By Jennifer Farnsworth
If Amanda VanPelt had not stopped into a small Canandaigua shop last summer, she may not be exactly where she is today.
VanPelt found herself at a crossroads in her career. It was a visit to an engraving shop, along with some good business sense, that took her in an unexpected direction.
It led to her opening Saratoga Custom Engraving at 81 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs.
VanPelt said last year she received news that there would be layoffs in the department in an insurance company she was working for. She made the decision to walk away from the company and make a change.
“I likely could have taken another position within the company that I had been working at for 13 years, but I wanted to explore other opportunities. I wanted to be my own boss and do something I was passionate about,” said VanPelt.