Albany Multi Medicine Group
1694 Central Avenue, Albany
869.3884; www.albanymultimed.comTreatment Staff: Alan Bloomberg, MD, John Traudt and Sheryl Drake (chiropractors), and Joe Trimarchi (physical therapist)
Describe your business: The office is a multi-disciplinary facility with multiple treatment providers, offering a range of services to assist patients with musculoskeletal conditions, such as headaches, herniated discs, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and sports and joint injuries.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? Dr. Traudt was able to do an internship with a chiropractor while at college, and Joe was helped by a physical therapist when he suffered an ankle injury. Dr. Drake experienced a low back injury while at work and received significant benefits from chiropractic treatment. They each saw tremendous benefits from preventative and non-invasive forms of treatment, and decided that was the right career path for them. While working together they met Dr. Bloomberg, who was also very interested in preventative medicine and taking a holistic approach to patient treatment.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? As the health care consumer becomes more informed, they realize the tremendous benefits of our non-invasive treatments. We focus on finding the cause of the problem and treating that cause effectively to restore function and we are the only facility in the Capital Region that provides chiropractic and physical therapy in the same office. We have a steady base of state workers, plus the upcoming expansion of industry in the area should only continue to allow for business growth.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? The schools are great and there are a lot of family-friendly places and activities to go to. Our patient base is very open-minded and health-oriented, as well as respectful.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? Truly improving the quality of our patients’ lives is a tremendous reward.
What do you do for fun when you are not working? All of our kids are involved in sports and extra-curricular activities, which is really fun but takes up most of our free time. Dr. Bloomberg enjoys reading and watching classic movies.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm; Friday 8am-1pm; Saturday 8am-10am also have Friday hours by appointment.
Just Cats Veterinary Clinic, P.C.
2073 Western Avenue, Guilderland
Owner: Susan Sikule, DVM
Describe your business: Just Cats is a feline-only veterinary clinic serving the Capital Region since 1994. We pride ourselves on providing the very best and most comprehensive care to our feline patients. Utilizing the very best in veterinary medicine from digital x-rays to holistic and acupuncture, our number one goal is the overall health of our feline patients.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? Growing up on a small farm, animals were a big part of my childhood. I received my undergrad degree at the University of Rochester and went to vet school at the University of Tennessee. After vet school I worked at a few different vet hospitals in the area and I found myself gravitating towards working with cats. I started Just Cats 18 years ago and haven’t looked back.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? The Capital Region is filled with animal lovers and their cats are a big part of their family. Our economy seems poised for growth with the relative stability of state jobs here and the boom of new tech jobs into the area.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? The Capital Region has so much to offer; it’s a small city with big city opportunities. From the Adirondacks to New York City, Montreal, Boston & Cape Cod we have the best of all worlds at our fingertips.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? Knowing that we help out patients and their families everyday, from saving a life to promoting quality senior care, we enthusiastically embrace every aspect of our feline patients’ lives.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I enjoy running, cycling, skiing and getting together with family and friends.
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday 8am–5pm; Tuesday, Wednesday 8am–8pm. Closed daily from 1pm–2pm for lunch. Open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 8am–1pm.
31 N. Jay Street, Schenectady
Owner: Maria Perreca Papa
Describe your business: Authentic Italian restaurant serving the kind of food found in every Italian grandmother’s kitchen.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? My family has owned Perreca’s Bakery for generations, so to open a restaurant in the same, traditional vein was a natural off-shoot. I grew up in the apartment above the bakery with my grandmother teaching me how to cook. Boy, did that woman have the gift! In turn, I always passed it forward and cooked for all of my friends while growing up. I remember being a teenager and having my friends come over to talk while they watched me cook for them.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? It’s an exciting time to live and work in Schenectady. New developments and gentrification are a daily occurrence. It’s truly an historic time.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? The food! Living in the Capital Region is like living in Manhattan – we can experience authentic cuisines from around the world without ever leaving our area code.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? My business is, literally, my physical barometer. When we are doing well and guests are having a memorable meal and leave happy, it puts me on Cloud Nine. If we happen to disappoint a customer for whatever reason, I take this very hard to the point of feeling a physical shift.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? It’s corny as all get out, but I go to Disney World. In fact, I go with pad and pencil in hand and I study Disney. I’ve read a handful of Walt Disney biographies and I can think of no better master of customer service. No matter what industry one is in, there’s plenty to learn by observing this business first-hand. Go ahead – try to find a piece of garbage on the ground anywhere at Disney. It’s a challenge!
Hours: Open daily 7am-8pm for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Pure Elements An Organic Salon and Pure Elements an Organic Wellness Shop
1724-1728 Western Avenue, Albany
608.5405, 621.7984; www.pure-elements-salon.com
Owner: Kristen Vesely
Describe your business: At Pure Elements An Organic Salon and Wellness Shop we offer hair and nail services, facials, massage and waxing services in a chemical-free environment using only organic and natural products. Our organic hair color is safe and non-toxic so you don’t have to worry about the fumes, stinging scalp, watery eyes or the damage ammonia causes to your hair. In our Wellness Shop, we offer many different organic beauty and personal care products.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? After working in the industry my personal health was deteriorating to the point that doctors told me I had to quit what I was doing due to the exposure of chemicals in hair and skin care products.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? People are becoming more aware of what they put in and on their bodies. Everyone wants to look beautiful and healthy, but it’s not possible to have good health and beauty using products created with harsh chemicals that are known carcinogens.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? The people of the community are loyal and supportive of our mission to provide a salon and shop that provides a safer way to stay beautiful and healthy.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? Knowing that we provide services and products that people use everyday without the harmful chemicals that are used in typical salons. Our products are made in the USA, are cruelty-free and will never have known carcinogens or preservatives that are harmful to your health like typical beauty products.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Relax.
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10am-8pm; Thursday 11am-7pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm.
The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop
3143 Route 9, Valatie
Owner: Patti Varga
Describe your business: The Cross Eyed Owl is a gift shop filled to the brim with a combination of greetings cards, gifts for all occasions and home décor for inside and out.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? I never actually set out to own my own shop. After college I began selling my handcrafted items in various consignment shops and artisan co-ops and it just evolved from there. A group of us went out on our own with two shops and after a short time I ended up in the role of business owner.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? The Cross Eyed Owl is full of comfort food for the soul. Even when times are tough, people still have birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, babies and other life events that need to be celebrated and we help them do just that. The support that we receive from our community as a locally owned business assures me that we can continue to grow and flourish in the years ahead.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? I love the four seasons, and the Capital Region has always been my home. The people here are just the best!
What do you find most rewarding about your business? When a customer comes back in to thank us for helping them select just the right gift for that someone special and shares their excitement with us; we feel like we’re part of one big huge extended family. We get to share in their joys and sorrows and it makes us feel like what we do really matters!
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I try to spend time with family and friends, love my Zumba classes and am very active in serving at my church.
Hours: Open daily.
The Apple Barrel
115 State Route 30A, Schoharie
Owners: Bob and Sue Loden for the past 30 years. Our oldest daughter will eventually take it over.
Describe your business: The business has gone through many transformations over the years, starting as a farm stand for local produce and apples into the present business of country store jammed-packed full of “wicked neat stuff” and an award-winning café that was opened in 2009.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? In 1982 we sold the general store we owned for five years. The Apple Barrel had just been put on the market. Wanting to stay in the Schoharie area and with the recently opened I-88, we decided the Apple Barrel would be a good investment and made an offer.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? Schoharie is a great area to own a business. We get to enjoy the beauty of the landscape with the farms and rolling hills, yet we can be in the metro area in less than a half hour. In fact, the majority of our customers are from the Capital Region. We have grown ourselves into being a “destination” business.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? With the Capital Region being the hub of state government, we don’t experience the big changes in unemployment rates that other areas have faced.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? We have a great staff who work well together and complement each other in their skills. We establish friendships with many of our frequent customers and get to meet new people on a daily basis. Everyday is a new challenge and allows us the opportunity to use or learn any number of skills. The most rewarding thing is being able to see where we started and see how far we’ve come.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? We enjoy traveling together.
Hours: Open 7 days a week 9am-6pm (January – March daily 10am-5pm).
It remains open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday night when the cafe is open for dinner. The café is open daily 11am-4pm (closing at 3pm January – March) and open for dinners Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-8pm.
Rumors Salon and Spa & Rumors IV Men
626 New Loudon Road, Latham
Owners: Marri Aviza & Lisa Norgrove
Describe your business: Rumors is a full-service women’s and men’s salon and spa. With over 100 internationally-trained specialists, our goal is to deliver the highest quality service while exceeding our guests’ expectations. We strive to make a positive impact on our guests, team members and the community.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? At a young age we were passionate about the beauty industry. We find it extremely gratifying and exciting to work in a business where you create the product in front of the guest. This industry is ever-changing with new trends; we thrive on keeping up with the latest styles, products and services.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and region? Owning our own building, we feel that we can be an even bigger part of this community, which we have supported for over 27 years. The power of positive thinking is the key to success. We can’t predict the unknown, but with the dedication the Rumors team shows, we do expect the best. Our region is always growing and changing and with growth – be it personal, business or community-wide – we continue to move forward.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? The Capital Region knows how to give back. We’re happy to be part of a community that takes charge of that responsibility. We are proud of our business and the commitment our team and guests have shown to giving back as well. This region’s compassionate nature matches Rumors’ mission – and we are proud to live and work here.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? The biggest reward is watching the effect our business has on others. Rumors has a Breast Cancer Veteran program for women who have overcome or are currently battling breast cancer. We offer 20% off all services for these women. It is all about helping people feel their best; letting their inner and outer beauty go hand-in-hand. Rumors Salon & Spa believes that every woman has the right to be, feel and look beautiful.
Delmar Dental Medicine
344 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Owner: Dr. Thomas H. Abele
Describe your business: Our business is a family/general practice that encompasses most specialties. Dr. Abele has been doing comprehensive/reconstructive dentistry including dental implants for 40+ years.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? I have always enjoyed working with people. Also, as a teenager I enjoyed building model airplanes and ships so I enjoy technical and precise work. Dentistry has always been in the family. My father, Harold T. Abele, was a dental laboratory technician and was one of the first certified dental technicians in New York State. My great uncle graduated from the University of Michigan and practiced in Detroit.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? I am optimistic because of the new technology and materials that are available. This new technology (along with improved treatment techniques) allows dentists to be less invasive with our dental procedures. This makes the dental appointment easier and less stressful to our patients.
Some examples of new technology are 3-D Cone Beam tomography, which allows visualization of all anatomical structures in 3D. It is the future of digital imaging and is used in advanced surgical procedures and difficult to diagnose conditions, diseases and infections. Lasers are also going to have an increasing role in dentistry. They are used for treating periodontal disease, removing small tissue growths & fibromas, cosmetic gum surgery, pain relief from canker sores and cold sores, teeth whitening and many minor surgical procedures.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? Working with my patients and helping them with their dental treatment and educating them so they may achieve optimal dental health.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy boating, fishing and skiing. My wife and I greatly enjoy gardening and we spend a lot of time at our home enjoying our surroundings with friends and family.
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 8am-5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 7am-3pm. We also have Friday hours by appointment.
46 Fuller Road, Albany, 453.6071
139 Vly Road, Albany, 723.2124
Owner: Colleen Marcella
Describe your business: Bellezza is a full-service beauty salon with services including massage, facials, hair care, skin care and nail care. Let us help you look and feel your best. We are happy to serve bridal and prom parties and we are known for our award-winning up-dos.
How and why did you decide to go into this line of work? I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help people feel good about themselves. Entering the field of cosmetology right out of high school, I studied in Paris and Montreal and worked with the Vidal Sassoon styling team for more then 10 years. My foundation in cutting and coloring has enhanced my ability to train many area stylists, many of whom have moved on to open their own salons.
What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region? New businesses coming into the area make me very optimistic about our future. More people moving to this area enhance our chance of bringing in new clients.
What do you love best about living and working in the Capital Region? I love the change of season in upstate New York and this change also brings us new color changes in the beauty industry which we look forward to each year.
What do you find most rewarding about your business? The most rewarding part of my job is helping people feel better about themselves. Not knowing the backgrounds and struggles of our clients, it brings great satisfaction to help them bring beauty to their lives. Whether it is for a post-cancer patient getting her first color and cut after chemo-therapy or the young girl getting her hair styled for her first prom, the result is immediately rewarding. I love my career!
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Fun for me is spending time with my three teenage children, boating, skiing, enjoying sushi with friends or taking an occasional day trip to NYC with the Bellezza girls.
Hours: Open daily Tuesday–Saturday.