equine Gallery at Studio di Luce spotlights her acclaimed photography in a place of its own.

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With photographs that evoke such emotion, it's no secret that horses hold a very special place in Miller's heart. That's why her sales profit more than just her own bottom line.

Saratoga's own Healthy Living Market and Cafe has become one of the first grocers to eliminate plastic grocery bags in the northeast in its commitment to the environment and sustainability. This past Monday, the store announced they will not be offering plastic grocery bags for customer use, and will be encouraging guests to bring their own reusable bags.

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