By Susan Elise Campbell
Divine Sole is “soon to be the best sneaker store north of Albany,” said Ryan Smalley, owner of a new shop opening at The Marketplace, 454 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.
Smalley registered his LLC in November and is anticipating a soft opening the fourth week in May, he said.
This is Smalley’s first venture into the world of retail. He and his wife, Laura, are both financial professionals, with Smalley being an accountant for the past eight years.
“The pandemic changed so much about all of our lives, but change can create opportunity,” he said. “After an unusual year to reflect and consider what long-term changes will come out of this experience, we thought it a good time to try this venture.”
Divine Sole will offer exclusive sneakers along with mainstay brands such as Nike and Adidas, said Smalley. Shoppers will find Air Jordan, Air Max, Gel Lyte, Flight, Kim Jones and other premium labels at the new store.
“We are filling a huge need in Saratoga,” Smalley said. “There is nothing around that offers a line of sneakers like these.”