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  • 3rd-generation owner retiring, selling Schenectady icon
    3rd-generation owner retiring, selling Schenectady icon
    One of Schenectady's numerous long-run Italian restaurants is for sale. Mike Petta, third-generation owner of the 64-year-old Petta's Italian, told Times Union columnist Marv Cermak for today's edition that he is retiring and moving to...
  • Eating, drinking, spending: Picking a casino site
    Eating, drinking, spending: Picking a casino site
    So, you thought the awarding of Upstate casino licenses was all about the money. It turns out that wasn't the only criterion the state Gaming Facility Location Board used to award the OK to a Schenectady development group rather than similar...
  •  Is a Checkers Drive-In heading for Capital Region?
    Is a Checkers Drive-In heading for Capital Region?
    Is the Checkers Drive-In Restaurants chain expanding to the Capital Region? The company, which has numerous locations in the New York City metro area and the Buffalo-Rochester region but nothing in between, is advertising today on the Snagajob...
  • 24 venues signed up for 'Schenectady Restaurant Week'
    24 venues signed up for 'Schenectady Restaurant Week'
    Twenty-four venues have signed up to participate in "Schenectady Restaurant Week," an annual promotional event that this time around will run from Monday, February 23, through Sunday, March 1. It is the standard offer -- selected three...
  • Women's fashion.
    Local business spotlight: Beauty 'inside and out'
    Walk into Mia Maria's Beauty Boutique in Rotterdam and you feel as if you've walked into a friend's living room. There are couches, chairs, a coffee table and a relaxed atmosphere that just invites conversation. And many Capital Region...
  • HOOD MC sign
    Hold Our Own Destiny MC five-year anniversary celebration
    One of the best holiday parties this year was Hold Our Own Destiny Motorcycle Club’s Anniversary Party, which took place on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Kreusi’s Pub on Lower Broadway in Schenectady, New York. The Hold Our Own...
  • Live music.
    Music as the soul of everyday life
    Niskayuna. Lake Sacondaga. The Adirondacks. Schodack. All names familiar to Capital Region residents. But do we know what they mean, what culture, what people they represent?Such curiosity led local singer/songwriter Glenda Luck to explore a...
  • Casino layoffs
    Casino success in Schenectady? A roll of the dice
    The Capital Region is abuzz with the news that the city and county of Schenectady has won the area casino sweepstakes. The news also means proposals for East Greenbush, Rensselaer, and Howe’s Caverns have been declined. The decision ends an...
  • Music makes holidays, business go round
    Music makes holidays, business go round
    Where would we be without music? Businesses know that shopping and dining become more pleasant experiences with music in the background. Music encourages buying, subliminally and overtly... particularly in at this holiday shopping season in the...
  • Schenectady hot dog landmark finally pays up
    Schenectady hot dog landmark finally pays up
    Mike's Hot Dogs lives, thanks to a nearly $30,000 delinquent tax payment.The 47-year-old Schenectady business narrowly escaped foreclosure on Wednesday when owner John Mantas paid the City of Schenectady's Finance Department $29,897 in...
  • A tough time need not be worsened without money.
    Confessions of a financial rep: You really do need life insurance
    "How am I going to bury my father...the funeral home wants $5,000 before they will do anything?" There it was in front of me at a diner in Rotterdam in the Capital Region. A mother, with her young children alongside, pleading with a...
  • Bitcoin breaks into the Capital Region via the coffee scene
    Bitcoin breaks into NYS dining via the coffee scene
    The Capital Region is claiming a financial first in New York State.CT@HB has teamed up with Capital City Coffee Roasters to make use of the innovative Bitcoin financial system to, as a company statement released Friday put it, "provide a...
  • Family money
    6 powerful benefits of the Roth IRA for all investors--Part 1
    Most investment vehicles don't garner great curiosity, but if any are deserving of that kind of attention, it would be the Roth IRA. Capital Region families inquire about it, even if they know very little about investing.The Roth version of...
  • Schenectady's Union Inn closes under water, actually and financially
    Schenectady's Union Inn closes under water, actually and financially
    The legal entanglements have outlasted Joyce Fordham's funds. Thus, the owner of The Union Inn in Schenectady has closed the 517 Union Street, Schenectady, business as of Monday.Fordham has been beseiged by legal and logistical problems since...
  • Money: A family affair
    Make money health a family affair--part one
    Money health isn't just for the parents. By easing stress caused by misunderstandings of family needs and money basics, Capital Region families can essentially make financial literacy a family affair. This three-part series will look at topics...
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