Women Owned Businesses

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Laberge Massage Therapy
204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
577.5488; www.labergemassagetherapy.com

Owner: Lauren M. Laberge, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist

Tell us about your practice.
My practice provides Therapeutic Massage for people with specific injuries and people seeking pain relief and/or relaxation. I use different methods including Myofascial Release Techniques and Neuromuscular Therapy. Last autumn, I completed a 700-hour course in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. This is a gentle therapy for people living with emotional issues, post-accident, whiplash, TMJ disorder, chronic pain, and more. Tying together my current career with my years of teaching Special Education, I offer Craniosacral Therapy to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. My Special Education teaching background adds a wonderful integrative level for all patients, but specifically those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
How long have you been in practice?
2006 was the year I began my practice in Delmar. After two years, I returned to teaching for a few years and then re-established my business and have been back at 204 Delaware Avenue ever since.
What is the last book that you read?
My most recent book read was Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived—a unique story about relationships, perseverance, spirituality and hope.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Hmmm…. My guilty pleasure is sleeping in late on a weekday, maybe 6:30 or so!
Did you always want to have your own practice or decide that after working for someone else?
Owning my own business just seemed natural. My father started his own business 50 years ago so I had a good idea of how to do it the right way. I’ve always enjoyed planning, problem-solving, working hard, and working with people; all necessary ingredients for success.
What are two comments you hear from customers that distinguish your practice?
Two statements that often I hear from customers are: “Thank you for taking the time to listen…” and “I appreciate that you teach me how to take care of myself between visits.”  
What role models have inspired you?
Honestly, my parents.  They are both hard-working, caring, compassionate and ethical people. They gave me a solid foundation in life.  My successful practice reflects this.

Gloversville Sewing Center
385 South Main Street, Gloversville,
426 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs
725.4919 (Gloversville) and 584.2695 (Saratoga); www.gloversvillesewingcenter.com

Owners: Diana and John Marshall

Tell us about your business.
A full-service sewing machine and quilt shop specializing in the sales and service of Bernina and Janome sewing machines.
How long have you been in business?
Involved in this business since 1973, and owned this business since 1981.
What is the last book that you read?
I usually read more than one book at a time. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
What is your guilty pleasure?
Curling up in my big chair with a book and a cup of tea.
Did you always want to have your own business or decide that after working for someone else?
I have always felt that I would probably work for myself. After my first job working for a large corporation, I knew I wanted to work for myself.
What are two comments you hear from customers that distinguish your practice?
Knowledge of our products and our craft and the helpfulness of our staff. (Yes, we love pulling twenty fabrics out for a quilt project—seriously.) We love hearing from the customers that yes, we really are worth the trip! We hear that comment all the time.
What role models have inspired you?
St. Francis of Assisi moved me greatly as a child. And also my neighbor Marcelle Taylor, who gave me a comfortable place to grow up, and Betty Beaudoin, who showed me that you can be a strong working woman and mother.

The Pilates Principle
578 New Loudon Road, Latham
783.1678; www.PilatesPrinciple.com

Owner: Nuhar Jaleel, PT

Tell us about your business.
The studio is owned by a physical therapist, and employs 16 highly qualified instructors in Pilates, Gyrotonic exercise, MELT Method, and Ashtanga Yoga. The business occupies a 3000-square foot facility, fully-equipped with Pilates and Gyrotonic exercise apparatus.
How long have you been in business?
We have been in business for 11 years.
What is the last book you read?
Last book I read is The Dirty Life—a New York writer takes on an assignment on farming, and ends up in remote Pennsylvania to interview a farmer. She falls in love with the guy, and now they run Essex Farm in Essex, NY. The farm offers a year-round, full diet to its members and is powered by 15 solar panels, 9 draft horses, 10 full-time farmers, and 3 tractors. A must read for all foodies!
Did you always want to have your own business or decide that after working for someone else?
I definitely decided after working for someone else that I would eventually own my own business. At the time, I had no idea what that business would be. I hadn’t even started doing Pilates for exercise at that time. I just knew a 9-5 job wasn’t for me. One thing kind of kept leading to another, and I ended up getting certified in Pilates after practicing pediatric physical therapy for 4 years. I had no idea what would happen with my Pilates certification. I just knew Pilates completely changed how I felt in my body, and I knew I couldn’t live without it.
What are two comments you hear from customers that distinguish your business?
The clients often comment on the experience level of my staff, and the fact that we have 3 physical therapists on staff. They know we can handle many kinds of issues, whether it’s low back pain, a neurological diagnosis, or a straightforward exercise regimen.
What role models have inspired you?
My Mother and Father are definitely my role models. They both came to this country from Syria and Palestine at the age of 18 to go to college here. They never went back home, and had no family in this country to support them. They worked so hard through college; my father went on to pursue his PhD from RPI, and my mother started her hair salon over 40 years ago. They taught me my work ethic, and I still don’t know how they managed to raise two kids, work full time, and make the most of their opportunities while being so far from home and everything that was familiar.

Turning Point Design Inc.,
creator of Blue Elm Clothing
123 Broad Street, Schuylerville
facebook.com/onetwentythreebroadstreet
www.BlueElmClothing.com

Owner: Valerie Munson-Drohobycky

Tell us about your business.
Turning Point Design is a creative fashion merchandising and design firm that transforms vision into reality. TPD is creator of Blue Elm Clothing, as well as other fun local and global projects.
How long have you been in business?
TPD has been in business since 2005.
What is the last book you read?
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
What is your guilty pleasure?
My most savory pleasure is creating the time to walk the Tow Path along the Old Champlain Canal from Hudson Crossing Park at Lock 5 to Espressohuis for a green smoothie and then up to 123 Broad Street for my favorite Himalayan sea salt caramels made there by Mountain View Confections. I call it balance. Guilt, worry and stress have no use in a WOB. I have gone cold turkey with these recently and just graduated from guilt rehab. Just saying.
Did you always want to have your own business or decide that after working for someone else?
I grew up with the mindset that I am "Me Inc."
What are two comments you hear from customers that distinguish your business?
(1) Perhaps by some special magic I "get it" and go beyond what they can ask for or imagine and (2) Creativity. As a creative person you are by nature leading the way and serve your customer with the bold courage needed to step out.
What role models have inspired you.
I have been surrounded by the love of my family, close family friends and my community who have always inspired me to be my best self. I want to continue to  create and nurture this way of being for my community and the greater good.  Love is everlasting. It’s the secret sauce to Enjoy Life More!

Psychedelicatessen
275 River Street, Troy
478.3459; www.mmmbagels.com

Owner: Laura Kerrone

Tell us about your business.
Bagel shop, coffee shop, hippie lounge, and otherwise far-out hangout that serves authentic hand-rolled Jewish bagels, freshly prepared egg and deli sandwiches, and tons of other tasty treats. One of the biggest focuses, besides the ongoing quest for the perfect bagel, would be the inclusion of as many local, natural, organic, and minimally processed ingredients as we can get our hands onto, as well as ingredient transparency for our customers.
How long have you been in business?
The Psychedelicatessen has been open since July 19th, 2014. Previously owned/operated a small bagel shop (same name) for 2 1/2 years in Idaho Falls, ID.
What is the last book that you read?
Book? I barely have time to shower and sleep! Ha-ha!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Argyle Cheese Farmer orange yogurt smoothie. I have to control myself to not polish off the entire pint in one sitting. I seriously think I might have a problem.
Did you always want to have your own business or decide that after working for someone else?
I’ve always been an independent person. My most used phrase as a child, according to Mum, was "all byself me." Owning a business didn’t necessarily cross my mind until adulthood, when I worked for other people, and no matter what the situation or arrangement was, I always saw a better way of doing things. Byself me, of course.
What are two comments you hear from customers that distinguish your business?
Only two? Most common—"holy $#%* these are real bagels!" Next to that, most likely something about our ingredients, and the fact that they’re fresh, local, delicious, etc.
What role models have inspired you?
I’d love to list positive role models, but I’d say I’ve pulled a lot more wisdom from the bad eggs than the good ones. Combine that with dogged stubbornness and independence, and you have someone who is bound and determined to do something better.

The Speckled Hen
38 Saratoga Road, Glenville
369.8771; www.facebook.com/thespeckledhenscotia

Owner: Maureen Culver

Tell us about your business.
The Specked Hen is a primitive/country home-decor store located in what used to be my living room…filled with new and old items and reproductions.
How long have you been in business?
In March I will be celebrating 4 years in business.
What is the last book you read?
Books—I’m embarrassed to say can’t remember the last one I read. But, I am always reading primitive/colonial magazines. Love them!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Potatoes! Love them. I’m Irish! I can eat them anyway, anytime!
Did you always want to have your own business or decide that after working for someone else?
As a young adult, I had thoughts of owning some sort of business, not really sure what. I loved old stuff and collected a lot from going to garage sales with my mom. She thought that someday I would open an antique store. At that time we already owned a paving business and I was working outside the home and raising a family. Fast forward 10 years, my job was changing, my boys moved out and we closed the paving business. It was the perfect time to open The Speckled Hen.
What are two comments you hear from customers that distinguish your business?
When you walk into my shop, you’re in my home and you are part of my family! You hear/feel my family life from dinner cooking to my home phone ringing. I am a member of the local fire department, so at times you may also witness me being called out to an emergency.
What role models have inspired you?
My sister, Kathleen Rohlfs. She has owned Chatham Flowers for over 25 years and she has been with me from the start. From her very first trip with her van to fill the shop with all its goodies, to setting the displays and spreading the word about my business.  Still, to this day, I ask Kathleen for advice. I could not have done it without her.

Lindsay Drug Co., Inc.
416 5th Avenue, Troy
235.2522; www.lindsaydrug.com

The Lindsay Drug Co. has been an independent pharmacy since 1922.  It is third-generation owned by three sisters who took over the business with the passing of their father, William H. Eccles Jr. in 2004.  Kathleen Bonnier, RPh, Lisa Bonnier, and Susan Vink-Lainas work together to bring compassionate, personalized Pharmacy and Durable Medical Equipment services to the community. Their father always took pride in providing this customer service.
Each sister has her own reasons for taking on this challenging endeavor.  Kathleen, or Katie, is the Pharmacist.  She has never thought about being anything but a Pharmacist.   Two grandfathers and both parents, being Pharmacists, inspired her to follow in their footsteps and pursue the call to pharmacy.  Katie truly cares for her customers as if they were a part of her own family.
Lisa is Lindsay Drug’s Medical Billing Specialist.  A strong, independent woman, she attributes her success to her parents who taught her the ins and outs of business and how to keep a sense of humor.  Lisa always wanted to own her own business but thought it would be a restaurant or catering business.  She is a phenomenal cook and baker, which she learned from her mother and grandmother.  You want to know her on the holidays! 
"Shanghaied" is what Susan likes to say when asked how she wound up at Lindsay Drug.  Susan earned her degree in Elementary Education with a master’s in Early Childhood.  After completing her education, her father asked her for some help. What started out as a temporary position became a career as a certified Orthopedic fitter for braces, compression stockings and Mastectomy products.  Susan enjoys personal interactions with her patients, solving problems that only a friend could understand.  It’s a kind of teaching.
People say the associates at the Lindsay Drug Co. give friendly customer service.  With new and ever changing laws for insurance billing, getting the products and services you need can be difficult and confusing.  Lindsay Drug takes the time to go the extra mile, thanks to "good ol’ Dad."   
 

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