336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake
Owner(s): Jeffrey Pearce and Richie Pearce
Describe your business with a brief history: Family owned with three generations of Pearces, relatives and friends working to keep it growing, Lakeside Farms is more than a country store selling local produce and one of-a-kind goods. It’s a restaurant serving home-style meals, bakery, garden center, gift shoppe and more.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? The best thing about Lakeside is there is something for everyone to enjoy and make you smile, whether it is a gift for a special person, breakfast or lunch in our restaurant area or fresh food and vegetables from our grocery. During summer and fall there are beautiful flowers, apples and pumpkins.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? The Capital Region has a large variety of individuals with different tastes and cultures and plays host to many visitors from all over the country.
What motivates you to do your best? In one word, our customers. Our customers are extremely important to us. Without our customers, we wouldn’t be here. We invite our customers to enjoy their experience and become part of the Lakeside family, We are always striving to do things better.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? When I am not at Lakeside, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. “Family” is so important. It is what keeps us grounded and makes us realize how enjoying life is paramount.
KBC Design Studio/Kitchens by Christina, Inc.
63 Putnam Street, Saratoga Springs Clifton Park,
St. Petersburg FL 388.8685;
Owner: Christina Cognetta Feldman, Lead Designer
Describe your business with a brief history: KBC Design Studio was opened over a decade ago to offer clients a different experience when remodeling their kitchens and baths. We have the experience and knowledge that you will need to help you create your dream kitchen or bath.
What do you love about the service or product you provide?: Our design team offers over 50 years combined design expertise. We carry seven cabinet lines so we are able to accommodate any design needs and budget. Bringing the showroom to you allows us to meet in the convenience of your home to pinpoint your individual style and then fine tune it at one of our design studios. We strive to make your new kitchen as unique as your signature.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? It seems to run in the family. My dad was a kitchen and bath designer, as well. It’s nice to follow in his footsteps and carry on the family tradition.
What motivates you to do your best? Helping my clients create and design their dream kitchens where they can spend quality time with their families, since the kitchen is the heart of the home.
What is your weekend like when not working? I spend my weekend with friends and family. I am also active in several fund-raising committees and like to give back to the community that supports my small business.
Hours: Call to schedule your next one-on-one appointment with a designer.
4 Executive Park Drive, Albany
Owner: Patricia Fusco
Describe your business with a brief history: Fusco Personnel, Inc. is a New York State-Certified Women Business Enterprise, established in 1994.We provide recruiting and staffing services nationally, as well as locally, and specialize in executive searches, mid-level recruits, human resource consulting, and temporary/contract and temp-to-hire staffing. Fusco Personnel’s areas of expertise include information technology, finance, sales, human resources, accounting, engineering, bio-tech, clinical/non-clinical healthcare, and administrative/clerical personnel. There is never a fee to applicants. Our superior service combined with our highly skilled bank of candidates set us apart from other firms.
What do you love about the service we provide? I love the satisfaction of improving someone’s livelihood by assisting in their career path, as well as providing organizations with talent and culture that allows them to grow and prosper.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? The Capital Region is an ideal spot to live, work and play! I am home-grown” locally but also have the pleasure of recruiting for companies nationally and find that the Capital Region offers great career opportunities with reputable organizations that provide growth and satisfaction plus affordable beautiful communities, with some of the top-rated schools, to live and raise a family.
What motivates you to do your best? There is no substitute for doing your best!
What is your weekend like when you are not working? Family, family and more family
Hours: Standard business hours—always available when needed!
Xcelerate Sports Car Rentals
4021 State Street, Ste 1A, Schenectady
Owner(s): Richard and Melissa Carrier
Describe your business with a brief history: We started Total Events in 1999 and wanted to start a new venture that leveraged Total Events’ success but also had an exciting edge to it. During our travels, we had the opportunity to rent some luxury vehicles and thought how awesome would it be to drive one of these cars in one of the most picturesque locations in the country. Xcelerate Sports Car Rentals gives you the thrill and excitement of a luxury driving experience for a few hours or a few days.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? We love the cars! But seriously, we love seeing the surprise in people’s eyes when they see the car in their driveways. And then hearing how exhilarating their experience was driving.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? When we rented our first sports car just outside New York City, we were disappointed that the first 45 minutes we spent in traffic. In the Capital Region, as soon as you pull out of your driveway, you can hit the road in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Visitors, wedding couples or locals now have a luxury sports car rental option. XLR8 is a perfect date night or weekend getaway.
What motivates you to do your best? We truly live the adage “work hard; play harder.” We drive ourselves to experience all that life has to offer.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? Both of our companies are busy on the weekends during the summer, but when we do get a break we love to hang out on Lake George.
American Home & Bath Center
51 Broad Street, Waterford
Owner: John Porcello
Describe your business with a brief history: American Home & Bath, is a veteran owned and operated business. Fully licensed and insured, we are committed to providing American-made products and exceptional service at an affordable price. Specializing in bathroom remodeling and home renovations, including accessible bathing, we offer a full line of tubs, showers, barrier-free walk-in showers. We are the Capital Region’s oldest and only factory-trained installer of Best Bath Systems and have been a Best Bath Dealer since 2007.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? We provide a service and product that allows seniors to maintain their independence and remain in their homes with a safe and affordable bathing solution.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? We have a breadth of experience and credibility, working across a large and diverse population in the Capital Region. Serving the Capital Region, New York, Vermont and Western New England, we provide alternative solutions for your bathroom remodeling as well as accessible bath experts. We have been recognized by the readers of Capital Region Living magazine in 2016 for our excellent customer service.
What motivates you to do your best? Our satisfaction and motivation come from knowing that we provided a solution that helped someone and made a difference in their quality of life.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and grandchildren.
Hours: 24/7 – Best by appointment
Finders Keepers Consignments
1603 Route 9, Clifton Park
Owner(s): Christine and Shirley Lindenmuth
Describe your business with a brief history: Award-winning Finder$ Keeper$ Consignment$ is a family-run business. Not only are we a mother and daughter team, we are best friends! We opened the store on April 1, 2009 and have enjoyed every moment of it since. Our store is built on the principles of providing quality products, great designer names and reliable service at a reasonable price.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? We love to bring our customers upscale merchandise at affordable prices. We understand that in today’s tough times, prices can be a major concern for some people. We also provide services that typical retail stores don’t offer, like our layaway program to shop and pay later. We deal with over 1,600 consignors. Many of them became our best shoppers, using their store credit toward purchase of new items. Who doesn’t love shopping without having to take out your wallet?
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? Clifton Park is a central location for many people who reside in the Capital Region, making it convenient and easy for our customers.
What motivates you to do your best? Our customers motivate us. Our goal is to try our best to make them happy in hopes that they will return to our store. They support us by bringing their friends and family to our small business.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? We work every weekend with the exception of Sundays, but when we do get a day off, we try to spend it with family and friends.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Oliva! Gourmet Olive Oil &Vinegars
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany; 482.3866
27 Housatonic Street, Lenox MA; 413.637.0080
Owner: Kathleen Connolly Describe your business with a brief history: Oliva! is a gourmet food store, specializing in extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. It is based on the European concept of tasting before you purchase. This is extremely important with olive oil because, as a consumer, it is helpful to know what fresh, extra virgin olive oil tastes like. It is quite different than what you typically find in a grocery store.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? They are good for you and delicious. I love when people break out into a huge smile after tasting them.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? The Capital Region embraces good, healthy eating, as can be seen by the success of farmers markets and specialty food stores. We have been well received by those consumers, not only for their own consumption but as the perfect gift.
What motivates you to do your best? Prior to opening Oliva!, I spent 30 years selling software to hospitals, most specifically to heart centers. Unfortunately, we are not a very healthy nation and many of our health problems are directly related to what we eat. It is a great feeling to know that I can offer better choices to people—that taste good.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? I still have two daughters at home, and 3 dogs so that alone should tell you what my life is like! I also have stepped up my bikram yoga practice.
Hours: Albany: Monday – Friday 10am-9pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm. Call for Lenox, MA hours.
3143 US 9 Suite 4, Valatie
Owner(s): Alex and Arica Rosenstrach
Describe your business with a brief history: Established in 2014, ClubLife Sports Zone was started by Alex and Arica Rosenstrach and held its grand opening on June 28, 2014. Our 23,000-square-foot indoor 3D trampoline park is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. ClubLife Sports Zone is full of adjoined trampolines, allowing you to bounce off walls, reach unimaginable heights and stay in shape while having fun with friends and family. No experience is necessary!
What do you love about the service or product you provide? We love that it’s a place where families can stay active and have fun!
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? We’re always providing numerous physical activities and great excitement to get the family out of the house anytime of the year.
What motivates you to do your best? Our family, first and foremost. We are both dedicated, hardworking people who rely on the support of our family, friends, community, and guests.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? We dedicate a lot of our time to our businesses, but we always make time for our family.
Hours: Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. Summer hours – Wednesday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday, 11am-11pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm.
Teakwood Builders, Inc.
8 Butler Place, Saratoga Springs
Owner: Jim Sasko, President/ Owner
Describe your business with a brief history: I founded Teakwood Builders in 1996 based on my vision to create beautiful buildings of high-quality construction and detailed craftsmanship. I hired slowly, built strong relationships with clients and my own team of craftspeople, and grew the business into a full-service design/build company that today employs 17 full-time professionals. The name “Teakwood” comes from a street name in the neighborhood where I grew up in Clifton Park. Coincidentally, it is also among the most beautiful and durable of the tropical hardwoods!
What do you love about the service or product you provide? I love the people we work for and working with them to create a little bit of history. Every single project is different, challenging Teakwood to be the best it can be, and always on the forefront of new construction methods and trends.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? Saratoga County is the fastest growing county, so we’re really well-placed to improve on the ever growing housing stock and help to maintain the already beautiful and historic buildings that have been here for generations.
What motivates you to do your best? Personal satisfaction! I am a perfectionist and not happy until I know we have provided the best possible service to our clients. If something is not right, we fix it. Simple as that. No one on the team is happy until the client is.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? When not at the office, I’m at home working on the miniature horse farm, Seven Gables, that my wife and I started.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany
Owner(s): We’re a co-op and are proud to be owned by over 12,000 local community members!
Describe your business with a brief history: Our store started as a small buying club, focusing on providing its owners with high quality bulk products like, organic oats, flours, nuts, dried fruits, etc. As the community’s interest in natural and healthy eating has grown, so have we. We’re excited to be a full-service grocery store with a focus on local and organic products, and we love the ability to help our community learn more about healthy eating.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? We love to provide people with quality local foods and organic products. Working with so many local farms and businesses allows us to have first-hand knowledge of what goes into producing foods naturally, and we’re excited to pass that along to our shoppers. We also enjoy providing free educational classes and services to help our customers on their food journey.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? The Capital Region is full of health-conscious shoppers who are looking for something different than your average grocery store. There’s no place else in the region where you can find so many healthy options and local products under one roof. We’re proud to support over 260 local farms, 320 local vendors, and of course, our hometown!
What motivates you to do your best? Helping people discover that healthy eating is fun. You don’t need to add artificial sweeteners and colors to make something taste good; all you need is some quality ingredients and a little love.
Hours: We’re open 8am-10pm every day.
Capital District Contractors & Decks, Inc.
28 Whitney Drive, Mechanicville
Owner: David Bernacki
Describe your business with a brief history: Capital District Contractors & Decks, Inc. is one of the top-rated home remodeling companies, providing expert service in the Albany, Saratoga and Schenectady region. We bring the value of 25+ years of home remodeling expertise in additions, sunrooms, family rooms, master bedroom suites, in-law apartments, finished basements, custom decks and more.
What do you love about the service or product you provide? We provide innovative solutions to exceed our customers’ expectations. That’s a great sense of accomplishment. A cornerstone is the relationship we develop with our customers. Our breadth of experience and knowledge instills confidence that we deliver on our commitments.
Why is it perfect for the Capital Region? I have lived in the area my entire life and developed my business around the needs of the Capital Region. Understanding these needs combined with our established reputation and credentials put customers at ease.
What motivates you to do your best? As a self-disciplined, highly motivated individual, I want to be the best that I can be. My family motivates me and I’m teaching my children about the value of a good work ethic. I’m always looking to improve through industry knowledge, which adds value to our customers. I have a team-oriented mindset and want my employees and suppliers to share in the success of the business.
What is your weekend like when you are not working? I try to take some time and relax with my family on the weekend but, as a business owner operating 24/7, I’m always thinking about the business and ways to bring more value to our customers.