Thank you to photographer Adrian Fernandez and Ken Kozak for sharing these shots.
These four restaurant owners were able to inspire multiple people who dream of opening their own food business in the near future. Although there are already many restaurants about, these business owners were able to tell people about other ways they can achieve their own food brand. One of them suggested that people should consider looking at franchising opportunities, from companies like mattsbigbreakfastfranchising.com, instead of opening a brand new restaurant which might never take off. These days, it’s about differentiating yourself from the competition and it’s much easier to do that when your restaurant already has an established brand. However, the restauranteurs were also able to discuss how their food businesses were able to flourish and grow.
Quite interestingly, all the restaurateurs involved in the debate stated that traditional marketing methods such as custom yard signs still proved to be popular with regards to promoting their establishments. In the digital age, it can be easy to forget just how much impact a physical advertisement can have on passers-by. Other marketing incentives discussed by the restaurateurs included printed discount cards, promotions, and loyalty schemes.
The 90-minute discussion offered many thoughts on the advantages of living and working in the Capital Region. “The reasonable cost of living draws creative people to an area,” said Orlando, who paid just $390 a month to live in Soho in his youth. “Nobody’s getting rich when you’re starting out in a kitchen.” Crison added, “Albany has meant opportunity for a lot of people and you can own your own property,” she said, while also being open about the challenges of doing business on Lark Street, including lack of foot traffic and parking. Christopher had a different take on parking in Troy. “Young people don’t drive — they don’t want a car, they think it’s a pain,” and all agreed that Uber and Lyft will be great for their communities and businesses.
The ever-optimistic Nelson have shout-outs to all of his creative friends and collaborators in the audience, and spoke about the joy of offering food to friends and neighbors. “When you sit everyone down at the same time, you realize things ain’t so bad,” said Nelson.
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When the New York City Ballet was scouting locations for a series of gorgeous new videos to promote their upcoming summer season, SPAC CEO Elizabeth Sobol found seven amazing Saratoga locations — and then reached out to Susan Herlands Holland, Executive Director of Historic Albany Foundation for her thoughts about a great location somewhere else in the Capital Region.
Holland, who was raised in the region and has an encyclopedic knowledge of locations thanks to her historic preservation work, immediately came up with a dozen great options. In the end, the Gasholder Building in Troy was chosen.
“The New York City Ballet has been one of my personal favorite experiences since I was a little kid and so I was able to envision how those ballet movements might look in wide open, ‘cool spaces,'” said Holland. “The Gasholder Building is one of the most unique historic buildings in the Capital Region. I thought it a perfect match.”
Kat Richards and Malaika Iyok recently graduated from Mission Accomplished‘s “Fashion Edition” program and decided it was time to launch their multi-platform brand, known as Untitled, in earnest, so on Sunday, June 25, from noon-4pm at Troy Kitchen, they gathered a dozen artists and creators for an event that showcased talent and energy of Capital Region millennials. T-shirt and fashion brands, a make-up artist, poets, a photographer, and several painters had their work on display and all were happy to talk about their vision for themselves and their businesses.
Untitled’s website describes their mission:
Untitled is a collective of influential millennials dedicated to making a creative movement. We’ve built a new type of social networking service targeting creative young adults, while forming a positive social community for artists in various fields. We use our many different events to provide a platform for our creators and celebrate our creative minds.
Kat has joined ACE’s Freelancer Event production team, and Malaika is a stylist with a rapidly growing list of clients. Keep your eye out for their next event in September, and write them at UntitledOfficial.Info@gmail.com to join their mailing list.
Sophie Moss joined Albany Symphony two years ago and is already on her third job title. “Albany Symphony has really allowed me to take the initiative on many projects, so it’s been easy to gain a lot of experience very quickly,” she said. “There is always a LOT to do!”
Her interest in music began with violin lessons when she was 6 (she continued playing through high school, and considered a career as a performer), and she worked in the Music Department for all four years at SUNY Buffalo. When she completed her Masters degree in Liberal Studies at the University at Albany, she was happy to find a job that combined her experience as a performer, music fan, sales and marketing professional, and administrator. In her words, “It’s a perfect fit!”
Her latest role as Program Manager for Albany Symphony’s “Water Music NY” came about when she was lead grant writer on the project in 2016. “David Alan Miller had been developing the idea for Water Music NY for over ten years, so when we saw that NYSCA and Market NY were offering funding for programs celebrating the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal, we were ready,” she said.
You can see Albany Symphony Water Music NY from each evening at 8:00 — 9:30pm from July 2nd through July 8th at a wide variety of beautiful Erie Canal locations. Click here for the location and performance details, and here for more about Albany Symphony Water Music NY.