Saratoga Living 2022 Best of Everything Issue

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8 FROM THE CEO First turn 15 State of the Art: Death Wish tattoos 17 Power Player: Dan Urkevich 18 #TBT: School 2 19 Happening: Saratoga Book Festival 20 Horse for the Course: Los Angeles startinggatecontents | fall 2022 17 56 off track 56 saratoga living’s “THE RACES!” WITH JOHNNY V 58 saratoga living’s RACING AND ROSÉ BRUNCH PARTY 60 10 MORE SARATOGA EVENTS Home stretch 67 Fashion: Miss Scarlett’s MO 68 Food & Drink 68 road trip: TATU TACOS & TEQUILA 69 breakfast club: COMFORT KITCHEN 70 on deck: PDT MARKET 70 up grade: BAILEY’S 72 home made: @SLICE.OF.SARATOGA 74 Book Nook 76 Haute Property 83 Horseplay Crossword: Fall for You Overheard saratoga living After Hours 84 Embedded 15 FITZPATRICKDORI(67)(58);(17)FRANCESCOD’AMICOMORGANCAMPBELL20 67 58 park patrol Saratoga Spa State Park gardeners Dan Urkevich and Gail Riecke.

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This fall issue also boasts a beautiful photo gallery of this track season’s best moments (page 46) and a first-hand account of one journalist’s 18-year quest to interview a Saratogian war hero (page 42). Last, but certainly not least, we also have the unveiling of this year’s A2Z Best of Saratoga winners (page 32), voted on by you, our readers. A huge “congrats” to all of the winners! Cheers to your hard work and dedication—and to another year of supporting local businesses.

best in show (clockwise from left) Tegnelia presenting a BEST Turned Out award with NY Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Kristen Mason and Director of Content Natalie Moore; Tegnelia with Carson Kressley during this issue’s cover shoot; Tegnelia at the Clubhouse with NYRA’s Anthony Jones; Tegnelia toasting jockey John Velazquez at The Horseshoe with the bar’s GM, Shane Foley; in saratoga living’s track box with Charlie Tighe, Ashlee Rose Hartley and Paul Hennessey; (inset) Tegnelia taking a selfie on the track’s rooftop with Kathleen McGrath and Sheriza Serravento of Backstretch Employee Service Team.

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As we reminisce about this nonstop summer, one of the highlights was most definitely a Racing & Rosé brunch party that saratoga living threw with Miss Scarlett boutique and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. (To relive the fun and fashion, turn to page 56.) Bringing his A game? Our party’s celebrity host, Carson Kressley, whose sincere love of horses—and Saratoga—landed him on this issue’s cover. He talked to us about his rise in the fashion world, his 20 years of showbiz that kicked off with the original (overnight sensation) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and of course his love affair with all things horses (page 25).

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nyone else experiencing a touch of whiplash from this incredibly busy summer? By the time you read this, Labor Day Weekend will have come and gone, and like so many other Saratogians I will have hopefully caught up on sleep and maybe even have found a few hours alone to do nothing but watch TV or read a book. SPAC, track, a dizzying number of events and parties—it was a wild ride. And now, at long last, the temps (and our social calendars) are cooling down.

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Located in the beautiful foothills of the Adirondacks, Brookhaven Golf Course is “not your ordinary walk in the woods.” The course itself has its own distinct personality and challenges, making it fun for golfers of all abilities, and the onsite restaurant, The View at Brookhaven, serves up affordable favorites such as chicken parmesan and shepherd’s pie with, you guessed it, a view. 518.893.7458 | brookhavengolfcourse.com

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Snuggled up to big views of the highest mountains in the state, the High Peaks Golf Course offers golfers exceptional scenery that will make keeping your eye on the ball a challenge. Located in Newcomb, the heart of the Adirondacks, this 9-hole, par 33 course is ideally situated for days full of golf and other outdoor adventures including hiking, paddling and birding.

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Challenging yet serene is the name of the game at Inlet Golf Club, an 18-hole, 6,131-yard, par 70 championship course offering beautifully manicured greens and an impressive layout. The course boasts well-maintained fairways and greens, and golfers who’ve played can’t stop talking about the tough sixth. Stop by the fully-stocked pro shop, and enjoy the scenery at Double Eagle Bar and Grill.

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Friend to beginners and seasoned golfers alike, Ticonderoga Golf Course is built into the Historic Adirondack Lord Howe Valley. Scenic panoramic views, babbling brooks and tree-lined fairways make for a truly memorable round. A par 71 with 18 holes, the course is ideal for those looking to fine-tune their game in a historic, legendary town. Exceptional dining at Seymour’s Restaurant caps off an ideal day. 518.585.2801 | ticonderogagolfcourse.com

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Luxury awaits at this historical course, perched on the shores of Lake Placid, the only course on the lake. Tight, rolling fairways pair with challenging greens that keep golfers exhilarated and on their toes. Opened as a 9-hole course in 1895 and later expanded to a full 18-hole by architect John Van Kleek, the Whiteface Club is known for excellent play and rewarding post-round celebrations. whitefaceclubresort.com/amenities/golf

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You can shop the tattoo series collection online at deathwishcoffee.com, or go all in for something more permanent—say, a design that won national acclaim via a popular coffee brand. “Death’s-head moths are a pretty common and always-cool design in the tattoo world,” Harrigan says. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if a coffeelover asked me to tattoo it on them eventually.” turn

ove tattoos, but not ready to commit to getting one inked on your skin? Opt for a mug or T-shirt from Saratoga-born Death Wish Coffee’s tattoo series instead. The brand’s 2022 initiative tasked nine tattoo artists from across the country with creating coffeeinspired designs to feature on merchandise. While the series highlighted the work of artists from as far away as California, it culminated in the home of the now national coffee brand: Saratoga Springs, featuring local tattoo artist Billy Harrigan.

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“The pairing of Death Wish and tattoo-ers absolutely makes sense,” says Harrigan, whose design for the series is a death’s-head moth with coffee plant wings and the Death Wish skull on its back. “It’s a company that puts itself where the once-fringe weirdos—comic book know-it-alls, cosplayers, metal-heads and tattoo artists—are. And let’s be honest: Everyone in those groups loves how a black T-shirt with a skull on it brings out the color in their eyes.”

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gardens from persistent wildlife, Urkevich works tirelessly to keep everything beautiful and fresh. “We have bugs, rabbits, squirrels and moles,” he says.

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power planter Gardener Dan Urkevich is technically retired; he became a seasonal worker six years ago, maintaining the Spa Park’s gardens from April through November.

t takes weeks of grueling physical and mental work to prep the autumn-themed flower arrangement at the Route 9 entrance to the Saratoga Spa State Park. And Dan Urkevich is the man for the job. Born and raised in Mechanicville, Urkevich started gardening in the park while in his 20s, planting flowers at different areas on the golf course when it was run by the state. Impressed with his gardening skills, park management asked him to take charge of the flower designs when they decided to create the fall display in 1999, and he’s been responsible for Saratoga’s most Instagrammable autumnal photo-op since.

“You have to work with them because they’re not going to give up! It’s very hard work, but people really appreciate it. They go out of their way to thank us. You work hard, but you get to look back on it and say it was worth it.”

With the help of assistant gardener Gail Riecke, Urkevich creates gardens that showcase destinations all over the park: the Victoria Pool, the administration building, the Spa Little Theater and the toll booths. Beaming with pride and tan from the calling of outdoor work, when the gardening duo talk about their vision for the park’s gardens, it’s clear they have enviably satisfyingBetweenwork.obsessing over the weather, hoping for that perfect balance of sunshine and rain, and protecting the

LOCAL SELFIE-TAKERS HAVE LONGTIME SPA PARK GARDENER DAN URKEVICH TO THANK FOR SARATOGA’S ULTIMATE FALL BACKDROP.

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year,” working closely with Sunnysidefamily-ownedGardens in Saratoga Springs. This year, fall flower-admirers can expect to see mums, asters, ornamental cabbage, sunflowers and fountain grasses in addition to the existing annuals.

“It’s a destination spot in the fall,” says Urkevich of the display he finishes constructing mid-October and is in full pumpkin glory by Halloween. ‘It’s all about impact from the road. It’s an eye-catcher.” He “changes it up every

The humble, self-taught gardener is not concerned with titles. “Horticulture Specialist!” suggests Riecke, who says Urkevich has earned his knowledge through years of hard work, trial and error, reading books and magazines, and sheer determination. “There is no one who does what he does,” she says. “People ask him questions all the time and show him photos of their gardens. They beg him to come to their home!

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Saratoga schoolchildren, including those in this 1942 photograph from School 2 on Van Dam, were able to help with the war effort by purchasing defense stamps for as little as 10 cents and pasting them into a booklet. Once the booklet was filled with stamps totaling $18.75, it could be turned in for a war bond, which would be worth $25 years later. “Everybody had a book,” Eichman says. “I think most kids did it.” Most adults did it, too—some 85 million Americans purchased bonds totaling $185 billion between February 1942 and December 1945. “The whole attitude of the country was different,” says Eichman. “It was a different era, to say the least.”

n the early 1940s, World War II was on everyone’s minds, including those of elementary school students in Saratoga. “All the guys were just waiting to get old enough to go into the service,” says Paul Eichman, who attended School 3 on Catherine Street from 1937-1945 and now lives in Tennessee. “You had a coupon book that would get you sugar and gasoline and a few other things. What you wanted to eat, you grew in your backyard.”

In 1903, a new brick school on Van Dam between Clinton and Lawrence streets replaced the former School 2 on Matilda Street. The building was used as a school through 1974 and is now a condo building; (above) Two young boys at the school during World War II.

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such as crime fiction, historical fiction and suspense/thrillers. Our nonfiction categories include history, cookbooks and current events.”

The festival (saratogabookfestival.org) is free to attend, save for the two $20 keynote speakers: Gregory Maguire, the multimillion-copy bestselling author of Wicked (the basis for the blockbuster Broadway musical), and Meg Wolitzer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Wife and The Female Persuasion

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ookmark this one, bibliophiles: The second annual Saratoga Book Festival is hitting downtown October 21 and 22, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, readings, interviews, workshops, youth programs, a literary marketplace, and an emphasis on local media.

Fawcett, author of the new thriller Beneath the Stairs; golf pro and television golf broadcaster Dottie Pepper, who will talk about her Letters to a Future Champion: My Time with Mr. Pulver; young adult authors Steve Sheinkin, Emma Kress, Meredith Ireland and Jennifer Dugan; and Nicolas DiDomizio, who recently released his debut novel, Burn it All Down

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“The festival is a walkable literary event designed to encourage more people to read,” says Ellen Beal, president and founder of the festival, which recently became part of the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. “We have everything from literary fiction to popular genres

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breath of fresh eyre The walkable Saratoga Book Festival features events at various venues around downtown.

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A step slower in general as a 6year-old in 1891, Los Angeles lost two of her first three starts at the Spa before conjuring up her old form and turning the clock back her third Congress Hall victory, a walkover in the Morrissey Stakes, and an easy victory in the important—and fittingly named—Saratoga Cup.

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As a 2-year-old in Saratoga, Los Angeles won the historic Spinaway Stakes against fillies and the open Equity Stakes. The following year, after several disappointing efforts in the spring and early summer, she acquitted herself well once again at the Spa, with a strong second in both the Travers and Alabama, followed by consecutive wins in the Foxhall, Kenner and Pocahontas.

In 1889, the Elias “Lucky” Baldwin–bred mare won the Excelsior at Saratoga, defeating future Hall of Famer Hanover, before traveling to New Jersey to defeat another future Hall of Famer—

lucky’s charm Champion mare Los Angeles was bred by Elias “Lucky” Baldwin, who had considerable success—or luck?—whenever he brought his stable to Saratoga.

here are several iconic sports records that will likely never be broken—or even approached: Baseball legend Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games played, hockey GOAT Wayne Gretzky’s 2,857 career points, and boxer Archie Moore’s 131 knockouts, to name a few. In horse racing? Secretariat’s records in the three Triple Crown races have stood for almost 50 years, but there’s another lesser known record holder who’s been holding onto a Saratoga-specific title for more than 130 years.

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MORE THAN 130 YEARS AFTER THE IMPRESSIVE CAREER THAT MADE HER A LOCAL CELEB, THE APTLY NAMED LOS ANGELES IS STILL A STAR, HOLDING THE RECORD FOR THE MOST STAKES WINS AT SARATOGA

Spa. It was here that she won 16 stakes races, a number no horse has beaten since. It gets better: Los Angeles won 18 of 25 total starts at Saratoga, never finishing worse than third. And she did it largely in open company, meaning she regularly faced male competition.

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Firenze—in the Champion Stakes. Back at Saratoga, she closed out her summer with the first of her three consecutive victories in the Congress Hall Stakes, an event specific to its era that demanded its winner prevail in two of three heats at six furlongs. Los Angeles never lost a single heat in her three consecutive Congress Hall victories.

A chestnut daughter of 1869 Travers winner Glenelg, Los Angeles began her super-star career in the spring of 1887. By the time she was retired in 1891, she had compiled a career record of 48-23-13 from a whopping 110 starts with purse earnings of $98,295. But her ultimate claim to fame came at the

Our horse for the course struggled early in 1890 but once again found her form at Saratoga by winning six of her seven stakes appearances. Her performance in the Excelsior was among her career-best efforts, as she defeated Hall of Famer Kingston (who won a record 89 career races) by a length; she also won the Beverwyck, California, Congress Hall, Kearney and Merchants’ at Saratoga that summer.

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off Exit 17 of the Northway. ReStore receives donations of new to slightly used sofas, cabinets and other home goods daily, resulting in a wide selection to fit every style and budget. When you shop ReStore, not only will you be getting the best price around, but you’ll also be giving back to the community, as all the shop’s proceeds go to the building of affordable homes in the area.

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JUST STEPS FROM BROADWAY in downtown Saratoga, The Magic Moon has been Saratoga’s go-to spot for all things metaphysical for 28 years. The shop carries a large array of hand-picked crystals and gemstones, essential and anointing oils, incense, spell candles, books, tarot, divination tools, clothing, jewelry, accessories and so much more. Stop by to browse the store or get a reading from one of Magic Moon’s talented and authentic quality readers.

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THE SCOTT VARLEY TEAM, which has been serving the Capital Region’s real estate needs since 1989, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in its new, centrally located office at 382 Broadway. In 2021, the group sold more than $113 million on 326 units and is on pace to exceed that this year. If you are looking for the best real estate agents in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County or anywhere in the Capital Region, turn to The Scott Varley Team, which is comprised of experienced agents who are ready to guide you through the buying and selling process the Scott Varley way—the right way. 382 scottvarley.com518.281.6808SARATOGABROADWAY,SPRINGS

LAURA NEWEY, FOUNDER OF BELLATAS MEDICAL AESTHETICS, has opened a new location in Saratoga Springs. Located at 28 Clinton Street in the Blackmer Building, Bellatas offers advanced medspa treatments including injection and filler treatments for wrinkle reduction, post-care medical grade skincare products, minimally invasive RF Microneedling treatments via the extremely popular Morpheus8 platform, as well as IPL laser treatments optimized to treat skin pigmentation, superficial vessels, skin texture, and/or photodamage.

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FALL AND HOLIDAY/RESORT FASHION HAS ARRIVED! And the chic Lafayette 148 New York line, named after the SoHo address where it was founded, brings NYC fashion straight to you—no Manhattan shopping trip needed. Simply make an appointment for a private showing of the modern, luxurious brand’s Holiday/ Resort Show October 24–November 3. Lafayette 148 is a global lifestyle brand led by women for women. “My vision,” says Kristin Grosso, the brand’s Capital Region Atelier Direct Stylist, “is to inspire every woman in our community to feel empowered, appreciated and proud of who she is.”

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style points “I just love the history and style of Saratoga,” says Carson Kressley, seen here at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

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And at the center of it all, in a dapper white seersucker suit for the blisteringly hot summer day, was fashion icon Carson Kressley. “I just love the history and style of Saratoga,” he says. “Everyone looks so great.”

or the track fashion set, it was the event of the season. Both the well-heeled locals and the A-list out-of-towner racing world crowd filled the (where else?) National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, a meticulously accessorized sea of dresses, fascinators and hats vying for a good seat for the much-anticipated Miss Scarlett fashion show. All were in good spirits thanks to the morning’s less-than-stingy pours of rosé and sparkling wine.

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It was, frankly, about time Kressley hosted a big event during Saratoga’s meet. A life-long horse enthusiast who loves telling the story of “conning” his parents into taking him to Saratoga Race Course as a teenager (when looking at colleges, he told them he had to visit Skidmore—in August), he’s judged the Longines Prize for Elegance fashion competition at the Breeders’ Cup and made the rounds to Preakness, the Kentucky Derby and other huge horse events. “Every time I go to Saratoga, it gets better,” he says. His first full day at the track without his parents was back in 2005. “It was just as magical, special, unique, old-fashioned and wonderful as I’d remembered it.”

Kressley grew up on his family’s farm outside of rural Allentown, PA but gracefully made his way to the bright lights of NYC to forge a career in high fashion. “Where I grew up was not a particularly glamorous area, but the ’70s were a glamorous era where people were having parties at home,” he says. “I would watch my mom dress for them; my love affair with clothes started with her.” Always “captivated” by his mother’s glamorous hostess skirts and Bob Mackie–esque, Carol Burnett–worthy dresses, he developed a knack for fashion and as a young adult started to work his way up at Ralph Lauren, eventually landing in the label’s legendary advertising department. But he was soon to discover that his destiny wasn’t nestled solely among the upper crust—he was born to bring fashion to the masses. After an on-a-whim audition won him a role on TV’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, it was a rapid rise from behind-the-scenes work with supermodels to being thrust in the limelight himself. “We shot

“Every time I go to Saratoga, it gets better. It’s just as Iandold-fashionedspecial,magical,unique,wonderfulasrememberit.”

jesse’s boy Kressley, shown here circa 1977 with his horse Jesse, always felt at home around horses. “Growing up in the country and being the gay kid and feeling a little bit excluded and different... I never felt that in the horse world.”

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The rise of the “metrosexual” male had created a boom of men’s grooming products and more refined fashion pieces, but there was little out there to help them navigate it all. And the workplace wasn’t the only area demanding a man level up his look—women were more than ready to kiss the era of flannels and baggy jeans good-bye. Magazines such as GQ and the now-defunct Details helped, but Queer Eye helped more. And Kressley, the fashion guru of the show’s “Fab Five,” became the main spokesman. He navigated his way effortlessly from the super-serious fashion shoots of his past to getting sloppy men to laugh at themselves and be open to a cleaner new look. “We’re not here to change you,” he’d assure them. “We’re here to make you better.”

Those five red-hot seasons of doing makeovers on Queer Eye set the stage for his illustrious career. He’s been a judge on eight of the 14 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race (and its spin-

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“Horses have always been my escape. I tell this story that there’s nothing more relaxing than being on top of a horse when you’re trying not to die. You must be in that moment. You’re only thinking about you and the horse and that partnership. It is a fantastic way to disconnect and have a little mental health break.”

Indeed—and with good reason.

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the pilot in Austin in 2002, and it first aired in July of 2003,” he says. “The next week we were on Ellen and The Tonight Show It was a bit of an overnight sensation.”

private eyin’ After Saratoga, Kressley went to Rodney Hicks Stable in Pittsfield, MA to meet his newest horse, Earl, for the first time. Earl was preparing for the World’s Championship in Louisville, KY, under his show name, Flying Private.

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“That’s even more evident in Saratoga, with the picnic areas and the paddock being an area with everyone seated around,” he says. “It’s really one of those places where you can mix and mingle with everybody and just be there for the party. You can just be a fan of it and travel to great places, wear cute outfits, drink mint juleps, and enjoy the camaraderie and community. I don’t think that happens with football.”

offs), an Emmy-winning juggernaut that has reached millions of viewers since being picked up by VH1 (it was originally on the Logo channel) in 2017. The reality competition series is currently airing in various versions all over the world.

brain break When it comes to his serious passion for fashion and horses, Kressley always looks for moments of comedy; (opposite) a quiet moment in the museum’s private library.

special and very sad, but it was actually such a wonderful way to grow up. It’s always something that makes me feel at home and at ease. I tell this story that there’s nothing more relaxing than being on top of a horse when you’re trying not to die. You must be in that moment and paying attention to them. You can’t be thinking about your mortgage payment or drama at work or a speeding ticket you just got. You’re only thinking about you and the horse and that partnership. It is a fantastic way to disconnect and have a little mental health break.”

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carpet, and lives and breathes the fastpaced and glam lifestyle that comes with 20 years in the TV biz. To keep him grounded, Kressley credits his lifelong love of horses. His grandparents, who lived next door to him growing up, were respected breeders of “all the rage” Shetland ponies, and before he knew it, he was a teenager showing Saddlebreds with his big sister.

After hosting his inaugural big fashion event in Saratoga, Kressley headed to nearby Pittsfield, MA to meet for the first time his newest horse, Earl, whom he bought via video (on Live with Kelly and Ryan the next day, he joked that he’d been thinking, “What if he’s catfishing me?” after raving about how much fun he’d had at the track in Saratoga). At press time, he was a week out from showing Earl at the World’s Championship in Louisville under his horse’s show name, Flying Private. Kressley’s true love for and comfort around his horses is a sight to see, but he also loves the joy and inclusivity at big events such as horseracing meets, where the affluent horse owners are right there with the grooms, and when the race is on no one cares if you’re there with a day pass or are a trainer at the highest level.

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“Horses have always been my escape,” Kressley says. “Growing up in the country and being the gay kid and feeling a little bit excluded and different...I never felt that in the horse world. And that’s whether I was showing horses or if I was hanging out at the barn, or just literally, as a 10-year-old, after dinner sitting out there with them munching hay all around you, like 20 or 30 ponies. It sounds like an after-school

“It’s a show about sparkles and heels and beauty, but it’s also got a lot of comedy, a lot of heart,” Kressley says. “And you’re rooting for people who have been marginalized, or may have been the underdog. I’ve been so lucky to have worked on two shows that were made by queer people about mostly queer stories. Both really celebrate people in our community and show people out there, especially young people, that there’s a place for you, and you can be successful, loved and celebrated.”

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After 20 years of mostly makeover work on TV, Kressley is excited about passing the baton to the next generation and branching out in his own career. The super-successful Queer Eye remake is currently streaming six seasons on Netflix, with fashion designer Tan France in the role that Kressley made famous. “They’ve done an extraordinary job,” Kressley says. “Tan is delightful and so lovely. The thing about him is that he’s always finding the best in people, really embracing the person, and is veryKressley’spositive.”biggest piece of advice for the new Fab Five? “Document everything! Back when we were doing it, we didn’t even have social media to chronicle everything. So I told all those guys to take lots of pictures, keep a journal and enjoy the amazing ride.”

With that behind him, Kressley says he’ll be on Drag Race “for as long as they’ll have me,” and has his eye on landing his own talk show. “I’ve been dabbling with that and doing some guest hosting,” he says. “So hopefully that will be in my future.” Also in his future? “Showing horses, of course. It’s one of the best sports, because you could be 9 or 90 and still do it.”

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While Phinney Design Group offers both interior design and construction management services, it’s best known throughout Upstate NY for its stunning, modernmeets-classic architectural design. Maybe you’ve seen some of the firm’s work: Recent projects include 550 Waterfront, Common Roots Brewing and Walt & Whitman, as well as countless, timeless Adirondack residences.

Recognizable by its stunning physical locations (fellow Best Of winner Phinney Design is responsible for the Wilton branch building), Adirondack Trust Company has been serving the Saratoga region’s residents, businesses and the community at large for more than a century. In everything from investments and insurance to mortgages and money management, Adirondack Trust leads the way.

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A consciously curated collection of women’s apparel, jewelry and accessories: That’s what womenswear boutique Lifestyles of Saratoga has been selling for more than 30 years. Find the shop and its longtime purveyor, Heidi Owen West, conveniently located on the corner of Broadway and Caroline Street.

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The Posie Peddler specializes in sympathy arrangements, tropical and unique florals, and weddings, but the West Ave shop really does have flowers for any occasion. Order arrangements of all sorts—the Saratoga Rose Garden, Prim and Poetic, and Victorian Garden, to name a few—online, over the phone or in store.

For nearly four decades, Saratoga Honda has strived to provide its loyal customers with a simple, streamlined car-buying experience. Whether you’re buying new or used, the Route 9 dealership guarantees competitive prices, and its state-of-the-art service center works on all makes and models.

Yaddo, Saratoga Lake, Longfellows, Saratoga Race Course…all that and more is found just off Exit 14 of the Northway. While there are a few ways to drive into the city of Saratoga Springs, none is more scenic or historic than hopping off Exit 14. It’s like Red Smith said: “Turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years.”

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Specializing in fine design for both residential and commercial spaces, Interior Designs Atelier CEO Linda Gerace-Skinner prides herself on creating interiors that are a reflection of what’s important to her clients. Because of that, the firm’s portfolio (which includes iconic spaces such as fellow Best Of winner 15 Church) spans all style disciplines, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.

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When it comes to happy hour, it’s hard to beat two-for-one margaritas. That’s what you’ll find every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm at the bar of Broadway hot spot Cantina…if you’re lucky enough to get a seat. The Mexican restaurant also serves up two-for-one sangrias, $4 draft beers, $5 wines by the glass and a menu of $5 bar snacks, not to mention bottomless chips and salsa.

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The Y’s win in the gym category couldn’t come at a more fitting time. While the Saratoga Regional YMCA boasts five locations across Saratoga County, construction is underway on an addition to the Saratoga branch that will increase the facility’s space by 25,000 square feet and house the new Saratoga Springs Senior Center.

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The LA Group is a local landscape architecture and engineering firm with a state-wide presence; you’ve seen its sustainable work at the US Military Academy at West Point, Niagara Falls State Park, Olana State Historic Site, The Sagamore Resort and Saratoga’s own Skidmore College, among other notable New York locales.

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Don’t worry about calling a babysitter the next time you want to experience 550 Waterfront’s beachy-chic vibe— bring the kids along! In addition to its elevated casual fare (such as the swordfish BLT and burrata flatbread) Saratoga Lake’s hottest establishment also boasts a rockin’ kids menu of all the classics (chicken tenders, grilled cheese, etc.) served with fries, chips or fresh fruit.

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Originally inspired by European-style food markets, The Fresh Market is the place to stock up on hand-picked produce, custom-cut meats, fresh-cut flowers, freshly-roasted coffee, premium baked goods and quality prepared meals in Saratoga Springs. Shopping there isn’t a chore— it’s an adventure.

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Seventy-five years ago, Norman and Eva Fox opened a jewelry store on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Today, their shop lives on as n. Fox Jewelers, a full-service retail jewelry store known for its wide selection, high-quality service and unparalleled value. Whether you’re shopping for a watch, earrings or the perfect engagement ring, n. Fox is a sure bet.

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Since opening on Phila Street this spring, Bocage has become Saratoga’s go-to spot for a curated selection of bubbly (think Champagne, cava, crémant and more) and light fare ($10 caviar “bumps,” please!) in an uber-elegant environment. Bocage’s knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the perfect bottle or glass, whether you’re a bona fide connoisseur or if you’ve previously only had your sparkling wine mixed heavily with OJ.

While double-winner 9 Miles East has come to be known for its Saratoga restaurant and meal delivery subscriptions, its pizza is what helped put the Northumberland farm and food service on the map. Sourdough crust, sauce made with locally grown tomatoes, and toppings from around the world combine to create the Spa City’s favorite pizza pie.

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When it comes to outdoor dining in Saratoga, it’s hard to beat the views of Saratoga Lake on display at double-winner 550 Waterfront. Arrive early for dinner to enjoy a specialty cocktail on the restaurant’s expansive patio, or belly up to the outdoor bar; nearby heaters keep it nice and toasty throughout the fall season.

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While Stewart’s is known for its consistent service, product and quality across all of its 350-plus shops, Saratogians prefer the locally owned convenience store’s 521 Broadway location. Conveniently located across from the Saratoga City Center, the shop has six gas pumps, plus all the coffee, prepared food and on-thego necessities tourists and locals alike may need.

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In Saratoga, if you don’t own a boat, the best way to get out on the water is by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from Kayak Shak. Located on Fish Creek, the rental shop offers rentals, SUP yoga classes, summer camp and parties, and even added a Hammocraft—a floating vessel retrofitted with four hammocks—to its sea-worthy fleet.

GOLD: Roohan Realty

When it comes time to buy or sell a house, Saratogians continue to turn to Roohan Realty, a family-owned and -operated real estate firm established in the Spa City in 1969. Roohan boasts more than 50 knowledgeable real estate associates and is No. 1 in market share in the city of Saratoga Springs.

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Dairy Häus has been delighting Saratogians with its homemade hard and soft ice cream (and signature ice cream cakes!) at its walk-up Maple Ave counter since 1985. Can’t decide on a flavor? Get a flight, which comes with four small dishes of the flavors of your choice. (We’ll take Peanut Butter Overload, Coconut Pistachio, Coffee Oreo and Cherry Chocolate Chunk, please!)

9 Miles East strives to provide healthy food for busy people with its GO Boxes, ready-to-eat meals made with local ingredients. Many of them are vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan for Saratoga’s most hardcore plant-based eaters. Plus, double-winner 9 Miles East offers a vegan pizza, made with a white bean purée instead of cheese.

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Located in a beautifully restored historic building just steps from Broadway, 15 Church is the epitome of Spa City fine dining. On the menu: fresh seafood (flown in daily), USDA prime aged beef, and other locally sourced and inventive dishes that bridge the gap between classic and exotic. Opt for dinner in the exquisite dining room, or sit on the restaurant’s swanky, sceney enclosed patio until the cool weather hits.

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When it comes to brunch, do you go sweet or savory? At Sweet Mimi’s, you don’t have to choose! Opt for the savory Huevos Rancheros and a cinnamon bun to go, or go all in on all things sweet with a Belgian Waffle topped with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream. Get there by 7:45am to avoid a wait, or get in line virtually on the NoWait app.

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Classic sophistication, rich history and effortless luxury: These are the terms The Adelphi Hotel uses to describe the elegant weddings it holds. A broad collection of event spaces—from the lavish ballroom to the glassed-in atrium—allow couples to create a signature experience for their special day.

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Located right on Broadway, Yoga Mandali is a Bhakti Yoga center rooted in the ancient traditions of love and devotion. Experienced teachers provide a space for everybody (and every body), offering a range of daily classes, from Yin and Vinyasa to pre- and post-natal, for yogis of all abilities. Want to try it out? Your first class is on the house.

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With locations in Saratoga and Albany, Complexions is a place of healing, sanctuary and beauty, offering a full range of spa and salon services. New this summer: Customers can now take a bit of that spa day magic home with products from Dubois Beauty, a new skincare line launched by Complexions owner Denise Dubois.

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n August of 1992, I learned that John J. “Jack” Wilpers, Jr., a US Army intelligence officer–turned–CIA employee who played a key role in the arrest of former Japanese Prime Minister General Hideki Tojo just nine days after the formal end of World War II, was a Saratogian. As an Albany-based reporter (who would later become a long-time Saratogian myself) for the Associated Press, I then spent the next 18 years trying to get the veteran to talk about what happened on September 11, 1945, without avail. It wasn’t just me— Wilpers’ lips were sealed to everyone, including his wife and five children, one of whom was a journalist himself. But thanks to a chance encounter on a Massachusetts beach involving a nasty impending storm and a Saratoga Race Course giveaway baseball cap, I finally got my interview. Let me back up.

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the tojo incident In this photograph taken by Sgt. George Burns of Schenectady for Yank Magazine, Saratogian Jack Wilpers picks up the gun former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo used to shoot himself in a failed suicide attempt shortly after Japan’s surrender in WWII.

His memory was fine.

but, at 91, he didn’t think his memory was all that good.

While sitting on the sand watching the surfers taking advantage of the big waves kicked up by the approaching storm, I noticed that one guy walking by with his surfboard was wearing the same flat track hat I had on: the khaki one from 2004 with the Saratoga Race Course clubhouse awning logo embroidered in red.

Sixty-five years after what Wilpers refers to as “the Tojo incident”—the capture of the former prime minister that he played a starring role in—the veteran received a belated Bronze Star medal from the Army for his actions during Tojo’s arrest. It was then that Wilpers finally broke his silence, in a 2010 Washington Post story about his being honored by the Pentagon.

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For the non–WWII historians amongst us, Hideki Tojo was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army and served as the country’s prime minister from 1941 to 1944. He oversaw Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor before falling out of favor with Japanese Emperor Hirohito in 1944 and being forced to resign. Shortly after Japan’s surrender following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, US General Douglas MacArthur ordered Tojo be found and taken into US custody as a war criminal. That’s where Wilpers, then a 25-year-old Army intelligence officer, comes in.

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jack of all trades Lt. John “Jack” Wilpers, Jr. was born in Albany and moved to Saratoga before joining the Army and eventually the CIA.

“Tell your old man I’m still pissed off at him for not talking to me about Tojo,” I said.

But that would have to wait until I returned from my annual vacation on Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA.

It was the week before Labor Day, and a tropical storm was making its way up the Eastern Seaboard, headed straight toward the southern New England coast. Mandatory shoreline evacuations were expected, so I would have to leave my beachfront rental a day earlier than planned. I decided to spend part of my last full day, a Thursday, on a stretch of beach I rarely visited.

he story: The Army had followed journalists to a home in a Tokyo suburb. (“The best way of finding Tojo was to find our own US newspaper people, because they were there well ahead of us,” Wilpers told me.) Standing outside the home of Tojo, the group heard a gunshot inside and Wilpers, with the help of a fellow officer, busted down the locked front door. They found Tojo slumped

ilpers was born in Albany in 1919, and moved with his family to Saratoga as a boy (“Dad was a bookie,” he would eventually tell me, and his mother ran a tea room next to McGregor Links).

Wilpers graduated from St. Peter’s Academy in 1937 and joined the Army, which brought him to New Guinea, the Philippines and, obviously, Japan.

I struck up a conversation. He said he had relatives who used to live in Saratoga and owned a couple of businesses, but that was years ago. I asked him his family’s

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I didn’t learn about the Post story until late August of that same year, when it popped up as I Googled Wilpers’ name to find out if he was still living. Seeing that Wilpers had finally talked to a major media outlet about the Tojo arrest, I decided to give him another call on the chance he would agree to an interview with an AP reporter from his old stomping grounds.

It turned out that the surfer was John Wilpers, the oldest of Jack and Marian’s five children.

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For about 90 minutes over the next two days, Jack Wilpers provided details of his early life, his wartime service and Tojo’s apprehension, itself a bizarre series of events that unfolded inside the ex-prime minister’s Tokyo home before a gaggle of reporters and photographers from some of the world’s biggest news outlets, including the AP, United Press International and The New York Times

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army man (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Jack Wilpers on the Southwest Pacific island of New Guinea; Wilpers wearing the uniform jacket belonging to Gen. Hideki Tojo following the former prime minister’s botched suicide attempt; Wilpers at his summer home in Maine in 2008; Jack Wilpers’ son, John (at left), and writer Chris Carola wearing matching Saratoga Race Course hats on Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA eight years after they first met.

in a chair, blood flowing from a selfinflicted gunshot wound to his chest. In filed the press members—one of whom, Sergeant George Burns of Yank Magazine, just so happened to be an Albany Times Union photographer before the war. Burns shot a now-famous photo of Wilpers, his Upstate New York neighbor, picking up the handgun the retired general had used to shoot himself in the Tojochest.ended up surviving his suicide attempt; an Army medical team arrived, stabilized the former prime minister and took him to a military hospital, where he recovered. His trial for war crimes started in 1946 and lasted two years, ending in his conviction. He was executed by hanging in a Tokyo prison in late December 1948, by which point Wilpers was already back home, a year into what would be a 28-year career with the newly founded CIA— and a 65-year career of keeping quiet about the capture.

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ollowing our conversations in 2010, I never spoke with Jack Wilpers again. I did, however, keep in touch with his son John, who in early 2013 informed me that his dad’s health was failing. Jack died that February 28 at the age of 93. I wrote his obituary for the AP’s national and international wires.

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Would Jack Wilpers have talked to me if I hadn’t met his son on the beach that day? Possibly. Regardless, the journalism stars aligned on September 2, 2010, the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII. Of the thousands of stories I wrote over my 31 years spent with the AP in Albany, the Jack Wilpers story is among my favorites. He had played a key role in the arrest of one of the most infamous Axis leaders of WWII, a man blamed for the deaths of millions across East Asia and the Pacific. Finally getting Wilpers—a fellow Saratogian—to talk in detail about that day and sharing it with a global audience (more than half the world’s population sees AP stories every day) was a highlight of my career. And it was all because of a free Saratoga Race Course hat.

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(clockwise from top left) Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher; Life is Good exercise rider Amelia Green takes home the Whitney flower blanket after the big win; mixed emotions by the winning team after Nations Pride wins the Saratoga Derby; well dressed fans heading into the track; two Budweiser Clydesdales taking a morning stroll at the Oklahoma Training Track.

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wayne’s world (from top) Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas (right) leading a horse to the morning workout; Ryan Bond of Saratoga’s H. James Bond racing stable and his family enjoy a race day; Grade 1 Whitney Stakes winner Life is Good breezes on the main track with exercise rider Amelia Green aboard.

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The evening’s auction included a beauty basket and Saratoga experiences.

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here Carson Kressley goes, fine fashion follows. That was certainly the case at Racing & Rosé, a brunch party and fashion show saratoga living threw in conjunction with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and Miss Scarlett Boutique on the morning of Jim Dandy Day. After an al fresco VIP meet-and-greet with Carson himself, guests filled the Museum’s sculpture gallery for snacks and sips by Bocage Champagne Bar, La Crema, Sweet Mimi’s, Mionetto and Uncommon Grounds, before finding their seats for the main attraction: a 43-look fashion show by Miss Scarlett owner Jen Marcellus. Her racing-themed fashions, many of which featured artwork by equine artist Janet Crawford, were a big hit. After the show, Carson named the three bestdressed women and one best-dressed man in attendance, each of whom went home with a prize.

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Owner Kareem NeJame promises that the new location serves up all the dishes you’ve been missing, including Tatu’s famous guacamole and sikil p’aak dip, and tacos such as carnitas al pastor and shawarma chicken. “All the favorites are still there, all the tacos are there,” he says. “But there are new ingredients and dishes I added after a

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recent trip to Yucatan.” One such new treat is a new appetizer of vegan pol’kanes fritters, which he discovered at a market. “I couldn’t get over how tasty they were, and the textures are great,” he says. “We’ve also added a toasted campanelle pasta, octopus skewers over a bed of Lebanese red pepper-walnut dip, and a pan-roasted red snapper. I would really love for people to explore the rest of the menu, the Yucatan/Mexican dishes. We’re not just a taco joint!”

And how is the Tatu team liking Troy? “We’ve had a great response, and every day’s been getting busier and busier,” he says. “It’s a great community of local businesses that support one another.”

The new space has a bar area, a patio that seats 20, and a private dining room called the Parlor. “We tried as hard as we could to recreate the same vibe,” says NeJame of the restaurant’s distinct tattoo art look he recreated with partner Jennyfur Spaulding and Saratoga artist Crystal Brooks. “There’s a lot of original work by tattoo artists, cool textured wall coverings and pressed tin ceilings.”

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FORMER DOWNTOWN SARATOGA HOT SPOT TATU HAS MOVED TO TROY, WITH ITS SIGNATURE LOOK AND THOSE DROOL-WORTHY TACOS AND APPS YOU’VE BEEN JONESING FOR.

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if you’ve been missing the mouthwatering tacos, creative apps (oh, the esquites!) and entrées that mix the best of Yucatan and Lebanese cuisines, all of which downtown hot spot Tatu Tacos & Tequila got us hooked on during the pandemic before closing last December, you’re in luck— Tatu has reopened, this time in Troy.

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for the last few years, Comfort Kitchen has been known as a quick and easy place to grab a handheld lunch or perfectly plated early dinner. But this past summer, owner Rory Moran decided that an earlier, coffeefueled start was what was missing at his Saratoga Marketplace restaurant, and a mouthwatering breakfast menu wasServedborn.Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to noon, Comfort Kitchen’s breakfast menu consists of sweets (“the favorite so far has been the pancakes,” Moran says), eggs (“we’re getting local eggs from Elihu Farm and Featherbed Lane Farm, so people are really digging all the egg dishes”), sides (including Vermont bacon, potato hash and house-made sausage), baked goods (fresh-baked muffins and coffee cakes), and drinks (“I’m very happy that it’s caught on that we have our beer and wine license— we’re selling a lot of mimosas.”).

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But not for long. This summer, Ballston Lake-based boutique catering company PDT Catering announced it would open PDT Market, a specialty marketplace in the former home of Price Chopper Limited on Railroad Place, later this year. “We hear from many people that they don’t have the time or desire to cook at home, but they want great, yummy food,” says PDT founder and chef Adam Foti. “This

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downtown saratoga doesn’t really have a specialty grocery store—you know, the kind where you can grab groceries and a gourmet prepared meal on your way out (and then walk home if you’re a downtown resident). Sure, the East Side has Four Seasons, which specializes in health food and carries some grab-and-go options, but if you want a true gourmet grocery store, you have to travel to Fresh Market or Healthy Living, or worse yet, Whole Foods in Albany.

prepare to be amazed “Covid actually helped us see that there was a higher demand for the products we create,” says PDT’s Adam Foti. “Especially in the prepared meals.”

if you saw a giant crane dropping a shipping container onto the patio of Bailey’s this summer, don’t worry—that’s just the Saratoga hot spot’s new kitchen. Seriously: “It’s a brand-new kitchen fabricated from a shipping container that was made off premise,” says co-owner Matt Beecher. “It comes loaded with brand-new equipment and was much needed to properly execute our vision with improvements to the menu and to create a nice environment for the staff.”

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At PDT Market, downtown foodies can expect to find hot and cold buffet stations, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, a build-your-own charcuterie station (yup), and fullservice café/bar (yup again), as well as grocery items (vegan and glutenfree products included), a fresh flower shop and home goods. The space is being completely reimagined with industrial and reclaimed accents for an aesthetic that’s a mix of old word andChefcontemporary.Fotican’tsay for certain when PDT Market will open, but he’s aiming for late fall. “There is an opportunity in this community,” he says, “for great food that is convenient in an environment that is pleasant to shop and eat in.”

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Speaking of the menu, fan favorites are still on it, but new dishes arrived just after the new kitchen was up and running. “The new crispy chicken sandwich is my personal favorite,” Beecher says, “with the jerk chicken tacos in a close second.” Other highlights include mac & cheese five ways, Utica delicacy Greens Morelle, and a street food section—hot pretzels, yes, please!

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marinated in a Green Goddess dressing served with roasted petite potatoes and a side salad, and pan-seared meatballs with pesto orzo. Mopsik posts each week’s meal on Saturday, her followers place their orders by DM by Monday, and meals are available for pick-up by 4:30pm on Wednesday. Each meal is two servings. While she loves providing healthy meals to the Saratoga community, Mopsik says Mid-Week Meals are about more than that. “I wanted to showcase and demonstrate the importance of eating in season and supporting our local farms,” says Mopsik, whose fatherin-law, Eugene Mopsik, runs the cleverly named Instagram account @phillyloxsmith with similar good food–sharing goals. “Where and who you buy your food from matters. I strongly believe it is our responsibility to support our community, however we can, and for me that is with my fork.”

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“In an effort to push myself creatively,” Mopsik says, “I decided to start offering Mid-Week Meals this summer, as I already offer seasonal weekly baked goods.” Recent MidWeek Meals include chicken

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slice girl Emily Mopsik of the @slice.of.saratoga Instagram account began selling Mid-Week Meals made with local ingredients this summer.

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Emily Mopsik started her @slice.of.saratoga Instagram account to share photos and videos of the way her family-of-three lives: their love of all things local, spending time in their shared

urban garden, and the meals they prepare in their 1880s brick home on the East Side. But this past summer, Mopsik began sharing more than photos of the meals she cooks—she started selling the meals themselves.

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Ever wonder what the lives of Saratogians were like during the Gilded Age? Check out Dr. Hollis Palmer’s new historical fiction read to immerse yourself in turn-of-the-20th-century upstate New York. As one of Saratoga’s great “Victorian Historians,” Hollis tells all, painting a glorious picture of the Spa City in its most renowned era.

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The name of this kid’s book says it all. On Halloween night, two sisters are on the hunt for the best houses for trick-or-treating when they hit the candy bar jackpot! At only 9 and 11 years old, respectively, McKenna and Adalyn Vidoni are two young writers (and sisters themselves!) from Clifton Park.

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novelist William Kennedy (who spent time at Yaddo). In the book, Conners recounts his life and career experience as an FBI agent, publisher, producer and businessman, and his encounters with J. Edgar Hoover, Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin.

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Phil Bayly’s fourth novel in his Murder on Skis mystery series follows a television reporter’s inexplicable encounters in mountainous Vermont. As a Saratoga resident and longtime Albany news anchor, Bayly is as local as it gets!

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The other community that was debuted this summer is Forest Grove, a community of two-residence twin homes and single-family detached homes on heavily wooded lots in Wilton. (The mailing address and school district is actually Saratoga, but homeowners will enjoy lower Wilton taxes.) “We’re excited to open Forest Grove this summer—

For more information on Forest Grove, contact Sharon Byrne at (518) 527-4914. For more information on Waite Meadows, contact Spencer Lewis at (518) 512-9646.

his Belmontesummer,Builders unveiled not one, but two whoselivingSaratogabrand-newCountycommunitieslotsare available for purchase now. First up is Clifton Park’s Waite Meadows, a small, exclusive community with just 34 lots and homes of various styles and sizes. What makes Waite Meadows special is its quiet, picturesque setting just a short drive to Clifton Park’s center and the Northway. With a dedicated community walking trail, large lots and extensive green space, Waite Meadows is perfect for both young families wanting to move into the Shenendehowa School District and mature families looking to downsize or “right size.” Waite Meadows homes start in the $600s.

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building, which, when completed, will house a large event/gathering room, full kitchen for catering or event cooking, large athletic facility (a real gym, not just a few pieces in a corner), plus a bathroom with showers. On the grounds, residents will also enjoy access to a large pool with plenty of seating, two pickle ball courts and an outdoor gathering area with a pavilion and an outdoor kitchen. Homes in the Forest Grove community start in the $500s. ■

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Belmonte Builders expands its community living offerings with Clifton Park’s Waite Meadows and Wilton’s Forest Grove.

it’s going to be a fabulous place to call home,” says Belmonte Director of Sales and Marketing Mike Lust. “When completed, it will include more than 300 homes with a breadth of amenities including miles of walking trails and pocket parks at key locations.” Those miles of trails are made possible due to a donation of 300 acres of green space by Belmonte to the town of Wilton not only to protect the land for future generations, but to also create a picturesque and walkable community for Forest Grove residents. To go along with those trails, the community also includes streetlamps, sidewalks, and a dog park. Another noteworthy amenity is the 5,000-square-foot community

(above) Aerial shots of Clifton Park’s Waite Meadows (left) and Wilton’s Forest Grove; (inset) renderings of Belmonte’s (from top) Hampton, Chesapeake and Castleton homes.

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as soon as witt construction was contracted to build a 4,000-square-foot custom home for a client in Saratoga’s Oak Ridge neighborhood, builder John Witt knew the house had to be part of the 2022 Saratoga Showcase of Homes. “We kind of talked her into it,” Witt says of the client who is currently living there with her two young adult children. “It’s just a great house. I’ve done many great homes, and this is right up there in the top 10.”

porte party (from top) An outdoor living space is located under the porte cochère between the main patio and the pool; the circular-shaped dining room adds an interesting architectural element to the home’s exterior; (opposite) the first floor’s open-concept living space.

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and the porte cochère, an outdoor living space with a fireplace located under an archway between the main patio and pool. Inside, custom white cabinetry makes the kitchen shine, as does its unique pantry: “It’s got this little L off the kitchen, which is the pantry,” Witt says. “There’s no door, and the refrigerator’s back there.”

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Upstairs are two suites, plus the secluded primary suite. “The master suite is its own oasis,” Witt says.

As for the overall design of the space, Witt calls it a “Hampton/ Nantucket-y style” that “mixes traditional and contemporary.”

Not yet completed: a space above the three-car garage that could be another suite or two additional bedrooms, and the lower level, which is set up for yet another suite, exercise room and storage space.

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He explains: “If you go too contemporary, it can get cold, but if you blend the two, it’s still warm and cozy and timeless.”

“It’s totally private, but with a lot of great windows. There’s a set of pocket doors you can close off and another door in the bedroom, so you wouldn’t know anybody else was in the house when you’re in there.”

See this stunning home and many more in this year’s Showcase, going on October 8, 9, 15 and 16. forsaratogashowcaseofhomes.comVisitmoreinformation.

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ocated less than 10 minutes from Downtown Saratoga Springs just off Exit 13S, Dunning Street Station is known for its laid-back environment and front-of-mind customer service. Chef Bruce Jacobson, formerly of sister restaurant Lake Ridge (stop by the Round Lake hot spot to ask Maureen about daily specials), has curated an impressive menu, featuring many Italianinspired classics with a twist, which are available for dinein or takeout. Add in plenty of parking, ample space at the bar and a daily happy hour from 3-6pm, and Dunning Street Station is a winning option for a night out.

t may be called “The Hideaway,” but it’s no secret that Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s onsite restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy drinks or dinner all year long. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a light snack and a cocktail al fresco (The Hideaway boasts an expansive deck) or a full-fledged feast following a day on the links (try the surf & turf or jalapeño popper chicken), The Hideaway has you covered. And NFL is on screen every Sunday of the season! Follow the restaurant on Facebook for up-to-date info on food and drink specials, special events and more.

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ood food, lots of beer and an atmosphere that’s the perfect mix of relaxed, cozy and chic? That’s what you can expect at Henry Street Taproom, which has been serving local craft beers and ciders, classic cocktails and locally sourced, made-fromscratch food since 2012. After dinner, tune in to Back on the Table, a podcast on beer, movies, music, food and local businesses, hosted by Henry Street owner Ryan McFadden.

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of “9 Standout Wine Restaurants in Upstate NY,” another recently awarded Top Rank for Western NY Restaurants from Open Table, as well as under-the-radar burger joints voted to the Burger Trail Top 10 by locals, and a small-town favorite named one of TravelAwaits’ “14 Best Small Town Ice Cream Shops” in the entire country for 2021...great food is Steuben’s thing. Make it your thing, too!

Whether it’s farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients, creative options for nontraditional culinary preferences, or simply a chance to sit down and savor an incredible meal, Steuben continues to raise the bar when it comes to delicious meals.

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If you prefer to spend your evenings outdoors, check out Sunset Sips. The Landing Hotel Patio hosts live music every Friday and Saturday! Sit at a table or in a couch or lounge chair to enjoy an evening of live music. The Landing Hotel Bar has drink specials and charcuterie boards from Grazing518.

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Street, gone behind the scenes of Saratoga Race Course with the Backstretch Employee Services Team, and joined Saratoga’s elite force of bartenders on a Friday evening during track season. I almost always stand out—I wore jeans on a reconnaissance mission to the Victoria Pool, was sober at Shakedown Street, and was a solid halfcentury younger than the other yogis in the Senior Center’s gentle yoga class—but in every instance I’ve been welcomed with open arms. Because while I may not know how to make an Old Fashioned, Saratogians, no matter their social group, are old fashioned: They make even the most blatant of outsiders feel like insiders.

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So began my summer’s journey to infiltrate other subcultures, a task that I’ve found requires quite a bit of legwork. Since May I’ve spent an entire day at the Saratoga Senior Center, catalogued what goes on on each of the City Tavern’s five floors, explained the unwritten rules of the Victoria Pool, journeyed to the canceled Dead & Company concert’s Shakedown

dual personalities (clockwise, from top left) Culture Correspondent Natalie Moore at Dual Day, a Ballston Lake holiday that involves snow skiing in the morning and water skiing in the afternoon; on the rooftop of the track interviewing a supporter of the Backstretch Employee Service Team; at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale; behind the bar at the Bourbon Room; with Gavin and Brody Santiago at Saratoga Comic Con; (inset) in the announcer’s box with JohnannouncertrackImbriale.

–Natalie Moore Culture Correspondent

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we launched Saratoga Living After Hours with the mission to cover Saratoga culture in a broad sense (SPAC, the track, etc.), but also specific Saratoga subcultures—the under-the-radar social groups you may not know about, even after living in the Spa City for years. I started out writing about the subcultures I’m a part of; this past winter and spring SLAH subscribers read about the Capital Region’s vegan scene (which, coincidentally, includes an Albany restaurant called Subculture), the cohort of coffee-drinkers with reusable Coffee Traders–branded mugs (which get customers discounted beverages at the Broadway shop), and the Saratoga Spa State Park’s dedicated tennis community (which comes together to maintain the park’s rare public clay courts every April).

For the behind-the-scenes scoop on these Saratoga subcultures and more, scan the QR code. (You’ll start to get new stories emailed directly to you, plus have access to our online archive.) Once you’ve joined us, maybe you’ll even invite me to experience your subculture.

But then I ran out of things I already know about. Vegan, Coffee Traders, tennis…That pretty much sums me up.

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