Cole’s Woodwind Shop has temporarily relocated to 6 Butler Place (behind 3 Franklin Square), while renovations take place at the historic 47 Phila Street address that also houses Caffè Lena.
Saratoga’s Bonacio Construction is doing a major renovation at the 55-year-old Caffè Lena. The company will also construct a mixed-use building on the corner of Phila and Henry streets. The project will feature an elevator and stairwell shared with the Caffè and the eight apartments that will be on the upper floors of the mixed-use structure.
“These are exciting times,” said owner Bill Cole, who is known internationally for his personal service, unique inventory and deep knowledge of wind instrument history, construction and repair. “The long-anticipated renovation of the Caffè is finally happening and we’re proud to be a part of the project.”
Cole’s shop, in operation in Saratoga Springs since 1977, will also benefit from the extensive renovation. Cole said he is grateful for the support of the Caffè and Bonacio Construction Inc., which is handling the construction work.
"My customers have been very supportive in spite of the inconvenience, too" he said. "Some are finding a note on the regular location door, only to turn around and find me a half-mile away at the summer digs. My regulars from the orchestra and ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center are making appointments at the temporary shop, and the good news is, there is parking while customers visit us."
The shop will return to Phila Street when renovations are complete in late fall or early spring.
The move was effective July 11.
The business can be reached at 450-0333. Its website is coleswoodwind.com.