ACE “Rogue Film School” Kicks Off at WMHT

WMHT, Youth FX, Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy and Film Upstate kicked off a new event series called “Rogue Film School” on Thursday, June 1. Our first installment featured veteran casting director / producer Heidi Levitt, who has cast over 100 features, and worked with directors Oliver Stone, Wayne Wang, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Sally Potter, Mark Ruffalo and … Read More

Washington County in Bloom!

I’ve lived Upstate for 12 years, and am just now discovering our gorgeous rural towns, roads, businesses and arts organizations. I drive upwards of 1,000 miles a month with my job as ACE Project Director, and while much of that time is spent in our cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Hudson, Glens Falls and Saratoga, I’m occasionally — and very … Read More

Congratulations, 40 Under 40 Honorees!

Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) congratulates the 2017 honorees of the Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” list. This year, 10 of the 40 honorees are involved with ACE, or are leaders in the industry segments that compose the region’s Creative Economy. Among them: Dan Cullen, regional director of the Workforce Development Institute (ACE Leadership) Alejandro del Peral, … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: Revibe

Cassie Wilusz Revolution Cafe

by Thomas Dimopolous Kristi Carrara opened Revibe in a 350-square foot space on Broad Street in October 2015, but always had her eye on a larger venue. Today, she has expanded into a two-floor, 3,000-square foot building where she provides a combination of traditional retail and consignment sales, and a space for others in the community to sell their own … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: GypsYoga

gypsyoga carol dimopoulos

by Thomas Dimopolous For much of the 20th century, the second floor space inside the brick building at the corner of Broad and Front streets housed the Ackshand Knitting Company, manufacturers of unique gloves. In October 2016, Carol Dimopoulos re-opened the space as the GypsYoga Center to promote health and wellness through movement, meditation and the arts. “The goal is … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: Hudson Crossing Park

Hudson Crossing Park Cindy Wian

by Thomas Dimopolous Hudson Crossing Park centers around Champlain Canal Lock 5 Island, just north of the village of Schuylerville. It is a bi-county park where history, geology and environmental conscience meet, and where partnerships and grants from both public and private channels have ushered in the development of public trails and structures. Cindy Wian first became involved with Hudson … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: Revolution Cafe

Cassie Wilusz Revolution Cafe

by Thomas Dimopolous Inside the Revolution Café, a wall labeled “Dream” stands opposite a chalkboard that reads “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe,” and a full bistro menu boasts titles like Federalist Salads, Patriot Sandwiches, and Constitution Wraps. “I like the historical aspect of the name Revolution Cafe, because I feel everything in Schuylerville is a revolution,” said Cassandra Wilusz, who … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: Rural Soul Studio

Rural Soul Chelsie Henderson

by Thomas Dimopolous After traveling across the world, Chelsie Henderson thought the village of Schuylerville, located near her native Easton in Washington County, was an unlikely place for her to open a business and organize community-wide events. “It’s about starting a community and making a community our children will come back to,” said Henderson, whose background is in classic voice … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: The Laffer Gallery – Fine Art & Framing

by Thomas Dimopoulos Artist and gallery owner Erik Laffer was born on Long Island, raised in Washington County and schooled in Albany, after which he traveled the country selling his cartography paintings. In June 2012, he opened his gallery in Schuylerville to collaborate and represent other artists. The biggest draw of the historic village was its affordability. Laffer’s first show … Read More

Schuylerville’s Creative Economy: Cake by Alissa

Alissa Woods Cake

Alissa Woods worked as an executive recruiter for six years at a Boston, Massachusetts technology firm. “I was bored to tears, so I started taking some cooking classes on the side,” she said, standing behind the counter of her commercial kitchen on Broad Street and fixing an edible stethoscope onto a cake she was creating for a nurse. Those early … Read More