New in Town – July 2013


Cool River Pools
222 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
356.2303; 729.807
Have you been seeking a dependable, full-service company capable of cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art construction techniques and affordable support of the pool, spa, or water feature after the sale? Stop the search!

Cool River Pools is the pool service provider for you. Cool River Pools has been faithfully serving our residential, commercial and municipal clients in the Capital District for the past 30 years.

Cool River Pools takes enormous pride in having assembled the most highly-qualified and educated team of Licensed Landscape Architects, Waterscape Designers, Contractors and Technicians in the Capital District. This body of knowledge and skill is available to assist our clients in attaining their dreams of an affordable poolscape, landscape or waterscape environment. We provide our clients the scalability of design only, design-build or construction management services.

Our newly located Pool Support Store and Service Department in Delmar has been geared towards supporting and maintaining the pools, spas and water features we design and build. Our clients find the Pool Support Store is stocked with a wide variety of parts, chemicals and a staff that offers knowledgeable advice on pool care and water chemistry. Our Service Department has a highly-trained staff capable of the most complex repairs or keeping pool water sparkling clean. By teaming our Pool Support Store and Service Department, Cool River Pools can provide unparalleled support to our clients. We pride ourselves in our position as the leading provider in the Capital District of swimming pool servicing and maintenance, including spas and hot tubs.

Cool River Pools is the choice for people seeking a company capable of bringing their dreams to life and carrying that relationship into the future through exemplary construction, service and support.

The Floral Garden
340 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
The Floral Garden, Bethlehem’s premier florist for nearly 20 years, has entered a new chapter with its recent transfer of ownership.  The friendly and talented design team of Janet Gough, Clorece Weir and Laura Stalker has been joined by Tom Hofmeister, new owner and designer.  Located at 340 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, the shop provides Teleflora wire service, as well as custom, personalized design services in fresh and everlasting flowers.

The next time you would like flowers to express your sentiments, contact Tom or any of the staff at The Floral Garden.

Our goal is to provide beautiful and creative floral designs which convey a mood that the customer is looking for, personalized for each event.  We specialize in unique silks for home or office decorating, as well as fresh flower designs ranging from classic to contemporary for your special event.  Our floral designs have been used to decorate wedding and event venues throughout the Capital District and from the Catskills to the Lake George region and east into the Berkshires.

Whether your current need is for a presentation bouquet for your 8-year-old’s dance recital, a cheerful arrangement delivered to a local hospital or home, a sympathy arrangement or perhaps the flowers you have dreamed of for your special wedding day, the experienced staff of The Floral Garden will be glad to work with you to create the perfect floral solutions.

Recovery Sports Grill
2080 Western Avenue, Guilderland
Located at 2080 Western Avenue in Hamilton Square—formerly the 20 Mall in Guilderland— the 4,500-square-foot, 190-seat Recovery Sports Grill features over 30 high-definition TVs and three 125-inch projection screens, offering a multitude of sports on each daily. Each table is equipped with a Soundog tabletop speaker that allows guests to hear the game of their choice on their preferred TV. Additionally, there is a small lounge area, arcade and $2.99 kids menu, emphasizing the restaurant’s family-friendly atmosphere.

The décor is largely tied in with area sports teams, high schools and colleges. Siena, University at Albany, Guilderland High School, Duanesburg High School, Mohonasen High School and Clayton A. Bouton High in Voorheesville are all represented.

The Recovery Sports Grill is a sports-themed restaurant group founded in 2007 as the Recovery Room Sports Grill: a single location across from the Albany Medical Center in Albany. The independently-owned and operated company is a division of the Albany-based BBL Hospitality and BBL Family of Companies.

The Recovery Sports Grill is open seven days a week: 11am–11pm Monday through Thursday; 11am-midnight Friday and Saturday; and Noon-10pm Sunday. For more information please call 218.3371 or visit

Pioneer Bank
1208 New York 146, Clifton Park
Pioneer launched a new banking experience in Clifton Park in May with the opening of its 17th branch in the heart of Clifton Park’s commercial area.  This new branch is like no other bank branch in the Capital Region – innovation, unique and community-focused are all words that are used to describe it.  More than a bank, the Clifton Park East branch offers US Postal service shipping, digital photo processing, a copy center, coin counter, free Wi-Fi and The Shop at Pioneer.  Visitors to The Shop at Pioneer will find an upscale convenience shop offering Cocoajochoco, Pioneer’s own chocolate and Pioneer Jo, Pioneer’s own coffee among a variety of home office and fun items. ALL profits from the sale of items from The Shop go directly to local charities. Innovation, relevance and community-focus are what Pioneer Bank has to offer. Until August 1, 2013 receive 5 free photos from Pioneer’s photo center when you mention this article.  For more information about Pioneer visit

Customized Turf Services, LLC

Customized Turf Services, LLC was formed in 2008.  We are a locally-owned family run business and take a customizable approach to your property care needs. We offer everything needed to maintain a healthy and vigorous lawn; we specialize in turf fertilization, broadleaf weed control and insect control.  The tick population is at an all time high and for that we recently have added ORGANIC TICK CONTROL, a program to treat for ticks and mosquitoes using a true organic product. We offer free estimates and cover the entire Capital Region area. Please call us at 376.7763, email or visit

321 Main Street, Schoharie
702.5084; construction)
hive, situated in an old, restored Victorian home at the beginning of the Business District in the Village of Schoharie, opened its doors on Mother’s Day May 12, 2013.  I saw the potential of a wonderful shop even though the effects of Hurricane Irene lingered.  I saw this as an opportunity to give back to this community and this was a great way to start. 

When I first considered purchasing the building, I could already see it restored in my mind’s eye. Much of the original woodwork, pocket doors and floors were saved. I purchased the building in November of 2012; work was actively under way in January 2013.  I succeeded in meeting my goal to open for Mother’s Day. 

The five rooms on the first floor are filled with antiques, vintage, modern, industrial, handcrafted and local items.  hive also has fresh-baked goods from a local baker on the weekends. It’s constantly evolving.  I never know what I’ll bring in from one week to the next. But I know one thing: I want hive to be a place where people can come to find that little something different. 

hive…a bit out of the ordinary. Hours:  Wednesday 10am–5pm; Thursday-Saturday 10am–6pm; Sunday 11am–4pm.

Howe Caverns Adventure Park
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
We’re rolling out more fun at Howe Caverns Adventure Park!
Introducing the NEW H2OGO Ball Attraction
Whether you are visiting for the first time or re-visiting to renew memories, you will discover why Howe Caverns is New York State’s second most visited natural attraction and the largest Show Cave in the Northeast. You will also discover our all-new Howe High Adventure Park which offers excitement for all ages with our challenging Ropes Course, Air Jumper, Four-Tower Zip Line 40’ in the air and 26’ Rock Climbing Wall.  This year, we are rolling out more fun with the introduction of the new H2OGO Ball attraction. You and your friends will want to climb inside the 12-foot inflatable H2OGO Ball and take a wet and wild ride 1,100 feet down the beautiful Caverns Estate hillside on the longest OGO Ball track in the Northeast! 

There’s a variety of other things to do at Howe Caverns Adventure Park including: panning for gems, geode cutting and jewelry-making at Howe Caverns Mining Company, a AAA-rated Howe Caverns Motel, delicious meals with a spectacular view at affordable prices in the Howe Caverns Café, a Sweet Shop with homemade fudge, delicious truffles and Starbuck’s coffee, and gifts and souvenirs for your shopping enjoyment. 

To help you plan your trip or overnight stay and for information about all there is to see and do at Howe Caverns Adventure Park, please visit or call 296.8900.

Boathouse Grille
80 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore; 756.7300
With an eye for opportunity and a passion for success, long-time business owners and visionaries Brian and Kathy Donovan took the helm at the Boathouse Grille in 2013. Through a shared commitment to excellence, the Donovans look forward to serving exceptional food and drink to customers enjoying a breathtaking view. With the same passion and dedication they put forth at Shady Harbor Marina, the Donovans are looking to create a culture of fun while helping people create memories that last a lifetime.

Located on the premises of Donovan’s Shady Harbor Marina (just 15 miles south of Albany), the Boathouse Grille provides diners with exceptional food and drink in addition to a beautiful view of the historic Hudson River. From grilled oysters and pizza, to sandwiches and seafood fra diavolo, the Boathouse Grille serves casual fare for lunch and dinner 7 days a week during the summer season, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a nice meal with a water view. In addition to serving up delicious meals, the Boathouse Grille aims to entertain guests with live music and a remodeled bar directly overlooking the Hudson.

Shady Harbor Marina and the Boathouse Grille are conveniently located just south of Albany on the Hudson River. Just a few miles off the thruway, the restaurant is a great stop for both locals and passersby. For those approaching by boat, the Boathouse Grille offers its’ patrons complimentary dockage in easy-approach deep water slips. Hail the marina on channel 16 for docking instructions.

Lea’s Boutique
33 Hudson Avenue, Chatham
Lea’s Boutique, specializing in clothing ranging from casual to occasional, has been serving Chatham and the surrounding area since 2001.Lea’s offers exceptional customer service within a relaxed atmosphere creating a unique shopping experience. With over 2,000 square feet of retail space we offer many styles of clothing for all body types. The figure flattering designs range in sizes X small through Generous.

We have a very affordable Fresh Produce line to a very high end Planet line and everything in between such as: Chalet, Cut Loose, Margeret Winters, Bryn Walker, Staples, Miracle Body and more, all made in the USA.

Come along and celebrate our first annual event of the year with a fun filled evening on Saturday, August 10th from 6pm until approximately 8:30pm. We will be hosting a fashion show featuring one of our most popular lines, Chalet, which offers unique styles and is made in the USA. Help us make this an evening to remember with hors d’oeuvres, wine and a10% discount on any purchase of Chalet at the event. Extended hours will be in effect, which will be business as usual during the event. Mark your calendar and we’ll see you at Lea’s, Saturday August 10th at 6pm.

In early 2013, we began renovations to the shop space next to Lea’s Boutique. In April we had tripled the store space and added more of the wonderful, figure flattering clothing we have always carried.

Community Massage & Holistic Therapies
255 River Street, Troy
Welcome to your urban oasis! Kathleen Vroman, LMT and owner, invites you to relax and renew at the newest therapeutic massage and wellness practice in downtown Troy. “I have moved around a lot over the years, and Troy has been the first city I really feel a part of. Everyone has made me feel at home here, and I am committed to supporting the well-being of this wonderful city.”

Conveniently located at 255 River Street on Monument Square, it’s easy to get away from your hectic lifestyle and de-stress with our wide variety of services including massage therapy, myofascial bodywork, craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology. As a growing group of practitioners dedicated to serving the local community, we are able to offer many healing modalities to ensure an appropriate therapy will be available for you.

Our priority is focusing on your health with compassion and skill while providing personalized service. Our goal is to provide a comforting atmosphere where you can take your time to re-balance and renew. Displays of local art and refreshing green foliage promote the feeling of a peaceful oasis.

Find out more about how massage and bodywork can provide you with stress relief and pain reduction.

Please contact Community Massage & Holistic Therapies at 272.1400;; visit our website at; or schedule online at



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