SARATOGA SPRINGS – With the opening of a competitor in Schenectady, revenues were down slightly at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Yet, at least one industry expert thinks that does not indicate a long-term trend. According to the New York State Gaming Commission, the “net win” at Saratoga Casino Hotel was $3.1 million on February 4. On February 18, ten days after the grand opening of Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, commission records show that Saratoga Casino Hotel’s net win had…
Tech II is a monthly technology contributor to Saratoga TODAY. There are four reasons you should consider fiber for internet and voice at your SMB (small to medium-sized business). First, a quick history lesson on the evolution of human communications (sort of in order). Let’s see- hand signals, verbal, smoke signals, drums, horns, Morse code, telegraph, telephone, radio, internet, email, satellite cellular…who knows what’s next?! Never before in human history has communication been more integral in our day-to-day lives. Walk…
NATIONWIDE — Melissa Gersin, a Saratoga Springs native and registered nurse who specializes in maternity, recently appeared on a television show that has given new life to her invention for helping parents calm their crying babies. Gersin is the founder of Tranquilo Mat, a company based near Boston, Massachusetts that was featured in a February episode of “Shark Tank.” The Emmy Award-winning program on the ABC Television Network highlights a wide variety of proposals by aspiring entrepreneurs from around the…
Last year, the chamber of commerce in Manchester, Vermont, went out of business. It closed its doors and ceased to exist. I don’t know why it closed but I do know it is missed. I know this because two weeks ago, I was invited to Manchester to talk with community leaders about what we do here at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Chris Morrow, of Northshire Bookstore, which has a store in Saratoga Springs and Manchester, asked me to…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Augie Vitiello was thrilled to finally hold a large pair of scissors for a ribbon cutting on Wednesday in front of his new take-out restaurant in the city. “I’ve been eyeing this location for a number of years,” Vitiello said, about an hour before the grand opening of Augie’s Family-Style Italian To Go at 223 Lake Avenue in the City of Saratoga Springs. His new business sits directly across from the East Side Recreation Park. For several…
MALTA — Two organizations that are engaged in health and wellness locally, the Saratoga Regional YMCA and Saratoga Hospital, are coming together to build a 55,000 square foot facility to be located at the Malta Medical Campus off Exit 12 in Malta. The details of the proposed medical office center and new YMCA, as well as the particulars of the collaboration, are still being finalized, but both parties are committed and a Memorandum of Understanding is in place. The Malta…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — One hundred years ago, on a cold January day, the newly constructed marble headquarters of the Adirondack Trust Company opened its doors for the first time, replacing the smaller building that bank customers had been using since 1902. On Saturday morning, January 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., ATC will be hosting a public reception honoring the stately building’s centennial in the main lobby of the 473 Broadway location. There will be refreshments and a ceremonial closing…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Matt Sames thinks it makes sense to open a Pet Lodge with a focus on “doggie daycare” in dog-friendly, walkable Saratoga Springs. And when he stumbled upon some great property, perfect for a little wine bistro, he thought he’d give that a try, too. The successful businessman opened his first Pet Lodge in 2005 with his partners, Bill Davis and veterinarian Tom Brown. The business offers doggie day care, kitty camp, pet boarding, webcams, and everything possible…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Imagine two young men, 22 and 23 years old, riding their mountain bikes to a meeting that could make or break their dream of creating a local deli and pizzeria, and walking in with their caps still on backwards. That was 20 years ago, and the man who then owned the 132 Spring Street building, George Lega, tossed them out on their ears. “He wouldn’t even talk to us,” remembered Spring Street Deli and Pizzeria co-owner, Brian…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Building a mouth-watering lasagna from scratch can be a real challenge for busy moms on-the-go, which is one reason why Augie Vitiello, chef and owner of popular mainstay Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant in Ballston Spa, is bringing his famous recipes to Saratoga Springs at a new take-out-only location coming in January. “It’s so exciting to have Augie’s To Go moving into the neighborhood!” said Katrina Lucas of Saratoga Springs. “A quick weeknight meal just got so…
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