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Besties 2015: All of the People and Places Winners

The best of the best of the Capital Region for 2015.


Winner Bold
Afternoon Anchor
Subrina Dhammi
NewsChannel 13

What a year Subrina has had.  A new baby girl and another recognition for the wonderful work she does at NewsChannel 13. As part of both the morning team with Phil Bayly and Paul Ciano and the afternoon slot, Sabrina continues to show herself as one of the area’s finest in broadcasting.
Evening Anchor
John Gray/Anchor
News Channel 10

We do and cannot be impartial when writing about John Gray.  He is a big part of our Capital Region Living Magazine and does everything so well. His heart is in our area and his on-air broadcasting reflects this as well as a whole bunch of talent. Bravo John, we are so proud of you.
Morning Anchor Team
Phil Bayly/Paul Caiano/
Subrina Dhammi
NewsChannel 13

I am not sure what is more regular, setting an alarm to waking up with Phil, Paul and Subrina or their winning the Best Of Readers’ Poll at Capital Region Living Magazine. They are certainly the beginning of most of our area’s mornings. Each day, fresh faced, witty and, most importantly, a calming force for the day ahead. A day without these three wonderful broadcasters is a day without sunshine.
Steve Capporizzo
Meteorologist, News 10

Is it too strong to say that we love this meteorologist? I don’t think so. A perennial winner in our readers’ poll and a devoted—and I mean devoted—animal lover and protector. What Steve does for this area to help our four-legged friends is quite amazing. The only thing larger than his devotion to animals is his heart.
Music Radio
The Cat 100.9 FM
#1 for new country

If you love country music, this winner will certainly not be a surprise to you. Mornings with Jake & Dana can rev your engines early each day, and the rest of the day, this dynamic station brings you all the newest country music and entertainment.
Radio Personality
Shawn, Ritchie & Bethany
107.7 WGNA

Bethany Linderman joined the show a little over a year ago, so it’s now a three-person dynamic morning show featuring the best in country music and fun. Have you ever tuned in for Your Town Thursday? It’s always a lot of fun to listen to and very creative.
News Radio
WGY News Radio 810 and 103.1

Politics and the news, lively talk and, of course, sports news can be counted on each day on WGY. If you love staying in touch with the world, you should put WGY on first thing in the morning and leave it on all day; it is sure to feed your news crave.
Print Journalist(tie)
John Gray
Paul Grondahl

John is smart, funny and taps into each of his loyal readers. His witty and poignant columns appear here in Capital Region Living Magazine as our “Last Page” and The Record newspaper. If you don’t either shed a tear or giggle when reading, you must not be reading John Gray.
Paul has made his career covering the news and writing some great features for our area. His work can be seen in the Times Union newspaper. With a great following and many awards for his writing, we are proud to have him in our 2015 Readers’ Poll.
Rodger Wyland,
NewsChannel 13
I have actually heard sports arguments temporarily suspended with these words: “OK, I will watch Rodger tonight to see what he is saying about this.” Now that, my readers, is power.  Rodger has been a big part of the NewsChannel 13 team since 1986. He now hosts various sport shows on air, in addition to his 6:00 and 11:00 nightly sports broadcasts.


Adirondack Inn
Mirror Lake Inn
77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid www.mirrorlakeinn.com

Relaxing and enjoying the best the Adirondacks have to offer would not be complete without a stay at Mirror Lake Inn. Warm and cozy yet complete with all the amenities that you could possibly wish for, including a world class spa. Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler are some of the many awards they have accumulated of late.
B & B (within 3 hours of the Capital Region)
Friends Lake Inn

963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown www.FriendsLake.com
The 17-room boutique hotel overlooks a small pristine lake in a rustic setting, and includes a highly acclaimed restaurant.  In 2014, Friends Lake Inn received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Each room is complete with a jacuzzi. Any time of year is perfect for a stay there and interesting packages are always offered.  Try a Bourbon Dinner or perhaps a Murder Mystery weekend set in overall excellence.
Bike Trail
Mohawk-Hudson Bike/Hike Trail www.mhbht.org

The 86 miles of trails in the Capital Region for our pleasure hiking and biking offer views that illustrate how beautiful our area really is. The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway is a Bike-Hike Trail connecting Albany and Schenectady counties. The trail is part of the statewide Canalway Trail that follows the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany.
Day Trip
Lake Placid

Shop, dine, explore history, experience the Olympic past, and the arts. Walk, kayak, run, hike, swim, ski and enjoy anything you can imagine in the Adirondacks. The choice of Lake Placid each year as our Best Day Trip is one that makes total sense to all.
Private Golf Course
Albany Country Club
300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville www.albanycc.cc

The Albany Country Club is a traditional, private membership, family-oriented social club with a golf course designed to challenge the experienced golfer, yet welcome the novice or less skilled. The history of the club is rich and the amenities are designed for enjoyment. Families are always welcomed as coming home and belonging to this history, as well as being encouraged to enjoy the present.
Public Golf Course
Van Patten Golf Club
924 Main Street, Clifton Park

Nestled in the hamlet of Jonesville in Saratoga County, Van Patten Golf Club is just minutes from Exit 10 of I-87.  This 27-hole public golf course is a challenge to all levels of handicap. Tee time reservations may be made 72 hours in advance for your convenience. The Vista can round out the experience with great food, beverages and views!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
56 Game Farm Road, Delmar

Hike alone or with family and friends, with or without a guide, on the gorgeous trails. Each of the trails, like Nature’s Accessible Backyard Trail or the 2.3 mile North Loop Trail or perhaps Wild Turkey Trail, showcases nature and wilderness like no other in our area. Grab your hiking boots and a good camera, get out in nature and enjoy. You will love it all.
Local Hotel
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany

When you combine wonderful accommodations with exceptional dining choices, ranging from the elegant AAA Four Diamond rated Scrimshaw, the casual and sophisticated Simpson’s Grille, and The Tavern, an English pub, you have a true winner anywhere. Bravo Desmond for always being reliably excellent.
Hudson Valley Inn
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz

Family-owned and operated since 1869, Mohonk Mountain House is a multi-year winner in the Capital Region Living Readers’ Poll. Mohonk is perfect for idyllic family vacations, romantic escapes, and instant getaways. The spa and dining are top notch, making for one wonderful place to enjoy.
Ice Skating
Empire State Plaza, South Mall Arterial, Albany

While the skating season may finally be over this year, the memories of gliding on the ice under the beautiful skyline in downtown Albany stay with us.  A real treat that is unique to Albany and so worth enduring the chill of winter to spend time skating in “Winter at the Plaza.”
Kid’s Camp
YMCA Camp Chingachgook
1872 Pilot Knob Road,
Kattskill Bay

YMCA Camp Chingachgook is a safe, inclusive community that is fun and rewarding for all those lucky to attend. As a result of their work, children will develop personal confidence, social responsibility and an appreciation for the natural world—and did I mention good healthy fun?
Local Winery
Altamont Winery
3001 Furbeck Road, Altamont

This local winery was born out of love of fine wines and farming. The Altamont Vineyard & Winery has become the premier location for fine wine and private events. A weekend day of tasting is a fabulous way to spend a summer day and tours can be arranged by reservation.
Place to Entertain Kids on a Summer Day
The Elm Avenue Park Pool Complex
261 Elm Avenue, Delmar

The pool complex consists of a 50-meter pool, an intermediate pool, a diving pool, two children’s spray pools, a children’s play area, locker rooms, and a concession stand and is open daily from June 10 to September 7. The kids could entertain themselves with all this available!
Saratoga State Park, Saratoga Springs

The Saratoga State Park is listed as a National Historic Landmark.  Our readers love the diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational environment. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the park is perfect for strolling and enjoying the great scenery.
Picnic Spot
Thacher State Park
1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville

The park provides a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk valleys and the Adirondack and Green mountains that is certainly appreciated by our readers. The Park also has volleyball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and numerous picnic areas. There are nine shelters that can also be reserved for the days that are not weather-perfect.
Place to Spend a Rainy Day
Spectrum 8 Theatres
290 Delaware Avenue, Albany

The Spectrum is committed to showing films that are provocative, entertaining and thought-provoking. You can see the blockbusters or perhaps a foreign film that you may not be able to see within a convenient distance.  A rainy day spent at the Spectrum is not only an enjoyable idea but also an educational one.  I can’t wait till it rains.
Sledding and Tubing
Frear Park
2701 Lavin Court, Troy

Sledding down the hills in Frear Park on a crisp chilly day is almost guaranteed to induce laughter and to wipe out the winter blues. As an added benefit, running back up those slopes is great exercise.  It’s a fun way for adults and kids to spend the day.
Reception Hall
Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Avenue, Scotia

You might say Glen Sanders is continuing to make history. The 300-year-old mansion on the banks of the Mohawk River, along with the ballroom, riverfront patio and gazebo, is a unique event setting. Our readers applaud not only a terrific setting but the attention to detail, fine food and great experiences created by Mazzone Hospitality at Glen Sanders events.
Romantic Getaway
Sagamore Resort
110 Sagamore Road,
Bolton Landing

The environment of the Sagamore—a historically elegant resort, located on a 70-acre island on the Queen of Lakes—spells romance. But the Sagamore staff also are romantic getaway specialists, ready to help with special details, from wine awaiting your arrival, to massages, a cruise, private hike, tennis for two, a time together lakeside, and more.
Ski Area
Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA

As indicated by our Best of Ski Area poll, Jiminy Peak is a slope destination for many in the Capital Region. Jiminy is one of the places mentioned when families and group of friends get together and say, “Remember that day when we all got in the car and went to….” The Terrain-Based Learning programs at Jiminy have been creating new skiers and boarders ready to try their new skills next season.
Saratoga Inn/Hotel
Gideon Putnam
24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs

Located among the tall pines of the Saratoga Spa State Park, the Gideon Putnam is classic Saratoga from lodging, to dining, to spa services, to recreation and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on the surrounding grounds.  The Gideon Putnam is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national registry of Historic Hotels of America. Perhaps your tradition at the resort is a relaxing bath in the buoyant mineral waters, or perhaps a sampling of selections at the Sunday brunch, or a stay combined with Park activities.
Vermont Inn
Woodstock Inn
14 The Green, Woodstock, VT

The Woodstock Inn is a four-season destination. The elegant accommodations blend historic details of this timeless New England resort with modern amenities.  Relax at the spa at the Inn, visit Woodstock shops and restaurants, or ski, golf and more in gorgeous surroundings.


County Fair
Saratoga County Fair
162 Prospect Street,
Ballston Spa

Open July 21-26, 2015
Who doesn’t love a fair—the smells of food, shrieking kids on rides and good hometown fun? This is what Saratoga County Fair has delivered consistently for many years and earns them top spot for County Fairs this year!
Altamont Fair
126 Grand Street, Altamont
Open August 11-16, 2015
Dutchess County Fair
6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck
Open August 25-30, 2015
The New York State Museum
222 Madison Avenue, Albany

This hallmark museum in Albany features many exhibitions, many changing throughout the year. The 9/11 exhibition, which is permanent, brings you back to that fateful day in our country’s history, and the wilderness exhibitions thrill, time and time again. There are lots to explore, so schedule ample time for this year’s winner!
Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue, Albany
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route183, Stockbridge, MA
Fund-raising Event
The Bishops Choice
Pizza Challenge
(Benefiting Catholic Charities)

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, new to Albany this year, missed his beloved pizza from Brooklyn. So, a number of local pizzerias got together and had a challenge event and the Bishop picked his top choice. It was all for fun and proceeds were to the benefit of Catholic Charities. Hope it happens again in 2016!
Dancing in the Woods
(Benefiting Albany Medical Center)
Children’s Museum
miSci (The Museum of Innovation & Science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady

From a planetarium to butterfly exhibits (in season), to a great summer camp and many changing exhibits on many subjects including nanotechnology, this is a place to go anytime. And what a way to spend a rainy day!
Saratoga Children’s Museum
69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
CMOST (Children’s Museum of
Science & Technology)
250 Jordan Road, Troy
(Rensselaer Technology Park)
Concert Hall
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 Second Street, Troy

History abounds in this classic music hall, ranked one of the best in the world for acoustics. From orchestra to country, to comedy, to unique groups and sole artist, “The Hall” presents a great schedule year after year. Not only is it historical, but a beauty to behold as well. Pair a performance with one of the fine restaurants in Troy and you will have an unforgettable evening (or Sunday afternoon).
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs
The Palace Theater
19 Clinton Avenue, Albany
Live Music Venue
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

On the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park resides our marvelous SPAC.  Each year, whether on the lawn or sitting in the amphitheater, SPAC serves the best in classical music, ballet, country and pop music.  Thank you SPAC for holding tight to excellence!
Alive at Five
Jenning’s Landing
at the Corning Preserve
(formerly Albany Riverfront Park) Rain site: Corning Preserve Boat Launch
Caffè Lena
47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs
Movie Theatre
Spectrum 8 Theatres
290 Delaware Avenue, Albany

Decorated in Art Deco, homemade and fabulous goodies beyond the freshest of popcorn, as well as a top-notch collection of films, the Spectrum creates legions of Capital Region residents as loyal fans.  Multiple winners in our readers’ poll each and every year!
Bow Tie Cinemas
400 State Street, Schenectady; 19 Railroad Place, Saratoga Springs
Scotia Cinemas
117 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia
Outdoor Summer Venue
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

Sitting and enjoying the concerts at SPAC is summer for our CR residents, bringing joy under the stars as we listen and watch what SPAC and world famous performers serve us each and every summer.
297 West Street
Lenox, MA
Washington Park Playhouse
Washington Park, Albany
Seasonal Event
Albany Tulip Festival

Each May, over 100,000 tulip bulbs blossom into a sea of colors in Washington Park. All the historic events take place annually, including the scrubbing of State Street as well as the tradition of the Tulip Queen Coronation. Happy Mother’s Day to us all because of this annual and happy event.
New York City Ballet at SPAC
108 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs
The Troy Victorian Stoll
Downtown Troy
Albany Symphony
19 Clinton Avenue, Albany

In addition to its rich history, the Albany Symphony delights our area with adventurous programming each season. David Alan Miller more than aptly holds the reins of the symphony.  His stature among leaders is growing each and every year with awards and adulation, including a Grammy Award.
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
432 State Street, Schenectady
Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC
108 Avenue of the Pines,
Saratoga Springs
Theatre Plays/Musicals
432 State Street, Schenectady

Proctors just gets better and better each year. Why travel to NYC to see the best that Broadway offers when we can travel to Schenectady, have a great dinner in the nearby restaurants and see most of what Broadway offers—then sleep in your own bed at night? Our CRL readers agree.
Mac-Hayden Theatre
1925 NY 203, Chatham
The Rep (Capital Repertory Theatre)
111 North Pearl Street, Albany


Hudson Antique Dealers
Hudson (Columbia County)

Strolling the streets of downtown Hudson in Columbia County is a treat for the people who love and appreciate antiquing, as well as those who just appreciate the past. Hudson is loaded with excellent shops to drop in, browse and buy. Knowledge of antiques is not necessary here—only an appreciation of the past and a desire to stroll, peak and admire.
Coxsackie Antique Center
12400 US PW, West Coxsackie
Baileys Antiques
15 Albany Avenue, Nassau
Apple Orchard
Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont

Biting a crisp, fresh apple is something that makes life so sweet. Fall and Indian Ladder just go together at apple-picking time. This enjoyable and friendly setting has so much to offer our local families and memories will be made to last a lifetime.
Golden Harvest
3074 U.S. 9, Valatie
141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
Bargain Shopping
Finders Keepers, Consignments
1603 Route 9, Clifton Park

How could you not love a clothing store where everything is always reduced in price? There are options to choose from that could rival many retailers. Whether your tastes are upscale and professional or just plain casual and funky, there will be something for you.
Bike Shop
Steiner’s Sports
329 Glenmont Road, Glenmont
3455 Route 9, Valatie
301 Warren Street, Hudson

Steiner’s is an independently owned and operated sporting goods company that carries the best brands in bikes for all levels of enthusiasts. Cervelo, Electra and Trek are just some of the options. A bike for any gender, age or skill level and, of course, price level makes Steiner’s a winner in the Capital Region.
Broadway Bicycle Co.
1205 Broadway, Albany
Blue Sky Bicycle
71 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
Book Store
Market Block Books
290 River Street, Troy

Located at the intersection of River and Third streets, Market Block has been a focal point for Troy’s downtown area. Strolling the store and reading may be the most relaxing shopping trip of all others for most of us, and how could you not love a book store with a Bookaholic Bonus Card?
Northshire Bookstore
Battenkill Plaza Shopping Center, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT
424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
The Open Door Bookstore
128 Jay Street, Schenectady
Bridal Shop
The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne
895 New Loudon Road, Latham

The big day needs to be perfect as can be, and that is what The Bridal Gallery by Yvonne prides itself on.  Great selections and lots of hand-holding and expertise when making the all-important choices. With everything that needs to be done, wouldn’t it be great to count on people like this for your wedding attire?
Angela’s Bridal
126 State Street, Albany
Deanna’s Bridal Boutique
3991 NY 43, West Sand Lake
Car Dealer
Keeler Motor Car Company
1111 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham

Keeler sells and services Honda, MINI, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles at its huge and state-of-the-art Latham property. You will need choices when picking out your wheels, whether practical and modest or spectacular with a wow factor, and Keeler delivers the choices and service.
Mohawk Honda
175 Freeman’s Bridge Road
(Route 50), Scotia
Carbone Auto Group
800 Hoosick Road, Troy
Chocolate Shop/Candy Store
Uncle Sam’s All American Chocolate Factory
Newton Plaza, Latham; 2571 Albany Street, Schenectady

OK, I freely admit to being addicted to Uncle Sam’s Almond Butter Crunch but, like you, I would be happy with anything they have in their stores. Always with wonderful quality, they have been making and selling great products for 80 years!  Their bark is wildly good and they are now making a sea salt variety for us.
741 Columbia Street, Hudson
Krause’s Homemade Candy
1609 Central Avenue, Albany
Clothing Boutique

Truly Rhe
1 Broadway, Troy

Well, let me admit first of all that I cannot be objective about this win. Rhe Potenza, the owner of Truly Rhe, is one of the loveliest people I know and her shop is where I shop.  The selection is always fresh, unique and stylish. Bravo Rhe!
Wit’s End Giftique
1762 U.S. 9, Clifton Park
Lea’s Clothing Boutique
33 Hudson Avenue # 1, Chatham
Consignment Shop
Finder$ Keeper$ Consignment$
1603 Route 9, Clifton Park

With designer names and reliable service at a reasonable price, this was an excellent pick by our readers. Their diverse product line continues to grow every day, yet the goal remains, “bring our customers upscale merchandise at affordable prices.”
Something Olde, Something New
1969 New Scotland Road # 4, Slingerlands
Polkadots Consignment Shop
10 New Karner Road, Guilderland; 1733 Route 9, Clifton Park
Farmers Market
The Troy Farmers Market
282 River Street, Troy

Fresh produce—vegetables, herbs, berries, tree fruit;  poultry, meat and dairy—beef, bison, pork, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese; baked goods—artisan breads, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries;  and artisan wares—pottery, wool and knitted goods. That just names a few of what is offered at The Troy Farmers Market each and every week. Strolling this wonderful and large farmers market is pure Capital Region joy!
The Schenectady Green Market
Held winter season at Proctors;
other months around City Hall
Delmar Farmers Market
Held at Bethlehem Central Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar
Garden Nursery
1140 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham

When you need a shot of summer, I cannot think of a better place to go and, of course, shop.  I defy you to not find the perfect plant for your garden or landscaping item for your home. Faddegons is ecstasy for your senses.
Hewitt’s Garden Center
Various locations
Samascott Orchards & Samascott’s
Garden Market
5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
Gift Shop(Tie)
Wit’s End Giftique
1762 U.S. 9, Clifton Park

Since 1975, Wit’s End has continued to grow into one of the top destination gift, jewelry and fashion stores in the Northeast, featuring over 25,000 square feet of unique gifts from around the world. If you need something but do not know quite what that “something” is, you will find it by browsing Wit’s End.
Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop
3143 US Highway 9, Suite 8, Valatie

When you are looking for great gifts, beautiful home décor, and fun seasonal items, you have to head to Valatie.   It is a feast for the senses to see everything they have and great fun too! Unique everything is there for your needs.
Maggie’s Gift Shop
521 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham
Scott’s Hallmark Shop
Clifton Park, Latham, Albany
Hardware and Paint
Pfeil Hardware
63 3rd Street, Troy

Locally owned and operated in the historic Stanley’s Building in downtown Troy, Pfeil is a Benjamin Moore retailer and so much more. A hardware store that is not a “big box, Pfeil has great customer service and is fun to explore. How unique and wonderful.
Mario’s True Value Hardware
1057 Kinderhook Street and
9 Route 9H Ramp, Valatie
Burnt Hills Hardware
217 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills
Health Food Store
The Honest Weight
100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany

Watching The Honest Weight Food Co-op grow into this wonderful store with unlimited choices catering to everyone who cares about eating well has been amazing.  The Honest Weight is a member-owned and operated consumer cooperative committed to providing the community with affordable, high quality natural foods and products for healthy living.
Healthy Living Markets
3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs
Green Grocer
1505 Route 9 Clifton Park
In Store Pet (tie)

Henry Loves Betty
195 River Street, Troy

Henry and Betty reign supreme in the pet boutique named for them.  So cute and such fun! The boutique offers high quality and organic products for all the pet lovers to enjoy.  Oh and the pets too!
(Huey) Benson’s Pet Center
Pittsfield, MA, Colonie, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs and Queensbury locations

Huey is 21 years old while admiring the landscape at Benson’s for all to see and admire. Benson’s is a small but independent chain helping pets maintain a healthy life style.
Best Jeweler
Hannoush Jewelers
1750 Route 9, Clifton Park
112 Wolf Road, Albany

The word trust is in all of the Hannoush Jewelers ads for good reason. Whether buying for your wedding or gift-giving needs, Hannoush will certainly spend the time to get you what your heart desires and then follow the purchase until prefect.
Frank Adam Jewelers
Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany
Joyelles Jewelers
318 Delaware Avenue #12, Delmar
Liquor and Wine Store
Empire Wine
Northway Shopping Center, 1440 Central Ave, Albany

A perennial winner in this category, Empire is top notch when it comes to variety and service. Whether in store or on line, Empire will always give you the best care they can and it is obviously appreciated each year by our readers.
Exit 9 Wine & Liquor
9 Halfmoon Crossing Boulevard, Halfmoon
All Star Wine & Spirits
Latham Farms Shopping Center,
579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham
Menswear Store
Mark Thomas
5 Metro Park Road, Colonie

Mark Thomas is our upscale men’s clothing store in the Capital Region, carrying some of the finest designer Italian and American fabrics. With an on-site tailor, you can create custom-fit apparel including dress shirts, pants, suits and much more.
16 First Street, Troy
Travel Agency
AAA Hudson Valley
Various locations

Planning a trip near or afar? AAA Hudson Valley has the know-how and wherewithal to work with you to plan and make arrangements for a smooth journey, from charting routes, to offering tours, to identifying and providing specials on attractions. Reviewing the menu of services will entice you to get out on the road, in the air, on the water, and more.
AAA Northway
Various locations
Blue Skies Travel
15 Troy Road, East Greenbush
Music Store
Parkway Music
1777 Route 9, Clifton Park

The popular Parkway specializes in new and used instruments, lessons, electronics and repairs, coupled with experienced staff. That includes guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, folk and traditional audio, amps, lighting, accessories and, as Parkway notes, “more cool stuff.” In addition to great instruments, equipment and staff know-how, the people of Parkway express a passion for their work that’s simply contagious.
Blue Sky Music Studios
118 Adams Street, Delmar
River Street Beat Shop
197 River Street, Troy
Shopping Mall
Colonie Center
131 Colonie Center, Albany

Shopping, dining and a multi-plex movie theater await us a Colonie Center Mall and by the look of weekends at the mall, it is all fantastic! Colonie Center is such a dynamic mall that keeps getting better and better with the addition of the Whole Foods Market and now Nordstrom Rack which will be coming in the fall of 2015.
Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
Clifton Park Center
22 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park
Sport Goods Store
329 Glenmont Road, Glenmont; 301 Warren Street, Hudson; 3455 Route 9, Valatie

Our readers applaud Steiner’s, an independently owned and operated business, for being bike, kayak and ski specialists over 30 years. It’s much more than having the best brands available. The Steiner’s experience includes a knowledgeable staff to guide you, maintain those purchases, and provide how-to information to make the most of getting on the road, trail, slopes and water.
Goldstock’s Sporting Good
98 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Scotia
Fleet Feet Sports
Wolf Road Plaza at Metro Park Road, 155 Wolf Road, Albany, or The Shops of Malta, Route 9, 37 Kendall Way, Ballston Spa
Price Chopper
Various locations

Price Chopper is not only local, it’s involved, in Capital Region communities. For more than 75 years, this Golub Corporation business has been expanding in the number of locations, food—from ingredients to  creative ready-to-go—floral and health products, services, tips and educational information.
Various locations
Tied with:
Honest Weight Co-op
100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany
Various locations in the Capital Region


Animal Hospital
Capital Vets
Various locations

We love our pets and the readers of CRL really appreciate a great veterinary practice like Cap Vets.  They are convenient to the entire area and promote life-long wellness to our furry family. The range of services and the types of animals that they keep well reign supreme.
Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital
145 Goode Street, Burnt Hills
Guilderland Animal Hospital
4963 Western Turnpike, Altamont
Appliance Store
Earl B. Feiden, Inc. Appliance
785 Route 9, Latham; 1771 Route 9, Clifton Park; 661 Broadway, Kingston

If you are cooking, doing laundry, grilling, freezing and most everything else in the home, chances are you are using an appliance from Earl B. Feiden, Inc. Appliance. Family-owned and operated since 1926. “Feiden’s” has been a staple in our communities.
John D. Marcella and Son Appliances
560 Broadway, Schenectady
Cocca’s Appliances & Home Electronics
158 Railroad Avenue, Colonie
Auto Service
New Scotland Auto Center
1958 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands

The good folks at New Scotland Auto Center repair both foreign and domestic vehicles, giving the same thorough care and attention that they would give their own. Customer satisfaction is the backbone of this friendly and highly skilled auto center.
Gil’s Garage, Inc.
219 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park; 817 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills
T.A.C.S. – The Auto Collision Specialists
525 Route 9W, Glenmont
Pioneer Savings Bank
Various locations

With eyes on the present and future in our communities, Pioneer Bank is the only mutual bank serving the Capital Region of Upstate New York. Pioneer not only believes that their customers always come first, that is who they report to!
Key Bank
Various locations
Trustco Bank
Various locations
Old Daley Catering
2 Northern Drive, Troy

Whether you are hosting a corporate function, social event or wedding, The Old Daley Catering Company has represented excellence time and time again. The Old Daley on Crooked Lake is simply amazing and gives new meaning of custom catering for your event to each and every event served.
Mazzone Catering
743 Pierce Road, Clifton Park

Mazzone combines your vision with its quality to every event. Compromises are never tolerated but what is tolerated is supreme excellence.
2 Shea Catering
27 Hannay Lane, Glenmont
Saucy Mama
Credit Union
Various Locations

The members of SEFCU are the owners of SEFCU as well as shareholders and the privileges that the distinction brings is appreciated by our readers in a big way by voting SEFCU our number one Credit Union! The fact that SEFCU is among the top 50 largest in the United States has not distracted this team of professionals from doing a masterful job.
Cap Com
Various locations
Sun Mark Federal Credit Union
Various locations
Customer Service
Cap Com Federal Credit Union
Various locations

The family at Cap Com work so hard to bring all the services to their members with only excellent customer service and it was rewarded by the readers of Capital Region Living Magazine.  I guess this is one business relationship with its members that is a mutual admiration society.  They admire and work hard for us and we appreciate all they do.
Various Locations
Pioneers Bank
Various Locations
Cutting Edge (Original Style Business)
Nibbles Inc.
461 Broadway, Troy

I doubt anything gets more original than this—fresh made donuts, filled at your direction in front of you and made in small batches with only fresh and warm results. Each morning, there is a full selection of delights but you need from now on to set your alarm clock early to try each and every one of them.  Donuts made of local ingredients and organic suga–wow.
Day Spa
221 Wolf Road, Albany; 268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Complexions invites you refresh, relax and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit at its spa facilities. Our readers have not only step in for a massage or hair design or skin care, they come away saying “ahhhhhh.” Spa services include facial and body treatment, sauna, steam room, deluge cold plunge, as well as relaxation lounges and an organic tea bar.
982 Loudon Road, Latham
Spa Broadway/White Sands
453 Broadway, Troy
Dry Cleaners(Tie)
Executive Cleaners
1475 Western Avenue, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany

Executive Cleaners details its points of perfection in dry cleaning, pressing and finishing and, clearly, our readers appreciate that.  Specialties include fine fabrics and safe stain removal and servicing suede leather, wedding gowns and household fabrics such as drapes and bedspreads. Staff members are trained for particular types of garments.
Best Cleaners
Various locations

Customer service, convenience, know-how and eco-friendly technology are among the plaudits for Best Cleaners, which has 10 locations in our region and pickup and delivery opportunities. The company is certified by the non-profit Greener Cleaner Council and a certified restoration dry cleaner, with training to help recover your garments from fire, smoke and disasters. Best Cleaners also offers storage services, at its facility or preparation for storage at your home.
Rainbow Cleaners – Wynantskill
10 Ford Avenue, Troy
Handy Dandy
240 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Fitness Center

Phelps Gym
381 Broadway, Menands

Phelps is self-described as a “no-frills-style gym” that provides the setting, training and programs for you to improve.  Programs include the fast-paced, Metabolic Meltdown classes, customized to different fitness levels; training for acceleration and agility; strength; and fitness in pregnancy.  In addition to classes, private sessions are available and coaches can arrange for training for their teams. Our readers say a hearty thank you for the guidance, knowledge and focus given at Phelps.
Saratoga YMCA
290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Fitness Artist
1581 Route 9, Clifton Park; 644 New Loudon Road, Loudonville and 35 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Furniture Store
800 Central Avenue, Albany; 1758A Parkwood Plaza, Clifton Park

For more than 75 years, Capital Region residents have been shopping Mooradians for their furniture needs. A full-line store, Mooradians is known for its impressive inventory, two-day delivery, customizing options, spacious store where customers can see the furniture and talk with experienced staff. That’s why our readers said “Mooradians” when we asked about their “Best of.”
Fun Cycled
272 River Street, Troy
Old Brick Furniture Co.
33-37 Warehouse Row, Albany; 2910 Campbell Road, Schenectady; 2 River Street, Troy
492 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham

Our readers know that Fleurtacious will have that something special in floral designs or gifts. Not sure of what to select? This family-owned and operated shop’s designers are ready with knowledge and guidance as to what plant would work well, what design or gift item would be perfect for the occasion. Need something for a certain location? You’re invited to provide a photo. Experience, creativity and personal service have gained our readers’ appreciation.
1537 Van Antwerp Avenue, Schenectady, 250 Columbia Street, Cohoes; 448 Hoosick Street, Troy
Tied with:
Frank Gallo & Son Florist
1790 Altamont Avenue, Schenectady; 19 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park
Enchanted Garden
243 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
982 Loudon Road, Latham

Kimberley’s believes that the hands and feet deserve special attention. The menu of manicures and pedicures—delectable indulgences, lavender, champagne and more—pampers and refreshes, with elegant and sophisticated results. Even the descriptions create a sensory delight. Our readers say that with the experience of Kimberley’s, they have a feeling of well-being.
City Nail
98 Wolf Road #2, Albany
579 Troy-Schenectady Road Latham
www. citynailalbany.com
Serenity Day Spa and Salon
1523 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton-on-Hudson
Men’s Barber
329 Glenmont Road, Glenmont

Tiffany’s is a repeat winner in Best Men’s Barber, with our readers giving credit to consistent friendly and personalized care for the range of barbering service.
365 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont
Women’s Hair Salon
Christopher Brian Salon
192 Remsen Street, Cohoes

Personalized styling and knowledge to bring out the very best are key elements that have made Christopher Brian Salon a perennial winner in this category.  Owner Christopher Feml is a certified master colorist, a certified hair extension artist, and an expert in evening and day makeup application. From weddings to special evening out, to daily design, the salon is ready for you.
180 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Ando Salon
10 Vista Boulevard, Slingerlands
Spa Broadway/White Sands
453 Broadway, Troy

Walking off the street in Troy’s wonderful downtown and entering the tranquility of Spa Broadway/White Sands is just what everyone needs to do when a massage is on the” to-do “list.  Warm and inviting and full of massage talent to work out the kinks and relax your body & soul. Voted number one for great reason…commitment to excellence.
LaBerge Massage Therapy
204 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
982 Loudon Road, Latham
Pilates Studio
Pilates Principle
578 New Loudon Road, Latham

Started in 2003 by Nuhar Jaleel, a licensed physical therapist, and a Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise instructor, Pilates Principle is recognized for its knowledgeable staff educated in anatomy and biomechanics, experienced in modifying classical Pilates exercises for individuals particular conditions and needs The studio is prepared to meet your needs, whether, rehabilitative/therapeutic, sport specific, or general fitness and well-being.
Sergey’s Pilates Studio
1510 Central Avenue, Albany
Studio 4 Hot Yoga and Pilates
151 Lafayette Street, Schenectady
Yoga Studio
Heartspace Yoga
and Healing Arts
747 Madison Avenue, Albany

Heartspace programs, for beginners to advanced, are designed to help improve overall health, reduce stress, and promote peaceful and calm mind through the practice of yoga. The studio is community-oriented, the setting is supportive and tranquil; the instructors are experienced and passionate about yoga.
Hot Yoga Spot
1475 Western Avenue-Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany; 7 South Side Drive, The Shops at Village Plaza. Clifton Park
Good Karma Studio
3 Vatrano Road, Albany
Real Estate Company
Realty USA
Various locations

Realty USA is a repeat winner. Agents located throughout the Capital Region are ready to share their experience and knowledge, whether you are seeking new or existing construction, whether this is your first purchase or you’ve bought and sold previously.
Roohan Realty
519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Field Realty
281 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham

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