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Saratoga Springs City Center February 27th–March 1st

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Welcome to

Saratoga’s Home & Lifestyle Show The annual fund-raiser held by the Saratoga Rotary is now in its 42nd year!


fter a VERY long winter in upstate NY, I’m sure everybody is looking forward to Saratoga’s Home & Lifestyle Show to jump-start their spring home improvement projects. With the beautifully designed and informative displays, there is something for every household project you could imagine, and quite a few you never would’ve thought of on your own! Plan to spend the WHOLE WEEKEND here, as the Saratoga Rotary Club has all kinds of new & exciting things planned for you…

Home & Lifestyle Saratoga


Owner/Publisher Chad Beatty General Manager Robin Mitchell Managing Editor

Friday Night:

Chris Vallone Bushee

— The Saratoga Winery will offer Wine AND Beer sampling (you can also purchase it by the glass, or get bottles to go!)

Creative Director

— The Saratoga Home & Lifestyle’s FIRST annual “Saratoga Concepts” Art Show and Auction…


— Preview the work of local artists on Friday night… and shop on Saturday!

Saturday: — 3 Cooking Classes by Chef Richardson of Boca Bistro – yummy! — “Saratoga Concepts” Art Show and Auction starts at 4:30… be ready to bid!

Sunday: — Pet Adoption Clinic hosted by H.O.P.E and Kids’ activities all day! — Find more information on all of these great activities on pages 16 & 17 — For information about the show please see page 14, and for those — of you who don’t know about the Rotary, take a minute to read pages — 18-20... They are an amazing organization and deserve our support! Find a complete listing of all vendors by category on page 22 (feel free to start that list of home improvement projects here!) After you read all the NEWSY info in the front of the magazine, sit back and enjoy the rest of the publication… From landscaping ideas and furniture trends to financing your home improvement projects…this is your go-to home & garden magazine… we hope you enjoy it! As always, we are honored when a local business or organization asks us to help create a publication for them to help promote their business or event. A special THANK YOU to the Rotary for involving Saratoga TODAY again this year!

Shawn Lockwood Jim Daley, Cindy Durfey Graphic DesignERS Amy Gifford Jessica Kane EDITORIAL CONTENT Deborah Miles Czech Lisa Miller Megin Potter Published by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper Five Case Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 tel: (518) 581-2480 fax: (518) 581-2487 Saratoga Home & Lifestyle is brought to you by Saratoga TODAY, Saratoga Publishing, LLC. Saratoga Publishing shall make every effort to avoid errors and omissions but disclaims any responsibility should they occur. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written consent of the publisher. Copyright © 2015, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. If interested in print publications for your next event call Saratoga TODAY. (518) 584-2180.

Enjoy the show!

Chris Brought to you by:

Chris Vallone Bushee / Managing Editor

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Cover Photo Provided by Gallivan Companies

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February 27–March 1, 2015

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Presented by Saratoga Springs Rotary Club

Welcome! On behalf of the men and women of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, we look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show. Thank you for your support of the event, which will fund Rotary’s many contributions to community organizations, scholarships, and worldwide humanitarian assistance during the coming year.

Charles Wait, Jr. President 2014-2015 Saratoga Springs Rotary Club

General Information A variety of home and lifestyle businesses will exhibit at the show, including builders, interior décor, landscaping, and much more. (See a preliminary list by categories on page 22.) Show hours are Friday, February 27, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, February 28, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $6; children 5-12, $1; children under 5, free. Sunday Special: Kids under 17 admitted free all day.

E x h i b i t o r Li s t a n d Di s c o u n t Coupon Online

See the website at for updated show information, including a listing and map of exhibitors as well as photos and news updates about the show. Print out a $1-off coupon to save on adult admission (see page 21).

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Area Businesses Sponsor the Show

The Rotary Club thanks the show’s generous sponsors for their support. The Adirondack Trust Company is the Show’s major sponsor. Other sponsors include Allerdice ACE Hardware (door prize sponsor), Champion Window (grand prize sponsor), Granite & Marble Works (supporting sponsor), The Saratogian (advertising sponsor), Saratoga Today (magazine sponsor), and Edward Jones (hospitality sponsor).

R e gi s t e r f o r P r i z e s a t t h e S h o w

The show features several opportunities to win prizes:

•Door prizes, sponsored by Allerdice ACE Hardware •The major prize: a full exterior house wash, donated by Clearview Exterior Cleaning •Grand prize: Large flat-screen TV, courtesy of Champion Window

Door prizes are drawn periodically throughout the weekend, while the larger prizes are drawn on Sunday afternoon at the show’s conclusion. The winners do not need to be present to win.

Learn About Rotary Scholarships and Community Support

For general information about Rotary and its scholarship and charitable donation programs, stop by the Rotary booth on the main floor, next to booth A1. High school seniors attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Catholic High School, and the Waldorf School are eligible to apply for scholarships, with applications due by April 15th. The Rotary Club’s charitable giving programs include monthly contributions of under $5,000 to numerous non-profits as well as an annual major gift of $15,000 or more, with applications due by April 30.

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special events at the show Wine & Beer Tasting

Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. The Saratoga Winery will offer tastings of several of its hand-crafted varieties of wine as well as craft beers. Visit with the friendly and informative hosts for complimentary samples and to learn more about the winery, its wines and beers, and fun events! In addition to samples, wine and beer by the glass will be available for purchase to enjoy as you walk through the show or attend the art auction. You can also purchase wine to take home.

Cooking Demonstrations

Saturday at Noon, 1:00, or 2:00 p.m.

Take a quick trip to sunny Spain on your Saturday afternoon! Learn some of the secrets of making paella, an internationallyknown Spanish rice dish, during cooking demonstrations by Chef Matt Richardson of Boca Bistro. Boca Bistro at 384 Broadway in Saratoga Springs embodies the charismatic old-world essence of an authentic Spanish restaurant, combining earthen and distressed textures with stylistic accents and a touch of Mediterranean influence. Boca Bistro is part of the DZ Restaurants family, which includes Chianti Ristorante, Forno Bistro, and Clifton Park’s Pasta Pane. Join Chef Richardson in the kitchen for his Chicken and Chorizo Paella demonstration on Saturday at Noon, 1:00, or 2:00 p.m., through the doors in the northeast corner of the City Center, near booth K12.

Art Auc tion Preview

Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Preview the best in regional art while sampling local wines and craft beer at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show’s first “Saratoga Concepts” Art Show and Auction. Make the most of your evening as you admire the art, meet the artists, and enjoy beverages from Saratoga Winery. If you see something you like, come back on Saturday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for the art auction with Martin Seelye, one of the area’s best auctioneers!

Healing Waters 1 by Rebecca Kane

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Houdini by Sue Clark

“ S a r at o g a C o n c e p t s ” A r t A u c t i o n Saturday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Join the excitement as well-known regional auctioneer Martin Seelye offers 20 handpicked pieces of Saratoga-themed art for sale. Erik Laffer, owner of Laffer Gallery, juried the art from members of Saratoga Arts and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC). The Saratoga-themed creations include painting and photography. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the artist as well as the ongoing charitable activities of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club. Art may be previewed on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and all day Saturday.

Pet Adoption Clinic

Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The HOPE Pet Adoption Clinic joins the list of new attractions at this year’s show. A selection of loving dogs and cats will be available for petting, visiting and possible adoption. Pre-screening and a home visit are required before you can bring your new pet home, but you can make all the arrangements at the Home Show pet adoption clinic. Because HOPE does not have kennels of its own, most pets live with families until they are adopted. If you can’t commit to a pet full-time, consider taking a pet into your home for interim foster care. To preview available animals and learn more about HOPE Animal Rescue, visit

Ki d s ’ A c t i v i t i e s : Balloon Artist & Face Painting Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bringing your family to the show? On Sunday, children under age 17 get in free all day. JoJo’s Face Painting and Balloon Gal Jenny will once again delight our youngest visitors, near the M1 room. While you are visiting, be sure to stop by the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s child safety table.

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Service Above Self:

rotary’s motto in action This year’s Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show marks the 42nd anniversary of this important fundraiser. Since1973, the Show has made possible the significant financial gifts of the Rotary Club as well as strengthening the community spirit of Saratoga. The Rotary Club expects to raise close to $100,000 from this year’s event, with proceeds to be distributed amongst community organizations, youth scholarships, and international humanitarian projects.

International Relief Efforts

Part of Rotary’s mission is donating to world disaster recovery efforts and improving life for citizens in developing countries. The Club has sent Shelter Boxes for war refugees in Syria and typhoon victims in the Philippines, funded well construction in Rwanda, and supported Pure Water for the World.

Funds for Scholarships

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Major gift for Saratoga WarHorse

Once a month, the Rotary Club’s Board of Directors reviews funding requests from local charities. Annually, the Club awards one or two major gifts to area organizations seeking to complete a significant special project. Criteria for these donations are on the club’s website at

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Each June the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awards close to $50,000 to local high school seniors for the pursuit of additional education. The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation ( is the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to benefit local students.

Welcoming New Members

Membership in the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club offers an excellent opportunity for Saratoga area businesses and individuals to make a positive impact on the community and the world. The 100+ members of the Club meet every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 at Longfellows Restaurant for fellowship, lunch, and an informational program. Community residents and businesses interested in joining the club are invited to be in touch via or to stop by the Rotary booth at the show for more information.

C e l e b r at i n g S e r v i c e

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club named Rita Alonzo of Saratoga Springs as its 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year, citing her tremendous volunteer contributions at numerous Saratoga organizations, particularly the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga. In accepting the award, Alonzo commented, “I will volunteer to help people as long as I feel healthy and strong. My greatest reward is that by doing this, I do not feel old.” In 2014, Saratoga Springs Rotary Club celebrated its 90th anniversary and presented Rotarian John Nelson with the Lifetime Achievement award for his continued service and leadership.

Saratoga Rotary Supports Many Causes Adirondack Girl Scouts
 Babe Ruth Baseball Boy Scouts – Twin Rivers Council Caffè Lena
 CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services Children’s Museum at Saratoga Double H Ranch Franklin Community Center
 New York State Military Museum Rebuilding Together
 Salvation Army
 Saratoga Battlefield
 Saratoga Bridges
 Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council Saratoga Hospital Foundation

Saratoga Miss Softball
 Saratoga National Little League
 Saratoga P.L.A.N.
 Saratoga Reads
 Saratoga Rowing Association
 Saratoga Springs History Museum Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Saratoga Springs Public Library Saratoga WarHorse Saratoga YMCA
 Saratoga Youth Hockey
 Shelters of Saratoga
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rotary’s worldwide reach

© Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization. Since its founding in 1905, Rotary ( has grown to include some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation in the world. Rotarians are business and professional leaders who volunteer their expertise, compassion, and power to improve communities at home and abroad. Rotary members—including adults of all ages and professions, reflecting a cross-section of each local community—meet weekly

© Rotary International/Alyce Henson

for fellowship and informative programs. Rotary’s efforts are known worldwide and usually focus within six key areas: — Promoting peace — Fighting disease — Providing clean water — Saving mothers and children — Supporting education — Growing local economies As the charitable arm of Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation provides funding for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects that improve the quality of life for millions of people.

fighting to eradicate polio worldwide Rotary’s top goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary—in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and national governments—has achieved a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985. Rotary members have contributed more than $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. Rotary raised more than $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In Saratoga Springs, the Rotary Club has sold roses for several years to raise funds to fight polio. 20  |  Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2015

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The Adirondack Trust Company 473 Broadway


Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Retirement Resolutions for 2015

he first month of the year is a great time to stop and take stock of your life and your goals. By and large, the most common New Year’s resolutions involve money and health.

But just when the coldest part of the winter makes exercise less convenient and comfort food harder to ignore, the arrival of tax documents and year-end statements make this a natural time

By John Conroe, CFP®, AFIM Financial Planner and Investment Officer The Adirondack Trust Company

to review your retirement planning. Dreaming of golden years spent on sun-soaked beaches is also a great incentive to freshen up your personal escape plan and maximize your chances of a worry-free retirement when the winter winds blow.

H e r e a r e f o u r r e s o l u t i o n s t h at a n y o n e c a n m e e t :


Assess your current retirement readiness

One of the primary steps in financial planning is gathering information and analyzing the situation as it stands today. As tax documents—year-end credit-card and asset account statements—flow in, keep a running tally. Fill out a balance sheet, adding up all your assets and subtracting your debts. Utilize a robust online retirement calculator like the Adirondack Trust’s Retirement Calculator (log on to, click “Planning & Investments” in the left-hand menu bar, then “Retirement Planning”). Be as accurate as you can in projecting your retirement expenses, or, barring that, use at least 75% of your current pre-tax income. Don’t be afraid of the results; instead, embrace them, taking satisfaction in knowing that you have already taken the first step by assessing where you stand.


Review asset allocation

At The Adirondack Trust Company, we spend time with our clients to figure out their goals, needs, tolerance for risk and time horizon. This information helps us arrive at an investment objective and brings asset allocation into focus: How much to commit to stocks or bonds and what level of ready cash is required. Once we know this information, we can build or rebalance a portfolio. This is a great time of year to consider your retirement portfolio and change your allocation.


Find more money to save

If you’re able to meet your bills and cover expenses, you can probably find a few dollars here or there to direct toward your future retirement. If you expect a tax refund or year-end bonus, allocate part or all to your plan.

Taking a hard look at your expenses will likely find a few more dollars:

— Round up every purchase amount in your register and sweep the excess into your IRA. — Brown bag your daily lunches and increase your IRA/401(k) contribution by the amount you don’t spend. — Figure your weekly gas savings from lower oil prices and put it away. — Refinance your mortgage at today’s ultra-low rates and save the savings. — Re-shop your insurances and bank the difference. — Renegotiate your cable and cellular plans and invest whatever you can wrestle back. The more you use automation, the less you’ll miss the money. Every dollar you save this year will have time to grow and provide for you down the road.


Meet with a Financial Planner

Eliminate the hard work and have a professional review your finances. This is the teamwork approach to meeting your retirement goals. You can find planners who will charge you flat fees, hourly rates or waive fees if you move some assets to them for professional management. Sometimes, it’s best to get an outside view of your situation. We do it with doctors for health issues, mechanics for automotive concerns, lawyers for legal problems and accountants for taxes. Why not put a professional financial planner on your team as well? Resolutions are great if you actually achieve all or even part of them, but they can be a source of guilt and worry if you fail, and they usually represent a real need. This year, resolve to stack the odds in your favor, for 2015 and for the rest of your life. Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2015  |  23

Saratoga Kitchens and Baths 526 Maple Ave. • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.587.1145 •




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here are so many places in the house that have cabinets, and so many other places where having some would be useful. When it comes to your home, it has to be right, right from the start.

Their detail-oriented complete design services encompass everything from structural changes such as taking down walls, building arches and extending kitchens out into additions; to helping clients navigate the numerous cabinetry, countertop, lighting, flooring, back splash and cabinet hardware choices available. “We mold each design to the client. We’ll do whatever that client needs,” said Moore.

Saratoga Kitchens and Baths is where Offering full design and installation services includes style meets creative and functional design. guiding clients through building permits, real estate law, Their state-of-the-art showroom that opened in December industry code standards and much more. 2014 featuring multiple displays is growing, specializing in Explore their Kountry Kraft, Brighton, Touchstone and the custom-tailoring of your space. Wellborn Forest lines of cabinetry, and rely on their friendly, “We do everything from just supplying cabinets to whole prompt service to find the right door style and finish for your kitchen remodels,” explained designer Nancy Moore, home’s kitchen, bath, laundry room, mudroom, library, home AKBD, Leed AP. office or other space where cabinets come in handy. g

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inding something unusual for your home can prove to be a delight to your senses for years to come.If you want a break from the monotony of big box shopping, are looking for a statement piece or that beautiful item to tie a look together, 23rd and Fourth; a lifestyle retail store and design studio, may be just what you’re looking for.

Offering fine furnishings, gifts, home accessories and interior design services, owner Janet Longe, who has been in the design world for more than twenty years, can assist you in the makeover of both small and large spaces. Working with any design style preferences in the residential and commercial arenas, Longe serves mainly clients from Albany to Lake George, but has gone beyond that area, doing some out-of-state projects, as well. If you want to see something you won’t see everywhere else, 23rd and Fourth is at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show in booth number G6. g

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Saratoga Signature   Furniture & Interiors 82 Church Street • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.581.0023 •




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aratoga Signature Furniture and Interiors has been awarded the “Best of Houzz 2014 award”. This award is given based on customer satisfaction.

Saratoga Signature Furniture and Interior’s 3,000 square foot showroom located at 82 Church St. in Saratoga Springs is filled with furniture from all the major furniture manufacturers. They offer a full line of services including room planning, color consultation, window treatment design, and re-upholstery. From window treatments to lamps, wall art and accessories, they provide all the finishing touches that will give your home its own signature look.

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This award from Houzz is a testament to what clients have come to expect from Saratoga Signature; their commitment to customer satisfaction and making sure how best to interpret the client’s needs. They serve customers throughout the Capital District and Adirondack region and are able to ship anywhere in the country. Bringing effortless and impeccable style to homes for the past 22 years… Saratoga Signature Furniture & Interiors. g

GNH Lumber, Inc. 11513 State Route 32 • Greenville, NY 12083 • 518.966.5333 898 New Loudon Road • Latham, NY 12110 •





ore than just wood and screws, building is about people and meeting their needs.

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GNH provided cabinetry in the towering brick building housing the Capital City Rescue Mission’s new transitional living program apartments and the new home for the Mission’s Clothing Distribution Center in Albany. GNH worked with the Albany revitalization project to supply Marvin Integrity brand windows, facilitating the completion of transformational development projects in the area.

homeowners, remodelers, builders and design professionals. When participating on a project, GNH never loses site of the end consumer.

A family-owned and operated business with more than 78 years of experience, GNH expanded their operation in 2013. Their exclusive Design Showcase, a full-service window and door, kitchen and bath showroom is located on New Loudon Road in Latham, NY.

The Ronald McDonald House, a place of respite for families of sick children, helps millions of people nationwide, but still is faced with the hard decision of having to turn people away due to lack of space. GNH helped with their recent expansion within the region.

GNH is a Marvin and Marvin Integrity dealer servicing Greene, Albany, Saratoga and surrounding counties. Marvin windows and doors are handcrafted in America by master craftsmen. Each window and door is made to order, with an unwavering focus on quality, service and innovation. g

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Lasting Impressions Landscaping 6 Plantation Court • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.584.5259 •


tarting in junior high school, Scott N E R Chaloupka was WT NO outside, mowing lawns for his neighbors. He then went on to earn a degree in landscape development and honed his skills in different facets of the industry before beginning Lasting Impressions Landscaping services nearly 20 years ago.


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Focusing on the design, installation and maintenance of functional and beautiful outdoor spaces is what he’s been doing ever since. Based in Saratoga, but travelling as far south as New Jersey and as far North as Schroon

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Lake, his team strives for quality, integrity and honesty in their work. With a high number of returning clients as a testament to these values, it is not only a lasting impression that Chaloupka is building, but lasting relationships, as well. Whether they are creating a landscape from the ground up, or re-creating older, outdated landscapes, Chaloupka communicates with clients, discussing plants and materials to maximize the value of every dollar spent. g

Green Conscience 33 Church Street • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.306.5196 •




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ou’ll sleep in comfort on a Savvy Rest — without worry about breathing in whatever your mattress is breathing out.

Toxic chemicals are used widely in the mattress and bedding industries today, and their long-term effects are worrisome. Whether you need a super-soft top or extra-firm support—even both—your Savvy Rest natural mattress will be made just for you. The benefits of natural latex include supreme comfort, support and pressure relief. It performs consistently for decades—natural mattresses made with these materials will outlast most conventional mattresses. Visit Green Conscience where the knowledgeable staff will assist you in a low pressure environment. g

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Concord Pools & Spas 156 Sparrowbush Road, Latham NY 12110 • 136 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.783.8976 • • 518.587.4949




hake off that winter chill and slide into a warm water abyss created by the experts at Concord Pools & Spas.

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Resort-style outdoor living can be achieved with the Capital Region’s largest in-ground swimming pool builder. In their 43 years in operation, Concord Pools has installed more than 10,000 pools in the Capital Region. Concord Pools has installed pool as far south as Kingston, as well as in Massachusetts and Vermont.

Photo by Paul Castle

Photo by Paul Castle

This negative edge pool was cantilevered off the edge of an extreme slope. Over 450 tons of material was brought in to create the platform for this project. The resulting pool is a beautiful blend of natural stone, stamped concrete and natural elements with a breathtaking view.

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Concord Photo by Paul Castle Pools does a lot more than install amazing pools. They do the designing, building and servicing of spas and saunas, outdoor renovations, safety covers, pool openings and closings. They will help you create an entire outdoor entertainment environment. An integrated design approach incorporates custom water features, landscaped slides, custom stairs and benches around deluxe outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and outdoor living rooms to create your own unique personal backyard oasis. Behind the fantasy is the strength of an innovative and award-winning company. Concord Pools was the first to pioneer the use of radiant heat in swimming pools. A radiant heating system utilizes a modulating boiler and PEX tubing in the concrete floor of the pool. The result is an incredibly efficient source of heat for a swimming pool. Concord Pools was also one of the first companies to perfect construction techniques for negative edge vinyl-lined pools. Their patented I-Beam brace system is like no other brace in the industry and supports pool decking from settling and shifting.

This project boasts a spectacular outdoor space with a free-form pool design. A natural stone landscape custom slide with adjoining spillover spa are the focal point of this design. The large patio area is done in a premium paver including a natural stone fire pit.

Concord’s accomplishments have been featured in numerous industry and national publications and have received multiple national and regional awards. They were voted one of the top three pool companies in America by Pool and Spa News, they are a seven time recipient of the coveted Master of Design Award and were voted a lifetime member of the AQUA 100 Hall of Fame by AQUA Magazine. Concord Pool’s President Michael A. Giovanone is a certified building professional and instructor for the Advanced Education Program at the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals as well as Chairman of the Latham International Dealer Advisory Board, the largest manufacturer of in-ground swimming pool components in North America. Concord Pools is the pool builder with the proven track record that can transform a backyard into a place where magic happens. g

Concord Pools has installed more than 10,000 pools in the Capital Region...

From the simplest to the most complex designs, Concord Pools works to make dreams into reality. Whether it’s a negative edge pool cantilevered off the edge of an extreme slope, a freeform pool with custom concrete accents or anything in between, when clients hire Concord Pools they know the end result will be something beautiful.

The time is now to start building the backyard of your dreams.

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The Furniture House 1254 Route 9P



Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


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Unusual multifunctional furniture is also the usual at The Furniture House. From coffee tables that transform into dining tables to murphy beds that are also desks, to bunk beds and under-storage beds there are lots of ways to get great value while maximizing space at The Furniture House. g

possible to their customers by offering high quality furniture that starts off where the other furniture stores end, said their sales and home designer Dale Buchard. Conversation sofas outsell other styles at The Furniture House four to one. Available in all sizes and in styles from traditional to contemporary, they are great for any room, said Buchard.

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DiSiena Furniture 115 Round Lake Ave




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iltered through the misty sunlight, the colors are hazy and muted, as if seen through a memory.

Nostalgia is a strong motivator, and this year’s furniture trends are reflecting that. Rich in history and style, well-made and classically-designed, the pieces evoke a delightful sense of discovery, hinting at a graceful displacement of time and space. The silver of an industrial-style metal table glistens in the palette of monochromatic neutrals filling the showrooms at DiSiena Furniture this season. Lustrous upholstered grey fabrics matched with weathered and distressed wood are contrasted against the intrinsic beauty of deep charcoals and decadent chocolate browns. The look and durability of leather is continuing to keep it at the top of the list in furniture covering choices, said DiSiena’s owner Carol Zappone.

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Greens, as if dusted by nature’s dew, crisp blues the color of water and a touch of berry tones, like a small treasure hidden in the forest, are in this year’s decorating forecast. Warmed with pinks from champagne-colored to clay or sepia tones… natural meets urban as functionality is served up with style. From rustic elegance to metropolitan casual, DiSiena has been furnishing the region for more than half a century. DiSiena Furniture started in 1947 in the family’s garage and grew bit by bit; first taking over the garden area and then expanding to the point where it is today; with an enormous selection spread across 85,000 square feet, and through three buildings. g

Saratoga Zymurgist 112 Excelsior Avenue • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.580.9785 • N TRE



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needs, the Saratoga Zymurgist is a retail store for people who want to learn about, or expand their knowledge of brewing beer, wine, cheese, vinegar or kumbucha. Reed Antis has been making beer and wine for more than 30 years. In addition to having the right ingredients and supplies for each hobby, Reed and his wife, co-owner Mary Antis, offer instruction and encouragement for new and experienced fermenters. From simple to detailed advice, they can help you make a better brew. The Saratoga Zymurgist holds a cider celebration and participates in American Homebrewers Association events including National Home Brew Day in May and National Teach a Person to Brew Day in the fall. In addition to their retail location in downtown Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Zymurgist offers special pre-order programs and accepts orders online. g

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John D. Marcella Appliances 560 Broadway • Schenectady, NY 12305 • 518.381.1957 •





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s Visiting John D. Marcella y a w might help you see Al ying Appliances what trying a little bit harder can Tr rder look like. Ha business The family owned and operated has served the Capital District


for over 65 years. With an expansive 17,000 square feet of the newest and latest appliances, full kitchen displays and home theater equipment; you can start off by viewing, interacting with, and learning about their products in person. “Our new showroom on Broadway in Schenectady is stateof-the-art design and displays all of the latest in built-in and professional appliances. Our salespeople are constantly learning all of the newest and latest models that are available today. Their knowledge is great in helping customers design the kitchen of their dreams!” commented owner John Marcella. Marcella opened the business in 1947 after seeing the large gap created in the market as families were again taking shape in the United States after World War II. It is one of the last remaining family-owned and operated appliance stores in the area.

Offering a long list of name brand kitchen, outdoor kitchen, laundry, home audio, TV, and video equipment in addition to home automation supplies, today Marcella’s has grown into the 13th largest single-showroom appliance dealers in the United States and the 84th largest appliance retailer, in the company of well-known industry giants such as Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, and Best Buy, according to Twice Magazine. This allows them to offer competitive prices but hasn’t hindered their commitment to excellent customer service. A member of the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, they have been voted the Number One Appliance Retailer by Capital Region Living Magazine for the last three years. A professional service department on-site with five factory trained technicians and an expert installation team outfits individual consumers as well as large commercial, single family, and multi-family builders and government agencies in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. No matter what the size or scope of your appliance needs, Marcella’s sales and service is equipped to serve you. “If you are planning a remodel or a 400-unit multi-family housing facility we are staffed and ready for you,” said Marcella. “We offer the best prices and services available today because we do try harder to please.” g

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New Visions Kitchens & Baths 252 Washington Street • Saratoga, NY 12866 • 518.584.4499 •


014 was a standout year for Capitol District Supply’s G DIN N New Visions showrooms. RE WT “We took what customers O N were asking for… to create a kitchen and bath store that catered to new design trends, and the high customer service standards people expect,” says Alfred Cortese, showrooms’ manager. “Our inaugural year with our re-invisioned Saratoga showroom could not have been any better. Being named an Elite Kitchen Dealer by Decora Cabinetry for 2015 is a great honor.”

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Though their New Visions showrooms are new to the public, Capitol District Supply has had kitchen and bath showrooms since its founding in 1945. Hyman Zima was a World War II Purple Heart veteran who made the Capital Region his home after the war. “Grandpa’s legacy taught an amazing work ethic. He would drive down to New York City almost nightly and find material that contractors and

homeowners needed back in the Capital region,” says Hana Sullenger, Marketing Manager. As one of the first industry suppliers to have retail-friendly showrooms, today they are reimagining the showroom experience with New Visions Kitchens and Baths. New kitchens and bath displays were added and updated in both the Saratoga Springs and Schenectady locations in 2013 & 2014. With certified kitchen and bath designers using 2020 CAD design software on-site, customers are ensured a technologically advanced and trendy new kitchen or bath. Constantly competing with big box home supply stores, Sullenger knows that customers want to buy from local experts especially when it comes to peoples biggest assets, their homes. “We say “Don’t be Big Boxed!” Come to a place where we won’t create an unrealistic flyer price to only sticker shock you when you are ready to buy. Come to a place that has been keeping your dollars local for 70 years with our 30 employees,” Sullenger says. New Visions and Capitol are excited for 2015 to get started. With their 70th Birthday later in the year, they like to say the company is 70 years young. “The community has been great to us for literally generations!” g 38  |  Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2015

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fter a long day of home improvements, it’s nice to relax and kick back with a good drink, but what should you have tonight?


We’re not the best because we’re the oldest, we’re the oldest because we’re the best. – Gail Purdy Brophy

70-72 Congress St Plaza

At Purdy’s Discount Wines and Liquors in Saratoga there’s plenty to choose from. After relocating to Congress Street Plaza from Broadway in 1997, they have expanded twice and now showcase an unbelievable inventory, said owner Gail Purdy Brophy. Offering Saratoga’s largest selection of fine wines and spirits since 1960, they stock local, domestic and wines from all over the world. Purdy’s offers specialty wines including: organic, sulfite-free, non-alcoholic, vermouths, aperitifs and an astounding selection of spirits. Don’t know what to choose? Purdy’s staff can teach you which wines are dry, which are sweet, those that have a rich, fruity flavor, which are light-bodied and everything in between. They can suggest how to pair wines with dinner, match their flavor intensity and balance taste combinations. Being in business for more than 51 years is a testament to Purdy’s expertise and resilience. “We’re not the best because we’re the oldest, we’re the oldest because we’re the best,” Brophy said. Whether you are a faithful customer or new to the store, you can look forward to Purdy’s still being your Saratoga source for discount wines and liquors for another 50 years. g

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Hudson Solar 125 Wolf Road • Albany, NY 12205 • 1.866.452.7652 •


rowing up, Jeff Irish kept an eye on energy D REN costs. Spurred on by T W NO the 1970’s oil crisis and decades of rising oil prices, he was drawn to the benefits of solar energy. In 2002, he installed solar panels on his barn, one of the few people in the region to do so at that time. Word spread of his innovative solutions, and neighbors, family and friends started requesting his help. Soon, a business was born.


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Today, with more than 10 years in the solar industry, Hudson Solar has two regional offices and a large staff with the expertise and experience to design and install complete solar systems. In addition to home use, Hudson Solar has an extensive portfolio of projects that includes electric vehicle charging stations, agricultural, school, government and corporate applications. Working from the belief that every installation deserves a customized approach, they offer free energy evaluations to discuss options and answer questions for homes and businesses,

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while considering everything from available space and energy needs to local weather patterns and more. For Hudson Solar, leading the way in the shift to clean, secure energy generation consists of helping clients arrange financing options, handling the utilities paperwork and providing warranted service after installation. With recognitions including the 2014 Times Union Top Workplaces Award, being a 2013 SunPower Intelegant Award Finalist, the 2012 & 2013 NYSERDA Highest Home Efficiency Award, and the 2011 NYS Excellence in Quality Award , among others, Hudson Solar is delivering reliable power and real savings. g

Mangino Buick GMC 1484 Saratoga Road • Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518.885.5301 ext. 130 •




hey knocked down the old to make way for the new at Mangino Buick GMC in Ballston Spa.

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Brand new from the ground up, their state-of-the-art 35,000 square foot building is offering new vehicles and new services, but they are staying focused on customer comfort and convenience.

“It makes it look like its right out of the auto show,” said Mangino. They’ve got the space to have plenty in stock, as well. Since they no longer are restricted by the size of their facility, Mangino Buick GMC has also installed new lifts in their service department so they can work on large trucks and buses.

“There’s a brand new showroom, brand new everything,” said general manager Ralph Mangino, Jr.

Mangino’s is a family-run, full-service facility. They offer the full line of new Buick and GMC cars and trucks a large selection of certified pre-owned vehicles, extended warranties and accessories. They are a General Motors number-one ranked dealer for customer sales and service satisfaction, an award they take very seriously.

The space allows for drive-thru transactions and has an indoor car delivery area. It features a comfortable customer amenity lounge that provides work stations with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV’s, and a fireplace.

With no high pressure sales or gimmicks; just honest pricing for everyone, it’s nice to know that even amidst a sea of change, there are some things that are staying the same at Mangino Buick GMC.

“We live in the Northeast, so anytime we can get customers inside and out of the elements is a good thing,” he said.

Mangino said “Everything that we’ve done; everything, is for growing and going into the future. It was a necessity - we needed to do it. It’s good for us and good for the customer. It was time to roll with the wave, so to speak.” g

Even when it’s snowing or raining outside you get to have your shiny new car delivered to you, clean and dry, inside under the showroom lights.

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Home Technology Inspections, LLC. 239 Potter Road • Gansevoort, NY 12831 518.792.3240 •



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For instance, any home can have a radon problem. Radon; a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, can get into a home through cracks in the foundation, flooring and in spaces around drains and pipes.

oing into a property sale blind to hidden problems can be a costly mistake.

Whether it is new construction, a renovated structure or a historical building, the independent and unbiased inspections done by the experienced and certified professionals at Home Technology Inspections can prevent unpleasant surprises, allowing you to buy or sell a home with confidence. Home Technology Inspections find health and safety hazards by examining a building’s structural integrity, conducting thermal imaging tests, and checking the lead, asbestos and mold levels, among others.

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B.D.B. Paving & General Contracting, Inc. 831 Route 67, Building 39A • Ballston Spa, NY 12020 • 518.490.2190 •




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hen you’re inviting someone onto your property, you want to know it’s someone you can trust.

You may run into Brad and Katie Bovee at the grocery store, or see them at the doctor’s office, and that’s just the way they want it.

“We are everyday people doing work for you,” said Katie. After being a teacher in Colonie for many years, she joined her husband Brad to start BDB Paving & General Contracting, Inc. in 2007. Providing high-quality, professional, commercial and residential property maintenance services at a fair price, they want to create lasting relationships with their clients. This year they added a bigger paver machine and a dump truck to their arsenal of equipment, allowing them to offer an expanded and more versatile array of services. This includes paving and sealcoating, sales of bulk sealer, creating decorative and stamped asphalt, paver brick hardscapes, patios, retaining walls and walkways. In addition to offering commercial snow removal, they mix and

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sell bulk treated and untreated salt. BDB Paving is fully insured and always provides free estimates. BDB Paving & General Contracting has the benefit of experience and the desire to stay as a small neighborhood company serving Saratoga County and the Capital District. They belong to many regional business organizations and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. “We want to stay true to ourselves and true to our customers,” said Katie. “We don’t give you no bull!” g

Invisible Fence of Northern NY 1532 Route 9 • Clifton Park NY 12065 • 518.587.0032 •


thousands of customized settings available, can be programmed to keep dogs off the couch, from digging in the garden or out of the trash. Cats can be trained to stay off the counter or tabletop, as well.

he love of a pet G DIN N can be such E TR W a comfort — NO that adoring look in their eyes, their fascination as they sniff and explore, and their sometimes kooky behaviors.

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Finding that a pet has run away from home can be devastating. When his poodle, Cali, was just 6-months-old, Steve Rentz started using Invisible Fence brand products to keep her safe and happy. Pleased with his experience, when the opportunity came along to purchase the local dealership, he quickly took advantage of it. Invisible Fence of Northern NY has provided pet containment solutions to more than 8,000 homeowners in the area since 1987. Tailoring to the needs of the homeowner and providing a free in-home consultation, their trademark Perfect Start Plus training program has a 99.5 percent success rate.

The system works differently when there are multiple pets in the home, so owners do not have to worry. The sensation that is emitted from the collar is a slight electrical pulse, a static-signal no stronger than the shock one gets from walking across the carpet and then touching a metal doorknob - not enough to hurt, but it certainly gets your attention. wire-free pet fences and collars that continue to remain active until the pet is back in the yard ensure that pets will not roam unguarded.

Providing freedom for your pet and peace of mind for your family, Invisible Fence brand products come with a 1-year money-back guarantee and lifetime warranties.

Invisible Fence also has an innovative shield system that can help solve problem pet behaviors. The computerized collars, with

Invisible Fence of Northern NY sells and services 13 counties within the area and can help create a better life for you and your pet. g

Designed and approved by animal behaviorists, trainers, and veterinarians, Invisible Fence solutions can work for many different sizes and types of animals. The featherweight MicroLite brand collar weighs just one ounce, allowing it to be worn by even the smallest breeds of dogs and cats. Rentz has outfitted pet pigs, cows and sheep with the collars. Recently his team completed installations that protected a family’s Blood Hounds, a breed that can be difficult to contain due to their natural hunting instincts. From large farms to small yards, the system’s concept stays the same, while the technology has only gotten smaller and better over the years. GPS-based

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4th Generation Awning Company 50 Wetsel Road • Troy, NY 12182 • 518.235.4474 •




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ypically, awnings are a bit like umbrellas; most noticeable when they are absent. It’s not until the rain starts dripping on your head or the sun shines in your eyes that you appreciate how useful they really are.

Once you start looking up, it’s easy to see awnings are everywhere.

Providing premium awning design, installation and service to residential, commercial and industrial properties for more than 50 years, 4th Generation Awning Company has got you covered. Respected because of their custom builds, 4th Generation Awning Company delivers a truly individualized product in a faster turn-around time than competitors that are at the whim of the production assembly lines, said owner Daniel Levesque. “Everything that comes out of our shop we make ourselves. There are not a whole lot of people that manufacture

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everything they put out. We do everything from start to finish,” said Levesque. With their new industrial heat sealer, they are able to fuse together the premium, durable, weather-resistant Sunbrella awning fabric. When a client requests that signage or a logo be incorporated, they do not iron-on vinyl lettering, which can peel in just a few years. Instead, they use oil-based paints, which last forever. From Lake George to Hudson, into Lake Placid and Vermont, 4th Generation Awning Company protects people, vehicles and property with stationary and retractable awnings. “I don’t need to be the biggest name in the phonebook, but check out our website and see our work, it speaks for itself,” said Levesque. g

Adirondack Paving 559 Alpine Meadows • Porter Corners, NY 12859 • 518.580.0580




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s spring approaches, the birds begin to sing more, the sun melts all the snow, and the earth turns into a sloppy, muddy mess.

One way to rise up out of the mud is to have your walkways, driveways, parking lots and roadways paved.

Whether you are paving for the first time, or your landscape just needs a fresh coat, Adirondack Paving is one of the area’s most trusted names in paving, said owner-operator Christian Farone. “We pave it to last. Everybody knows us, I don’t mislead anybody. I’m totally honest with people and it totally pays off,” he said. Fully insured and serving the Saratoga, Wilton and Clifton Park areas, Farone personally meets with every client, provides estimates, and from start to finish, will take care of

everything, he said. Whether it is a small project, custom plan, or one of the many contracts Adirondack Paving has completed with major regional developers to pave a hundred driveways or more within an area, they get the job done. Honest, reliable and with zero complaints on their record, they have earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating that has never wavered. With a live answering service available to take your call year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Adirondack Paving can be there for you, elevating your project up to the next level. g

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Pure Perfection Landscape and Services Inc. PO Box 3510 • Glens Falls, NY 12801 • 518.792.3600 •




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erfection is priceless and at Pure Perfection Landscape and Services the new definition of perfection includes expanding the possibilities of paver stones and outdoor spaces.

From the planning phase to the install, they work with you to find the best products for your budget; from pavers that look like wood to products with a lifetime warranty, they want to open your eyes to perfection. g

The sky’s the limit with new and exciting paver selections and outdoor features such as fireplaces, kitchens, water features, etc. All of these features allow clients to expand the use of their home and carry their personal tastes into the outdoor setting. Also new this year is the ability to resurface existing wood decks with pavers. This process is a costeffective option because it requires fewer building permits and less upkeep and maintenance than wood, said owner James O’Keefe. Details make the difference in Pure Perfection’s excavating and hardscape design, redesign and installation services.

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Saratoga National   Bank and Trust Company 171 South Broadway




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ick of renting and yearning to buy, but think you just can’t afford it? Dreaming of a remodel but resigned to the notion that it is out of reach? There are more financing options out there than you might imagine.

The broad spectrum of products offered by Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company can help give you the flexibility to finally get into that house you’ve been waiting for. “A lot of people don’t realize everything that’s out there, People think home mortgages are hard to get, but they’re really not,” said bank president Dave DeMarco. With a portfolio of choices, the mortgage originators at Saratoga National Bank can connect you to the one that best suits you. The State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) offers five mortgage programs to assist first-time homebuyers with the purchase of a home in New York State. The Veteran’s Association (VA) backed loans help military service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses to become homeowners. The flexibility of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loans are attractive to many, as well.

For someone who truly would like to build equity by buying a home, there is financing available, whether you are looking for a loan with a low down payment or a construction loan; at the variety of adjustable rate mortgages; or for a 10-, 15-, 20-, or 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. “With good community lender like us, or others, the last thing we want to do is put people in a house they can’t afford,” said DeMarco. Saratoga National, the “Thoroughbred of Banks” is ready to help you step up to the starting line. In addition to visiting one of their many branch offices, you can call to speak to their knowledgable staff, or go online to explore services that include mortgage calculators, rate quotes, and applications that can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. “I’m not sure there will ever be a better time than now,” DeMarco added. Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company is a subsidiary, along with Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company, of Arrow Financial Corporation. Saratoga National is a full-service commercial bank primarily serving Saratoga and Albany Counties. Many of the lenders have a minimum of 10 years of experience, with some having as many as 25 years of experience doing business in the community. g

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Gallivan Corporation 215 Oakwood Avenue • Troy, NY 12182 • 518-271-6100 •




ooking at the magnificent landscapes built and maintained by the Gallivan Corporation, you’d never guess it is a company that blossomed from the heart of a boy who simply liked mowing the lawn.

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Growing up on a farm, Brendan Gallivan was always happiest when he was outdoors. Working alongside his grandfather to keep the lawns meticulous, he bought his first lawn mower, used, when he was a teenager and filed the paperwork to start his own business. He started Gallivan Corporation in 1993 at the age of 14, while still attending high school. Detail-oriented and a hard worker, Gallivan understood the value of earning a dollar earlier than many. As his education in the landscape industry expanded, so did his mission to become a premier provider of landscaping services. Brendan, fueled by perseverance and a strong vision, was joined by his sister, company Vice President Shannon Gallivan, and together they have built a team of more than 100 employees. Gallivan Corporation is widely known for their quality, integrity, professionalism and project accountability while providing award-winning construction, landscape design and management services. Recognized year after year by the nationally-renowned Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the talented experts at Gallivan Corporation shape properties into truly enjoyable spaces.

A first-generation business that strives to be your first choice in property solutions, the Gallivan Corporation offers an array of services. They will design, build and install entire landscapes that include lighting, pools and other water features. Creating the feeling of having a vacation spot in your own backyard is a challenge that they have excelled at. The Gallivan Corporation also offers landscape maintenance and enhancements including fertilization and plantings. Then, when winter rolls around, they will even hang up your holiday lighting and décor, and provide snow and ice management services. With two locations; their Troy, N.Y. facility serves the immediate Capital District, the Southern Adirondacks including the Saratoga Region and the Northern Hudson Valley. Southeastern Vermont and Western Massachusetts are serviced from their Pownal, VT site. In addition to residential properties, Gallivan Corporation creates welcoming outdoor scenes for larger venues. Recently they erected the Grotto at Siena College, which is modeled after the famous shrine in Lourdes, France, where, in the 19th century, the Blessed Mother appeared to a peasant 14-year-old girl who would later become St. Bernadette. The creation of this sacred space for prayer on the Siena campus incorporates the spirit of the original with a miniature stream and candles sheltered under a stone arch. g

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WOW Restaurants, Inc. 440 Broadway • Saratoga Springs, NY • 518.587.0534 • 74 Weibel Ave • Saratoga Springs, NY • 518.763.BWP5 • 54 Crossing Blvd • Clifton Park, NY • 518.383.4444 •




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fter a hard day’s work, nothing is more satisfying than good food served with something tasty to drink.

This is just one reason why the recently opened bar and grill B.W.P. (Beer Wine Pizza) has been attracting quite the following.

Featuring craft beers made from unique ingredients, boutique wines full of vitality, and hand-tossed pizza on the menu along with hearty pub food, restaurant owners Tim and Colleen Holmes hope to create a hospitable local gathering place where people can relax. BWP is the latest in a series of restaurants under the WOW Restaurants Inc. name, founded on the couple’s mission to literally “wow” their restaurants’ guests with outstanding food and service. Within their group of nearly 100 employees is the sincere desire to create warm and welcoming experiences for patrons at all of their establishments. Originally moving to the region to be close to Tim’s children, the couple bought the already established downtown Saratoga Springs restaurant, The Wheat Fields, in 2004. They changed the name to Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar, added a new bar and lounge area, doubling the space, and upgraded the kitchen to offer a more diversified menu. The restaurant’s thriving success led them to open Clifton Park’s Wheatfields Bistro and Wine Bar in 2009. Wheatfields Catering was honored to cater Tim’s oldest daughter’s wedding this past July. g

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Heritage Wide Plank Flooring 250 David Court • Calverton, NY 11933 • 1.877.777.4200





he unique beauty of wide plank flooring can be seen among the swirls in its rich grain, showing off the history of the wood and the workmanship of its crafter.

oor d l f y r eve is mille ! boardheir shop “I have always had a love for the in t natural beauty of wood,” said John

Bullis, the Capital Region’s Heritage Wide Plank Flooring representative. Bullis has enjoyed a lifelong hobby of constructing fine Adirondack camp style wood furniture. Widening his perspective, he was able to fill a void that previously existed in the market, applying the knowledge of wood he gained through this experience and using it to build a career providing high quality wide plank flooring at a fair price. Made from pines and American hardwoods, Heritage Wide Plank Flooring is custom crafted exclusively by Riverhead Building Supply, a company consisting of roughly 500 employees that has been the supplier of choice for quality-conscious builders, contractors, architects and homeowners in southeastern New York and southeastern New England for more than sixty-five years. Everyone at the company has the same mission — to provide exceptional customer service and to make sure your project goes smoothly. Every floorboard is milled in their New York shop to precise specifications and then can be

shipped anywhere in the country, as well as to select locations internationally. Cut from antique reclaimed lumber and from trees that have been responsibly harvested from managed forests, a full line of samples are available to help you choose the right species and finish for your home. Their experienced craftsmen retain the longest lengths and widest widths possible from the wood, ensuring that your project will have fewer seams than those that would result from utilizing planks narrower in design. Seams can be distracting, obscuring the natural beauty of the wood. In contrast, the wide, solid Heritage Wide Plank Flooring boards greatly simplify the design, allowing the exceptional magnificence of the wood to stand out. The enduring beauty and distinctive characteristics exhibited by wide plank flooring can enhance the warm ambiance of any room. Heritage Wide Plank Flooring was recently used in an unexpected way to complete an elegant look. American White Oak sliced from logs when it is milled in a “French Cut” style gives it an antique appearance. This French Cut Oak was used on a feature wall over the fireplace, nicely complimenting the flooring. “We think beyond the floors when recommending and specifying our Heritage Wide Plank Flooring. The possibilities are endless,” said Bullis. g

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Earl B. Feiden Appliance 1771 Rt. 9 • Clifton Park, NY • 785 Rt. 9 • Latham, NY • 661 Broadway • Kingston, NY 518.785.8555 •





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found at Earl B. Feiden Appliance.

As a member of the largest appliance buying group in the country and with three stores located in Clifton Park, Latham, and Kingston; Feiden Appliance serves up convenient shopping options. Earl B. Feiden Appliance carries over 50 brands — from traditional models to the latest innovative products — both American made and from around the world, at competitively low prices. Shopping at Earl B. Feiden Appliance is about more than just the great products and good prices. They are “The Store Good Service Built”.

With more than 70 employees including sales associates, delivery, installation and service technicians who are factory-trained and certified to perform quality in-home repairs, there is always someone to help you find and maintain those appliances that make a difference to you. A member of their sales team is even a Culinary Institute of America Graduate Chef, ensuring that you are getting the best equipment for your cooking adventures. In the early 1900’s Earl B. Feiden started out harvesting ice from a pond on the family farm located on Watervliet Shaker Road and delivering it to homes by horse and wagon for placement inside an ice box, which was an early, and labor-intensive, form of refrigeration used to preserve food. As new mechanical refrigerators were introduced, Feiden responded to the growing interest from his customers to repair and sell more appliances. He transformed the family garage into a showroom for the new electric appliances and radios that were emerging onto the market. In 1947, Earl B. Feiden Appliance opened in Latham Circle. The family farm and family business still stand strong today. The expertise that one gains by staying in business so long not only affords Earl B. Feiden Appliance the tremendous knowledge and ability to help everyone find the appliances they’re looking for, but also the insight that helping the community extends beyond the showroom floor. The projects most special to the family of Earl B. Feiden Appliance companies aren’t always remodeling or appliance related. The good fortune that comes along with being a successful business is the ability to support many local and national charities. Earl B. Feiden Appliance has donated refrigerators and ranges to Schoharie County flood relief efforts and supported the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and Protecting the Paws in Blue, an organization that provides bullet and stab proof vests for law enforcement dogs. g

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Toadflax Nursery 1621 Route 9 • Fort Edward, NY 12828 • 518.793.2886 •




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scaping into the joy of a beautiful garden can be as simple as opening the door and taking a step outside.

It was a love of plants, and specifically flowers that led Rich Morris to take up flower arranging. He began Toadflax Nursery more than 25 years ago, as an outlet for his creativity. It evolved into providing plants and providing maintenance of these plants for clients, as well. As the years went on, Morris noticed a void in the marketplace for total landscape design-build solutions. “People needed help in creating a backyard oasis and we were just the right people to get the job done. We knew the ins and outs of creative landscape design and how to make a uniquely beautiful setting,” said Morris.

Along with the nursery, Toadflax is an award-winning landscape design and build firm with a professional design team and experienced construction, landscape and maintenance crews.

Today, Toadflax Nursery is a successful nursery and garden center with 11 greenhouses and acres of land that hold a vast assortment of top quality plant material, hard goods and natural stone products.

The landscape design and build team identifies landscaping as an extension of the architecture. Toadflax uses these insights to create beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces for their many clients throughout the area.

Toadflax also has an aquatic plant production business that provides subaquatic vegetation to restore the plant life in postdredging environments.

Taking on each project with the belief that it should be a genuinely unique landscape masterpiece, the Toadflax team strives to create beautiful functional landscapes. “Each new project is unique in its own way. This is the best part about the business we are in. We get to continually create new and attractive spaces. Each site holds different opportunities than the next. We are constantly coming up with new, innovative ways to overcome various issues and turn a problem into a possibility,” said Morris. Whether it’s a stone wall that also holds up a garden bed or a stone patio that acts as a water retention area, Toadflax personalizes each landscape feature to the client’s needs and desires. Outdoor living spaces that feel as comfortable and inviting as the rooms in the home are possible. Through the use of the right materials added with the use of a well-designed plan, your landscape can be a one-of-a-kind backyard oasis that you will enjoy for many years to come. g

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Bellamy Construction 6684 Amsterdam Rd.




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n life, like sports, there are certain defining make-it-or-break-it moments. Entering into a home remodeling or construction project can be one of these moments.

Here you go. It’s game time. You’ve decided to remodel your home but choosing a contractor can be difficult. You should look at yourself like the owner of the team, advises the experts at Bellamy Construction. Choosing your remodeling contractor can be like picking the team’s general manager. It’s the manager’s job to pull together the right group of players for your project so that you are sure to come out a winner. Get into the game with Bellamy Construction. As a fullservice building and remodeling firm, their master craftsmen can help you with your home improvement, custom home building and excavation needs.v Bellamy Construction offers a complete package of services and can handle any curveballs that might be thrown into the mix to ensure your project stays on course. They work with you through the necessary processes of zoning, building permits, design, product selection and construction. Serving clients in a 60-mile radius around Scotia, one of the company’s greatest strengths is that they offer their clientele a single point of contact and work one-on-one with the homeowners.

Bellamy Construction is a family business. Bruce and Sharon Bellamy started it in 1975 and when brothers Greg and Brian took over ownership, not only was it a rite of passage but a decision inspired by a true appreciation for building. They grew up learning about the construction trade from their parents and are well-known in the community. It’s the balance that exists between the brothers as they play on each other’s strengths that makes for a comprehensive building partnership. It’s their experience that makes the difference. Along with their skilled team of more than 30 employees, Bellamy Construction is able to analyze each project and offer solid solutions that are unique to you. Bellamy Construction is proud to have been inducted to Remodeling Magazine’s BIG 50 which recognizes the extraordinary impact they’ve had on the communities they serve, along with their professionalism, integrity and the role that they’ve had taking the lead in raising the industry standards through exemplary business practices and unique designs. Bellamy Construction is a member of numerous organizations that attest to their commitment to maintaining the highest standards. These include the National Association of Home Builders, Capital Region Builders & Remodelers and the New York State Builders Association. They are E.P.A. L.E.A.D. Certified along with a Certified Green Builder and Graduate Remodeler, among others. At Bellamy Construction, they are working not only to get you a home run, but to knock it right out of the park. g

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The Wood Carte 1063 Route 9 • Queensbury, NY • 518.793.7655 •




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here’s no way around it. Who you are becomes a part of what you make. The Amish people have a tradition of service. A community strengthened by humility and a deep respect for others, they work together for the benefit of all.

“They try hard to please and you can see that in the work they do,” said Chris Carte, President and owner of The Wood Carte. Working with Amish builders from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, The Wood Carte has the largest collection of Amish-made wood furniture in upstate NY. The wisdom and unparalleled workmanship that goes into Amish furniture results in a better quality product with a longer lifespan than what can be imitated by mass production manufacturers focused on speed and profit.

In addition to the reclaimed wood and Amish-made furniture, The Wood Carte’s huge selection includes styles from the rustic to the refined for the kitchen and dining room, living room, bedroom, home entertainment area and home office. Unique American-made home accessories and gift items are offered, as well. When it is indoors, the benefits of real wood are extraordinary, but for the outdoors, Carte advocates Polywood furniture. Over time, wood furniture that is exposed to the elements can degrade, but durable, solid and long-lasting polywood gives you the classic look of wood without any of the maintenance. Made from 100 percent recycled bottles, Polywood furniture requires no waterproofing, painting or sealing. It is easy to wash; quick to dry and it won’t crack, mildew or rot.

“It’s a combination of excellent quality at a fair price, and that’s hard to beat,” said Carte. Their full line of furniture made by another group with similar values, the Mennonite craftsmen, includes one of the store’s best-sellers; a reclaimed wood farmhouse table with heavy legs and a thick top. A good reuse of materials, reclaimed wood is gathered from barns that are dismantled and then converted into furniture. “You can’t duplicate what we see in the reclaimed barn wood,” explains Carte. “It’s the beauty of it – every piece is unique. It has lots of character. It’s not something that can be replicated through manmade procedures.” 62  |  Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2015

New to the store this spring will be the “Presidential-style” polywood rocking chair. Developed from customer requests, Carte worked with an Amish builder to provide it exclusively to The Wood Carte. “I’m pretty excited. It should be a nice addition to a lot of people’s homes,” he said. g

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Phinney Design Group 142 Grand Avenue • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518.587.7120 •





we-inspiring structures that utilize sustainable and environmentally sensitive construction methods are the Phinney Design Group’s specialty.

d r a w a ning winsign ! Phinney Design Group’s founding Mike Phinney, an awardde winningprincipal, design consultant, worked on the

very first certified green building in New York State in 2001 and the first certified green building in the Adirondack Park in 2007. Tosday, his firm continues to be an environmental leader, introducing revolutionary ideas that focus on using materials efficiently, responding to climate considerations and on construction that has a minimal impact on the local natural environment while simultaneously creating a healthy indoor environment. Using a team approach to balance aesthetics, budget and schedule requirements ensures that the historical, residential, and commercial properties commissioned are developed, revitalized and adapted to the modern client’s needs while enhancing the communities surrounding them. g

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Capital District   Contractors & Decks Inc. 112 Oakbrook Commons • Clifton Park, NY 12065 518.371.9950 •




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ave Bernacki couldn’t have built Capital District Contractors & Decks into the largest sunroom and deck builders in the Capital District without providing a sense of satisfaction in his customers that was a level above the rest.

For more than 25 years his tradesmen have been crafting unique and affordable structures from the ground up. Because nothing is prefabricated or manufactured, everything can be completely customized to the homeowners’ needs and specifications. “Don’t move, improve,” advises Bernacki. “Adding a sunroom or deck can add a whole new vision to the look of a house. Adding that type of comfort, it’s big,” he said. Capital District Contractors & Decks offers home improvement additions that provide improved living by extending the usable area of a home. They have designed and built hundreds of structures and offer insider industry knowledge and expertise.

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Bernacki invites clients to view his previous work in person and to talk to his references face-toface. Servicing the entire Capital District; from Rensselaer to Warren County, there is likely to be a Capital District Contractors & Decks site to visit near you. Fully insured, Capital District Contractors & Decks receives payment only when the job is completed and the customer is satisfied. That kind of outstanding service was recently recognized when Capital District Contractors & Decks received the highest award given out by Angie’s List; the 2013 Super Service Award, along with an A + rating with the Better Business Bureau. g

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