LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS

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EAST GREENBUSH WINDOW COVERINGS
601 NEW LOUDON ROAD, SUITE 4, LATHAM
518.477.9025 EASTGREENBUSHWINDOWCOVERINGS.COM

Owners:
Lynn and John Corrigan

Describe your business.
East Greenbush Window Coverings specializes in hard and soft window treatments after evolving from an interior design business that was founded in 1987. Our Loudonville showroom has product displays that allow the customer to see and operate our products—people are welcome to stop in or make an appointment.

How did you get the idea for the business?
John and I were looking for a new opportunity after selling our previous business. Because of John’s strong business background and my love of design and fabrics, we felt this was the perfect opportunity for both of us.

How do you set your business apart from your competition?
We strive to provide our customers with a variety of current and quality products while providing excellent customer service. We use locally owned work rooms as much as possible to fabricate some of our projects.

What success makes you most proud?
Making our clients happy by finding the perfect window treatments for their home. Whether simple roller shades or ornate draperies with custom trim, window treatments really do finish off a room.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I have no idea. We really love what we are doing now!


PATTY MCGEE RN, MSN HEALTH & WELLNESS, PLLC
3403 CARMAN ROAD, SCHENECTADY
518.221.9923 PATTYMCGEE.COACH

Owner:
Patty McGee RN, MSN, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Describe your business.
I opened my health coaching practice in 2018 after a 30-plus-year career working as a masters prepared registered nurse and healthcare administrator. I redirected my passion and lifelong desire to help people understand their bodies, prevent or reverse chronic and autoimmune disease and navigate their cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. My programs include Women’s Wellness, Men’s Mid-life Wellness, Couples Wellness, Nurse Navigator, Medication/Supplement Review, Grocery Store Tours and Kitchen Cleanout.

How did you get the idea for your business?
For years I’d wanted to own my own business providing services to my local community. My approach to health and wellness is non-conventional. I teach people the value of real whole food and a well-balanced lifestyle in order to decrease inflammation for them to heal themselves of chronic and autoimmune disease.

How do you set your business apart from your competition?
My personal healing story based on the tenets of whole food eating and functional medicine, along with my extensive knowledge of conventional medicine, makes me uniquely qualified to educate my clients so they can make informed decisions about their own healing journey.

What success makes you most proud?
I am most proud of my own personal journey and transformation. Through the use of a real whole food diet, exercise and decreasing stress, I have completely reversed my hypothyroidism, stopped taking synthetic hormones, lost more than 30 pounds and live a full and happy life. I am looking forward to a successful second career and years of joy and happiness with my three children and husband, Greg.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I would open a retail store that sells the hundreds of health-related products I have researched and believe in.


DOWN TO EARTH FITNESS
251 NEW KARNER ROAD, ALBANY
518.795.9159 DOWNTOEARTHFITNESS.COM

Owner:

Lynda Tymeson

Describe your business.
Down To Earth Fitness, which I have owned since May 2019, is a fitness studio with small group exercise classes, yoga and personal training.

How have you become so connected to your members in such a short amount of time?
This fitness studio was originally Full Circle Fitness, which I was a member of. I eventually took their personal training course and became a trainer and also continued to be a member there. When the previous owners decided to relocate and close the gym, it was devastating for me and other members. So I looked into purchasing the studio and everything fell into place like it was meant to be.

What success makes you most proud?
Down To Earth Fitness provides a supportive, non-intimidating and welcoming atmosphere. All fitness levels are welcomed here; however, it is an especially great place for people to start, since we teach proper technique in performing each exercise. We also provide nutritional guidance and support to help with weight loss and other fitness goals. There are a lot of success stories here at Down To Earth Fitness, such as members saying that they are now able to keep up with their grandchildren or were able to go on a hike that they were not able to do before they came here. Stories like that re-affirm my commitment.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I was in the addiction field for more than 30 years, and one of the things that always bothered me was that we would tell other staff and clients to take care of themselves yet were often doing a bad job of taking care of ourselves. I am very glad to be in a field now that can also give back to all the care-givers out there.


KJ’S GYMNASTICS
3143 US ROUTE 9, VALATIE
518.758.2554 KJSGYMNASTICSNY.COM

Owner:
Karen Leggett

Describe your business.
KJ’s Gymnastics celebrated its 20th anniversary in business in October 2019, and teaches children old enough to walk gymnastics and/or ninja skills. Ninja Zone was added to the program in 2016.

How did you get the idea for your business?
I worked in Albany for another gymnastics school and was ready for a change as my children were getting involved in sports. There were no other activities like gymnastics in the Columbia County area and we thought this would be a great addition to the community.

How do you set your business apart from your competition?
KJ’s offers a non-competitive program to facilitate fun with learning.

What success makes you most proud?
Our 20 years in business and adding Ninja Zone to the program.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Working someplace!

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