Community Loan Fund Business Spotlight: Dance Fire Studio & Fitness

Dance Fire Studio & Fitness

The Community Loan Fund has been helping businesses and individuals be successful since 1985 and offers a variety of programs and resources. They provide access to capital for microenterprises and freelancers for business development. This article is a part of a series that highlights local businesses who have benefitted from a Community Loan Fund Loan. Natalia and Florin Vlad opened … Read More

Four Questions with the National Museum of Dance

The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Spa State Park hosts 14,000 visitors annually and houses several exhibition spaces, dance and yoga studios, and a 45-seat theater. The facility crackles with life and history, beginning with a grand entry foyer adorned with dynamic dance photos and lined with the names of Hall of Fame members, the … Read More

Local Producer Commemorates Juneteenth with ‘Talk Eat Art’ Event

Every year on June 19th, Black Americans celebrate “Juneteenth” to commemorate the day Union Officer General Gordon Granger issued an order to slave masters in Galveston, Texas to free enslaved Africans. Kaciem Swain, Founder and Creative Director of Velvet Rope Group Kaciem Swain, Founder and Creative Director of Velvet Rope Group This was necessary since the Emancipation Proclamation, announced by … Read More

New Video Highlights Albany Symphony & Creative Economy

Check out this terrific video tour hosted by Albany Symphony’s David Alan Miller, created by the Capital Region Economic Development Council to celebrate and spotlight some fantastic projects around our region, including Creative Economy star Melissa auf der Maur of Basilica Hudson. Interested in all of the CREDC’s priority projects? Find them here in the 2017 “Capital Region Creates” Progress … 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: 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