Megan Mumford Photography
Owner: Megan Mumford
Describe your business with a brief history: Over the last 15 years, I have had the great privilege of photographing world leaders, actors/actresses, community activists, business professionals, artists, musicians, families and friends locally and worldwide. Much of my family work has been between Lake George and New York City; however weddings and events take me all over the Northeast!
What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? I believe that the most important part of my success has come from the ability to incorporate a level of humanity into my photography. Not only do I capture people in an artistic and natural way, but I capture their personality, the moment that they least expect it and bring out their inner beauty. The expression of their beauty and joy shines through in the photographs and since photographs are one of the best ways to remember those precious memories, they call me back year after year.
What motivates you both personally and professionally? I am motivated by seeing people in the world who are doing extraordinary things in a humanitarian way. I always am striving to learn more, be better, and push myself. At any given moment, I want my clients to have the best version of me yet! Also, so much of my photography captures people in nature. I remember being outside when I was young and feeling so free to express under the big blue sky. I’ve found that my clients who were a bit nervous about being photographed had such a great time and were more than happy with their results. Getting such great feedback and knowing I contributed in such a positive way is always a motivator for me as well.
Who and what do you work hard for? This is an ever evolving discussion. As much as I work hard for myself and my loved ones, I work hard so that I can give my clients photographs that they can have for generations that capture the love, beauty and intimacy of our time together. We all have different values in this world and varying levels of success/wealth, but there is no price tag you can put on memories and being able to capture joy and intimacy between families, newlyweds, and siblings.
Why the Capital Region as your choice in locations? I grew up in Saratoga Springs and after going to college followed by a cross-country trip and year in California, I found my way back home. This is an exceptional place to photograph and to live. I love the cityscape and parks in Saratoga Springs and Washington Park in Albany as well as the hip, downtown of Troy, and even the lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks. Depending on my clients’ needs, there is everything we need right here.
Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop
4561 Jockey Street, Ballston Spa
Owner: Shelley Smith
Describe your business with a brief history: We are a bakery, farm stand, and apple orchard best known for our homemade pies and cider doughnuts. Our store features meats grown here on our farm, as well as many other local products representing the best of NYS agriculture.
What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? I would have to say offering quality homemade products at fair prices.
What motivates you both personally and professionally? I enjoy what I do and really appreciate the relationships that I’ve cultivated with my customers.
Who and what do you work hard for? Since we’ve started, the business has really changed and grown. I work hard to ensure that we remain focused on producing quality products and stay in touch with what our customers are looking for.
Why the Capital Region as your choice in locations? This is where I grew up, and where our family farm is. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the next 12 months? On June 21, we are hosting “Sundae on the Farm,” a great family event that showcases agriculture in Saratoga County. Please join us!
Hours: We are open year-round, 9am-6pm. We are closed on Tuesdays and close at 2pm on Sundays.
67 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Owners: The Thibeault Family
Describe your business with a brief history: Since 1929, our family-owned business has been offering not only appliances but a way to graciously appoint your home with the latest innovations in appliances. In addition to refrigerators for everyday use, we offer wine refrigeration and Urban Cultivators and not just cooking appliances but state-of-cooking utensils and outdoor grilling items like The Big Green Egg. The list of examples is endless.
What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? We all grew up in the business and it is an integral part of our family life. We are committed in every way. We also love cooking for family and friends and use what we sell. You can rest assured that the advice we give when matching your family with an appliance has already been tested by ours first.
What motivates you both personally and professionally? Our family is all about being “Foodie.” We love appliances, as well as the innovation and technology involved.
Who and what do you work hard for? Family and growing the business. The youngest generation of triplets is already cooking!
Why the Capital Region as your choice in locations? We grew up here and we love it! We have been doing this as a family business for 85 years.
What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the next 12 months? Still carrying the latest in appliance innovations like the home wine dispensers and Platinum BlueStar Range with convertible griddle and grill. The names will likely change but the innovation keeps coming and we will carry it. We love testing these and bringing them out to our customers.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5pm; Saturday, 9am to 1pm; Sunday, closed
492 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham
Owner: Kris Ann Blanchette Elario
Describe your business with a brief history: We are a floral boutique that put down roots in 2003. The shop was started on a bit of a whim and has flourished. I have had a love for all this floral since age 16, started working at a flower shop, continuing my passion at SUNY Cobleskill. We take pride in wedding and event work, traveling the Capital Region and beyond for our special brides and clients. We can help you with any celebration or just something to brighten someone’s day with the perfect delivery of fresh blooms to home or office.
What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? Keeping up with trends in bridal and also everyday flowers. We want to introduce clients to different blooms, just not the ones you always see.
What motivates you both personally and professionally? My “Fleurts” (the staff), my family and my mom. They are the reason why I can do what I love and I am proud to have them around me! Oh, and of course all the beautiful fleurs!
Who and what do you work hard for? I work hard for “The Fleurts,” to give them a creative place. Most importantly, for my father who passed away earlier this year. I know he was so proud of me, so when things get hectic or a bit much I know he is there for me and will keep me going.
Why the Capital Region as your choice in locations? We are celebrating the beginning of our 12th year in business and a year in our new location of Latham. We love our new space. We do miss our North Greenbush location and all our “regulars” who would stop it to say “hi.”
What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the next 12 months? They can look forward to us not moving again; we’ll be creating a even better relationship with the Latham community. We’re updating our web site.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm.
4021 NY 2, Troy
Owners: John and JoAnn McCarthy
Describe your business with a brief history: We first heard about the BungoBox concept while watching a Bloomberg Television special examining the business. The idea was simple yet powerful—up-ending the tradition of using cardboard boxes, resulting in a more cost-effective, improved moving experience that’s also environmentally friendly! Nothing like it exists in this area. It piqued our interest enough to research and pursue the franchise opportunity together.
What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? We are passionate about the BungoBox concept because it is easy to grasp the value of the service—simple, powerful, a natural evolution from cardboard to plastic, rent vs. buy. It serves homeowners, business owners and commercial movers alike.
What motivates you both personally and professionally? Wishing to maintain our desired lifestyle outside of the corporate marketplace, we saw an opportunity to create and fill a need by introducing this concept to our area. We researched the business’ value to the Capital Region and saw the BungoBox concept as a game changer and decided to take the plunge as franchisees. We believe BungoBox puts the right business plan, support and people behind us to grow and become the industry standard for moving boxes.
Who and what do you work hard for? We are homegrown local residents who are choosing to put our experience and skills into a ground-floor opportunity that offers the American dream we believe in so strongly.
Why the Capital Region as your choice in locations? We were both born and raised in the Capital Region, have raised our two daughters here, and believe in the future of this area. Our BungoBox franchise will service the entire Capital Region including Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Columbia, Fulton, Montgomery, Warren and Washington counties. The population we will serve is approximately 900,000.
What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the next 12 months? We believe it has a huge business potential because it is changing the norm – old style, costly, inconvenient vs. new, green, affordable, convenient. We can deliver exceptional customer service, helping people save time, money, aggravation and the planet. It’s a true paradigm shift in the marketplace that we’re confident the Capital Region will embrace it.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm
Joyelles Jewelers Ltd.
318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Owner: Mary Vail
Describe your business with a brief history: I purchased the business 25 years ago as a single mother. I had been doing design and repair for another jeweler for many years and needed to branch out. I studied jewelry design at Skidmore College and metalsmithing at Indiana University.
What is the key ingredient to your success in your business? I believe it is our relationships with our customers. I grew up in Delmar, and feel a strong tie to this community. Some of our customers have been with us the entire 25 years and we have seen their children grow up and become customers, too. We share in their joys and sorrows. We also have jewelers and a gemologist on site, so we are knowledgeable about our product, not just vending it.
What motivates you both personally and professionally? I enjoy seeing projects through from concept to a finished piece of jewelry and seeing the pleasure the jewelry gives my customers. I was always a believer in choosing a career that you are happy to go to everyday. It makes for a happy life.
Who and what do you work hard for? The trust and respect of anyone who wants to be a Joyelles customer.
Why the Capital Region as your choice in locations? My grandparent, parents and family were all Capital Region residents so my roots run deeply here. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter all live here now so I would have to say strong family ties kept me here.
What can the Capital Region look forward to seeing in your business in the next 12 months? We are always traveling to find the new fashion trends and jewelry lines that we think our customers will enjoy. We recently added the award-winning designer Mark Schneider Designs, unique engagement rings and remounts, as well as Waxing Poetic affordable silver jewelry, Lashbrook alternative metal wedding bands and many other designers. We also will continue to create and repair jewelry for our customers.
Hours: Summer hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am-5:30pm; Thursday 9:30am-7pm; Saturday 9:30am-3pm.